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Wednesday Jolt: Cheapest Ever Roku Streaming Stick, Weed Killer for $1

We've seen some big coupon discounts at some of our favorite stores this morning, which has resulted in healthy price drops on popular tech and home items, as well as apparel. We've spotted the cheapest ever Roku streaming device and a bottle of weed killer for just a buck. These deals, and more are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

The Week's 10 Best Coupons: 10% Off at Newegg, Up to 30% Off at ThinkGeek

In this day and age, who's got the time to search for a coupon? We do! Trim 10% off your whole Newegg order, get up to 30% off a $150 purchase at ThinkGeek, score a free entrée from Panda Express., and more in this week's 10 best coupons of the week.

Best TV Deals: PC Mag's Top Pick for a Budget TV is on Sale

Name-brand and off-brand 4K TVs go head-to-head in this week's best TV deals, with the 55" Changhong 4K TV for $980 and the 57.5" Panasonic 4K AX800 for $2,000. We've also got an Editors' Choice 46" LCD from RCA, a 55" LCD bundle from LG, and a budget 720p 32" TV from TCL.

Here Are the Top Accessory Deals for Your Brand New iPhone 6

If you're one of the many people who ordered an iPhone since Apple's announcement earlier this month, then you might now be trying to figure out how to accessorize and/or protect your precious gadget. Below we've rounded up some of the best deals on cases and more, netting you savings of as much as $40 a pop.

VIDEO: Do You Still Need a Tablet if You Own a Phablet?

With the astounding sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus (over 10 million units sold), it's clear that people really like larger phones. Our experts discuss if phablets and tablets are mutually exclusive technology, or is there's room in our hearts for both.

When to Get the Best Price on an iPhone

Although iPhone deals were initially hard to come by, retailers like Walmart and Best Buy have now changed the deal industry by discounting new iPhones just days after their announcement. So bargain hunters are faced with a new dilemma: When exactly can you get the best deal on the iPhone of your choice? We took a look at our deals from the past three years to find out how discounts roll out during the life cycle of Apple's smartphone.

First-Time Smartwatch Buyers 3 Times More Likely to Get a Non-Apple Watch

Ever since Apple officially announced the Apple Watch last week, we've all been busy discussing the merits of the emerging smartwatch category. But when it comes down to it, do shoppers even want a smartwatch, Apple or otherwise? We polled our readers to see what they make of it, and as it turns out, not everyone is ready to jump aboard the latest trend in tech.

Bigger Isn't Always Better: 10 Products Worth Skimping On

America is a land of bigness: we're the home of the Grand Canyon, the Cadillac Escalade, and the Big Gulp. But there are a few products where you're actually better off "skimping" and getting the smaller, less expensive option. From perishable goods to things that are expensive to maintain or store, bigger isn't always better.

More People Will Buy Apple's Pricier iPhablet Than the iPhone 6

With better features, the iPhone 6 Plus is obviously a high-end phone, but it also comes at a higher starting price: the iPhone 6 is $199 with a 2-year contract, while the Plus starts at $299. Thus, we were curious to know just how many people are actually interested in the pricier model. As it turns out, quite a lot of you.

10 Ways a Smartwatch Could Make Your Life Better

Smartwatches are the hottest new gadget in the tech world — but they're still pricey, and most need a smartphone to function. Is it worth the investment? Read on to see a few of the top ways a smartwatch could improve your daily activities.

Rumor Roundup: Is the Apple Watch Delayed Because of Bad Batteries?

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

Benefits to Wi-Fi Calling: It's About Convenience, Not Saving Money

This week's iPhone 6 announcement included the news that iOS 8 will support calls over Wi-Fi. This feature, already available on some Android models, lets you make calls, send texts, and even check voicemail across a Wi-Fi network. Though it might not save you money, it makes it easier to use your phone even in poor service areas, and to make calls while traveling internationally.

10 Places to Score an iPhone 6 Deal

You've weighed the pros and cons, and decided you want to upgrade to the iPhone 6. Of course you want to get the best price possible, as soon as possible. You're in luck! The iPhone 6 is garnering deals like no iPhone before, and we've rounded them all up for your perusal. Read on, Apple aficionados: your deal awaits!

The iPhone 5c is Now $0, But You Definitely Shouldn't Buy It

Apple announced the long-rumored iPhone 6 this week, but eagle-eyed observers might have noted that in the process, we have a new fleet of iPhone price points. The iPhone 5C has dropped to $0 with a 2-year contract, and if all you want is an iPhone for cheap, then that probably seems appealing. But whatever you do, do not fall for it.

6 Reasons Why the iPhone 6 is a Worthy Upgrade

Apple's iPhone got its biggest redesign in recent years today as Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But whereas last year's models packed minor upgrades, this year's iPhones boast some serious tech, making them a worthy upgrade if you're an Apple fan who's in the market for a new phone.

People Have Been Lining Up for the iPhone for Days Now

We're quite familiar with the notion of shoppers camping out in order to be the first to buy something — but that's usually in pursuit of a hard-to-obtain doorbuster. You'd hardly think it necessary for a widely-available smartphone, right? And yet, people have been street-sleeping for several days in anticipation of the iPhone 6 announcement tomorrow.

Don't Get Knee Defensive: 4 Better Travel Products for Comfort

"Knee Defender" briefly became one of the fastest-growing searches on Google this week, after the small, plastic product, which prevents airline seats from reclining, caused a fight midair. Knowing this, there are other ways to improve your comfort while traveling that won't bother those around you.

Guess Which Popular Laptop Brand Actually Offers Amazing TV Deals

Dell's name is synonymous with budget computers, so it's no surprise that the home of the Inspiron is the last place you'd turn to for TV deals. However, although Dell lacks the physical presence of its brick-and-mortar rivals, it's beating both Best Buy and Walmart in the art of the TV deal.

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Know Before You Make a Purchase

Shopping for a new laptop can be tough. What kind of processor is best? Should you go for an ultrabook or a hybrid? How much RAM do you need anyway? Fear not, we're here to help with our laptop buying guide.

'Antiques Roadshow' Appraised a 2008 Flatscreen TV and It's Hilarious

A journalist brought his 2008 Toshiba TV to Antiques Roadshow to be appraised, and the results are kind of hilarious.

The Pros & Cons of a Tablet for a Student, at 3 Different Price Points

We listed tablets as one of the 10 things you shouldn't buy a college student. However, according to recent figures, tablets came in right behind laptops as the top two devices parents intend to buy for their kids this school year — beating out even scientific calculators and cell phones! In order to help you decide whether to take the student tablet plunge, here's the full breakdown on tablets for every budget.

Rumor Roundup: iPhone 6 is Almost Here? Windows is Charmed? More?!

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about the iPhone, Transformers, Windows 9, 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!

Turntable Buying Guide: What to Look for in New & Used Record Players

We may be living in a digital world where you can hold thousands of albums in the palm of your hand, but an ever-increasing portion of the listening public is eschewing the convenience of MP3s for a seemingly anachronistic format: the vinyl record. If you're ready to go retro, make sure you know what to look for when buying a turntable.

Online College Stores Charge 35% More for Laptops

Campus bookstores are renown for their price gouging, but it turns out textbooks aren't the only items they sell at a premium. We looked at the online bookstores of six universities and found that laptops and tablets are also sold at higher-than-average prices, sometimes costing up to 135% more than outside prices.

Comcast Wants to Win You Over with an Exclusive No-Wait Hotline

Comcast is one of the most hated companies in the United States, creating public vitriol with every move it makes. But an exclusive line of customer service reps are hoping to change your outlook on the company. Is Comcast's dream team enough to win you over?

Rumor Roundup: Google+ Un-Voltrons? The iPhone Gets More mAh? More?!

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

You Can Now Stream Hulu for Free on Android Devices

Hulu is finally delivering on its promise to bring free streaming to mobile devices. The company just updated its mobile app, which now lets users enjoy ad-supported shows from their smartphones and tablets. However, not everyone is invited to the streaming party.

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.

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.

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.

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!