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Amazon Signs the Former Hosts of 'Top Gear' for Its Own Car Show

Amazon announced today that former hosts from BBC's very popular car show, Top Gear, have signed on to create a new show for Amazon Video, accessible only to Prime members.

VIDEO: Are You Going to Miss Google+?

The news from Mountain View is that Google+ will no longer be the required method for logging in to Google services. This means that you'll no longer need to create a public G+ profile to access YouTube, Gmail, or Photos. In this short video, will our experts lament or dance on the grave of Google+?

T-Mobile Announces 'Free Upgrades' to the Next iPhone This Fall

T-Mobile knows you're on the prowl for iPhone deals, and it just made getting one a bit easier — if you're OK with the idea of leasing your smartphone.

6 Reasons to Book This 4-Star Vietnam Vacation Deal

Vietnam is a melting pot where over 50 ethnicities mix and blend to create a vibrant country full of excitement and flavor. From the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh to the dramatic limestone peaks in Halong Bay, Vietnam is a completely unique landscape that immediately transports you into a different world.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in August

August may lack a major commercial holiday, but the dog days of summer are still a busy month for retailers and deal hunters alike. Back-to-school sales are at their prime this month and you can also expect to see dozens of deals on outdoor furniture, grills, and travel. Plus, take advantage of tax-free shopping days in select states.

11 Things to Know Before Buying a Used Car

Shopping for a used car can be stressful. Not only is it a big purchase, but you want a good deal on a safe and reliable vehicle that won't cost a lot of money in repairs in the long run. To ensure that you make a smart purchase, read up on these 11 things you should know before buying a used car.

Rumor Roundup: Video Game-Themed Amusement Park? NFL On Apple TV?

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

Ask an Editor: Should You Take the Free Upgrade to Windows 10?

Upgrading to the latest version of Windows is a great idea, but you'll enjoy a smoother transition if you time it right.

ClickHole Will Tell You What Kind of Shopper You Are

If you don't already read ClickHole, you should. The Onion's satirical take on viral content is always on point, and yesterday the editors published a quiz that hits pretty close to home.

10 Things NOT to Buy Your College-Bound Student

College is expensive, and not just because of tuition; students need lots of things as they live and work away from home. Here's a list of items that you should not buy your matriculating student, as they head back to school. Your kid might not thank you when you say no to them, but your wallet will!

VIDEO: Would You Pay More to Remove Ads From Hulu?

The rumor going around is that Hulu is going to offer a new, ad-free tier of service. The catch: It might cost $12 to $14 a month! In this short video, our experts debate if paying a premium for Hulu is worth it.

8 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Windows Phone

Rumors are swirling that Microsoft is about to give the OS the boot soon, which leads us to wonder: Is it worth buying a Windows Phone?

Now is a Terrible Time to Upgrade Your iPhone or iPad

Apple is getting ready to refresh its iPhones and iPads, which means any deals you find today will only get better in the weeks to come. So when is the best time to buy and what can you expect to pay?

5 Streaming Services That Let You Share an Account

While streaming services are becoming increasingly popular, many have strict limits on the number of people who can stream at the same time, even within the same household. Still, some services have embraced the sharing economy. Here we take a look at which allow for sharing — either for free or at a special rate.

A Guide to the Best Student Discounts on Apple, Tech, Travel, and More

Your student ID is good for more than just 10% off at the movie theater. Get discounts on Amazon Prime, computers, and even cars.

Rumor Roundup: Is the Next Google Glass Not for You? RIP iPad mini?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Facebook, Windows 10, 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!

Did Apple Quietly Cancel Its Annual Back-to-School Sale?

Apple's back-to-school sale has been around for over a decade, and it typically debuts in June or early July. But the sale has yet to make an appearance so far this year. Does this signal the end of Apple's annual summer sale?

This 6-Second Video Perfectly Sums Up Amazon Prime Day

One of our editors tried to buy an Amazon Prime Day deal last night, and managed to capture this perfect video of the frustration behind flash sales.

Most College Students Shouldn't Spend More Than $500 on a Laptop

Opting for a laptop with all of today's bells and whistles can quickly push your back-to-school purchase into the $800+ price range, but does the average student really need so many features? We look at which students might have heavier needs, and which can be satisfied with most mainstream laptops.

9 Things That Are Cheaper When You're Ant-Man

Ant-Man hits theaters this week, and since our secret identity is The Deal Finder — "Defending humanity against over-paying, one deal at a time!" — we're interested in exploring the money saving aspects of Ant-Man's ability to get teeny-tiny (to use the scientific term).

What Did You Think About Amazon's Prime Day Sale?

Amazon has successfully garnered a lot of hype for its latest promotional event, but are any of the deals piquing your interest?

VIDEO: Would You Rent a Recalled Car, Before It Has Been Fixed?

In a bill recently introduced to congress, car rental companies would be able to rent cars that are being recalled, but are not yet fixed! Yes, broken, dangerous cars could potentially be handed out to drivers, as long as the rental company discloses their recalled status to the customer first.

Amazon Announces More Deals for Prime Day: Are They Better Than Black Friday?

With less than 24 hours to go until Prime Day, Amazon released a closer look at its deals. We compare them to the best Black Friday prices we've seen on TVs, toys, and more.

These Are the 5 Toughest Electronics to Repair

Repairs can save big bucks on electronics. Here are five electronic devices to avoid if you want to keep maintenance costs low.

Travel, Cook, Eat: 5 Gourmet Vacations Around the World

We trawled the internet for gourmet travel deals to find packages that will let you see the sights and fill your belly at the same time.

The Pros and Cons of a Tempur-Pedic or Memory Foam Mattress

Many people regard Tempur-Pedic mattresses as the most comfortable on the market, but they are also the most expensive. We look at other memory gels, as well as traditional innersprings.

Ask an Editor: When is the Best Time to Buy a TV?

When it comes to TV deals, no month compares to November. And although 55" TVs will get the most attention, retailers will also slash prices on entry-level 42" sets. In fact, November pricing for this size category has fallen dramatically in the past three consecutive years.

Price Wars: Claims to Be Cheaper Than Amazon, But Is It?

Few retailers are bold enough to take on Amazon in a price war, but newcomer isn't just any retailer. Founded by a former Amazon employee, the start up says it wants to out-price Amazon in every way possible. Does it have what it takes to dethrone the e-commerce king?

Rumor Roundup: A Superman Video Game? Facebook Firehose?

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

How to Save on PC Game Downloads Throughout the Year

The much-hyped Summer Sale is over, and it was underwhelming anyway. From preorders to Steam's other sales, we look at how to save money on gaming downloads all year round.

Amazon Claims 'Prime Day' Will Rival Black Friday for Deals

Amazon is trying to create a new shopping holiday all of its own, but is this just another "Black Friday in July" promotion?

Let's Discuss: Are Oreo Thins a Terrible Idea?

There's a new, thinner Oreo in town. You can't twist it or dunk it. Who wants to eat it?