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Features Archives for 2012

The State of 3D TV: Prices Dropped 33% in 2011, Cheap Brands Offer New Lows

Since their mainstream debut at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, 3D TVs have been a niche product. Sky-high prices, competing technologies, and expensive glasses have given consumers more than enough reasons to ditch these TVs in favor of lower-priced LCDs. However, we're predicting this summer will be the year of the 3D TV (finally), and here's why.

Today's Hard Drive Deals Feature 2010 Prices, So When Might They Stabilize?

It's been roughly six months since the devastating floods in Thailand, and the storage industry is still struggling in the wake of the destruction. Analysts predicted hard drive prices would increase in the months following, and unfortunately, that's precisely what we've seen. But where do we stand now, and how long will it take for prices to stabilize? We looked at price trends in the dealnews archives to get a better picture.

Cheap Sunglasses Are Great, Just Make Sure They Offer the Proper Protection

Some people look at sunglasses as disposable items to buy at the dollar store, while others see them as fashion statements worth paying hundreds to get just the right pair. But we just want to make sure that you get a pair that protects your eyes. So here are some tips (and deals) to help you pick a pair that will suit your face and your budget at the same time.

How Much Money Will You Save With Energy Star Appliances?

While energy-efficient appliances can save you money through usage, few people realize that you can get a tidy refund via a tax credit too! And though it's too late to claim such a credit on last year's taxes, you can start planning for a payoff on this year's, by purchasing an Energy Star appliance. Here's what you need to know about the savings can you expect.

Survey Says: iPad 2 is the Second Most Popular Tablet for First-Time Buyers

There will always be a deluge of people who always buy the latest and greatest from Apple, but what about consumers who are currently tablet-free and ready to jump aboard the slate train? We wanted to know how many first-time tablet owners plan to buy the new iPad, a previous generation, or a different platform entirely, so we asked our readers. And the results of the dealnews survey are in!

Booking Got Bumped? Your Vacation Cancellation Recourse

Any savvy traveler knows to check the fine print before making travel plans. We generally know that hotels require notice if we cancel our stay, and that airlines won't let us switch departure dates without paying a fee. But what happens if the vendors are the ones who change your plans?

dealnews Podcast - Episode 202: Merrily Down The Streaming

The palindromic dealnews Podcast Episode 202 is ready for you, for ready is 202 Episode Podcast dealnews pallindromic The! Discussed by our expert panel of certified talkers is the unveiling of Google Play, Walmart offering UltraViolet copies of your DVDs, Netflix grasping at straws, Marvel pushing digital, total coverage of the London Olympics, homeless hotspots, Doritos Tacos, and more.

Beyond the Case and Screen Protector: How to Protect Your Gadgets

Anyone who has dropped or scratched their iPhone, tablet, or other gadget knows the importance of having a good case or screen cover on it. These accessories can be the difference between having a working device and one that's barely functional. But, it doesn't end there. We talked with some electronics experts for their ideas on the best ways to protect your gadgets from damage that goes beyond your basic cases and coves.

Gear Up for a Mountain Climbing Adventure

There are challenges that tell us how much heart we have, and the peak of a mountain is one that always looms above our heads. Every day, ordinary people attempt to ascend to altitude greatness, whether it's at Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, or Mt. Hood, Denali, or even Mt. Katahdin in Maine. We praise these climbers, but advise that before you begin your vertical ascent, you not only gear up, but brush up. Here are tips for preparing to undertake a mountain climbing adventure this spring.

Rumor Roundup: Downton Abbey? $199 Android Tablets? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5, the iPad 4, and the iTV? Or the future of Apple, Microsoft, and Maggie Smith? 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!

7 Deadly Energy Sinners: The Energy Hogs Hiding in Your Home

Look around your own home, and you'll find power guzzling electronics and appliances in both likely and unlikely places. But by making some fairly painless changes, you can see big savings: in energy, cash, and yes, saving the planet. Here's a look at some of those power-hungry appliances, and what you can do to be more efficient and economical without backbreaking hassle.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 201: The new iPad

It's the dealnews Podcast Episode 201 In this show, we cover the new iPad ... and that's about it. (There was a lot to say, so we said it.) There's also plenty of our usual jokes, laughs, and fun, so even if you hate Apple, you'll probably find this show enjoyable, anyway!

¡Vamonos a México! Whether Cancun or Cabo, Your Mexican Getaway Awaits

Universities understand that the stress of midterms must be offset by a week of leisure, and it's a pity that "going on spring break" ends at graduation. But why not change that this year with a trip to Mexico? With the deals we found on hotels, vacation pacakages, and fun-in-the-sun activities — in both Cancun and Cabo! — you'll be making those vacation days from work worth while.

What Will 4G Service for Your iPad Really Cost?

One of the most notable upgrades for the third generation iPad is the inclusion of 4G LTE connectivity. But how much will that speedy service cost you? And if everything can be streamed and downloaded so much easier, how quickly might you use your allotted data?

Don't Touch the Volume: How to Boost Car Stereo Sound Without New Speakers

The best way to improve your car's stereo system? It isn't exactly what you think. While new speakers and amplifiers are surefire ways to make your stereo louder, boosting its sound quality is as easy as peel-and-stick sound dampening material.

The Newly-Reduced iPad 2: How Low Can It (and Competing Tablets) Go?

After months of speculation, Apple has officially announced its third-generation iPad, but the real story in Wednesday's announcement was actually the iPad 2. At $399, it's the most discounted and aggressively-priced iPad ever. But this is just the beginning of what's to come, as retailers and tablet manufacturers will assuredly need to respond to Apple's price cut. So how cheap could the iPad 2 get? And how will it affect Android pricing?

Home Repair Tools for the Handy Homeowner or Craftsperson

You have your hammers, screwdrivers, drills, and saws: a nice start on the tool collection needed for your hobbies and house work. But there are lots of other chores that demand more specialized tools, and there's a perfect one for each task. Here are five tools that all savvy homeowners should have.

Before Buying the New iPad, Consider the Return on Your Investment

Today is March 7, and we're just a few hours away from the official details of Apple's latest iDevice. We found in a poll conducted last week that 22% of our readers are planning on preordering the new tablet. But before you buy, there are a few things to keep in mind should you ever want to sell your new device.

10 Travel Apps for Your Every Vacation Need, from Finding Flights to Food

When it comes to traveling, physical guidebooks and foreign language dictionaries may be going the way of the Dodo bird. Whether it's booking airfare, scouring for the best of the best in local food options, or navigating a new city's subway system, these 10 travel apps make vacationing easier.

Rough Seas for the Cruise Industry Drop Prices by 11%

The new year hasn't been kind to the cruise industry, with one mishap after another. But a cruise line's disastrous public image means good things for a customer's wallet — assuming you still want to step aboard a cruise ship at all. To coax hesitant travelers, numerous cruise lines have offered exceptional deals on their vacations. So how much can you expect to save?

iPad 3 Rumor Roundup: TRUEmors and Fantasies

Since the Apple event to announce the iPad 3 is in a few days, we thought we'd do something slightly different for the Rumor Roundup, this week. Not only are we rounding up the "true" rumors about the iPad 3, but also our hopes and (fever) dreams of what we'd like to see in the next version. See if you can spot the difference!

Low, Low Rider at a High Price: The Cost of Owning a Tron Legacy Light Cycle

Remember that utterly awesome Tron Legacy Light Cycle we listed awhile back? It was our eighth most popular deal of 2011, and we still can't get that flashy ride out of our heads. So we started to wonder: just how much would it cost to legitimately own the Tron Light Cycle and keep it in tiptop shape, rideable, and street legal? (You know, in case we save so much money from bargain hunting that we have $55,000 lying around to buy it.)

Nordstrom Rack's Latest Sales Strategy: Selling "Refurbished" Shoes?

Are refurbished shoes just a fancy way of calling them used? Nordstrom has reportedly begun selling "refinished" footwear at select Nordstrom Rack locations, and we want to know — would you buy them?

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March

March is here, and even though you may be planning to stay glued to the couch for all of March Madness, we bet you'll also be doing a bit of spring shopping as well. So we've mined the extensive dealnews archives for sales, coupons, and individual products from the past few years to guide you in your quest for the most savvy purchases this month.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 200: Where Did You See Yourself In Five Years?

It's the dealnews Podcast Episode 200! This landmark episode features guest appearances by past panel members, trips down consumer-news memory lane, as well as instructions on how to enter our big, celebratory sweepstakes in which you can win a Kindle Fire, Roku 2 XS, or a $50 Amazon gift card (as well as a SharkBanana). We also find time to discuss Hulu, netbooks, Netflix, Google's augmented reality glasses, how to pick the right lightbulb, and more. A good time will be had by all!

To Get the Best Deal on the New iPad, You'll Have to Wait 6 Months

After what feels like months of speculation, Apple has finally sent out the invitations to the media, and consumers are ready to save the date: the iPad 3 will be announced on March 7. And while the rumors about what it will offer continue to swirl, we're turning our attention to price: specifically, how long you'll have to wait until the iPad 3 goes on sale.

Paying Your Taxes With a Credit Card May Cost You

Have you got a plan to pay back Uncle Sam? With tax season in full force and the April 15 deadline inching closer and closer, many folks have already learned that they owe both federal and state governments a couple of bucks. There are a few different ways to pay what you owe, but beware of using your credit card to pay your taxes.

5 Reasons Not to Buy the iPad 3

It's rumored that Apple will announce the much anticipated iPad 3 next week, and it will likely be another compelling iDevice. But will you purchase it? You'll sure want to! That is, unless you have one of these five very good reasons not to buy the iPad 3.

Rumor Roundup: Star Wars in 3D on Blu-ray Soon? Google Retail? iPhone 5?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5? The future of Apple, Microsoft, and George Lucas? Well neither are we! 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!

Enjoy Your Stay in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is the quintessential Southern vacation spot. Even if you've been to its 60 miles of sand and sun many times, its affordable accommodations make it a destination spot for relaxation and fun that's worth the repeat visits. We've found some hot deals to facilitate you working on your tan down at Myrtle Beach: from transportation to hotels, and more.

Caffeine, Convenience, and Cost: Keurig K-Cups vs. Starbucks Coffee

The U.S. operates an $18 billion a year coffee trade, and in the quest for both convenience and connoisseur-quality brew, many consumers have turned to Keurig and its K-Cup system. By offering more than 200 varieties of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and specialty/iced beverages that can be brewed in minutes, we can't help but wonder what the daily and yearly cost of this coffee convenience is. Do you come out ahead by choosing K-Cups over Starbucks?

Is the New BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 OS Good Enough to Compete?

RIM recently announced the long-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 OS, an upgrade to its tablet's previous software. But across the board, reviews have expressed disappointment with the updates. Considering many dealnews readers have purchased a PlayBook during the numerous sales we've seen in the past few months, we want to know what you think of the additions. Is built-in email, a calendar and contacts application, and BlackBerry Bridge enough?

Home Security: Cameras and Safes to Protect Your Property

According to the FBI, in 2010 a home was burglarized once every 14.6 seconds. What's more, the U.S. Fire Administration estimates that there were 362,100 residential building fires last year. Fortunately, with a home security camera system you can reduce the chances of your home being robbed, and with a home safe, you can safeguard your precious documents from fire damage.

 For tips and deals to help make these purchases a little easier, read on!

dealnews Podcast - Episode 199: OS X Cougartown! Rawr!

In the dealnews Podcast Episode 199, the panel talks about the sneak peek of OS X Mountain Lion, Samsung's all-OLED manufacturing scheme, why Internet connected TVs are not so Internet connected, harmful toothbrushes, and vat-grown meat. Plus, Jeff displays a little bit of "the crazy," and so very much more!

Expect to Wait 3 Months for Deals on the New Barnes & Noble 8GB NOOK Tablet

Amazon's Kindle Fire has been skyrocketing its way to the top of the tablet charts, and in an attempt to extinguish its success, Barnes & Noble unveiled its new 8GB NOOK Tablet for just $199. This aggressive move by B&N marks the start of a no-holds-barred tablet war with Amazon. But should NOOK fans jump on this "price cut" or is there a chance we'll see better deals on the NOOK in the near future?

The Most Buzz-Worthy Android Tablets to Keep Your Eye On

Despite a slow start, Android tablets are finally gaining momentum with consumers, and have claimed 39% of the tablet market — a 10% increase from the previous year. But with so many options to choose from, how do you know which tablet is worth your time? We sifted through some of today's most buzz-worthy models to find out.

5 Tablet and iPad Accessories Deals: HP Touchpad Case for $10, more

On the heels of the iPad 3 announcement (and some of the lowest priced iPad 2s we've ever seen), and with Android tablets claiming a whopping 34% of the market, we know our readers love their tablets. So we've brought you the top deals on tablet cases and sleeves to keep your prize possession protected.

10 Reasons Why It's OK to Shop Online at Work

Do you break into a cold sweat when someone walks by your cubicle? Well then maybe you shouldn't be shopping online at work! But, if you must (and we all must, right?!), at least have an excuse ready! Here are 10 reasons why it's OK to shop online at work, whether you need to make yourself feel better or if you have to wiggle out of an uncomfortable situation with your boss.

Rumor Roundup: Nic Cage Not Immortal? Eye-Tracking iPhone?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5? The future of Apple, Microsoft, and Nicolas Cage? Well neither are we! 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!

Are You Throwing Away Cash with Disposable Cleaning Products?

Just a few generations back, the formula for a spiffy house contained two simple elements at its core: a high stack of rags and plentiful elbow grease. Then came a newfangled wave of disposable cleaning aids, like the beloved Swiffer mop. But in many cases, reusable materials and inexpensive household cleansers could've done the same job for just pennies. We examine some of the most popular disposable cleaning products, and what they'll cost you over the course of a year, along with far less expensive, more eco-friendly alternatives.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion vs. REAL Mountain Lion

This morning, Apple gave us a sneak peek at its upcoming OS X update, Mountain Lion. That's cool and all, but how does it stack up to the real thing?

The 10 Most-Visited Caribbean Islands, and Deals to Help You Get There

We got our hands on a list of the 10 most-visited Caribbean islands, and — luckily for readers with wanderlust — most of them are extremely deal-friendly. So we pulled all the current deals we could find on these popular locations, to help you plan your next Caribbean adventure. Whether you want to lounge in Aruba, walk the beaches of Jamaica, or hit up the Dominican Republic, St. Martin, and more, be sure to read on!

dealnews Podcast - Episode 198: Tengo Hambre

The dealnews Podcast Episode 198 serves up thoughts on the iPad 3, and the 'casters discuss whether or not Han shot first. Then there's chatter about Amazon producing original content, Sony possibly exploiting celebrity deaths, and non sequiturs: hoverboards, Kodak, Shamrock Shakes, and more.

How to Find the Right Rain Gear for Any Outdoor Activity

There was probably a day in your childhood when, dressed in your yellow rain suit and galoshes, you loved stomping around in puddles. Now, all grown up, you find rain too wet, and always screwing up your playtime. The spring rainy season isn't too far off though, so don't let a little water get you down. We've detailed some guidelines for buying rain gear to keep you nice and dry whether you're outside for play or en route to work.

5 Tablet Deals: iPad 2 All-Time Low, Samsung Galaxy Tabs from $400, and more

Here at dealnews, we're not about to resolve the great debate between Apple iPad loyalists and those who love the Android tablet platform. We'd rather see everyone get on the same side of a battle: fighting high prices. We've searched high and low for five great tablet deals, so flex those touchscreen muscles and let's get started with the bargain hunting.

Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts: Free Food, Candlelight Dinners, Flowers

Today is Valentine's Day, and you still haven't decided how to express your love for her? While we don't necessarily recommend following your wallet over your heart, today we've found the best last-minute Valentine's Day gifts for those with emptier hands and pockets. From Krsipy Kremes to FTD and Amazon, it will be happy Valentine's Day after all.

UPS Garners Complaints for Losing Packages, Offering Poor Customer Service

When you shop online as much as we do at dealnews, you're going to experience the occasional snafu with delivery. In particular, we've encountered many complaints about the service provided by UPS. So we want to know: how often has your excitement over an arriving UPS delivery turned into anger resulting from a missing package or terrible customer service?

5 Tips to Get the Best Value from Selling Your iPad 2 Before the iPad 3 Release

Seeing as the iPad is the number-one selling tablet in the world, there's a very good chance that you own one. And there's also a good chance that you own the latest and greatest version: the iPad 2. But what if you also happen to be an Apple-phile, and the promise of an upcoming iPad 3 release is tempting you to upgrade? Then be sure to check out our detailed plan of action for ensuring that you get the best value for your iPad 2.

Rumor Roundup: Blade Runner 2? Evil Dead Remake? Amazon Stores?

Rumors! You know the Internet is going to continue to crank out "news" about Apple, Google, Adele, Amazon, et al. The least you can do is read them. That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! If you don't read them, the Internet will feel like it went through all that trouble for nothing!

Have Fun in the Sun in Florida on a Budget: Deals on Flights, Hotels, and more

Even if you're not hurting from a cold winter this year, we bet a little Florida sunshine on your skin and temperatures that let you strut around in shorts or a sundress would be a welcome change from the gray, seasonal limbo. To help you get to the Sunshine State on a budget, we've highlighted a few deals on flights, hotels, and activities that'll get you one step closer to a sunny day at the beach!
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