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Features Archives for July 2014

Virgin Mobile's New 'Facebook Data Plan' Allows for Unlimited Social Use

Virgin Mobile's latest prepaid plan will subscribers the unprecedented ability to tailor their plans based on their preferred social networks. Use Facebook non-stop? You can add unlimited access to your monthly plan. Sound tempting? There's a catch.

It's Time to Book a Vacation: 1-Way JetBlue fares from $46, 3-nights in Vegas

You can book a flight on JetBlue for as little as $46.10, spend three nights in New Orleans' French Quarter for $117, or even set off on a 6-night Far East vacation for two from $2,405.05. If you can't decide where to start, we even found free travel eBooks to help you plan your dream getaway. All this and more in this week's best travel deals.

Give It A Try: Our Guide To Free Samples

Getting something for nothing is a thrill, but it’s also a great way to give a new product a test-run before you decide to shell out real money for it. Tons of companies and retailers are eager to get their products out there, but you have to know where to find them. We rounded up the best ways to score free samples online and off, plus advice on avoiding scams and managing all of the marketing messages that come with free stuff.

TMNT WTF: Celebrating 30 Years Of Terrible Turtle Toys

This year marks 30 years of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being a thing that exists. Over that time, a lot of dubious merchandising has been created. We found some experts to help us create a top 10 list of the worst TMNT junk ever made!

Best Laptop Deals: $108 Off the New MacBook Pro Retina, $100 Off MBA

For the second consecutive week, Apple laptops are taking the top spots in our laptop deals of the week. To start, Expercom takes $108 off the just-announced 15" MacBook Pro Retina, which now packs 16GB of RAM and a faster CPU. Alternatively, students with an active .edu e-mail can take $100 off the 13" MacBook Air at Best Buy or if you don't have a .edu account, slash up to $410 off select Lenovo, HP, and Dell laptops.

Wednesday Jolt: Best Ever Aeropostale Clearance Sale, $6 for Earphones 3pk

With the end of the summer on the horizon and back to school season looming, many of our favorite stores are hosting killer sales and discounting big brands. Aeropostale's best ever clearance sale, a 3-pack of headphones for $6, and more are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

Power Tools for the Garden: From Chainsaws to Leaf Blowers

Who doesn't love a beautiful lawn with perfectly uniform grass immaculately manicured? These outdoor landscapes involve hard work, planting, cultivating, weeding, pruning, and harvesting. Fortunately, we live in an age where power tools can alleviate some of the hard work necessary to bring about a handsome garden and lawn.

Chow Down: The Week's Best Food Deals

A wise man once said, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." But there is such a thing as a discounted lunch. We found value-sized cereal, a large pizza, a free (yes, free) box of healthy snacks, and more in this week's best food deals.

ICYMI: How to Get the iPhone 6 for Free (Kind Of)

iPhones retain their value better than any other smartphone brand, but the value of older iPhones will fall immediately when the iPhone 6 is released, and it will keep on dropping as more and more people sell or trade-in their current iPhone in order to upgrade. To help you avoid this fate, we've compiled a guide to how to get the most for your old iPhone — which can in turn cover the subsidized cost of the next model.

You Can Fly to These 5 Cities in Europe for as Little as $153 Each Way

Currently, Norwegian Airlines is offering flights to Europe that save a whopping $1,815 on select routes, which makes the idea of a European vacation seem far more affordable. Here are the top five destinations to hit up during this sale.

How Much Are 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Comics Worth Now?

Now that a Guardians of the Galaxy movie is hitting theaters, the comics that the film is based on are surely going to be worth a lot, right? If you had you been collecting Guardians comics from the start, way back in the 60s, would you be rich? Let's find out.

Serious Luxury: 7 Insanely Expensive Things for Your Home

Everyone loves to think about what they would buy if they won the lottery. So we've rounded up the most expensive luxuries for the home that we could find — as well as normally-priced dishwashers, fridges, and tubs, just for comparison.

Rumor Roundup: An Even Thinner iPad mini? Tremors Reboot? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about iPads, Nintendo, Kevin Bacon movies, 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!

Where to Watch Free Movies and TV Online

The spread of broadband Internet is changing the way we watch TV and movies. A lot of people are cutting the cable company cord or dropping that satellite service in favor of online streaming, and we've compiled a list of the best free (and cheap) streaming websites.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in August

August is a fantastic month for shopping, but you still need to shop wisely. Back-to-school sales and state sales tax holidays mean laptop deals are hot — but watch out for Apple's notoriously bad discounts. That, plus travel, patio furniture, and more!

Deal Shoppers, This is Your Life: A Week in the Shoes of a Savvy Consumer

We took a look at traffic on our app, website, and emails, and unearthed some fascinating trends; like, for example, the fact that app usage spikes at noon. (Might you all be reading this during your lunch break?)

Back-to-School Savings: Cowboom, Sears, & Amazon are Top of the Class

Preparing to head back to school for a new term, whether you're big or small, is rarely a joyous affair. But some of our favorite stores are offering school-ready tech items, clothing, and backpacks at prices worth celebrating. We've rounded up the very best back-to-school sales.

Amazon's First Fire Phone Commercial: It's All About the Prime

Amazon released its first Fire Phone TV commercial, and you'd think the store would hype the device's unique features, right? Instead, the ad spot talks a lot about that sizable freebie that comes with the phone, Amazon Prime. But as it turns out, this isn't all that surprising.

5 Reasons Why Now is the Time to Invest in a Canon Camera

Rarely do we focus an entire roundup on a single brand. But the folks at Canon are proving our belief that factory-refurbished electronics provide some of the best deals around, with digital camera sales to fit any budget.

Majoring in Affordability: Ways to Cut Down on Costs for College

In case you haven't noticed, we're in a lot of student loan debt. As of the end of 2013, the figure had soared to $1.08 trillion. But if you're willing to get creative and consider alternative approaches, you can cut down on some of the big expenses.

Every State That Offers a Sales Tax Free Weekend in 2014

Tax holidays are ideal for back-to-school shoppers who need new clothes or supplies, while anyone who wants to upgrade to a new computer can avoid a hefty sales tax fee. Find out if and when your state participates.

Weekend Jolt: Vonage Phone System for Free, Cheapest Ever Acer 16" Laptop

Whether you're shopping to enable self-improvement or procrastination, we've found a host of new sales and savings to help you save big on small treats. Dick's Sporting Goods is hosting its best ever sale, while you can bag the cheapest ever Acer 16" laptop at Fry's. These deal, and more are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

Rumor Roundup: Is Harry Potter a Villain? Giant iWatches? More?

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

This Amazing 5-Star 'Garden of Ireland' Deal Has Dropped $678 in Price

A few months ago, we were thrilled to find a deal on stays at the lovely Powerscourt hotel in Ireland (a personal favorite), and we sang its praises in a feature. This week however, we found an even better deal that knocks an additional $400 off the price, so we're back again with reasons why you should really consider booking a trip to the Emerald Isle.

Video Review: Is a Ziploc Bag as Good as a Waterproof Case for Your Gadget?

The beach. Water parks. The toilet. These are all places where your beloved iPhone can find itself taking a nasty, warranty-voiding bath. Several items on the market purport to keep your gadgets dry in these situations, but how well do they really work? And do you have to spend a lot to get acceptable water protection?

Why All the Perks? Because You'll Spend 68% More With Amazon Prime

Despite the fact that a recent poll found that Amazon Prime subscribers aren't all that interested in the program's non-shipping benefits, Amazon still offers a growing stable of perks to draw in more $99-per-year subscribers. In fact, every perk, every app, and even every piece of Amazon hardware is designed with a singular purpose: to draw you into the Amazon ecosystem, by way of a Prime subscription, so you can ultimately spend more money.

Is This the Worst Way to Cram People Onto an Airplane?

Since airfare is the primary source of income for airlines, they're always looking for ways to cram more and more people onto each flight. To that end, Airbus, a manufacturer of flying machines, has registered a patent for a unique solution to this problem. How would you fit more people on a flying machine? Join the discussion!

Survey Says: Prime Subscribers Love the Shipping, But Not Much Else

Amazon likes to talk up the many benefits of subscribing to its Amazon Prime program. Along with free 2-day shipping on many Amazon purchases, Prime members enjoy free access to a selection of streaming movies, TV shows, and music, as well as monthly eBook rentals. Last week, we asked more than 1,600 Amazon Prime subscribers whether they took advantage of these perks, and/or paid for similar services elsewhere.

5 Not-To-Miss Asian Destinations with Singapore Airlines

The Far East is an intoxicating mix of exotic foods, ancient temples, and sweeping landscapes juxtaposed with futuristic design and neon signs. Currently, Singapore Air is having a sale on flights to select Asian destinations, so we've put together five not-to-miss Asian destinations to take advantage of these cheap rates.

Furniture to Fall For: 8x11 Rug for $90, Up to 70% off Clearance at JCPenney

Does your living room look like a guest star in Weird Al's parody of Pharrell's "Happy"? We're rounding up the week's best furniture deals to take your home from tacky to tasteful. Get a Jonathan Adler console table for $1,200 off list, nab a Persian-inspired area rug for just $90, and save $325 on an ottoman that converts into a guest bed.

Don't Fall for Back-to-School Deals on the iPhone or iPad

To get consumers to notice their back-to-school deals, retailers are discounting big-ticket items, such as the Apple iPhone and iPad Air. But Apple is slated to refresh its iPhone and iPad line of devices as early as September, meaning that an Apple bundle that might have caught your eye may not be as good a deal as you originally thought.

Everything You Need to Shop Back-to-School Sales and Save for College

College tuition continues to increase, which makes saving on the little things — like laptops and clothing — all the more important. Check out all our back-to-school guides for expert guidance on how to save.

How to Get the Best Deal on a Back-to-School Laptop

Fortunately, shoppers can expect to find better-than-average laptop deals for back-to-school. But as with any big purchase, a little research and planning can go a long way to ensure you buy a system that's right for you. Follow our guide to see what you can expect from this summer's best sales.

Kitchen 101: 2 Chefs Plug Us in to the Best Electric Appliances

The right electric kitchen appliances can speed up your cooking and help you look like a pro. DealNews spoke to two expert chefs for tips on how to deck out your kitchen, with an emphasis on quality devices.

10 Things NOT to Buy Your College-Bound Student

College is expensive, and not just because of tuition; students need lots of things as they live and work away from home. Here's a list of items that you should not buy your matriculating student, as they head back to school. Your wallet will thank us!

Rumor Roundup: Power Rangers Reboot? iPhone 6 Colors?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Superman, Super Smash Bros., 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.

Don't Expect a Discount on the Alien: Isolation With Original Cast (Updated)

Video game preorders are typically a quick way to save a few bucks on upcoming releases, but Creative Assembly's upcoming title, Alien: Isolation is different. Both Amazon and GameStop will offer exclusive bonus content with the original movie cast, meaning deals might be harder to come by.

Wednesday Jolt: HP Desktops From $46, Cheapest Ever New 16GB 7" Tablet

To get your through an arduous hump-day full of paperwork, we've found a selection of super savings on gadgets and gizmos to suit everyone's picky needs. You can score a pre-owned HP desktop form just $46 at Arrow Direct, while Newegg is selling the cheapest new 7" 16GB tablet we've ever seen. These deals, and more are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

A Buyer's Guide to the Best Activewear and Workout Clothes

The best clothes for exercise can help keep you dry and irritation free, and thereby improve your performance. Here are our tips on which sweaty gym rags are actually worth a little more.

VIDEO: Cupcakes Are SO Last Year! What's the Next Dessert Craze?

New York cupcake chain Crumbs is closing all 48 of its locations. Is this indicative that the cupcake boom is finally coming to an end? Our experts discuss if the end of cupcakes is nigh and what will replace them as the "hot" new dessert item.

Thanks, TSA! Security Fee Hike Will Lead to Costlier Airfare

The Transportation Security Administration, already unpopular with air travelers for its screening procedures and hygiene product bans, certainly won't win any fans with an upcoming fee hike. On July 21, the TSA will more than double the mandatory fee that it charges many passengers.

Everything You Need to Find the Best Coupon Codes

One of the most common mistakes that a shopper can make is to forget about the potential savings from a coupon. Many people see a sale and neglect to do the simple research required to see if there's a code out there that will make it even sweeter. If this sounds like you, don't fret; we're here to help you change your ways!

The Most Common Days for Stores to Release Coupons

Knowing when stores are more likely to release new coupons allows you to strategize for savings — and perhaps save some time looking for discounts in the process. We've taken a close look at the best days to find new coupons using information from our coupon database.

Come Away With Me: Top 7 Romantic Vacation Deals

Take a quickie vacation to Vegas, travel by train around Europe, or kiss under the Eiffel Tower in Paris. We've put together 7 top romantic getaways to save you time and money, so that you can whisk your loved one away without having to sell any family heirlooms.

Is Apple Selling Discounted Apple Gadgets on eBay Again?

Apple took deal hunters by surprise last year when we discovered it was selling its products on eBay at prices lower than the Apple Store. Thirteen months later and it looks like they're at it again, as we've found a number of Apple-certified pre-owned iPhones, complete with 1-year Apple warranties, for sale on eBay.

Everything You Need to Get Free Stuff Online

We all love to get things for free, and there are many opportunities throughout the year to do so. There are your standard everyday freebies, as well as specific points throughout the year in which you can snag something for free. Here's where you'll find all the best ways to get free stuff.

Are Smartwatches a Smart Buy? Reviews Show Common Problems

Apple didn't release a smartwatch last month as expected, but it's still rumored to be on the horizon. With the field already crowded, consumer site Fixya compiled smartwatch reviews and common complaints, and found that they might not be ready for most consumers yet.

Rumor Roundup: Selfie Phone? Governor Clooney? Thinnest iPhone?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about the iPhone, George Clooney, Microsoft, and more? Well, neither are we! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup.

Non-Soccer Things That the USA Totally Pwns

Today, you've got a free pass to celebrate all things American, and while that no longer includes rooting for the U-S-of-A in the World Cup, we can feel proud about the various other ways in which our nation dominates — like in daily sugar consumption!

PlayOn Review: Is This TV Streaming & Recording Software Worth It?

PlayOn and PlayLater claim to make cord-cutting possible once and for all. We decided to see for ourselves, and it turns out the latter in particular offers some interesting features that any media-junky can appreciate.

Get Cycling This Summer with the Proper Biking Gear

You'll find that bicycling longer distances can present a physical challenge, manifested in sore feet and hands, a sweaty body, and a tender posterior. That's where the proper clothing and equipment specially made for bicycling can come to the rescue. Consider donning the gear of a bicyclist and your miles will be much more fun.

FTC Accuses T-Mobile of Knowingly Charging Customers for Scam Fees

The FTC proposes that T-Mobile has been knowingly profiting from "cramming" scams, in which third party retailers bill customers through another service provider. Since the carrier's bills often don't itemize third-party charges, they have been difficult for consumers to spot. In fact, the FTC estimates that only one in 20 victims are even aware that they're being habitually charged.

VIDEO: Should Your Doctor Know What Groceries You Buy?

Should your doctors be allowed to look at your credit card purchases, in order to have a better picture of your health? Some people think so! In fact, hospitals in North and South Carolina are already compiling and sharing their patients' purchase histories, so doctors can head off future medical issues like emphysema and diabetes. Are you for or against this idea?

Even High-End 4K TVs Are Dropping to Bargain Bin Prices

4K TVs are dropping in price faster than we initially thought. And not just off-brand 4K TVs, but name-brand sets from the likes of Sony and LG. We've spotted a few deals and models we think early adopters should keep an eye on.