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Features Archives for 2012

Bring Your Own Boat: Selecting the Best Canoe for You

While some people thrive off a busy schedule, many of us long for a bit of serenity. An idyllic place for peace is out on the water, where its sounds and swells can have a soothing effect on one's spirit. To get out there, you'll need to pick the right canoe for your needs, and this guide will help.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in May

It's easy to know that you're getting the best deal around when shopping through dealnews, but sometimes you want to plan for purchases in advance. So to help you out, we've mined our archives of product prices, sales, and coupons to see what consumer goods are the best buys for the month of May.

Mother, Mom, and Mommy: A Guide to Mother's Day Gifts for Every Type of Lady

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and trust us, even though she says she doesn't want anything, she will appreciate a token of your love for her on this day. What that token should be, however, really depends on the kind of lady your mother is. Here's our essential guide for selecting the perfect Mother's Day gift.

Cruise, Swim, or Laze Around the Bahamas on a Budget

Sometimes it can be hard to reconcile your dream vacation with the reality of your bank account. Sure, we'd love a getaway to the Bahamas but will the doctor let us sell our remaining kidney so that we can afford it? Probably not. Thankfully you can keep your organs intact and enjoy the beaches of the Bahamas with these rock-bottom deals on airfare, hotels, activities, and more.

Tips for Turning Your Backyard Patch into a Garden of Eatin'

Start growing your own fruits and vegetables by turning a small patch of your backyard or neighborhood vacant lot into a farming powerhouse. To get started, and keep things green and economical, we've put together some tips on how to grow your own vegetable garden.

Big Audio Dynamite: Big-Sound, Low-Cost Car Stereo Components

Still looking to pump up the volume as you cruise along the highway of life? We've updated our car stereo guide to include new deals, so you can make sure your ride is capable of all that rockin'! Auto audio enthusiast Dan Leadbetter serves up advice and six car audio upgrades that'll boost your stereo system's sound without busting your wallet.

Microsoft Bets Heavy on Tablet Hybrids, Apple Laughs in Response

New data suggests that tablet sales are expected to surge and replace PCs as the computing device of choice. That might explain Microsoft's push to put its Windows 8 operating system on hybrid tablets that convert into a laptop-like device. But Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks the idea is preposterous. So who's right, and what do consumers really want from their tablets?

dealnews Podcast - Episode 208: Send Me to An Ivy Bridge College

The dealnews Podcast Episode 208 is ready for your ears! This week, the crew talks sans Jeff (but they manage just fine!) about Intel's latest CPU release, Apple's potential discontinuation of the 17" MacBook Pro, Xbox LIVE streaming, fast food delivery, and more.

Will Apple Discontinue the 17" MacBook Pro?

While we anxious await an alleged update to the Apple MacBook Pro series of notebooks, there are rumors that the hefty 17" model will eventually be phased out due to faltering sales.

Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs Are Here, But Will Sandy Bridge Deals Offer Better Value?

Intel's third-generation Core i-series (aka, Ivy Bridge) processors aren't significantly faster than their Sandy Bridge predecessors, but they were designed to be more energy efficient and pack stronger video capabilities. But with Sandy Bridge deals on the horizon, is it worth opting for Ivy?

8 Home Improvement Projects You Shouldn't Do Yourself

We're all about undertaking projects on our own; it saves money (especially when you take advantage of one of our deals) and provides a great sense of accomplishment. However, even the bravest of homeowners shouldn't undertake certain home improvement jobs like these.

Necessary Accessories for the Burgeoning Photographer: Tripods

Last week we showed you how to select the right camera bag to best hold your lens and DSLR kit. This week, we'll look at what it takes to keep your setup steady. The tripod is a necessary support system for many photographers, but there are a few specifications to keep in mind when shopping to ensure you get the best model for your needs.

Rumor Roundup: Super Mario 4 in the Works? iPhone 5 with Siri Headset?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Valve, and Nintendo? 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 Cost of eBooks from a Self-Publisher's Perspective

We asked what you thought an eBook should cost and you told us, definitively, that eBooks should always cost significantly less than their paper counterparts. But while publishers and authors save money on printing, the question is, how low can digital printing actually go? We asked a self-publishing expert for his perspective.

Visit the Sunshine State: From Disney Hotels to Deals on the High Seas

Although Florida is stereotypically a haven for both the young and the old, the Sunshine State indeed has something to delight travelers of all ages. Whether you want to recline on a beach, frolic amongst cartoon characters, or set sail on the high seas, we've got the deals to make your Florida dreams a reality.

Dialing for Dollars: Your New Smartphones and Accessories

Android? Or iPhone? Ultra-modern? Or decidedly retro? The Great Smartphone Debate rages on. But no matter which side you're on you'll find savings on iPhones, Android smartphones, headsets, and more. All you have to do is dial into dealnews for these savings!

Erase Your Data: How to Prep Your Gadgets to Sell or Recycle

By now you know all the benefits of recycling your old gadgets. Not only is it better for the environment, but it might even put some extra cash back in your wallet. However, before you trade-in your old tech, we recommend ensuring all your personal information has been erased. We've listed some steps you can take before recycling or selling your used gadgets.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 207: Spotted Banana

The dealnews Podcast Episode 207 is here! After you are done celebrating this momentus occasion, press play and enjoy! This week, Jeff, Louis, and Dan talk taxes, eBook pricing, Google Project Glass competitors, and tainted salad.

Google's Project Glass: Does It Even Need New Technology to Work?

Have you seen Google's Project Glass augmented reality glasses? Then you're going to want to take a peek at the alternate reality we've envisioned where you can get all the functionality of it, but without the high-tech shenanigans! You haven't seen the video? Well, then, we've also included it inside for your viewing pleasure!

5 Editors' Choice Digital SLR Cameras: Deals from Nikon, Canon, Pentax, more

Spring is busting out across the land, which can only mean two things: shutterbugs springing into action, if you will, and lots of cool SLR deals to harvest and highlight. This week we're zooming in on Editors' Choice SLR deals from Nikon, Canon, and Pentax, as well as an "SLR-like" Olympus.

Is Apple Creating a Game Console with Valve?

Apple CEO Tim Cook was reportedly spotted at the offices of game software heavyweight Valve, spurring rumors that the manufacturer is planning a foray into serious gaming. But in what capacity, exactly?

5 Furniture Deals for Inside and Out: Inflatable Hot Tub for $494, $60 Bistro Set

The birds are singing as they line their nests and wake you up far too early in the morning. And although you're not expecting hatchlings, their industriousness is infectious. You, too, feel compelled to welcome the changing season by refurnishing your home. And we at dealnews make that simple! From tables and chairs to an inflatable hot tub spa, we've found the best deals on home furniture.

The Best Tax Day Freebies & Deals: From Massages to Free Food

Even if you're expecting a hefty refund for 2011, the tax season can still be a stressful time for consumers. You can soothe your nerves and (if you owe the government) by indulging in our favorite perks for Tax Day: freebies, deals, and discounts! From massages to free food, here are the best deals to make your day a little brighter.

Necessary Accessories for the Burgeoning Photographer: The Camera Bag

Recently, we offered a secondary lens guide for readers looking to take their photography to the next level. And now, equipped with that second (or third, or fourth!) lens, in addition to your camera body and kit lens, you may see a need for the right camera bag to carry them all.

Rumor Roundup: iPhone 5? What Will Wii U Cost? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, the iPhone 5, Facebook, and Nintendo? 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!

Ahead of the Headphone Curve: Surrounded by Great Deals on Sound

It's hard to imagine a world without stereo headphones. You practically can't go anywhere in public without seeing someone sporting earbuds, big puffy headsets, or designer headphones that look like the hi-fi equivalent of body art. And to celebrate the art of sound, we've got five deals on headphones.

Apple & Publishers Sued for Price Fixing, But How Much Should eBooks Cost?

Apple and five book publishers were slapped with a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday, with charges that they have conspired to fix prices on eBooks. Some analysts believe the result could eventually mean lower prices for consumers. But how much do you think an eBook should cost anyway?

Best Buy Wants You to Stop Using Its Stores as Showrooms

Best Buy caused a stir when it announced that it would close 50 stores and focus its efforts on mobile technology. Then, the retailer disclosed that its CEO, Brian Dunn, was resigning. A seismic executive shift and a reconsideration for what it sells is worrying behavior to say the least, but how will these events impact the bottom line for consumers?

dealnews Podcast - Episode 206: Project Dwayne Wayne

The dealnews Podcast Episode 206 is here! This week, Jeff, Louis, and Dan ponder the billion dollars Facebook just spent on Instagram, get cross-eyed thinking about Google's Project Glass, combat cell phone theft with the FCC, and more.

The Consumerist Explains Why EA Was Awarded the Golden Poo for 2012

The Golden Poo Award is bestowed upon the champ of the corporate chumps in The Consumerist's annual Worst Company in America Award. This year the honor went to an unlikely winner: Electronic Arts, which publicly pooh-poohed the award. dealnews talked to Chris Morran at The Consumerist to find out how the video game company has run afoul with customers.

When Is an eBook Better than a Print Book and Vice Versa?

Not surprisingly, eBook reading is on the rise, according to a recent poll. But under what circumstances are you willing to go digital, and when are you more likely to opt for print?

Don't Drop That Phone! Or, How the Right Case Can Protect Your Gadgets

Whether you're working at a construction site or in an office, or if you only use your iPad, Kindle Fire, laptop, smartphone, or other gadget at home, there are all kinds of protective covers available to keep your electronics safe. Read on for the lowdown on the best materials used in electronics cases, so you can choose the right deal for your needs.

Insane Rumor Roundup: Jeremy Lin? iPhone 5? Facebook?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Jeremy Lin, the iPhone 5, the next-gen PlayStation, and Facebook? Well neither are we! YAY! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

Seattle Times Slams Amazon for Working Conditions, Lack of Philanthropy

Amazon's bargain prices and its logotype A to Z arrow (or customer satisfaction "smile") have earned the company worldwide notoriety. But if you've been reading The Seattle Times' scathing series of reports, Amazon isn't as idyllic of a company as some may have thought. With purported grievances from sales tax evasion to a glaring lack of philanthropy, the Times suggests that Amazon's image has become a source of contention amongst the community, the company's peers, and even its employees.

Tax Day Software Guide: How TurboTax, TaxACT, and H&R Block Stack Up

Last year 112 million taxpayers filed federal taxes online, and this year the IRS predicts that more folks will file electronically than ever before. It's therefore no wonder that tax software products become popular purchases around this time every year. While we can't promise you a hefty refund, we can offer details on a variety of tax prep tools you'll need to get one.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 205: Penniless

The dealnews Podcast Episode 205 is here! This week, Jeff, Louis, and Dan contemplate the usefulness of the penny, non-expiring Groupons, Ashton Kutcher's role as Steve Jobs, and more.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: 5 Camera Deals from Nikon, Canon, and more

The phrase "everything old is new again" is as true for cameras as it is for fashion trends. Fortunately, retro chic actually costs less when it comes to refurbished cameras. This week, we've found deals on Olympus, Nikon, and Canon digital cameras, plus camera accessories.

10 Ways to Wisely Spend Your Tax Refund

Tax season is upon us, and for many of us that means a nice return from Uncle Sam is heading our way. And if you've decided to spend your refund, you'll want to do it wisely. Naturally, we like to stretch our dollar as far as possible, so we looked into a variety of goods that can deliver the best bang for your buck. From Caribbean cruises to hour-long massages, here are 10 smart ways to spend your tax refund.

Rumor Roundup: PlayStation 4 Codename? TMNT (Minus the 'TM')? iPhone 5?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5, the next-gen PlayStation, and mutant turtles? Or the future of Apple, Microsoft, and Zynga? Well neither are we! YAY! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures! And then go tell everybody about them!

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April

April is here, and if you're stuck indoors waiting out showers that will bring May flowers, consider it a blessing: You'll have an excuse to devote more time to shopping around for deals! In an effort to guide you toward savvy purchases, we dug through the dealnews archives from years past to see what goods are, well, good to buy in April, and what you should hold off on.

How Much Do Free Apps Really Cost?

Just as there's no such thing as a free lunch, quite a few apps out there entice you with a gratis download price tag, then ensnare you with in-app purchases. But just how much money are otherwise frugal folks willing to spend? And which in-app purchases will set you back the most money? dealnews investigates the cost of free apps.

Set Sail and Save: Cruise Packages Make the Best Bargain Vacations

If you're the kind of traveler who enjoys the act of traveling as much as the vacation portion of a trip, we encourage you to book a sea-bound voyage. Not only are cruise packages at some of the lowest prices we've ever seen, but the destinations are abundant. With a cruise package deal, you'll enjoy more than just the pleasures of traveling at sea and days in port; the savings to be had with these cruise deals may change the way you think about fun and relaxing vacations.

The Best 4G Smartphones for All Budgets

In less than a year 4G technology has matured from a cool add-on to have on your handheld to a must-have feature for any smartphone. But with so many models on the market, how do you know which phone is right for you or which model offers the best value? We've hand-picked five of today's best-rated (or most anticipated) 4G smartphones to help make your decision easier

dealnews Podcast - Episode 204: It's Our Time, Down Here!

The dealnews Podcast Episode 204 is here! This week, Jeff and Louis were left to fend for themselves, but they handle the situation with aplomb through such topics as: Employers asking for your Facebook login, Pottermore cranking out the Harry Potter eBooks, Instagram, Angry Birds, Draw Something, and more.

Coupons from the Popular Shopkick App Pale in Comparison to Online Offers

A few months ago, the increasingly popular Shopkick app announced that it had recently reached 3 million active users. These millions of consumers cash in on in-store savings from the shopping rewards application by earning points and rewards, as well as unlocking special discounts redeemable at the cash register. This obviously excites anyone invested in brick-and-mortar retail, but is the app really providing a sizable advantage over online shopping?

Skip Newt's $50 Photo Fee, Get a Pic with a Presidential Candidate for Free

Yesterday, news spread that Newt Gingrich's campaign had decided to charge $50 a pop for photographs taken with him at a campaign speech in Delaware. Now, we don't report on political issues, as we are, after all, a shopping website. But we do report on deals. And we just couldn't help but point out that there are some more thrifty options available for our Republican readers out there.

You May Save a Little with an In-Store Kohl's Kiosk, but is it Worth it?

If you're shopping at a Kohl's retail location and can't find what you're looking for, you can look to the Kohl's Kiosk, which houses the online version of the store's shopping experience. But will the kiosk let you redeem those online coupon codes we frequently find for Kohl's? And if so, is there an advantage to using the in-store kiosks for certain items over shopping at home from a computer? dealnews investigates!

Video Review: Work While Working Out with the FitDesk Excercise Bike

At what point does exercise and work converge? Well, for personal trainers, that's every day. For the rest of us, however, it rarely happens. But thanks to the FitDesk, we can all experience the confluence of human existence's worst activities! Since we liked the idea of knocking out two chores at once, we wanted to see how well this exercise bike works. To read (and see!) our thoughts on the FitDesk, click through for our video review!

Rumor Roundup: Bigger iPhone 5 Screen? Zynga to Buy Draw Something?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5, the iPad 4, and Windows 8? Or the future of Apple, Microsoft, and Zynga? Well neither are we! YAY! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures! And then go tell everybody about them!

Dreaming of California: Deals on Hotels, Flights, & Activities for a Cali Vacation

Have you ever seen a Pacific sunset? The majesty of the California coastline is breathtaking. And now's the perfect time to head west. The Golden State boasts some of the best wine, restaurants, scenic views in the nation. To help you experience all that California has to offer, we've found deals on flights, hotels, and activities.
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