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Fear of Committment? These Unlocked and No-Contract Phones Get You

Shopping for a new phone can be the worst if you're not looking for a new contract to go with it. Despite the efforts of carriers like Virgin and T-Mobile, most phone companies would still rather sell you a phone at a subsidized price with a long contract attached. In the interest of giving our contract-shy readers a helping hand, we've rounded up the week's best unlocked and no-contract phone deals. Grab a no-contract Nokia Lumia 521 for $49, save $58 on an unlocked Sony Xperia Z Ultra, or get $100 off an unlocked iPhone 5.

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.

Top Audio: Save Up to $170 on Editors' Choice Headphones & Speakers

Whether you're outfitting your ears or your living room, you don't have to settle for second-best audio equipment just because you're on a budget. This week's roundup of Editors' Choice audio deals includes high quality headphones and speakers at bargain basement prices. Snag a pair of AKG noise-cancelling headphones at $170 off, grab the Sol Republic Tracks for $50 under everybody else's price, and score a Panasonic Bluetooth soundbar for just $59.

Best HDTV Deals: 2 Highly-Rated Big-Screen TVs From $850

The fall TV season is less than a month away, so if you're in need of a new TV this week's best TV deals include five winners from $449. We have two highly-rated big-screen TVs from $850, three HDTV bundles with generous gift cards from $220, and a budget 4K LCD HDTV for $449.

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.

5 Editors' Choice Reasons to Take Up Photography

Whether you want to be the next Nick Knight or the next Pete Souza, you've got your work cut out for you if you never pick up a camera. To help you take that first step, we've rounded up the week's best Editors' Choice camera deals. See a pair of entry-level Canon DSLR cameras starting at $252, upgrade to the Nikon D7000 and save $69, or grab the weather-resistant Pentax K-50 for $126 off.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Rumor Roundup: So Many iWatch Rumors! Plus: Star Wars and Nanobots!

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

Android TV: The Streaming Market is About to Get Crowded

Between the Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon's nascent Fire TV, the set-top streaming box has finally come into its own. But now, it looks like Google is poised to push this technology into even more living rooms.