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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!

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.

Majoring in Affordability: Ways to Cut Down on Costs for College

In case you haven't noticed, we're in a lot of student loan debt. As of the end of 2013, the figure had soared to $1.08 trillion. But if you're willing to get creative and consider alternative approaches, you can cut down on some of the big expenses.

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?

Why All the Perks? Because You'll Spend 68% More With Amazon Prime

Despite the fact that a recent poll found that Amazon Prime subscribers aren't all that interested in the program's non-shipping benefits, Amazon still offers a growing stable of perks to draw in more $99-per-year subscribers. In fact, every perk, every app, and even every piece of Amazon hardware is designed with a singular purpose: to draw you into the Amazon ecosystem, by way of a Prime subscription, so you can ultimately spend more money.

Is This the Worst Way to Cram People Onto an Airplane?

Since airfare is the primary source of income for airlines, they're always looking for ways to cram more and more people onto each flight. To that end, Airbus, a manufacturer of flying machines, has registered a patent for a unique solution to this problem. How would you fit more people on a flying machine? Join the discussion!

Survey Says: Prime Subscribers Love the Shipping, But Not Much Else

Amazon likes to talk up the many benefits of subscribing to its Amazon Prime program. Along with free 2-day shipping on many Amazon purchases, Prime members enjoy free access to a selection of streaming movies, TV shows, and music, as well as monthly eBook rentals. Last week, we asked more than 1,600 Amazon Prime subscribers whether they took advantage of these perks, and/or paid for similar services elsewhere.

Don't Fall for Back-to-School Deals on the iPhone or iPad

To get consumers to notice their back-to-school deals, retailers are discounting big-ticket items, such as the Apple iPhone and iPad Air. But Apple is slated to refresh its iPhone and iPad line of devices as early as September, meaning that an Apple bundle that might have caught your eye may not be as good a deal as you originally thought.

How to Get the Best Deal on a Back-to-School Laptop

Fortunately, shoppers can expect to find better-than-average laptop deals for back-to-school. But as with any big purchase, a little research and planning can go a long way to ensure you buy a system that's right for you. Follow our guide to see what you can expect from this summer's best sales.

VIDEO: Cupcakes Are SO Last Year! What's the Next Dessert Craze?

New York cupcake chain Crumbs is closing all 48 of its locations. Is this indicative that the cupcake boom is finally coming to an end? Our experts discuss if the end of cupcakes is nigh and what will replace them as the "hot" new dessert item.

Thanks, TSA! Security Fee Hike Will Lead to Costlier Airfare

The Transportation Security Administration, already unpopular with air travelers for its screening procedures and hygiene product bans, certainly won't win any fans with an upcoming fee hike. On July 21, the TSA will more than double the mandatory fee that it charges many passengers.

Everything You Need to Find the Best Coupon Codes

One of the most common mistakes that a shopper can make is to forget about the potential savings from a coupon. Many people see a sale and neglect to do the simple research required to see if there's a code out there that will make it even sweeter. If this sounds like you, don't fret; we're here to help you change your ways!

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.

Non-Soccer Things That the USA Totally Pwns

Today, you've got a free pass to celebrate all things American, and while that no longer includes rooting for the U-S-of-A in the World Cup, we can feel proud about the various other ways in which our nation dominates — like in daily sugar consumption!

PlayOn Review: Is This TV Streaming & Recording Software Worth It?

PlayOn and PlayLater claim to make cord-cutting possible once and for all. We decided to see for ourselves, and it turns out the latter in particular offers some interesting features that any media-junky can appreciate.

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.

VIDEO: Should Your Doctor Know What Groceries You Buy?

Should your doctors be allowed to look at your credit card purchases, in order to have a better picture of your health? Some people think so! In fact, hospitals in North and South Carolina are already compiling and sharing their patients' purchase histories, so doctors can head off future medical issues like emphysema and diabetes. Are you for or against this idea?

Planning a 4th of July Road Trip? Gas Prices Will Be at Their Highest Since 2008

Before we whip out our credit cards for those upcoming 4th of July sales, we're here to share some Independence Day-themed stats that are sure to pique curious consumer minds. For example: More people will take a road trip during the 4th of July weekend this year, but gas will be at its highest price since 2008.

You Don't Have to Rob a Casino to Stay in Las Vegas: 5 Hot Vegas Hotel Deals

With 17 of the 20 biggest hotels in the U.S. situated in its city limits, Vegas is an ever-evolving fantasy land where just about anything goes. And, thanks to our hotel deals, you don't have to rob a casino to be able to stay in Sin City.

Store That Fined a Shopper for a Bad Review Now Must Pay $306K in Damages

One company got slapped with a hefty damages fee for trying to fine a customer for a bad review. But does that mean other complainers are safe to write negative reviews without getting sued?

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.

Aereo Loses Supreme Court Case, Will Now Pay Big Fees in Order to Stream TV

In a divided 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the broadcasters in ABC v. Aereo. This ruling leaves the future of Aereo and its many subscribers in limbo, as the TV-streaming service will now be forced to pay hefty fees in order to continue providing content for subscribers.

The Best 4th of July Sales: A Holiday for Gamers, Fashionistas

The 4th of July is a great time to bust out the fireworks, grill up some hot dogs, celebrate our nation's birth — and, if you can find the time, do a bit of shopping. Wondering what you'll find in this year's 4th of July sales? We dug into our archives from 2012 and 2013 to get a preview.

Buying in Bulk Online is About to Get Less Terrible!

A new initiative from online retailers could bring accurate, prominent unit pricing to internet shopping. And that would mean making it easier and quicker for shoppers to know how much bang they're getting for their buck.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July

We published thousands of deals last July, which we've analyzed to offer our readers a bit of advice while planning purchases this month. In order to protect your wallet and spend your money wisely, be sure to read through our July buying guide below for everything you need to know to shop smart this month.

7 Ways to Save Money When Buying a New Car

The car-buying process can be daunting, but if you walk in as an informed, empowered consumer, you can avoid common — and expensive — mistakes. Before signing those papers, heady from a test drive and that new car smell, learn what you need to know to save money when buying a new car.

A Math Whiz Discusses Lottery Odds and Gaming the System

A woman is more likely to give birth to quintuplets than the average person is to win the lottery. But DealNews spoke to a math whiz about how a group of MIT students gamed the system, and how you can (slightly) improve your chances.

The Amazon Fire Phone Might Go on Sale Sooner Than You'd Expect

Although Amazon's 32GB Fire Phone is aggressively priced at $199, we rabid deal hunters are already trying to figure out how we can purchase it for less. To find out how long we have to wait for the first wave of deals, we examined deals on current Android smartphones along with price cuts on existing and previous-generation Amazon products.

6 Reasons Why the Amazon Fire Phone is Different

Amazon has joined the ranks of Google and Apple with its just-announced Fire smartphone. Before you dismiss this handheld as just another competitor in an already-crowded market, take a closer look. The Amazon Fire phone packs features that could put some of today's best handhelds to shame.

Grocery Store Sushi vs. Restaurant Sushi: Which Has More Fish for the Money?

Today is International Sushi Day, and we're wondering which establishments offer the most bang for your buck when it comes to buying the delicious dish. Contrary to popular belief, our research shows that grocery stores like Whole Foods actually have more fish than most restaurants!

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.