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Features Archives for July 2013

Best Windproof Umbrellas with Lifetime Guarantees

We've all been there. It's pouring rain, and your umbrella has gone with the wind. Next time don't settle for a drug store, cheap-o umbrella. Look in to investing in one of these quality umbrellas and stay dry!

VIDEO: Would You Replace Your Wallet with Your Phone?

It was recently revealed that 10% of Starbucks' transactions are paid for with mobile payment methods like Passbook, Google Wallet, on-screen gift cards, etc. Have you ever used your phone to complete an in-store purchase? If not, would you?

This Week in Consumer News: Kickstarter Scams, Gmail Cash Money, more

If keeping up with the news is its own reward, then saving money because you kept up with the news is like getting cash from Grandma for helping her bake cookies. Did you know that Google will soon allow you to send money from your inbox? Or that financial experts are predicting lower smartphone prices on the horizon?

Amazon’s Music Download Site is Cheaper Than iTunes 78% of the Time

These days, consumers have access to a wide variety of digital music made available by download through a variety of sources. And despite iTunes' popularity over Amazon's MP3 Store and Google Play, our research shows that iTunes music is always more expensive.

Don't Waste Money (or Calories) on Bad Iced Coffee

Now that summer is in full swing, it's time to invest in the hottest seasonal fashion accessory: frozen coffee. It's not very hard to find a refreshing frozen coffee, but where can we find the best frozen coffee drink?

Rumor Roundup: Apple iWatch for Fitness? Ryan Goslingwalker?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Gran Turismo, Ryan Gosling, 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!

Google Chromecast Is the Cheapest Media Streaming Player Yet

Yesterday Google announced Chromecast, both a software service and a hardware device that has the potential to change the way we stream media on an HDTV. (That is, unless you're familiar with Apple's AirPlay; then it's a lot like something you've used before.) All this, and it will only cost a mere $35.

Prices for Amazon Books May Be on the Rise

Amazon has built its reputation around rock-bottom pricing and undercutting the competition, but a recent study suggests that the retailer may be slowly increasing prices on its books. Could the downfall of other booksellers be the culprit?

Opt for AMD Instead of Intel and Save Up to 38% on Your Next Laptop

While back-to-school sales and falling consumer demand have brought notebook prices to all-time lows recently, there's still another way for shoppers to get even more bang for their buck on a laptop this summer. In fact, if people opt for an AMD processor, they could slash up to 38% off their final price.

VIDEO: Would You Pay For Facebook?

One of the co-founders of Twitter recently suggested that Facebook should offer a paid version which would strip out the ads. In this brief — yet lively — video discussion, our experts ask the question: Would you pay to talk about cats with your friends?

A Guide to Finding the Right Music Streaming Service

There are an overwhelming number of ways to get music via the internet. But if you can answer yes/no questions, then this music streaming services flowchart can make finding the best fit for your musical tastes and budget a breeze.

This Week in Consumer News: ZIP Code Scandal, Canon Warranties Extended

More often than not, it pays to stay up to date with what's going on in the world of retail and consumer goods. For example, a recent study shows that men get distracted by flashy colors while shopping, which causes them to buy things that aren't actually good deals. Another report from last week suggests that the average price of iPhone apps is steadily dropping — but that might not be a good thing for your wallet in the long run.

How to Save Money on Back-to-School Clothes

Everyone knows that gearing up for a new school year means buying copious amounts of paper and pencils, but the best part about going back is the chance to re-stock a student's wardrobe! Whether you're a parent or a student, we're here to help you find the best sales on back-to-school clothes.

These 10 Electronic Devices Are Almost Impossible to Repair

Last week, the repair commandos at iFixit.com shared with us their list of the 10 easiest-to-repair electronics. It's a useful list if you want to know which gadgets you can service on your own. But if it's controversy and indignation you want, this is the week you've been waiting for! Here are iFixit's top 10 hardest-to-repair electronics.

5 for $25: The Top-Reviewed Indie Games from Steam's Summer Sale

It's time for the Steam Summer Sale, those few days out of the year where thousands of bargain-browsing gamers say, "Hey, why not, I'm sure I'll play it sometime." But wait! Stay your pretty hand! Instead of making a purchase that you'll regret, we've gathered the top five games from the sale that collectively come to a neat sum of $25.

Rumor Roundup: Apple TV? Google TV? iWatch? Dr. Strange?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Google, Doctor Strange, 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!

There's More to That Google Nexus 7 Deal Than Just a Great Price

We see hundreds of excellent deals every day here at dealnews, but sometimes a discount comes across our plate that actually tells a story. In the case of this Editors' Choice Google Nexus 7 deal, it's a story that predicts the refresh cycle for the Nexus 7, as well as future pricing for its competitor, the Kindle Fire HD.

Ways to Bring More Bacon Into Your Life

They say that money can't buy happiness, but money can buy bacon — and bacon is bliss. But how much bacon is too much? We wanted to see what life would be like if we indulged our every porky whim and incorporated bacon into all aspects of our daily life.

mySupermarket Compares Online Grocery Prices to Save You Money

Not everyone loves grocery shopping. Enter mySupermarket.com, a new site that compares the prices of groceries (both foodstuffs and otherwise) across a variety of stores. But can this sale aggregation site save consumers both time and money?

VIDEO: Would You Pay More Per Month to Upgrade Your Phone More Often?

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon are all about to offer new cell phone plans. These new plans will allow customers to pay a higher monthly rate in exchange for the opportunity to upgrade their smartphones more often. In this brief — yet lively — video discussion, our experts ponder whether or not this is a good thing.

Not an iPhone Fan? Here Are the Hottest Android and Windows Smartphones

Buying a smartphone isn't as easy as it used to be. Faster processors, sharper screens, and a never-ending line of new releases have made it a lot harder for consumers to make a single purchase without a tinge of regret. Fortunately, this Android and Windows smartphone buying guide is chock full of some of today's best phones at the best prices around.

How to Get 83GB of Free Cloud Storage

Using cloud storage allows you to access your files at anytime from anywhere. It's as easy as creating an account and connecting to the internet. And if you utilize your free cloud storage resources wisely, you won't ever have to pay for the privilege!

dealnews Exclusive: iFixit's 10 Easiest-to-Repair Electronic Gadgets

It's no secret that we're fans of the repair masterminds at iFixit. And because Kyle Wiens is known for his advice on DIY methods gadgetry repair, we asked him and the iFixit team about the 10 most easily repairable electronics they've gotten to disassemble.

Rumor Roundup: iPhone with Sapphire Glass? Microsoft NOOK? More?!

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, 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!

Nostalgia in Bulk: The Oriental Trading Company Story

Jam-packed with cheap toys in bulk quantities, The Oriental Trading Company's catalog was sure to inspire avarice in the average child. What kid wouldn't want 144 toys? And they were so cheap! Now that we're adults, let's reexamine the OTC catalog and see if there's anything in there that still has us itching to buy by the gross. (Hint: There is!)

Airbnb Discount Lodging Is Up to 46% Cheaper Than a Hotel Stay

This summer, 69% of consumers plan to take vacation... and plan on spending $1,000 or less in doing so. We've found that way to stretch that budget is by booking lodging through Airbnb, which can save 46% off the cost of a hotel stay.

The Best Laptops for PC Gaming

Are you a devoted PC gamer that wants to break away from your desktop? Luckily, there are great gaming laptops on the market that are sure to free you from your desktop burdens.

VIDEO: What Services Are the Most Difficult to Cancel?

Do cable companies make it purposefully difficult to cancel services so customers will choose to stick with the company, rather than put themselves through the hassle of discontinuing membership? In this brief — yet lively — video discussion, our experts reveal what they've stuck with, because canceling was too hard.

Spend Your Summer Paddling with the Proper Kayaking Gear

Flat-water kayaking is a serene and cooling sport, perfect for summer. All you need is a kayak, a paddle, some provisions, and friends. We've got the deals you'll need for the proper gear, from the boat all the way through to the deck caddy. (However, you'll have to find friends on your own.)

The Best Places to Download Free Music

While it's easy to download whatever song that may strike your fancy with just a click of a mouse, filling your library (or even just building a new playlist) in this fashion can become expensive pretty quickly. A smart music fan should thus always be on the lookout for opportunities to get free music.

The Stage Is Set: Summer Concert Series by the Numbers

The KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival and the Monterey International Pop Festival in June 1967 gave birth to outdoor rock festivals as we know them today. And since then, countless musicians have performed countless songs, but there's more to the summer's festivals. Here's the rundown on stats, spending, and trivia surrounding the summer concert season.

Back to School Factoids: Kids Will Spend $4.2 Billion on Supplies?!

For some students, the school year just ended. It doesn't matter, because it's already time to think about going back! Back to school means spending a lot of money on supplies, clothes, and whatnot. How much? Find out in our latest infographic!

A Model Idiot: Real Life Zoolander Moments

Have you ever wondered if there's more to life than just being really, really, ridiculously good looking? With rumors circulating that the much-anticipated Zoolander 2 is in the works, we thought it was apropos to take a closer look at the models that we comes across every day. As our writers sort through sale after sale, they tend to unearth various photographic gems that seem to embody that Ben Stiller fashion classic.

Americans Will Eat 150 Million Hot Dogs This 4th of July

We hold these truths to be self-evident: life, liberty, and the pursuit of statistics on spending. So whether you're lighting a few sparklers on the front lawn, heading to the nearest beach, or buying flags for the local parade, here's the rundown on stats, spending, and trivia surrounding the Fourth of July.

VIDEO: Do We Even Need RSS News Readers Anymore?

This week, Google closed down Google Reader, its RSS feed reader. This left a lot of people in the lurch and searching for new ways of getting their news. Our experts wonder though: Do we even need RSS news readers anymore?

Budget-Friendly Home Theater Systems for Every Kind of Media Consumer

With summer blockbusters on their way from the big screens to our home screens, there's no better time to improve your viewing and listening experiences in the living room. With today's technology advancements, there are plenty of home theater system options available that are sure to benefit your setup at a reasonable cost.

Did Microsoft Fans Ensure Higher Game Prices By Hating on the Xbox One?

It's been an interesting few weeks for gamers, particularly Xbox fans. After initially planning a host of seemingly draconian online connectivity requirements and restrictive resale policies, Microsoft announced some big changes to its original Xbox One plans in response to gamers' reactions. But could new and used video games have been cheaper under the Xbox One's original model?

How to See Summer Blockbuster Movies without Breaking the Bank

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the cinema, so long as the A/C is working. But the "full movie theater experience" — complete with popcorn, soda, Snow Caps, and the like — can be pricey. Thankfully movie theater deals and discounts abound, and we've got some tips on how to enjoy the big screen films for little cash.

What's in a Name? How 7 Cornerstone American Companies Got Their Names

When it comes to chains like Walgreens, Macy's, or McDonald's, you don't have to be a genius to figure out the establishments were named after someone who got the enterprise off the ground, but wherefore Target? You can keep imagining what the story behind Apple Computers is, too, or we can talk about how the these seven major national brands chose their names.