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Features Archives for June 2013

Rumor Roundup: 3 Million Copies of GTA V? The Rock? iOS 7?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Facebook, Google, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

8 Ways to Get the Goods You Want Without Paying in Cash

Bartering for goods or services may seem like an old-fashioned concept, but with the power of the Internet, it's coming back in style. We've collected eight barter and trade services that help you get rid of things you don't want in exchange for things you do.

4K TVs: How Much Resolution Do We Need?

Once upon a time the world thought that 1080p was pretty good. Now there are TVs with a 3840x2160 resolution which purport to put regular high-def to shame. What do you think? Can you ever have too much resolution on your TV?

The Best Smartphone Cameras for Photo Enthusiasts

Smartphones have revolutionized the ways in which we take and share photos, but which smartphones offer the best mobile photography features? Here are the top five smartphone cameras that offer the most bang for your buck. Or the most pop for your pixel. (You know what we mean.)

Best Buy's iPhone Trade-In Promo Underpays Customers by $50

Best Buy's latest promotion offers a free iPhone 5 when you trade in your iPhone 4 or 4S in-store, but is this the best you can do for your defunct phone? We did the research and found that you'd be better off using a different service.

Leave Your Wallet at Home with These All-Inclusive Vacation Deals

While there are many reasons to love an all-inclusive vacation, the biggest perk may be tucking your wallet away for the entirety of your summer getaway. These deals to the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Mexico, and Jamaica include everything from unlimited food and drinks to water sports, at no extra cost — allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Microsoft Reverses Xbox One DRM Policy, Kills Required Online Check-In

Microsoft announced yesterday that it will terminate the Xbox One's much-disputed DRM policy, and it will no longer require 24-hour online check-in from users. Surely this will please the gamers who hated these "features," but is it enough to make them go back to team Xbox?

The 6 Most Commonly Stolen Items May Surprise You

Organized retail crime costs the industry $30 billion a year. And while that number alone may shock you, we're more surprised by what people are stealing.

A Guide to the Best Student Discounts on Apple, Tech, Travel, and More

While many adults say that their 20-something years were some of the best in their lives, being a student is rarely the best time in someone's financial life. Between tuition costs and living expenses, there are plenty of students who are surviving on Ramen noodles while they try to pinch pennies. Fortunately, there are numerous student discount programs from top retailers, so students can get amazing savings on groceries, travel, and computers.

What Is Free Stuff Worth? (Buy A Phone, Get A Jay-Z Album)

Tweet for a $1 MP3 credit! Give us your personal information for a free magazine! Seems like there are so many ways to get free stuff ... but at what cost? In this brief — yet lively — video discussion, our experts ponder the question: How far would you go to get something for free?

So Much at Steak: 8 Tips for Buying the Right Gas Grill

In pondering that chowhound question of the ages, "Where's the beef?" know that the answer could be as close as your own backyard — that is, if you own the right grill for the job. But before you get burned, seared, or otherwise broiled on your gas grill search, here's a handy buying guide to landing the grill of your dreams: this checklist will help you separate necessities from the frills.

Grown Ups Just Want to Have Fun: 10 Kids' Items We Wish Were for Adults

Ah, the golden years of being encouraged to sleep, eat, and burp whenever possible. And those pirate-themed beds, treehouses, LEGOs! Do kids even know how lucky they are?! When was the last time you got to wear your batman suit to dinner, hmm? And how handy were bibs!? In our opinion there are some things that really should come in adult sizes. And no, we don't mean diapers.

How to Save Money on Shrimp

Are there alternatives to paying $15/lb. for shrimp? There are! Inside, we reveal a super-cheap way to get that shrimpy feeling, without emptying your wallet!

The Top HDTVs of 2013 Are Already 40% Off

While you might be inclined to opt for an older TV to get a good deal, what if we told you that some 2013 models are already seeing solid discounts? Inside, we detail how much you can save on some highly-rated, super new TVs from the likes of LG, Samsung, and Panasonic.

Fantastic Father's Day Food Freebies, from Froyo to Fudge Cake

You don't want to get your dad another tool set or tie this Father's Day. Instead, give him the gift of food! This June 16, fathers across the country can avail of all sorts of free treats from breakfast to dessert.

Rumor Roundup: Rainbow iPhones? Star Wars Solo Twins? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about the iPhone, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

The New MacBook Air Is a Better Value Than Deals on the Previous Generation

Normally after Apple releases a new version of one of its devices, we recommend that shoppers save money by skipping the latest model and instead look for deals on the previous generation; often the new upgrades are minor and "older" models are barely a year old. But when it comes to the 2013 MacBook Air, we're recommending shoppers buy the latest model.

The Future of Gaming Costs How Much?!

Now that E3 has started, we finally have some concrete information about the next Xbox and PlayStation! Along with the real specs, we got hit in the face with the real prices, too. Are these prices out of line? Or are they about what you expected?

Ways to Protect Your eBook Library If NOOK Readers Are Canned

We are often told that competition in the consumer electronics space is good for us, but what happens if an ecosystem that you have invested in goes out of business? With Barnes & Noble's eReader sales having hit a standstill the brand may go defunct. So NOOK owners with big libraries of books should look into these ways to protect their NOOK purchases.

Is Cheap Costco Gas Worth the Membership?

Ah, Costco! This warehouse club has got it all, and it can harbor savings of 6 to 12 cents off a gallon of gas. As such, Costco's gas sales have helped the company's bottom line, but is it really worth the cost of membership?

Deal Highlight: High-End Ivy Bridge Laptops Coming in at All-Time Low Prices

We've mentioned before that laptop prices will drop now that Intel has unveiled its newest processor, but we've typically focused on budget configurations. Today's Editors' Choice deal on a beefed up HP dv6t, however, shows that even high-end laptops are seeing all-time low prices.

Have You Experienced Credit Card Fraud After Buying at Rakuten?

If you've bought anything from Rakuten — formerly Buy.com — in the past few months, you'll want to check your credit card statement. Customers have complained of identity theft and fraudulent charges placed on their credit cards used to checkout on Rakuten.

5 Reasons Why This Summer Is a Perfect Storm for Laptop Deals

Laptop sales are in the dumps, Windows 8 turned out to be a failure, and tablet shipments will soon outnumber that of notebooks. Despite the gloomy forecast, it's a buyer's market for laptops and this summer you can expect to see some outstanding deals.

Our Bacon Doughnut Sandwich Video Review

Thanks to Dunkin' Donuts, you will soon be able to buy an egg sandwich that uses a doughnut like a bun. But in our latest video, our experts ponder the question: An egg sandwich ... on a doughnut?!

Update: Our Media Editor has tried it! Click through for our video review.

Rumor Roundup: Apple iRadio? MakerBot No More? AirDrop?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Pepsi, MakerBot, Star Wars, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

10 Bizarre Clothing Items We Found On Sale

During the course of our daily deal spelunking, we often come across some amusing, eccentric, and outright bizarre stuff. Normally we just laugh amongst ourselves, but today we're letting you in on the joke. Inside are 10 of the wackiest and weird outfits we've seen recently in the sale racks, including a red waffle knit onesie that not even Ryan Gosling can pull off.

Know Where Your Money Goes: Hidden Fees for College, Flights, Banking, more

Nowadays many "hidden" fees added to the base price of everyday utilities (like banking, high-speed Internet, etc.) are not so hidden. And while they allow companies to charge more without officially raising its prices, their costs to consumers adds up quickly. Here's a look at a handful of below-the-line fees and some tips on how to avoid potentially surprising bills next month.

New 16GB iPod touch Prices Will Drop to $190 by September

Apple just announced a budget 16GB version of its 5th-generation iPod touch priced at $229, which is $70 less than the 32GB model. However, as many dealnews readers know, it may be smart to hold off on purchasing it, as it's likely to drop even further within just a few months.

How to Buy a Road Bike: Deals, Bike Basics, and Beyond

Many of us never lost our love for the two-wheeled bicycle adventures we first found as kids, and many folks have adopted biking as their major means of travel. If you have a yearning to pedal on in adulthood, we'll help you choose the right road bike.

The Most Energy-Efficient TVs Won't Necessarily Save Much Money

We all know that it pays to be green in our lives, and there are a number of variables that determine how energy efficiency impacts one's bottom line. But when it comes to TVs, what are the energy savings like, and are they substantial enough to justify a higher price tag for an efficient model?