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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!

Beauty and the Budget: Make Your Own Spa in 4 Easy Steps

There's nothing more relaxing than a trip to the spa, but one look at the bill could make your beauty day a bust. Never fear, budget-minded spa-seekers! We'll show you how to turn your home into a relaxing retreat in four easy steps, and for a lot less than you'd spend at a real spa.

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.

10 Best Coupons of the Week: Victoria's Secret, Hotels.com, Olive Garden

In this day and age, who's got the time to search for a coupon? We do! To help you stay on top of all things discount, we've rounded up the 10 best coupons of the week. Save 15% off your purchase at GUESS Factory, get an extra 10% off when you book through Hotels.com, or take 50% off your Domino's Pizza order.

Best TV Deals: A 55" OLED TV of Flawless Quality, at the Cheapest Price Ever

Step aside 4K, the HDTV of the future has arrived and it's neither LCD nor plasma. Instead, this week's best TV deals spotlight the LG 55EA9800, a 55.4" 1080p Curved OLED TV for just $2,000. That's the cheapest price we've seen for any OLED set and an 80% price drop from its list price. Not one to try new technologies? We've also got deals on budget plasma, LCD, and 4K TVs.

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!

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.