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Features Archives for April 2014

Apple MacBook Air Refresh Will Yield Historically Low Prices for the 2013 Model

Apple slashed the price of its new MacBook Air laptops yesterday, and while that's fantastic for the consumer, we know that a lower MSRP for 2014 machines means that we will in turn see even cheaper prices on the 2013 MacBook Air. So how low could it go?

VIDEO: What Will Robot Cars Be Like? And Will Insurance Fees Cease to Exist?

Google announced that its self-driving cars are now able to handle city streets. This means that the future of cars is an autonomous, robot-driven one. The way we build cars and use them is going to change in many unexpected ways.

Cutting it Down to Size: Tips for Buying the Best Lawn Mower

When spring rolls around, the resurgence of that lush beautiful green in your yard comes at a price: lawn care. Even if an afternoon spent manicuring the lawn isn't your idea of fun, there are a variety of lawn mowers available to make your job easier.

Tuesday Jolt: Slash 70% Off Skater Chic Styles, Free Sam's Club Membership

Today is your lucky day if your closet is in need of rejuvenation. Tilly's and Rockport are hosting show-stopping sales, cutting at least 50% off all discounted items. These sales, as well as price lows on tablets and lighting, are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

Frontier Will Charge Economy Travelers for Carry-On Luggage

We'd probably all love to snag cheap airfare on the regular, but at what point does a discount no longer become worth it? Frontier Airlines has debuted a barebones ticket option that will cost less, but won't include certain amenities that most people are probably used to, like a reserved seat or overhead storage.

Kitchen 101: 7 Must Have Items to Jump Start Your Culinary Art

Just getting started in the kitchen, and don't know what you'll need? We spoke to some Chicago chefs to compile a list of must-have items for the beginning chef.

With HBO on Board, 54% of Consumers Now Think Amazon Prime Is 'Worth It'

According to a DealNews survey, it would seem that shoppers are now more willing to spend $99 on an Amazon Prime subscription due to the addition of HBO content. That's good news for Amazon, as it strives to find more convincing ways to get users to commit.

The Cost of Textbooks Is Rising Faster Than the Price of College Tuition

With textbook prices increasing faster than tuition, classroom materials can cost students hundreds of additional dollars every semester. And with professors mandating which books to buy, students are a captive market. But here are some ways to save on that necessary reading material.

Friday Morning Jolt: 2-for-1 Movie Tickets, Buy an iPhone 4S and Get $100 Free

Now that the weekend is at our beck and call, we're looking for cheap and easy ways to keep ourselves entertained. Luckily, we found a "buy one, get one free" offer for movies at Fandango, an all-time low on Assassin's Creed IV, and more in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

Amazon Will Exclusively Stream HBO Shows Starting Next Month

Amazon announced yesterday that it has entered a multi-year contract with HBO to be the sole streaming provider of its content. That means that only Prime subscribers will be able to stream HBO shows without subscribing to the channel itself.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in May

While it's officially been spring for some time now, it seems safe to say that with the month of May comes definitive spring weather. And as the temperatures heat up, so too do the deals! We combed through our shopping archives so that you can put that new-found active spirit to good use by hitting the malls (and surfing online, obviously) in search of the best buys in May.

9 Surprising Perks You Didn't Realize Your Credit Card Offers

Better known credit card rewards include cashback and points you can use to "shop" through catalogs. But some companies go a bit farther and offer perks that many shoppers don't know about. Check to see if your credit cards carry any of these money-saving bonuses.

VIDEO: Unnecessarily Censored April Buying Guide

We gave the "unnecessary censorship" treatment to our latest TV appearance! Come and find out what the best things to BLEEP in April are! (It's 100% SFW, we swear.)

Tennessee Has the Highest Combined Sales Tax: How Does Your State Rate?

As the battle rages on between state governments and online retailers who refuse to collect taxes, some states have more to lose from the missing revenue stream. So which residents might be more prone to ordering online to circumvent sales tax?

VIDEO: Can You "Like" Away Your Right To Litigation?

Recently, General Mills (makers of Cheerios and Toaster Strudel) modified their legal policy so that if a customer "likes" them on social media, or downloads an online coupon, that customer gives up all rights to take legal action against the company! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if companies have the right to have such a clause.

Running With Scissors: 7 Myths About Cutting the Cable Cord

If the headlines are to be believed, consumers are abandoning cable in droves. But the truth is actually a lot more complicated than the news has led you to believe. In an effort to help you decide whether cable abandonment is right for you, we're tackling seven major cord-cutting myths. Read on to find out whether all cord-cutters are pirates, how much money you could actually save, and more!

The Best Days To Travel And Buy Airfare May Surprise You

A report by Hopper surveying ticket prices may give new insight on your bargain hunting. Hopper looked at popular domestic and international ticket searches since January 2013 to figure out the best days to book, the best days to travel, and how much you can save.

Using Your Gear Head: Bike Basics to Know Before You Buy

Looking to save money on gas this spring? Better get biking! We tapped Oscar Wastyn, the patriarch of the second oldest bike shop in the U.S., to generously dish some sound advice on how to choose and equip your new bike.

Rumors: iPhone Integrating Shazam? More expensive iPhone? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Mario Kart, Star Wars, and more? Well, neither are we! That's why we put all the latest nonsense from the internet into one place: the Rumor Roundup!

Quick & Dirty Guide: The Difference Between a Streaming Stick & Set-Top Box

As Amazon Fire TV bursts onto the market to compete with streamers like the Roku 3 and Apple TV, you may be wondering what these set-top boxes offer over cheaper streaming sticks — specifically Google's Chromecast and Roku's Streaming Stick.

Save the Planet, Treat Yourself: Earth Day Freebies 2014

April 22 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, an event that dates back to 1970. And on this day, the freebies and premiums pop up with the energy of spring bulbs bursting through once-dormant soil.

Wallet Pwned: You Won't Play 26% of the Games in Your Steam Library

A recent study shows that millions of gamers are buying games they don't want from Steam, with about 26% of games never even being loaded. Because Valve's Steam store has captured a staggering 75% of the global market for PC games, this means that the vast majority of PC gamers have probably wasted their money on an unwanted game at some point. Read on to see where these ignored games are coming from, and why we keep buying them.

15 Retailers That Offer the Most Coupons

Some retailers release coupon codes on a predictably regularly basis, and are therefore more likely to pay off in savings if you take the time to search before placing an order. We dove deep into our coupon database, sorting through every offer we posted in 2013, to find out which stores are the best.

VIDEO: How Much Private Info Do You Trade For Goods and Services?

This week, Google updated its terms of service to explicitly state that it does, in fact, scan emails to more accurately target ads to users. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss the benefits and detriments of trading private information for goods and services.

Never Pay Full Price: The Ultimate Guide to Online Coupon Codes

Using coupon codes wisely can maximize your potential savings — but it may take a little know-how to navigate the vast amount of information out there. This ultimate coupon code guide will arm you with the knowledge you need to go from newbie to pro in no time flat, and there's even some tips for you seasoned pros as well.

You'll Never Believe How Much Twitter and Nike Paid for Their Logos

This infographic tells the story behind the world's most famous logos, including the subliminal messages that brands are trying to convey. Plus, we bet you'll never guess how much it cost Twitter and Nike to score their now-iconic images.

How to Tell If Pet Insurance Policies Are Worth the Cost

Though they may seem confusing, the right pet insurance policy can make the difference between a $1,000 or $100 vet bill. Compare, research, and know that alternatives do exist.

The Path to Discounted Hiking Gear: 10 Trail Necessities

Spring has arrived, and for much of the country this means warm days for delightful countryside hikes. Here's a checklist of supplies you probably want to have on hand for both casual and advanced hiking.

53% of Walmart Shoppers Prefer Amazon to Walmart.com: What's the Deal?

Walmart may be the world's largest retailer, but when it comes to online shopping, the megastore lags behind the competition — even with its own customer base.

Rumors: Android Gets Into Leather? iWatch Will Cost an Arm and a Leg?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about the iWatch, Android, Holly Hunter, 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 Year of the Hack: What to Do About the Heartbleed Bug

Thanks to Target and the "Heartbleed" vulnerability, 2014 is shaping up to be the Year of the Hack. So what is Heartbleed, and what should you be doing about it?

Celebrate the Final Season of 'Mad Men' With Our Savings Game

While other sites are suggesting drinking games for this week's final season premiere of Mad Men, we here at DealNews think that saving money is the most fun activity of all.

I Guarantee It: Companies That Still Offer Amazing Warranties

Some companies are still offering legitimate warranties that you can take to the bank. These products might cost more, but that might be worth it for the real promise that they will be repaired, replaced, or refunded at any time.

VIDEO: Why Do We Upgrade Our Computer's OS?

This week marks the official demise of Windows XP! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if it's even necessary to upgrade your OS.

Best Tax Day Freebies & Deals: Free Massage, Shredding, Coffee, and more

It's always hard when you've got to sacrifice your hard-earned cash to The Man on Tax Day. Knowing this, some of our favorite stores and restaurants offer a plethora of free and super-cheap spoils to make the day a little less painful.

Of the Latest Android Phones, the HTC One (M8) Comes Out On Top

We decided to take a look at how the current front-runners in the Android smartphone market — the HTC One (M8), the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z2, the LG G Pro 2, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the Moto X — measure up.

7 Ways Warehouse Clubs Make You Spend More Money

You may go to a warehouse club like Costco with a shopping list and be determined to stick to it, but how often do you leave with more goods than you expected to buy? We dug into the psychology of warehouse clubs and found the seven ways they prey on your wallet.

Amazon Now Lists Metacritic Scores: Is This a Buyer's Boon or a Critical Error?

Amazon recently began listing Metacritic scores on its video game product pages, all but starting a riot in the gaming community. Proponents claim the change will help shoppers avoid wasting money on awful games. However, Metacritic critics point out that the site's grading system is controversial at best, misleading at worst. What does all this mean for the budget-minded gamer?

Supreme Court: Airlines Can Boot Whiny Frequent Fliers

Frequent fliers, watch out, because the airlines offering these benefits now have the Supreme Court's permission to drop you from their loyalty programs at will.

Budget-Friendly Instruments with the Best Value for Newbie Rockers

Ready to start rocking in your garage on the weekends? (Hey, we all need an outlet.) Here are some top picks for great gear that won't cost a ton.

Rumor Roundup: Lindsay Lohan Passed on The Avengers? Google Wireless?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Lindsay Lohan, Google, Twitter, 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!

How Does the Amazon Fire TV Stack Up Against the Roku and Apple TV?

Move over Apple and Roku, Amazon is heating up the battle for your living room with its new set-top box streamer, Fire TV. But is Amazon's contender a viable option for users who just want to stream Netflix on the cheap? Here's how the much-anticipated streamer stacks up against the competition.

Apple Products Are Dropping in Price Faster, and with Steeper Discounts

In the past, a shopper had to opt for older-generation versions of Apple products in order to get a deal. But resellers are now not only discounting brand-new models, they're doing it with abandon. We took a look at the deal history of several generations of the MacBook Air, iPad, and iPhone, and across the board, the deals have gotten better with each update.

Play Ball: Where to Find the Best Prices at Major League Ballparks

Since we're always thinking about the bottom line here at DealNews, Opening Day has us seeing dollar-hued baseballs. So just what will it cost you to enjoy a major league game?

How Much Does it Cost to Create Captain America?

If it weren't for the high cost of vibranium, it really wouldn't be that expensive to create another Captain America. Find out how much money it takes to create, clothe, and feed your very own super soldier!

There's Never Been a Better Time to Invest in Beanie Babies

As our data indicates, by waiting almost 20 years, you can pick up many of the most desirable Beanie Babies for 80% to 99% off their original prices. That means that now is the best time to buy Beanie Babies!

Caring for Your Beanie Babies: A Deal Guide to Protecting Your Investment

Beanie Babies aren't just our soft, silent children — they're an investment! Gentle care and cleaning is part of protecting that investment. (You wouldn't throw $10,000 worth of stock certificates in the washer, would you?) Beanie Babies require special equipment to preserve their mint condition, so we've rounded up the week's best Beanie Baby care deals to keep you on track.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy the Unicorn: Which Is the Better Buy?

After months of speculation, hands-on looks at the Galaxy S5 have left most critics cautiously optimistic but underwhelmed. Rather than rehashing the same side-by-side smartphone comparisons that you'll find at any tech blog, we decided to take a hard look at how the Galaxy S5 holds up against an industry leader that also bears the Galaxy name. We're talking, of course, about Galaxy the Unicorn.

Totally Worth It: Deals on the Best Beanie Baby Memorabilia

Some people are content to be casual Beanie Baby collectors, and that's fine. But for the truly devoted, owning thousands of these valuable plushes isn't enough! That's why we've rounded up the week's best deals on Beanie Baby memorabilia. Score a CD filled with Beanie Baby songs for $4, save $1 on a Beanie Baby eBook that will probably be awesome once it's published, and get a pack of unopened Beanie Baby Collector's Cards because you should.