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Rumor Roundup: Renee Zellweger? Apple Loyalty Programs? More?

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

Best Toy Deals: $80 Off a Quadcopter Drone, Frozen Vanity for $35

You already know that Black Friday will offer spectacular toy sales, but several merchants have jumped the gun. If you're looking to avoid the holiday toy rush, you can stock up on awesome gifts now with our roundup of the week's best toy deals. Grab great discounts on popular properties like Frozen and Monsters Inc., or send imaginations soaring with $80 off a quadcopter drone.

Black Friday Home Goods Predictions for 2014: Fill Your House With Deals

The Black Friday season is an excellent time to score deals on electronics of all kinds, and we're not just talking about TVs and laptops. You'll find everything from large appliances to kitchen electrics to power tools included in Black Friday ads, with doorbuster prices that beat anything we'll see the rest of the year. Read on for our in-depth analysis of the best Black Friday Home Goods deals.

Top 5 Stores for the Best Black Friday Deals Online in 2014

We've rounded up the top five stores that will slash the most price tags and flaunt the best sales during Black Friday week this year. And interestingly enough, we've got a big upset alert, as Walmart dropped from the number two spot on our list.

Black Friday Game & Toy Predictions 2014: You'll Actually Find 'Frozen' Deals!

While TVs and other electronics get all the attention as Black Friday doorbusters, toys and video games have emerged to be a weighty presence during the shopping holiday. If you're a gamer or adult who has kids' toys on the brain, it's a good time to score an Editors' Choice deal. So what prices and sales can you expect to see?

Black Friday Streaming & Blu-ray Predictions for 2014: 80% Off Popular Movies

With the trend towards cable cutting growing ever stronger, shoppers are increasingly interested in streaming media devices that allow them to cast movies, shows, and general videos to their big-screen TVs. Black Friday will bring a wealth of discounts on the myriad options now available. And for those of you who still prefer having the physical copy in-hand, we're also expecting amazing deals on Blu-ray movies as well.

Black Friday Beauty Predictions for 2014: BOGO Sales on Steroids

We tend to focus on techy things for the Black Friday predictions, but that doesn't mean the soft goods retailers aren't crushing it, too. For instance, did you know that we see a big surge in beauty and grooming deals around Black Friday?

Black Friday Shoe Predictions for 2014: Watch Out for Shipping Requirements

Shoe lovers may find themselves doing a bit of gambling on Black Friday — do you buy that coveted pair the minute the price drops, or wait for Cyber Monday and potentially score a better deal? Fortunately for you, we tracked in-store and online shoe sales all the way back to 2011, and we're ready to take the mystery out of your Black Friday shopping with our 2014 predictions.

Apple Black Friday Predictions for 2014: The New iPad Air Will Be on Sale

Contrary to what many people think, Apple items do go on sale, and Black Friday is an especially good time to snag a deal on an iDevice. So what's the best way to get Apple goodies on sale? Rule number one: Do not buy from Apple.

Black Friday Clothing Predictions for 2014: Sales Start Early in the Week

You might not think of clothes when it comes to Black Friday, but many apparel stores will actually offer their best discounts of the entire year in late November. Here's how you can score Editors' Choice deals from American Eagle, Eddie Bauer, REI, and more.

Black Friday iPhone & Android Predictions 2014: Get Ready for $0 Smartphones

Smartphone sales tend to flourish during the holidays, and this Black Friday will be no exception. Orders of Apple's new iPhones have already topped 4 million, whereas Android is still dominating the market with smartphones that are almost three times cheaper than Apple's handhelds. As we approach Black Friday, here are the smartphone prices you can expect from retailers and carriers alike.

Black Friday Tablet Predictions for 2014: The Best Year Ever for Deals

It's been a roller coaster ride for tablet prices this year, and when we examined current trends, we noticed that this Black Friday could usher in one of the best years ever for tablet deals. So what prices can you expect for iPads, as well as Android and Windows tablets?

Black Friday Laptop Predictions for 2014: Ultraportables Will Be the Best Buy

With new designs, improved displays, and better hardware, laptops are hoping to recapture the spotlight from their tablet rivals this holiday season. After last year's dismal sales, the laptop industry as a whole showed some signs of life this year — but manufacturers aren't out of the woods yet, as fierce competition has created a cutthroat market. All of this means that we could be in store for some excellent laptop deals this Black Friday.

Black Friday TV Predictions for 2014: Get Ready for Big-Screen Doorbusters

For consumers looking for rock-bottom prices, November is hands-down the best time of year to purchase a new TV, since these items are the crown jewel of many Black Friday sales. However, it's important to be able to sort the good from the bad when perusing the ads, so we've analyzed TV deals from the past several years to make some predictions about what prices to expect during Black Friday 2014.

Black Friday Predictions 2014: What to Expect From Black Friday Sales

The best way to make the most of Black Friday is to be prepared, which is why it's never too early for our annual Black Friday deal predictions! If you're wondering what the doorbuster deals will be in TVs this year, or whether or not we could see a slew of iPhone deals, then you've come to the right place. We also have predictions for Android smartphones, tablets, toys, video games, clothing, and more.

Let's Make Fun of the Toys That Kids Will Want for the Holidays This Year!

Toys "R" Us just released its list of the most anticipated toys for the holidays. (And yes, it is only October.) If you have a kid in your life, you'd better familiarize yourself with this selection of playthings. To make it a tad easier, we've cherry-picked our favorite five toys.

VIDEO: Amazon Thinks You Want to Watch Other People Play Video Games

Amazon is gambling that you will enjoy watching others play video games as much as you enjoy playing them yourself. In fact, the retailer just paid $1 billion for Twitch, an online video-streaming site that specializes in live-streaming people playing video games. Has Amazon lost its mind? We discuss.

GameStop Will Pay 20% More for Your Old Video Games

If you're looking to cash in on some of your old video games, GameStop will soon be offering higher rates to those bringing in titles to sell. Read on to find out how you can maximize the money you get for a trade-in.

VIDEO: Why is GameStop Fingerprinting People Who Trade-in Used Games?

Should gamers be treated like criminals? That's what people are asking, after GameStop stores in Philadelphia started fingerprinting customers to stop the fencing of stolen goods. Our experts discuss if getting fingerprinted is the worst thing to ever happen to gamers.

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.

School's Out: Editors' Choice Deals to Distract Your Kids This Summer

Feeding, clothing, and entertaining kids can cost a fortune. But these five Editors' Choice deals offer some affordable finds for your young ones. Snag $14 off on organic fruit snacks, and get an all-time low on a water slide/pool combo.

National Splurge Day: Got the Urge to Splurge? Do It Wisely!

National Splurge Day is June 18, and though the idea of reckless spending sends a shiver down our frugal, money-saving spines, maybe — just maybe — we can spin this faux-liday into something that fits both the urge to splurge and the cravings for savings! Here's our list of items that you can splurge on, because they are more than worth the extra money you spend on them!

State of Gaming 2014: PC Gaming Is on the Rise

Does the debut of the PS4 and Xbox One mean that mobile, PC, and Nintendo gaming faded further away? DealNews' 2014 gaming survey painted a picture of our gaming readers as more welcoming of non-console gaming, and more generous (but discriminating) with their money.

Deal or No Deal? The Xbox One Gets a Price Cut, Kind Of

Starting on June 9, Microsoft will begin selling its Xbox One console sans the Kinect sensor, effectively lowering the price to $399. The Xbox One is now in line with its biggest competitor, but is the lower price point as good as it sounds?

Gifts That Keep On Giving! Top Membership Deals

These five subscription deals will keep on giving, allowing you to shop, game, or beautify better. Get a free subscription to BJ's Wholesale Club and a gift card, six month of unlimited free same-day deliveries from Google Shopping Express, and much more.

Wallet Pwned: You Won't Play 26% of the Games in Your Steam Library

A recent study shows that millions of gamers are buying games they don't want from Steam, with about 26% of games never even being loaded. Because Valve's Steam store has captured a staggering 75% of the global market for PC games, this means that the vast majority of PC gamers have probably wasted their money on an unwanted game at some point. Read on to see where these ignored games are coming from, and why we keep buying them.

Amazon Now Lists Metacritic Scores: Is This a Buyer's Boon or a Critical Error?

Amazon recently began listing Metacritic scores on its video game product pages, all but starting a riot in the gaming community. Proponents claim the change will help shoppers avoid wasting money on awful games. However, Metacritic critics point out that the site's grading system is controversial at best, misleading at worst. What does all this mean for the budget-minded gamer?

There's Never Been a Better Time to Invest in Beanie Babies

As our data indicates, by waiting almost 20 years, you can pick up many of the most desirable Beanie Babies for 80% to 99% off their original prices. That means that now is the best time to buy Beanie Babies!

Totally Worth It: Deals on the Best Beanie Baby Memorabilia

Some people are content to be casual Beanie Baby collectors, and that's fine. But for the truly devoted, owning thousands of these valuable plushes isn't enough! That's why we've rounded up the week's best deals on Beanie Baby memorabilia. Score a CD filled with Beanie Baby songs for $4, save $1 on a Beanie Baby eBook that will probably be awesome once it's published, and get a pack of unopened Beanie Baby Collector's Cards because you should.

Heroes Pay Taxes: What You Need to Know About the IRS & Online Games

We've been playing games online since the dawn of the Internet. However, making real-world money in non-gambling online games is a relatively recent development. But as digital currencies like Bitcoin have begun gaining popularity, virtual transactions of all types — including those in games — are facing more government scrutiny. Because the IRS has been pretty vague about what gamers are supposed to do, we decided to consult an accountant. We were not prepared for the truth: it turns out Uncle Sam doesn't take too kindly to unreported income from hobbies, even virtual ones!

Affordable & Fun Brainy Games Boost Cognitive Functions in Adults & Kids

Are you looking for fun ways to improve your brain power? We've assembled some tips for helping you get the most out of brainy games — to help you know what you’re buying, and help answer that most challenging of brain teasers: Can a game really improve one's brain power?

The PS4 Is Outselling the Xbox One Because It Appeals to 'Swing Gamers'

Why is the PlayStation 4 outselling the Xbox One, when the Xbox 360 had been the dominant console for years? Our survey says that Xbox diehards are holding out for a deal while dual-platform gamers are opting for the PlayStation 4's better specifications.