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Features Archives for 2012

Rumor Roundup: The Rectangular iPod nano Is Back?! Amazon Phone? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

Meet Ouya: The $99 Android Console That Brings Free Mobile Games to Your TV

Oh yeah, Ouya. The $99 moddable video game console is ready to unseat the big three video game makers, or so says the $4 million-and-counting Kickstarter campaign. Here's what you need to know about the newest hardware in gaming.

From Jetpacks to Galaxys: The Tech Universe of Engadget's Darren Murph

While most of us scratch our heads as the big manufacturers foist countless digital goodies into the marketplace, intrepid journalists like Engadget's Darren Murph jump into the fray, ready to try, test, and pass judgment. Here are the top five gadgets he won't leave home without.

Microsoft CEO Says the Company Will Get Its Groove Back by Becoming Apple

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in an interview this week that the company wouldn't "leave any space uncovered to Apple," suggesting the software giant is going to lean more heavily on competing in the hardware realm. The Windows 8-based Surface tablet is the first example of this, but can Microsoft really compete against Apple in this capacity?

How to Pack a Suit Without a Garment Bag

Why bother traveling with a clunky garment bag? You can avoid wrinkles and travel lighter if you know how to pack a suit in your carry-on.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 219: Apple Hates the Environment!

The dealnews Podcast Episode 219 has arrived to save you from the drudgery of your usual podcasts! Thrill as we talk about being disappointed by Google+ Events! Chill as we talk about all-you-can-read magazine subscriptions! Spill as we lambaste Apple for killing the environment! (And more!)

Back to School Sales Guide: When to Buy Dorm Room Goods, Clothes, more

Retailers may already be rolling out back to school sales, but that doesn't mean you have to rush out and buy your supplies immediately. We analyzed our archives to see what kind of deals you can expect to find on select campus essentials in the coming weeks, as well as when you should buy them.

5 Android Tablet Deals: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with $50 Gift Card for $250, more

Apple's iPad is seeing a lot of competition these days, with big brands getting into the market with top-of-the-line tablets at prices that don't hurt your bottom line. Today's roundup of the best recent Android tablet deals includes a storewide sale at Walmart and models starting at $60.

Back to School Laptop Buying Guide: How to Score a Bundle Deal

Now that summer is in full swing, retailers are gearing up for their annual back to school sales, and that means one thing: Discounted laptops. Based on previous back to school sales, we've found that laptop bundles can provide a great value if the extras appeal to you and your student. We've created a buyer's cheat sheet that lets you know ahead of time which bundles are worth looking for and what you can expect to pay for them.

Rumor Roundup: Quad-Core iPhone? Facebook "Want" Button? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

Video Game Buying Guide: When Can You Get Deals on New Titles?

Is your gaming limited by the size of your wallet? In our video game buying guide, we tell you the best times to buy new games, what kinds of discounts to look for, and how long you have to wait. After all, gaming should be about putting holes in the bad guys, not your budget.

Hot Florida Vacation Deals: Challenge Accepted

Ah, Florida. Scantily clad bodies. Fruity drinks with umbrellas. And lots and lots of sunshine. In the spirit of summer, as well as TV's favorite over-the-top ladies man, Barney Stinson (who we know would fit right in to the scintillating state), we say: "Swim-suit up!" people. It's time to get serious about that Florida vacation. We found deals on hotels, airfare, and fun-in-the-sun activities that'll take your summer vacation from awesome to LEGEN ... (wait for it) ... DARY!

App Stats and Trivia in Celebration of the iTunes App Store's 4th Birthday

It's hard to believe that the iTunes App Store, and thus the concept of the smartphone app itself, is just four years old this July. We're marking the occasion by rounding up all sorts of stats, facts, and trivia on the almighty smartphone app.

Deals to Help You Make the Most of Summer

It's only the first week of July, but before you know it, the summer will be nearly over. Don't let the season fly by without taking full advantage of everything it has to offer. We've got a handful of fun ways to make your summer special, and we've found great deals to enhance the experiences.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 218: Google I/O

The dealnews Podcast Episode 218 gets Googley-eyed with a discussion of Google I/O, including Google+ Events, that Nexus Q thingy, the Nexus 7 Tablet, and more. Plus, we mention Wil Wheaton ... twice!

Firework Alternatives: For When The Law Doesn't Allow Explosions

Does your state ban the sale and use of fireworks? Then check out our list of firework alternatives! Most of them are equally as dangerous and will result in a trip to the ER, anyway! So that's good?

Sears Vacations with Layaway: Deal or No Deal?

In the newest twist in economy travel, long-standing department store Sears now wants to be your travel agent — and it's even willing to let you put that next vacation on layaway. Sears Vacations is the retailer's latest online initiative, and it's aimed at providing vacation packages similar to large travel aggregator sites. But are the deals worth your time?

Rumor Roundup: Motion-Sensing Kinect Cars? Slimmer iPad? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Microsoft, and James Cameron? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July 2012

This month's buying guide offers advice for shoppers during a month in which many sales may seem better than they are. So in order to protect your wallet and spend your money wisely, be sure to read through our July buying guide and shop smart this month.

We Talk to a Consumerist Editor About How to Tackle Inept Customer Service

The Consumerist dishes consumer advice and activism with attitude, and fights many a battle with companies that treat consumers like cattle. We talked with Deputy Editor Chris Morran to find out his thoughts on the current state of customer service, and how to take action when companies replace courtesy and respect with incompetence and neglect.

The Google Nexus Q Could Drop to Just $100 by April

Meet the Google Nexus Q, a spherical media streaming box (or bowling ball, if you prefer) that's a bit like the Apple TV and Roku, but costs three times as much. If it isn't a hit with consumers, our data suggests that it could see some quick cuts to the $299 price tag.

Orbitz Shows Mac Users More Expensive Hotels Based on Buying Habits

Predictive analytics could be preventing you from securing the best travel bargain ... especially if you book with Orbitz from a Mac.

What to Expect from 2012 Independence Day Sales

Independence Day is a celebration of freedom; a time to enjoy family, friends, food, fireworks, and deals, of course! But since this year's holiday falls on a Wednesday, we wanted to address not only what kind of deals we anticipate seeing, but when you'll see 4th of July bargains begin.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 217: Mac Surcharge

The dealnews Podcast Episode 217 will enlighten and delight-en your day with information and humor about Windows tablet apps, Windows Phone 8 upgrades, Orbitz gouging Mac users, Best Buy showrooming, and more.

Samsung Galaxy S III Review: A Big Screen Smartphone with Brawny Specs

Samsung released its Galaxy S III smartphone last week to a crowd of eager consumers and reviewers. Here's what they had to say about the device, and how it stacks up to its competitors, the HTC One X and the iPhone 4S.

Celestial Awe: Tools for Night Sky Stargazing

The heavens have intrigued mankind for millennia, and today's modern telescopes and optics allow us to easily explore the sky, Moon, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies that make up our universe. Here are some tips and deals to start stargazing.

Want the Rumored iPhone 5? Start Saving Your Money for New Accessories

With the rumored iPhone 5 supposedly undergoing a complete redesign that will include a new dock connector, all your cables and accessories could become useless. Is it worth the alleged better battery life and reception, or simply planned obsolescence?

Pedal Home on a Quality Bicycle (and a Full Wallet) with These Bike Buying Tips

Is the cost of fuel eating away at your summer vacation savings? You can save more than $1,600 a year in commuting costs by biking. And a great new bike doesn't have to set you back big bucks, either. Here's how to pedal home on a great bike with your wallet full.

Rumor Roundup: Free Star Wars MMO? $199 Google Tablet? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Microsoft, and Star Wars? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

Take a Bite Out of The Big Apple: NYC Summer Travel Deals Are Hot!

Hot town, summer in the city! The City of New York, that is. From the bright lights of Midtown Manhattan to the Rockaway Beaches, there's no more vibrant a time to visit the city that never sleeps. And though it can be an expensive place to live, we've found deals on airfare, hotels, and more, that make visiting NYC on a budget easy.

MacBook Pro Retina Reviews: A High-Res Display & New CPU Score High Marks

With its updated processor, slim redesign, and searing display, the MacBook Pro Retina is Apple's new go-to machine for power users. But is this pricey new notebook the future of the MacBook Pro, or is it just a small footnote in the Pro's evolution? And are the fancy features worth the money? We analyzed every major review, analyzed all the pros and cons, and summed up the necessary criticisms for your pre-shopping needs.

Microsoft Reveals Windows Phone 8, Announces Phone 7 Users Can't Upgrade

Microsoft has had a busy week. First, on Monday, it tossed its hat into the tablet ring by announcing its Surface Windows tablet. Then, yesterday, it released data about its Windows Phone 8 operating system — and to much dismay, it won't be available as an upgrade for existing Windows Phone 7 users.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 216: Windows 8 Surface Tablets

The dealnews Podcast Episode 216 surfaces from the depths of the Internet to present a discussion of Windows 8 tablets, Google tablets, Amazon music matching service, and more.

Microsoft Unveils Windows Tablet, Walks the Line Between Tablet and Ultrabook

Microsoft took a page from the Apple playbook this week when it scheduled a mystery announcement that resulted in the Surface Windows tablet, its first foray into slates. The new tablet-laptop hybrid will optimize the much anticipated Windows 8, and it will come in two flavors. But how does it stack up to the competition, namely the iPad?

How to Paint the Exterior of Your Home



Even the nicest, most expensive homes are protected by a skin less than a millimeter thick. Ah, the miracle of paint. If you keep your home's exterior paint in good condition, it can actually save you thousands in home repairs (as well as keep neighbors from gathering in your yard with pitchforks and torches, eager to rid the block of an unsightly blight). Repainting your house is not a casual, finish-in-a-day project, though, especially if you're going to do it right. Here are the steps you must take and the tools you should have at hand to give your home a facelift.

The Best Cruise Lines for 10 Types of Cruisers

Just like cars, houses, and universities, the type of cruise you take is as much a reflection of your lifestyle and expectations as it is of your budget. So what kind of cruise is right for you, and with whom should you book? Here are 10 considerations a vacationer might have, paired with the line that answers them best.

Ting: A New Mobile Service That Refunds Unused Data, for Android Users Only

Chances are that no matter how sophisticated your smartphone has become, you've probably been fed up at one time or another with limited calling plans or the cost of overages. But a new cell phone service called Ting aims to let you style your own plan to fit your usage needs; they'll even refund you for the data you don't use! But could it be too good to be true?

Rumor Roundup: The Avengers Gets A Re-Release? Ping Dies? Yammer?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Miscrosoft, and Facebook? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

A Techie's Top 5 Must-Have Gadgets: Gazelle's Anthony Scarsella

Anthony Scarsella, Gazelle's Chief Gadget Officer, knows his gadgets, spending countless hours toying with what's new and what's worth your time. So who better to consult on five must-have gadgets? Here's his take on five items that have made his life easier, and more enjoyable.

Looking for Summer Fun? Think Lawn Games



The cost of summer activities can add up quickly. Why not turn to lawn games that the whole family can play and, in some cases, not even break a sweat? Here are five games that cost little to play, yet offer hours of fun.

Extra Travel Costs to Consider Before You Book Your Next Vacation

A bargain vacation package to your dream destination can often seem too good to be true. And sometimes it is. We examined some commonly overlooked (or outright hidden) costs to consider before booking any getaway.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 215: Worldwide Developers YAWNference

The dealnews Podcast Episode 215 presents a turn-by-turn navigation of the Worldwide Developers Conference. Included: New MacBooks, iOS 6 features, and Mountain Lions. Also: Verizon's data sharing plans, Roku boxes, and more.

Apple Laptop Battle: MacBook Pro vs MacBook Pro with Retina

After months of rumors, Apple has finally given its MacBook Pro line a fresh coat of paint, including an update to the original as well as a distinctly new model deemed the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Equipped with a thinner profile, beefed up video card, and high-res screen, the Retina model is pretty high-end — but is it worth the money?

Which Cardiovascular Workout Machine Is Right for You? 


Are you a runner? A cyclist? A swimmer? No matter what activity you choose, it's important to stay active for heart health. A home cardio workout is a great way to exercise, and there's a machine for everyone, too.

When Should You Buy Apple's New MacBook Pro Laptops?

Apple refreshed its entire fleet of laptops yesterday, and before you sprint to the nearest Apple Store, we recommend waiting patiently for a modest discount. But how long will you have to wait, and how much can you save?

All the Apple Rumors That Might Come True (Or Prove False) at WWDC

In the run up to WWDC 2012, the Internet has made so many claims about what Apple is working on. We've gone back into our archives and pulled up all those old rumors for you to re-enjoy, as you've never re-enjoyed them before. Then we slapped on a couple new rumors and called it a day. Actually, we called it our Apple Rumors Archive! Enjoy!

Water on the Brain: A Guide to Cooling Your PC with Liquid

It may seem crazy, but when it comes to your desktop computer, water and electricity can actually work in your favor. The PC modding community has been water-cooling their personal computers for years, and it's caught on to the point that major manufacturers are selling self-contained water cooling kits. We dish out the details as to why, and how you can try the trend out for yourself.

Treat Dad on the Cheap with Some Father's Day Freebies

Sometimes we put so much focus on Mother's Day gifts that we run low on ideas (and perhaps funds) for dear old dad come Father's Day. Luckily though, cool freebies abound this Dia de Los Daddies, if you know where to look. We've got a list of free stuff that will make your pappy happy, and you won't have to expend mucho dinero to do it.

E3 Wrap Up: Microsoft SmartGlass, Nintendo's GamePad, Sony's Wonderbooks

As expected, this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was filled with lots of surprises and shake ups. While many were disappointed by the lack of information about the upcoming Wii U debut, Microsoft muscled its way in to steal the show with its new multiplatform SmartGlass app. We took a glance at the top E3 highlights to see what each of the major names in gaming have in store for the coming year.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 214: E3? You Sunk My Battleship!

The dealnews Podcast Episode 214 will Inception your mind with consumer news. This week: E3 coverage including Wii U yawns, Sony books, Xbox SmartGlass, and more.
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