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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.

Best HDTV Deals of the Week: Budget LCD TVs w/ Gift Cards, more from $199

From gift cards to Roku sticks, three of this week's top TV deals feature bundled freebies that sweeten the deal. Budget shoppers can also choose from two 32" LCD TVs and a 2014 Toshiba that's just hitting the market today.

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!

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.

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.

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.

VIDEO: Are the Days of Cable TV Numbered?

With the rumor of an Apple-built cable box and news that both Sony and Microsoft are going to offer original programming, it seems like now, more than ever, everyone is trying to re-invent TV. Inside, we discuss if this is the beginning of the end for cable television.

What an Apple + Comcast Partnership Could Mean for Streaming TV

The country's biggest cable company and one of its biggest tech companies may make a deal. While there are few confirmed details to go off of, what might this relationship entail, and what does it mean for streaming content?

11 Tech Shopping Myths Busted

The Internet can be a priceless research tool for separating fact from fiction, but when not used correctly, it can also help spread all types of myths that could result in consumers spending more money than they should. From overused buzzwords to high-priced TV cables, we shine light on 11 of the most common tech myths that people still fall for.

A Cheaper iPhone 5c Would Be Terrible for the Subsidization Model

Apple debuted an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c in the UK, Australia, and China this morning. If it comes to the US and is added to the subsidization model, consumers will soon be getting less value for the same money they could have paid just a few months ago.

8 Tips to Make Sure You're Prepared for Emergencies

Early this morning, California residents experienced a 4.4 earthquake, and while there are reportedly (and thankfully) no injuries or major damage as a result, the news once again reminds us that accidents and disasters can come at any time. Because we can't control or predict when these events happen, we should all be prepared in case of emergency.

Rumor Roundup: Flappy Bird Returns? iPhones to the Moon? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Starbucks, Sons Of Anarchy, 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!

Combat Daylight Savings This Weekend With Some 'Unique' Alarm Clocks

Daylight Saving Time is sneaking in to steal an hour of your precious sleep! Make sure you still wake up on time with one of these strange and unique alarm clocks. (Sure, most of them wake you up by frightening or aggravating you, but hey, at least you're up, right?)

In-App Purchases on Free Games: A Necessary Evil, But Few People Are Paying

The app markets are filled with so-called "free-to-play" games, and it's no wonder: the most popular free games can rake in millions of dollars per day. These apps generally make money through a combination of advertising and in-app purchases. However, a recent survey found that about 0.15% of mobile gamers are making 50% of all the in-app purchases in free-to-play games. Read on as we take a hard look at this trend in mobile gaming.

VIDEO: Have We Maxed Out on What's Possible With Smartphone Specs?

Samsung has officially announced its newest flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5, with less emphasis on internal hardware and more on additional features. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts examine if the S5 lives up to the hype, whether we've maxed out on what's possible with smartphone hardware, and what it even means to be a flagship Android phone.

How Data Caps May Limit Your House of Cards Viewing Marathon

Though many aren't aware, your ISP monitors your data usage. Go over your cap and you may be throttled, billed extra, or have your account suspended. But does the threat of data caps change how often you stream video?

Comcast Wants to Buy Time Warner: How Might the Merger Affect You?

In a move that's causing uproar among consumer advocates, Comcast will acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion. Comcast is already the largest cable company in the country, but the FCC isn't likely to stop the deal. So how will this merger will affect you?

How to Get the Samsung Galaxy S5 for Free... Kind Of

Samsung will likely unveil its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, this afternoon. And if you cash in your old phone now, you could wind up paying close to nothing for that new tech toy once it's available.

AT&T Patent Mocks Net Neutrality, Wants to Charge Extra for Certain Data

Despite AT&T's reassurances that it would remain committed to an open Internet, a new patent suggests otherwise. The patent, named "Prevention of Bandwidth Abuse of a Communications System," details how AT&T can monitor the type of data you're using and mark certain users for increased billing based on their usage.

Rumor Roundup: White Xbox One? Solar Powered iPhone?

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

Tailgating for the Puppy Bowl — Pun Intended!

For the last ten years, Animal Planet has been counter-programming the biggest football game of the year with the cutest football game of the year, The Puppy Bowl! Half the fun of any football party is the tailgating experience; you know, the food, the fun, the zaniness? Here's how to tailgates for the Puppy Bowl!

You Could Save Over $200 Buying These 10 Items When You Don't Need Them

Let's face it: No one wakes up in the morning with a burning desire to buy everyday necessities like pet food, toilet paper, batteries, or diapers. And yet many of these goods are so essential, we'd run out of the house bleary-eyed at 3 am to replace them. However, it's cheaper and easier to stock up on these items when you don't need them — and we've got the data to prove it! That's why we've rounded up a collection of items that you should always buy when you see a deal, even if you're still fully stocked at home.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in February

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's certainly not lacking in savings. You might not score as big of a discount as you would prefer on a Valentine's Day gift, but this month you'll find deals on several necessities like winter coats and tax software. We've sorted through our archives of sales, coupons, and daily deals to find out what the best and worst things are to buy in February.

Rumor Roundup: Injured Bat-fleck Delays Picture? Nintendo's New Console?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Ben Affleck, Nintendo, mobile phones, 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!

Contrary to Popular Belief, Nobody Is Buying a TV for the Super Bowl

With Super Bowl XLVIII looming on the horizon, the media outlets are all atwitter about how everyone is buying a new TV for the big game. Clearly, football fans across the country must be rushing out to buy a bigger set in time to cheer on their team of choice. However, a poll of Dealnews readers revealed that only about 3% of people will buy a TV for the Super Bowl.

Would You Buy an NSA-Proof Smartphone?

The Blackphone is a new smartphone designed by an international team of cryptographers and security experts. An ad for the phone shows a montage of headlines about the NSA, making it clear that the smartphone's developers feel their product will find a niche with consumers wanting to avoid the government's prying eyes.

VIDEO: HP Will Sell Windows 7 PCs Again, Will Others Do the Same?

HP has seemingly slighted Microsoft by selling new PCs running Windows 7. Eschewing Windows 8, HP claims that offering Windows 7 meets "popular demand"; the $150 dollar discount on these systems is an additional incentive to buy HP. Will other manufacturers follow?

10 Times Facebook Was The Worst

No matter how many times Facebook flagrantly walked all over user privacy, we keep going back. Is it so that we can enjoy being righteously outraged again later? Let's relive a few of those gloriously aggravating times when Facebook was the worst.

Let's Discuss: Does It Freak You Out That Google May Soon Be in Your House?

Google has landed itself back in the tech news spotlight with its recent $3.2 billion purchase of Nest, a home automating company. As with anything discussed on the Internet, reactions to this news has been mixed — and some people are totally freaked out.

5 Really Weird Things at CES 2014

Every year, CES shows off upcoming technology; however, not all new tech is great. For every higher resolution TV and smarter watch that's shown, there are applications of technology that are just plain bonkers.

The Future Is Now: All the Ways You'll See 4K Content in 2014

This week, we've learned that 4K content is more a forgone conclusion than a far-off dream. Companies like Netflix and Amazon have partnered with studios to create native 4K shows and movies, while Sony already boasts a library of up-converted 4K content. One TV manufacturer has bet the farm on 4K, choosing to drop 3D support altogether. With the sudden surge in ultra HD media availability, one thing is certain: the arguments against 4K are getting weaker.

The Top Brands for Refurbished Electronics Offer Discounts of Up to 50%

Short of finding a working 60" HDTV on the side of the road (which has only ever happened to one person that we know of), buying refurbished is the best way to get the very lowest prices on good-as-new electronics. But there are some things you need to know before you purchase a refurb laptop, tablet, or TV. Read on for our in-depth look at all-things refurb.