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Features Archives for 2012

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.

Summertime Apps That'll Save You Money and Keep You Smiling

Every year, the sun returns from its winter hideout to zap you with magic rays that shrink clothes, shutter schools, and force BBQ in your face. Let this be the summer of apps!

The 8 Best Store Credit Cards with Perks

Store credit cards usually aren't the best credit cards to have, especially if they offer just 3% back for purchases at flagship stores and only 1% when you shop elsewhere. But for people who frequently shop at one store and pay their balances in full each month, the perks of using a specific retailer’s credit card can be worthwhile. We researched the eight best store credit cards to own.

Rumor Roundup E3 Edition: What Gaming Rumors Could Become TRUEmors?

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) starts on June 5. What that means is that all these gaming rumors that we've been hearing, recently, have a chance to become gaming TRUEmors. So come on, take a trip down rumor lane with us, as we review/regurgitate all the gaming rumors we've seen in recent times!

The State of Gaming: What Gamers Really Think of Games, Prices, and Players

In just a few days, the gaming industry's biggest movers and shakers will unveil the year's most anticipated games and consoles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). However, this year, rather than wait to see what E3 has to tell us about the state of gaming, we polled 1,551 of our own readers to find out what they're playing, how much they're spending, and what they think of the gaming industry today.

Come to Jamaica and Feel All Right: Vacation Packages, Hotel Deals, and more

Aruba, Jamaica, ohh I want to — go there! Your relaxing resort getaway is just a few short hours away, whether you decide to travel by boat or plane. We've got the hottest hotel deals, too, for your vacation to the land of wood and water.

The Right Father's Day Gifts for Every Dad

Not all Dads are created equal. Some play golf, others watch baseball. Some like to cook, others prefer fine dining. Some wear suits, some don sweats. But no matter what kind(s) of Dad(s) you've got in your life, Father's Day is that one day a year where the man who has everything deserves a little something more.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in June

June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year, so you have even more time to shop! But what should you buy now and what should you avoid? We searched through dealnews' extensive archives of deals to sort out fact from fiction when it comes to getting the best deals in June.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 213: Glutton for News

The dealnews Podcast Episode 213 will infuse your brain with consumer news. This week: American Express rewards you with free Zynga points; British people hide what they are reading; a DVR that skips commercials gets sued; Olympic fever is under control; a better ketchup bottle, and more.

Theme Parks on a Budget: Travel Tips and Entertainment Discounts

While we know that loyal dealnews readers are tech aficionados, we discovered, somewhat surprisingly, that many of you also harbor a (secret?) love for Disney World and theme parks. And since it's that time of year again, we've put together some suggestions on how to make sure your amusement park experience doesn't turn into a roller coaster of debt.

Smile for These 5 Digital Camera Deals

Has your iPhone camera let you down? Perhaps the novelty of your tiny digital camera from 2007 has also worn off? Don't miss capturing the magic of the moment! We've found deals on digital cameras and carrying cases that are best suited for the intermediate photographer.

Make the Most of Motorcycling in the Summer Heat
 with the Right Gear

Many motorcycle riders react to the summer heat by parking their bike, or shedding clothing. Luckily, there are products on the market today that are designed to help keep riders riding throughout the year, while remaining protected and offering the ventilation they require to remain comfortable.

Rumor Roundup: Pay-Per-Use iPhone 3G? Star Fox / Metroid Mashup?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Nintendo, Google, and Apple (again)? 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!

10 Popular Merchants that Desperately Need a Dedicated Mobile Site

Smart devices have become a preferred platform for online shopping, but while many big-name merchants have developed dedicated mobile web sites to appease the masses, less than a quarter of specialty stores have followed suit. dealnews has compiled a list of the top 10 merchants that we'd like to see join the mobile web revolution.

Get Your Piece of Puerto Rican Paradise

If you're itching for a beachfront, cultural vacation, look no further than the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. From Old San Juan to the dry rain forests in the south near Guanica, there's a place in Puerto Rico that'll suit everyone's vacationing style — and budget — especially with these flight, hotel, and vacation packages.

An Ace Gamer Weighs In: 5 Games for the new iPad

Last week we looked at the best apps for the new iPad. This week we set out to find the best games that make the most of new iPad's design and features. We reached out to Eli Hodapp, Editor at TouchArcade to find out what apps shine in this new world of iOS gaming.

AMD's New Trinity Processor Might Not Beat Intel, But It'll Be Cheaper

Last month, Intel released its latest line of processors, the Ivy Bridge series, and now, AMD has countered with its Trinity line of APUs. While early reviews of the processor series suggest that it falls short of Intel's high standard, the new AMD models will likely result in budget-friendly computers for consumers.

What to Expect from 2012 Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day weekend is nearly upon us, and you may be planning to spend your day off shopping for deals. But what kind of discounts can you expect? We searched the dealnews archives and found that, unlike many holiday shopping events, Memorial Day sales tend to offer some of the best discounts of the year so far.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 212: Lightning Round!

The dealnews Podcast Episode 212 is ready to electrocute your brains with KNOWLEDGE! This week: Stock tips and legal advice from unprofessionals who you cannot trust at all. Also: the Facebook IPO sitch, Comcast bandwidth caps, public WiFi, how Verizon will kill off your grandfather(ed unlimited 3G plan), and more.

New Ivy Bridge Laptops Are Falling Fast in Price

Today's premium laptop shopper has a serious decision to make: Do you save a few bucks and buy a previous generation Sandy Bridge-based desktop replacement (many of which are currently undergoing all-time lows), or do you spend a little more on a laptop packing Intel's just-released Ivy Bridge CPU? Although common logic would suggest that the older tech will provide the better value, our deals in recent weeks suggest otherwise.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1" Reviews: Who's Saying What About the New Tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1" Android Tablet has hit stores, and the reviews are starting to come in. Priced at $399.99, it's being marketed as the "budget-minded" follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1", but how do the Tab 2's features, design, and usability compare to other tablets? And did the manufacturer cut one too many corners in order to make this a budget-friendly device? We scanned the internet for reviews from the most respected and revered electronics outlets, to see what the general consensus is about Samsung's latest offering.

10 Cool Tools for Father's Day

Father's Day is just a few weeks away, and don't you want to bring a smile to your old man's face when he opens up the gift from you? Luckily, most guys are relatively easy to buy for; a new tool usually does the trick. We've compiled a list of 10 cool tools (at a variety of price points) that should delight the shade tree mechanic, the woodworker, or the ardent do-it-yourself on your list this year.

Rumor Roundup: Eminem for Wii U? Next-Gen Xbox Name?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Xbox, and Apple (again)? 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!

Cotton Prices Are Down! Does that Mean T-Shirts Will Cost Less Now?

After years of escalating prices, the cost of cotton has finally reversed course this month. So, if cotton is less expensive, does this mean that the price of cotton goods — namely clothing — will drop as well? Not exactly.

Summer's Calling: Your Myrtle Beach Vacation Beckons

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is home to many resorts and beachfront properties and attracts 15 million sun-seekers each year. Ready to be one of them? We've got flight, hotel, and vacation packages deals to get you there.

8 Apps That Maximize the new iPad Experience

Some of the new bells and whistles to the extremely popular new iPad include an advanced display and processor, and you'll naturally want the best apps to take advantage of those upgrades. So we talked to an app expert to unearth the top apps that are optimized for the new iPad experience.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 211: A Trusted Brand Since 2012

The dealnews Podcast Episode 211 is ready to be heard by you lucky people! This week, our panel complains about allergies, upgrades to Windows 8, builds their own desktop PCs, and chooses price over brand.

Necessary Tools for Burgeoning Photographers: Free Photo Editing Software

With every generation, digital cameras get better, but that doesn't mean everyone's snapshots are picture-perfect from the start. Some of the more well known image editing software options, like Adobe Photoshop, are expensive, have a steep learning curve, and may be overkill for many shutterbugs. But these free photo editing software and apps are easy to use and will turn your image into a masterpiece in no time.

The Best Gift for Your Favorite Grad: A Job

Kids are graduating all over the place, these days! For those in college, this often means returning home to mooch off of the old folks for some time. That's why we suggest you get them the gift that keeps on giving: a job!

How to Pick the Right Running Shoes

When it comes to selecting a running shoe, the technical jargon can trip you up at the starting line, as each manufacturer takes a slightly different approach to providing the fastest, lightest, most comfortable shoes on the market — the cost of which comes in a distant second.

 But these guidelines will help you find the perfect pair of sneakers, and thus spend your money wisely.

dealnews Price Trends: Desktop Replacements Hit All-Time Lows

The days of paying a premium for a desktop replacement have come to an end. Over the past 10 months we've seen deals on fully equipped 17" quad-core laptops drop in price from an average of $900 to an astonishingly low price of $550. Here's what you need to know to score a deal on a premium desktop replacement laptop.

Rumor Roundup: Apple's iTV to Feature Siri? Xbox Fitness?

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

7 Hidden Pitfalls to Buying Store Credits on Daily Deal Sites

The emergence of flash sale sites has meant bargains galore for a growing segment of consumers, including the novel concept of buying a discounted store or restaurant credit. Often these "$30 for $15" credits seem like a no-brainer, if the store appeals to you; it's like free money! But as is the case with many things in life, credits have their own pitfalls and caveats. We've put together a guide to help you avoid disappointment when purchasing store credits.

Here's What You'll Need to Take a Swing at Boxing

The ancient sport of boxing has again become a craze in the fitness world. "The most difficult sport in the world" may seem difficult to break into, but this guide to the gear will set you on a course for your first KO.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 210: This One's for Lindsay!

The dealnews Podcast Episode 210 is ready for consumption by an earger populace (that's YOU guys!) This week, our panel appeals to their higher-ups, then talks Amazon's Cloud Drive, The Avengers (in a non-spoilery way), in-movie texting, Xbox subscription service, Wii U launch titles, and more.

10 Ways to Save to Pay off Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt can put recent grads behind in their new adult lives, so any way they can pay it off more quickly is beneficial. Here then are a few basic cost-cutting measures that will add up to savings that can be put toward paying off student loans as quickly as possible.

Nintendo Banking on Wii U to Reverse Fortunes, But Our Survey Says Few Care

With a lukewarm response to the 3DS, an aging Wii console, and pressure from Apple and other smartphone/tablet manufacturers, Nintendo was pushed into its first ever annual operating loss this year. Given the current state of affairs, the manufacturer is understandably hoping for a successful launch of the Wii U come November. But is the new console strong enough to take on its competition?

5 Handy Tool Kits: Sets of Wrenches for Your Home and Car

Rather than assemble a tool kit piece by piece, it's smart to pick up a put-together tool kit with every tool you'd need to handle minor to moderate repair jobs. And here you'll find deals on just the right tool kits for your home, your car, and more.

The Contract-Bound Xbox: $129 More Than Buying a Console & LIVE Separately

Microsoft officially announced its new contract-based Xbox promotion yesterday, which entails getting the 4GB console with Kinect for just $99 — if you sign up for a 2-year Xbox LIVE Gold membership in the process. But the prospect of being locked into a static LIVE membership plan, with unchanging rates, raises the question: Is this intriguing promotion actually a deal at all?

Rumor Roundup: Apple to Stream Movies? Star Wars Land? Hulu Lock-Down?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Netflix, and Xbox? 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!
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