Sign In

Computers Features Archives

Rumor Roundup: An Even Thinner iPad mini? Tremors Reboot? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about iPads, Nintendo, Kevin Bacon movies, 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!

Weekend Jolt: 6 Free Marvel Digital Comics, Ralph Lauren Sale Of The Year

If you're shopping for new gizmos, gadgets or freebies, we've found another wide selection. We've spotted the sale of the year at Ralph Lauren, while Marvel is offering six free digital comic books. These deals and more are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

Best Tablet Deals: Editors' Choice Deals, Current & Previous-Gen iPads

The week's best tablet deals include Editors' Choice sales on Apple-, Windows-, and Android-based tablets. Included in our roundup is Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2, discounts on the previous- and current-generation iPads, and a sitewide sale on Dell Venue tablets at Dell Outlet.

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.

Best Laptop Deals: 2 MacBook Air Deals That Beat Apple's Back-to-School Sale

Apple laptops tend to dominate many college campuses. But if Apple's premium prices keep you from your dream machine, fear not, for this week's best laptop deals include two Editors' Choice 2014 MacBook Air deals that trump Apple's own back-to-school sale. We've also got deals on Lenovo's updated Flex 2 hybrid and a do-it-all desktop replacement from HP.

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.

Gaming Laptop Buying Guide: What Specs Do You Need?

A "good gaming laptop" used to be an oxymoron, and "cheap gaming laptop" still might be one. But our gaming laptop buying guide covers the most important parts of any system, helping gamers find the high-end processing and graphics that still fit most budgets.

Here's Why Your Next Laptop Should Have a Touchscreen

There are many practical reasons for wanting a laptop with a touchscreen display, but with deals that are over 50% cheaper than last year's, touchscreen notebooks are finally enjoying their moment in the spotlight. As back-to-school sales begin, here's what you can expect to pay and where to go for the best bargains.

Refurb iMacs Offer Better Value Than Apple's New Budget iMac

This morning Apple lifted the veil on its rumored budget iMac. Unfortunately, it's not the budget machine we hoped it'd be as it comes with a significant hardware downgrade; we think the iMacs from Apple's own refurb store are a better deal.

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.

VIDEO: Apple Wants to Control Your Home Through Your iPhone

During its WWDC keynote address on Monday, Apple announced HomeKit, the company's attempt at home automation. When connected to compatible devices, you'll be able to turn lights on and off, lock doors, adjust your thermostat, and more. In this video, our experts discuss if the time for the smart home has arrived.

Apple Now Supports App Bundle Sales, But Shoppers Should Be Wary

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off this week, and while we didn't see the budget iMac or Retina-based MacBook Air we had hoped for, the subdued event did usher in some major changes for Cupertino's infamous App Store — including the use of app bundles to promote sales.

A Strong Password Isn't Enough: 86% of Sites Have Weak Password Security

We've been calling 2014 the "Year of the Hack," but things are getting ridiculous. A new study found that 86% of the Internet's most popular websites have weak password policies. We spoke to the CEO of Dashlane to find out how you can keep your passwords secure and stay ahead of hackers.

Don't Buy an iMac This Week! We May See a Cheaper Version in a Few Days

With less than seven days to go before the start of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, shipping estimates for Cupertino's all-in-one desktop are beginning to slip across various retailers. For consumers, that means holding off on all purchases as rumors indicate a new budget iMac could make a splash in less than a week.

Why the Surface Pro 3 Fails at Replacing Your Laptop

The Surface Pro 3 is a high-end tablet designed to replace your laptop. There's only one problem: this $799 tablet doesn't include a keyboard. Factor in that additional cost, and you have a far more expensive "laptop killer."

Buy This, Not That: The 10 Best Gifts for Mother's Day

Moms are kind of like superheroes. They perform physical acts no ordinary human could, take care of everybody's needs before they're needed, and function on minimal sleep and gratitude. So how will you repay her this Mother's Day?

Apple MacBook Air Refresh Will Yield Historically Low Prices for the 2013 Model

Apple slashed the price of its new MacBook Air laptops yesterday, and while that's fantastic for the consumer, we know that a lower MSRP for 2014 machines means that we will in turn see even cheaper prices on the 2013 MacBook Air. So how low could it go?

The Year of the Hack: What to Do About the Heartbleed Bug

Thanks to Target and the "Heartbleed" vulnerability, 2014 is shaping up to be the Year of the Hack. So what is Heartbleed, and what should you be doing about it?

VIDEO: Why Do We Upgrade Our Computer's OS?

This week marks the official demise of Windows XP! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if it's even necessary to upgrade your OS.

Apple Products Are Dropping in Price Faster, and with Steeper Discounts

In the past, a shopper had to opt for older-generation versions of Apple products in order to get a deal. But resellers are now not only discounting brand-new models, they're doing it with abandon. We took a look at the deal history of several generations of the MacBook Air, iPad, and iPhone, and across the board, the deals have gotten better with each update.

This Is How Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Trying to Hook You

Stores are constantly developing ways to get your hooked, from dressing rooms that text selfies to your friends, to racetrack layouts that let you charge through the aisles. Here's how your favorite retailer is getting you to buy and come back.

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.

How to Avoid Identity Theft When Filing Your Taxes

Did you know that almost 1,000 Americans could become victims of identity theft when they file their taxes? Fortunately common sense and strategic measures can help cut the chances of this happening. We got an expert to give us some tips for making sure your Tax Day doesn't result in identity theft.

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.

Seagate Hard Drives Are Cheaper But Less Reliable Than Hitachi & WD Storage

Did you know that Hitachi and Western Digital hard drives are less likely to fail than Seagate storage? In fact, Seagate drives were fallible up to 25% of the time. What's more, our own research suggests that you're actually more likely to find a deal on a Seagate hard drive. Read on for our take on the study's results, and what effect they should have on your hard drive buying habits.

Why Your Next Laptop Should Have a Touchscreen

According to NPD DisplaySearch, as many as 19.8 million touch-enabled notebook PCs shipped last year, and the number is expected to increase in 2014. And being the natural penny pinchers we are, we decided to track deals on touchscreen laptops to see where prices are going and how they compare to traditional systems. Our conclusion? Your next laptop purchase needs to include a touch display.

Net Neutrality Neutered: How the Verizon Court Decision Affects You

On Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck a possibly fatal blow to the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. The case, brought by Verizon against the FCC, has significant implications for the future of Internet access. But while the 2-1 ruling may seem like a death knell for the open Internet, there's still hope that net neutrality can live on.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in January

The new year is upon us, and after all that shopping you likely did during the holidays, you may be looking forward to giving your credit card a rest. But January is an excellent month to buy certain things like winter apparel or early Valentine's Day gifts.

The Best Last-Minute Digital Gifts

It's Christmas morning and you realize you still need a gift or two for that one person you've forgotten about. Well, fortunately we put together this list of over a dozen last-minute digital gifts that can be under the tree as fast as you can print 'em.

Gifts That Seem Expensive ... But Really Aren't

During the holidays, it's natural to have the urge to splurge on gifts; after all, nothing is too good for our parents, siblings, spouses, and dear friends, right? But just because you shouldn't blow a bundle on them doesn't mean that you can't blow their minds. Here's how.

6 Things Not to Buy Before Christmas

Not everyone has the luxury of giving gifts after the holidays are over, but if you're looking to fill your own holiday stocking, take heed of the shopping list below filled with six products you should buy after Christmas.