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Features Archives for January 2014

Amazon May Increase the Cost of Prime by $20 to $40

Amazon's incredibly popular streaming and shipping program, Amazon Prime, may soon see a price hike of $20 to $40. While nothing has been finalized, a price increase would obviously have serious implications for the rumored 20 million Prime members.

Rumor Roundup: White Xbox One? Solar Powered iPhone?

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

16 Leaked Super Bowl XLVIII Commercials

For a single day in February, up becomes down, black becomes white, and those things that we normally fast forward through become things we actively seek out. Yep, it's Super Bowl time and everyone can't wait to see what commercials the mad men from Madison Ave have cooked up for us.

Beats Music Streaming App Has 20 Million Songs, No Ad-Supported Free Option

Beats Music promises its users a mobile streaming experience that tailors playlists to what listeners are craving in that moment — as long as they aren't craving free music, that is. Beats Music costs $10 a month, and (unlike almost every other streaming service) there's no ad-supported free option. Read on for our take on this nascent streamer, and find out whether Beats Music is the service you've been waiting to pay for.

Tailgating for the Puppy Bowl — Pun Intended!

For the last ten years, Animal Planet has been counter-programming the biggest football game of the year with the cutest football game of the year, The Puppy Bowl! Half the fun of any football party is the tailgating experience; you know, the food, the fun, the zaniness? Here's how to tailgates for the Puppy Bowl!

What to Expect from Valentine's Day Deals

Though it's not an official holiday, Valentine's Day is still a big day for many retailers. And while we'll see discounts on everything from roses to jewelry, not every promotion is worth your time or money. To separate Cupid's hits from his misses, we researched past Valentine's Day sales to help you find your significant other the right Valentine's Day gift at the right price.

Budgeting at the Box Office: How to See This Year's Oscar Nominees for Less

With the Academy Awards just over a month away, we’re gearing up for the celeb-infused night by binging on 2013's cream of the crop silver screen offerings. Lacking in Jordon Belfort’s millions however, we mortals must do our best to scrimp and save in order to afford the luxury of a trip to the movies at a time when theater prices are sky rocketing. Thankfully, we know a few ways to save at the box office that make indulging indulge in Hollywood’s finest affordable.

Super Bowl Ticket Prices Are at Their Lowest in a Decade Because of the Cold

Super Bowl ticket prices are at their lowest in more than a decade. Apparently, no one wants to pay thousands of dollars to sit in the cold for a few hours.

8 Retailers That Offer Same-Day Delivery

Can you imagine shopping from the comfort of your home and not having to wait two days to receive your purchases? Or how about shopping in-store ('cause sometimes that's fun, too!) and having someone else whisk your purchases home for you? For many consumers, same-day delivery is like a dream come true, but in fact, it's a reality in select cities across the country. Check out these eight retailers that are proud to offer same-day delivery and see how they stack up against one another.

You Could Save Over $200 Buying These 10 Items When You Don't Need Them

Let's face it: No one wakes up in the morning with a burning desire to buy everyday necessities like pet food, toilet paper, batteries, or diapers. And yet many of these goods are so essential, we'd run out of the house bleary-eyed at 3 am to replace them. However, it's cheaper and easier to stock up on these items when you don't need them — and we've got the data to prove it! That's why we've rounded up a collection of items that you should always buy when you see a deal, even if you're still fully stocked at home.

5 Easy Ways to Prepare and File Your Taxes Online

The only two things certain in life are death and taxes. We can't predict the former, but we do know that you shouldn't let April 15 sneak up on you! Get a head start on the paperwork and file your 2013 taxes with any of these five e-filing services.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in February

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's certainly not lacking in savings. You might not score as big of a discount as you would prefer on a Valentine's Day gift, but this month you'll find deals on several necessities like winter coats and tax software. We've sorted through our archives of sales, coupons, and daily deals to find out what the best and worst things are to buy in February.

The Best Time to Buy DVD & Blu-ray Box Sets

While some experts say that the days of physical media are numbered, there are still plenty of TV fans who prefer physical discs to streaming services or season pass downloads. But box sets of TV shows cost a pretty penny. That is, unless you know when the best time to buy a TV box set.

Rumor Roundup: Injured Bat-fleck Delays Picture? Nintendo's New Console?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Ben Affleck, Nintendo, mobile phones, 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!

Contrary to Popular Belief, Nobody Is Buying a TV for the Super Bowl

With Super Bowl XLVIII looming on the horizon, the media outlets are all atwitter about how everyone is buying a new TV for the big game. Clearly, football fans across the country must be rushing out to buy a bigger set in time to cheer on their team of choice. However, a poll of Dealnews readers revealed that only about 3% of people will buy a TV for the Super Bowl.

If 'Candy' Gets Trademarked, What Do We Call These 8 Things?

Since the makers of the ridiculously popular Candy Crush are attempting to trademark the word "candy," we thought we'd take a moment to ridicule the ridiculousness of the news by listing eight people and products that are in danger of being sued — along with suggestions as to what they can change their name to, if slapped with a C-and-D.

Would You Buy an NSA-Proof Smartphone?

The Blackphone is a new smartphone designed by an international team of cryptographers and security experts. An ad for the phone shows a montage of headlines about the NSA, making it clear that the smartphone's developers feel their product will find a niche with consumers wanting to avoid the government's prying eyes.

Seagate Hard Drives Are Cheaper But Less Reliable Than Hitachi & WD Storage

Did you know that Hitachi and Western Digital hard drives are less likely to fail than Seagate storage? In fact, Seagate drives were fallible up to 25% of the time. What's more, our own research suggests that you're actually more likely to find a deal on a Seagate hard drive. Read on for our take on the study's results, and what effect they should have on your hard drive buying habits.

VIDEO: HP Will Sell Windows 7 PCs Again, Will Others Do the Same?

HP has seemingly slighted Microsoft by selling new PCs running Windows 7. Eschewing Windows 8, HP claims that offering Windows 7 meets "popular demand"; the $150 dollar discount on these systems is an additional incentive to buy HP. Will other manufacturers follow?

Nintendo's Miserable Sales Forecast Means Even Cheaper Wii U Consoles

Weak sales of the Wii U will likely bring even better discounts in the coming weeks and months. Just don't expect the gaming library to grow in leaps and bounds.

Offbeat Spring Break Ideas That Save Students as Much as 70%

Spring Break is just around the corner, which means legions of college students will be hitting the beaches and partying like mad. But if the traditional Spring Break package doesn't fit either your temperament or your budget, take a look at these five offbeat, low-cost Spring Break destinations that can save you as much as 70% on your trip.

How to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

If we told you that proper care of your clothes would make them last for 15 years instead of just three, would you pay more attention to how you hang your suits or wash your shirts? If you're good to your clothes, they'll last longer, and that'll save you money in the long run. So here are some ways to improve the longevity of your clothes, which will in turn keep your wardrobe budget more manageable.

Tickets to the First Super Bowl Cost $12. Today, They're Going for Up to $14,000

There hasn’t been an outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in ... well, ever. But the cold weather won't stop us fans from rooting on our favorite team, or spending a pretty penny celebrating. So grab a seat, hoist a huge foam finger high in the air, and read on for a look at Super Bowl XLVIII by the numbers.

Why Your Next Laptop Should Have a Touchscreen

According to NPD DisplaySearch, as many as 19.8 million touch-enabled notebook PCs shipped last year, and the number is expected to increase in 2014. And being the natural penny pinchers we are, we decided to track deals on touchscreen laptops to see where prices are going and how they compare to traditional systems. Our conclusion? Your next laptop purchase needs to include a touch display.

Other Stores May Have Been Attacked by Malware from Target's Security Breach

If you haven't ordered a new debit card or taken other measures to protect your identity in the wake of the recent Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches, you really should reconsider. Several security firms have come forward saying that even more retailers may have been exposed to the malware used in the Target attack.

Rumor Roundup: A Facebook Paper? Jon Hamm Is Strange? More?

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

The First DealNews Retail Awards: Epic Price Mistakes, Strange Deals, and More

With 2013 still fresh in our minds, we've decided to take a look back at the year in retail with the hope of gleaning some useful lessons for the coming year. From epic price mistakes and mind-boggling deals, to cringe-worthy CEO fails, we present to you the 2013 DealNews Retail Awards!

10 Times Facebook Was The Worst

No matter how many times Facebook flagrantly walked all over user privacy, we keep going back. Is it so that we can enjoy being righteously outraged again later? Let's relive a few of those gloriously aggravating times when Facebook was the worst.

Net Neutrality Neutered: How the Verizon Court Decision Affects You

On Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck a possibly fatal blow to the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. The case, brought by Verizon against the FCC, has significant implications for the future of Internet access. But while the 2-1 ruling may seem like a death knell for the open Internet, there's still hope that net neutrality can live on.

Let's Discuss: Does It Freak You Out That Google May Soon Be in Your House?

Google has landed itself back in the tech news spotlight with its recent $3.2 billion purchase of Nest, a home automating company. As with anything discussed on the Internet, reactions to this news has been mixed — and some people are totally freaked out.

Rise of Interactive Ads: Your TV Wants You to Buy David Beckham's Underpants

As Super Bowl XLVIII approaches, competitors are rolling out their best game plans and gear to battle — for your dollars. This year’s Super Bowl ads are already generating buzz, and at the forefront is H&M’s spot for the David Beckham Bodywear line, which is employing "t-commerce," or allowing viewers to shop directly through their televisions.

5 Really Weird Things at CES 2014

Every year, CES shows off upcoming technology; however, not all new tech is great. For every higher resolution TV and smarter watch that's shown, there are applications of technology that are just plain bonkers.

Bitcoin Goes Mainstream at Major Retailers & Lemonade Stands

Until recently, Bitcoin wasn't a mainstream topic of conversation. But the peer-to-peer payment system is making headlines again. Discount shopping site Overstock has plans to accept Bitcoin by June, making it one of the first major retailers to do so.

13 Things That Will Be Less Expensive in 2014

Although you might have been disappointed to see that things like wine and milk are destined to be more expensive this year, there's still good financial news on the horizon! Analysts predict certain products will see significant price cuts in the coming months. From 4K TVs to used cars, we've rounded up a list of 13 things you can expect to spend less on this year.

7 Energy-Efficient Home Improvements That Pay for Themselves

Energy savings is certainly on a lot of people's minds as Winter 2014 has kicked off in fearsome fashion across the United States. Yet savings know no season, and are sometimes affected by a timeline of when energy investments will have paid for themselves. Here we examine seven popular product categories to see how long it might take before you realize a return on your energy-efficient investment.

General Mills Says 'Cheerio, GMOs,' But Do You Even Care?

No longer coming to breakfast tables across America: Cheerios containing genetically modified organisms. Anti-GMO advocates are hailing the change as a major victory. But critics say the move is just a corporation cashing in on a cause célèbre. Read on to explore the controversy that's headed for a supermarket aisle near you.

How to Choose the Right Generator for Your Home & Tailgating Needs

Owning a portable generator is a great investment for dialing up the quality of your tailgate party with video and audio on a sumptuous widescreen TV, or just being prepared for winter power outages. But generators come in many shapes, sizes, and (most importantly) price points. Thus, we've created a helpful guide to picking a portable generator.

The Future Is Now: All the Ways You'll See 4K Content in 2014

This week, we've learned that 4K content is more a forgone conclusion than a far-off dream. Companies like Netflix and Amazon have partnered with studios to create native 4K shows and movies, while Sony already boasts a library of up-converted 4K content. One TV manufacturer has bet the farm on 4K, choosing to drop 3D support altogether. With the sudden surge in ultra HD media availability, one thing is certain: the arguments against 4K are getting weaker.

A Fitness Guru Gives Us the Skinny on the Exercise Gear Everyone Should Own

Ah the groaning sounds of gluttonous holiday bodies as they jump on the New Year's resolution treadmill to get in shape. Fortunately for those of us with the resolutions to trim budgets and waistlines, we have a list of six pieces of fitness equipment that will help you get in shape this year and cost under $100.

VIDEO: The Biggest Trend at CES? Putting a Computer on Your Body!

One of the biggest trends at CES this year is "wearable tech". Sony, LG, Garmin, and Intel have all announced plans for putting computers somewhere on your body. Though most of them are nothing more than glorified heart-rate monitors, several are potentially useful. So when does wearable technology makes sense?

The Pirates Have Spoken: Fantasy Was Way Better Than Reality in 2013

The torrents have been counted and the pirates have spoken: 2013 was the year of the fantasy genre. The folks over at Torrent Freak recently released their lists of the most pirated films and TV shows of the year.

Study Shows We Want Everything for 70% off

A recent study shows that many people put off buying their holiday gifts in the hopes of getting 70% off. While we see stores offer such discounts on a regular basis, that tactic can sometimes lead to retail heartache if you're shopping for something specific.

Would You Spend the Night in a Walmart Parking Lot?

If you've ever walked into a Walmart and thought, "Wow, I could totally live here. Zombie apocalypse destination confirmed," then you are both strange and correct. Most of the megaretailer's stores will let folks stay in the parking lot overnight.

11 Things That Will Be More Expensive in 2014

While we're sure 2014 will be filled with new and exciting price drops, logic implies that some of our favorite things are just going to cost more. Here at DealNews, we've been watching the trends and can report that consumers should see price hikes on some unexpected goods and services in the coming year. From beloved foods and restaurants, to cars and smartphones these 11 things will be more expensive in 2014.

Netflix Added New Movies to its Streaming Library This Week

On January 1, Netflix removed a slew of titles from its streaming library as a result of licensing agreements that came to an end. According to Mashable though, the movie site has also added several new titles.

Amazon's Disappearing Movies and the Dilemma of Digital Media Ownership

Last month, Amazon Instant Video customers were unable to stream several Disney Christmas specials, even if they had already purchased the titles. While Amazon quickly restored access to the specials, the event has reignited a conversation about the morass that is digital media ownership. When you purchase digital content, does that mean you own it?

Tools for Your Car in Case of Emergency

It's almost a law of nature that your car will break down only during the worst conditions, when it's cold, windy, or slushy out. Are you prepared for auto problems that come your way, or will you be stuck out in the rain, waiting for help to arrive? We've compiled this list of the necessary tools and supplies you should make sure you never leave home without.

The Top Brands for Refurbished Electronics Offer Discounts of Up to 50%

Short of finding a working 60" HDTV on the side of the road (which has only ever happened to one person that we know of), buying refurbished is the best way to get the very lowest prices on good-as-new electronics. But there are some things you need to know before you purchase a refurb laptop, tablet, or TV. Read on for our in-depth look at all-things refurb.