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Features Archives for October 2013

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in November

Well DealNews readers, we finally made it to November, one of the happiest months for budget-conscious shopping. Not surprisingly, many items hit their lowest price points this month around Black Friday. Ultimately though, November isn't the best time to buy everything, so make sure you peruse our buying guide to ensure that you steer clear of the duds this month.

How Competition, Time of Day, and Even the Weather Can Affect Prices

Dynamic pricing is marketplace buzzword that has been around for a while, though it's being bandied about with increasing frequency as of late. Whether you're a consumer already planning your holiday shopping budget or just looking to save money on your regular household expenditures, it's important to understand what dynamic pricing is and how it can affect you.

Google Knows Where Your Package Is: Private Results Now in Google Search

Google unveiled a purchase history and shipment tracking service that, with the holiday season around the corner, could potentially simplify your life — assuming the concept doesn't totally freak you out.

VIDEO: Would You Build Your Own Cell Phone?

It's come to light that Motorola is working on developing a "modular" cell phone called Project Ara. Every component in the handset will be removable and replaceable, so if you want to upgrade your CPU you simply pop out the old one and clip in a new one. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss the pros and cons of a modular cell phone.

Airlines Have Found Even MORE Ways to Annoy Their Passengers

The skies are about to become a bit friendlier, but that's not necessarily a good thing. It came to light last week that several major airlines are adding an extra seat to aisles in coach in order to boost their bottom line. Even frequent and elite travelers aren't exempt from airline changes: the Consumerist discovered that some airlines have done away with free checked bags and a number of Premium Economy seats on popular routes.

Rumor Roundup: Waterproof iPhone 6? Cars 3? Forking Android?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Pixar, Forking, 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!

When to Get the Best iPad Prices: Skip the iPad 2 and Get the iPad 4 for $399

Now that the latest iPad lineup details are confirmed, we're back to give shoppers another quick rundown of potential iPad deals. From shockingly cheap iPad minis to surprising discounts on the latest iPad Air, here's a look at what iPad prices to expect in the coming months.

11 Ways to Get Cheap Cell Phone Service

Cell phone service providers thrive by peddling a plethora of extra features on top of basic service plans, but many people don't even look at their monthly cell phone bill. Checking your bill though can help you remove any of these unnecessary extras. Here are 11 ways to cut back on your wireless plan and put some extra money back in your wallet.

Kentucky Loves Black Friday More Than You

It's no secret that we here at DealNews get really excited about Black Friday. Like, really excited. And while we're the first to admit that we might have "Black Friday tunnel vision," we're not the only ones...

The Retina iPad mini & iPad 2 Both Cost $399, But Which Would You Buy?

Apple not only announced new iPads at its event yesterday, but it also stunningly decided to increase the price of the second-generation iPad mini to $399 — which is the same price as the several-years-old iPad 2. So which iPad should you buy? The new one, or the bigger one?

Want Amazon Free Super Saver Shipping? That'll Be $10 More, Please!

Amazon announced that it will raise the minimum purchase requirement to qualify for Free Super Saver Shipping from $25 to $35. This comes just a week after Best Buy upped its minimum purchase too. So how will this affect customers this holiday season?

GameStop Black Friday Ad Analysis: Great Accessories But No Next-Gen Deals

Now that the entire 2013 GameStop Black Friday ad has been leaked, gamers have their first glimpse at how the holiday's video game deals are shaping up. Inside, we've highlighted some of the ad's more notable deals, including the lowest price we've ever seen for a PlayStation Plus subscription.

Macy's Black Friday Ad Analysis: A 'Same Old' Coupon, Strange Sale Times

Even though it's only mid-October, we've already found a leaked copy of Macy's entire Black Friday ad. We've dissected and inspected it to discover what's good, and, as it turns out, it's a mixed bag.

When to Buy an iPad mini & How to Get a Deal on the iPad 5

October 22 is shaping up to be a busy day for Apple. Not only is the company expected to announce the new iPad mini 2, but rumors indicate we'll also witness the debut of the iPad 5. As with all Apple announcements, consumers should gear up for discounts on previous generation devices. But just how low will prices go, and when will we see deals on the new tablets?

Rumor Roundup: New Spider-Man 2 Titles? Apple iWatches? PS4 Driveclub?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Spider-Man, Home Depot, 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!

From Walter White to VMA Miley: Pop Culture Halloween Costumes Under $50

Still haven't decided what to be this year for Halloween? There's some time left to put together a costume that's clever, culturally relevant, and on the cheap. Check out some of our creative Halloween costumes — from Breaking Bad to popular memes — that won't break the bank.

Checkout by Amazon Means Never Entering Your Credit Card Information Again

Love shopping online but hate having to enter your name, billing address, and credit card every time? You could checkout via PayPal, or you could opt to use the new payment system from Amazon: Checkout by Amazon. The recently released checkout system works a lot like PayPal, but Checkout by Amazon doesn't redirect users to a new webpage, and instead offers immediate access to users' Amazon address book and payment methods directly on merchant checkout pages.

Macy's Black Friday Ad Preview: Great Deals, But No Doorbusters

Earlier this week, Macy's released a sneak peek of its Black Friday ad ... via Pinterest! Regardless of why the retailer chose this social channel, the question remains: Are the deals any good?

Halloween Infographic: Americans Spend $330 Million on Pet Costumes

Does $6.9 billion sound like a spooktacularly high price tag for Halloween? It's true, Americans spend quite a chunk of change on costumes, decorations, treats, and, of course, fake blood. Here, we present a breakdown of Halloween spending, plus we threw in a few other fun factoids to delight you ghouls and boys. It's scary how informative our infographic is!

Steam's Free Gaming OS Wants to Take Control of Your Living Room

While Microsoft and Sony duke it out for your attention this November, the gang at Valve announced plans for new operating system, console, and controller designed to bring Steam into your living room. But despite Valve's recent flurry of announcements, there's still a cloud of mystery surrounding SteamOS and the company's so-called Steam Machines.

How to Pick the Perfect Parka

Before you know it, the wind and snow will be upon us. Don't spend another winter shivering and miserable, when you can embrace it from the comfort of a warm, dry parka. We've put together a quintessential list of what to look for in the perfect parka and found great deals on a variety of winter jackets for all types of weather conditions.

The First Black Friday Ad Has Arrived! And It's for a... Snow Globe?!

Every year at DealNews, we wait eagerly to see what the first Black Friday ad may be. Last year, Sprint leaked an ad for the Samsung Galaxy S3. This year, JCPenney kicks the season off with a teaser announcement about a titillating deal on a... snow globe?

5 Devices That Gazelle's Chief Gadget Officer Can't Live Without

We first talked to Anthony Scarsella, Gazelle's Chief Gadget Officer, last year to find out what devices topped his list of must-haves. But a lot has happened in 18 months or so! And even though there still "isn't enough time to try every gadget" in the world, we did manage to find out his top five new favorite gadgets.

Soon 3D TVs Will Cost the Same as Regular 55" HDTVs

Despite having been dismissed and overpriced, 55" 3D TVs are now enjoying a comeback and will soon cost as much, if not less, than their non-3D counterparts of the same size. With Black Friday approaching, you should keep an eye on a few specific 55" 3D TVs that we expect to see some of the best discounts.

Black Friday Predictions 2014: Our Methodology

The DealNews Black Friday Predictions come chock-full of information that will help you prepare for the shopping holiday. But you may be wondering where exactly all the price estimations and data points come from. Everything is in fact informed by up to three years of historical data based on deals listed on DealNews.

Despite Early Holiday Hype, December Is The Best Time to Buy Toys

Toys "R" Us recently released its Fabulous 15 list of the hottest toys for the holiday season. You may be tempted to get your kids' wish list completed early this Black Friday, but we tracked the deals on last year's Fabulous 15 to see when the toys hit their lowest prices of the season, and you could save money if you wait a bit longer.

10 Unexpected Things Your Smartphone Can Do

While we're aware that smartphones can do double duty as a camera, portable gaming system, and MP3 player, their potential actually runs much deeper than that. With the right apps or accessories, your phone can accomplish a variety of nifty tasks that you might not be aware of.

Windows 8 Hybrids That Give the Surface Pro 2 a Run for Its Money

Priced at $899, Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2 isn't the cheapest Windows 8 hybrids available, especially when you add the $120 Touch Cover 2. Check out these Windows 8 hybrid alternatives to see if the new Surface tablets actually offer the best specs for your budget.

10 Ways to Save Enough Money to Buy an HDTV on Black Friday

Autumn is in the air, and even though the season — and all its pumpkin spice glory — isn't in full force yet, there's something else we bet you can smell from a mile away: Black Friday TV deals. And while we're predicting that 55" 3D HDTVs will drop to $425 on Black Friday, we understand that money doesn't grow on trees. Here are 10 ways to trim your budget before Black Friday so that you can afford that new TV come November.

Rumor Roundup: Daniel Day Lewis? 3D Phones? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Daniel Day Lewis, Apple, 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!

Weird Facts: Amazon Sells Kurt Vonnegut Fan Fiction and Pink Floyd Wine

Amazon is obviously an important retailer for many people who want their orders in a cheap and timely manner, but the mega-retailer's reach goes beyond just the typical product purchase. For example, did you know that you can legally sell fan fiction through Amazon?

VIDEO: Facebook Is Now Sharing User Activity with TV Networks

Facebook will now send TV networks a breakdown of how many interactions their shows received on the social network. This will give networks a clearer picture of how much users are talking about their programing. Is it time we saw a change to how TV ratings are gathered? Tell us what you think!

Yay or Nay to Autopay: When Automatic Bill Payment Goes Horribly Wrong

When it comes to paying recurring bills, signing up for automatic payments may seem like the easy — and responsible — way to go. But the convenience of autopay can backfire, making it conveniently easy to not keep track of your spending. Before signing up for automatic bill payments, consider these possible drawbacks.

Don't Wait Until Black Friday! 9 Deals You Should Buy Now

October is a tricky month because we're so close to November — and the best Black Friday deals — that we can almost taste it. So for many product categories, you're better off waiting until next month to buy. But don't overlook October entirely! There are a handful of items that are actually better buys this month, and our October buying guide focuses on the things you should buy now, while offering some notes about what purchases are better left to Black Friday.

Get Ready to Buy Your Kids a Toy That Farts and Burps This Christmas

Toys "R" Us just released its list of the most anticipated toys for the holidays. (And yes, it is only October.) If you have a kid in your life, you better familiarize yourself with this selection of playthings. To make it a tad easier, we've cherry-picked our favorite five toys.