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POLL: Will You Still Buy an Apple Watch if the Battery Only Lasts 2.5 Hours?

According to a new report, the Apple Watch could offer as little as 2.5 hours per charge with heavy app usage. That doesn't compare well to competitors, and consumers were already lukewarm on the pricey, first-gen Apple device. What will they think now?

Store Newsletters Offered Fewer Discounts Last Year; Are They Still Worth It?

A recent study by Listrak suggests that deals are coming less frequently in retailer email newsletters, giving way to personalized messages. But with some sites still offering incentives, like eventual discounts on items left in-cart, it still may be worth signing up.

Rumor Roundup: Is the iPad Getting a Stylus? Fast & Furious iPhone 6S? More?

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

Microsoft Will Offer Free Upgrades to Windows 10

Windows 10 is brimming with cool new features like HoloLens and Cortana, but it's the operating system's price that has us hot and bothered. The Redmond-based giant announced that its next operating system will be offered as a free upgrade for users running Windows 7 or later, a first for Microsoft.

Are Microsoft's Hologram Glasses Cool or Not?

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced HoloLens, a "holographic" computer interface. A lot more like Virtual Reality than a true hologram, it requires the user to wear a headset to see interact with it. Does a hologram need to be like Star Wars to count? Honestly, we can't tell — is this cool or not?

Study: In-Store Pickup Isn't Any Faster Than Just Shopping In-Store

A study of eleven major retailers found that ordering online and choosing in-store pickup saved little time, if any, compared to finding the item in-store and buying it there. But there are still several situations where buying online and picking up in-store can be advantageous.

VIDEO: What Foods From Your Childhood Do You Wish Would Come Back?

As evidenced by the return of "nostalgia cereals" like French Toast Crunch and Strawberry Honeycombs, it's clear that food companies are ready to re-introduce foods from our childhoods, just to squeeze a couple of nostalgia dollars out of us. In this video, our experts ponder what foods they'd love to see back on store shelves.

The 10 Best Coupons of the Week: Save $25 at Newegg, 50% Off at Karmaloop

In this day and age, who's got the time to search for a coupon? We do! To help you stay on top of all things discount, we've rounded up the 10 best coupons of the week. Save $25 off a $200 order at Newegg, get an extra 50% off sale styles at Banana Republic, and take 50% off sitewide at Karmaloop.

5 Romantic Hotel Deals for Valentine's Day

If you've dropped the ball on the last few Valentine's, then be sure to check out our list of five romantic hotel deals that will save you money and put tiny little love-hearts in your partner's eyes. We've got a 4-star Miami hotel for a $189 low, Manhattan for $109 a night, and more.

Apple Quietly Cancels its Free Download of the Week Promo

Although Apple hasn't confirmed it, it looks like the brand has quietly ended its free Single of the Week promotion in iTunes after an 11-year run. To help satisfy your free music fix, we've spotlighted a few alternatives that offer free (and legal) MP3 downloads.

40% of Deal Shoppers Will or Already Have Bought the Amazon Echo

When the Amazon Echo was announced, it was met with a fair amount of head-scratching, as some consumers were frightened of the space-age cylinder that would listen to their every word and relay it to the cloud. But according to a recent DealNews survey, that skepticism hasn't drastically affected our tech-forward readership.

Bundled to Run: 8 Winter Workout Essentials

We've identified 8 pieces of clothing you'll need for outdoor winter exercise. Whether it's a balaclava to cover your face, or Merino wool base garments to wick away sweat, these items will keep you dry and warm in the coldest of conditions.

Rumor Roundup: Will the iPhone 6S Check Your Heart? What About Spider-Man?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Google, Spider-Man, 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 Shop Humanely: 15 Brands With Strong Cruelty-Free Policies

If you're looking to protect the welfare of animals, our guide to becoming an ethical shopper can start you off in the right direction. Find out how you can become a smarter and more conscious buyer in just a few easy steps.

Subscription Prescription: Getting What You Want Every Month

Whether they contain the latest beauty samples or treats from far-off lands, there's a lot of mystery surrounding these curated care packages called "subscription boxes." To help our fellow dealseekers, we asked Liz Cadman, founder of My Subscription Addiction, for the answers to your toughest subscription box questions.

11 Healthy AND Affordable Alternatives to Unhealthy Food

Millions of Americans resolved to both eat right and save money this New Year's — but doing those things together can be a challenge. After talking to nutrition experts and doing some calculations, we found 11 healthy foods that can actually be cheaper than less healthy alternatives.

VIDEO: Phone FOMO Is Fo' Real!

Do you suffer anxiety when you're not with your phone? A recent study shows that you're not alone and that "fear of missing out" (FOMO) is a real concern! In this video, our experts discuss how to cope with cell phone loss.

Your Amazon Echo Could Take More Than 4 Months to Arrive

Eager to get your hands on Amazon's Internet-connected Echo? You may want to tone down your expectations, as the Echo is currently experiencing a 4-month shipping delay. Does that change your plans at all?

Smart Piggy Banks and Subterranean Beer Coolers: 8 Products to Change Your Life in 2015

Technology has produced some great breakthroughs, though some new wrinkles in the marketplace are so simple, you'll wish you'd thought of them yourself. Here we present eight new items that are either in stores now or on the way. So read on: We've got you inundated with the innovative.

Rumor Roundup: Is Apple Projecting? Nintendo Virtually Shuts Down? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, iPhone, Roger Ebert, 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 Find Discounted Gift Cards & Sell Unwanted Gift Cards Online

Didn't get the gift card you wanted this holiday season? Whether you're buying a card at a discount or selling the one you have, we've created an all-inclusive guide for all of your gift card queries.

POLL: Will You Buy the Amazon Echo? (Echo... Echo... Echo...)

Amazon is again offering its Echo information device to Prime members for $99; but is a 50% discount enough to lure you in? And, more importantly... what exactly is an Amazon Echo?

E-Retailers Offered More Free Shipping Last Year, But Can it Continue?

This holiday season saw a record number of retailers offering free shipping, often with no minimums, and shoppers responded by placing orders with free shipping in equivalent record numbers. But as this service shifts from a perk to an expectation, will retailers be able to maintain it? Or will consumers end up paying another way?

ESPN Will Soon Be Available to Stream Online, Without a Cable Subscription, for $20 a Month

Dish Network announced its Internet-based streaming service this week, and the big news is that it includes access to ESPN. But the $20-a-month price tag could push user's streaming fees closer to cable levels anyway.

Best of the Best: 10 Top Retail Items of Past and Present

Where do Pink Floyd and David Bowie rank in the Top 10 on iTunes all-time album sales list? Which film set Redbox on fire the fastest? The answers may surprise you, as they did us. Here we present our list of 10 bests in a variety of consumer categories: products to make you strum, sing, shoot, or sit with a sense of satisfaction — or, if you prefer, superiority.

Amazon Diaper Update: Amazon Stops Selling Elements, Offers $25 Credit for Subscribers

Earlier this month, we reviewed the newly introduced line of diapers from Amazon. Today, the store announced that it's going back to the drawing board.

What is "Hidden City" Airfare Ticketing and is it Legal?

A 22-year-old programmer named Aktarer Zaman made headlines this week when he was sued by United Airlines and Orbitz over his website Skiplagged, which helps travelers find cheaper fares through the practice of "hidden city" ticketing. According to the complaint, United says the whiz kid "intentionally and maliciously" interfered with airline industry business relationships "by promoting prohibited forms of travel." But what is this practice, and do the airlines have any right to shut it down?

VIDEO: What Do You Do With Gifts You Hate?

The week after Christmas is also known as the week in which everyone returns all the awful sweaters (and other unwanted gifts) that they received for the holidays. In this brief video, our experts discuss the ins-and-outs of returning unwanted merchandise.

VIDEO: Our Champagne Taste Test Finds the Best Bubbles for Your Buck!

With New Year's Eve right around the corner, you're probably in the market for a nice bottle of champagne with which to celebrate at the stroke of midnight. Nothing says "Happy New Year" like the popping of corks, but is there a sparkling wine that's good and a good price? Find out in our video taste test!

Cold Comfort: 10 Clothing Items That Are Worth the Splurge

Complaining won't make the cold weather go away, though the right garments can certainly keep it at bay. Here we survey 10 clothing choices that will turn cold and frosty into warm and toasty. Hot cocoa is optional; just don't spill it on these fine specimens of anti-winter wizardry.

9 Things You Didn't Know About New Year's Eve

The year 2014 gave us lots to celebrate. The stock market rebounded, gas prices dropped, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6s, and the bargains kept on coming. Now with New Year's Eve fast upon us, you might well wonder, "What facts might elucidate our general understanding of this fine fete?" Well, that's what we wondered anyway.

So, You've Dropped the Ball This Christmas: VERY Last-Last-Minute Ideas

Is your favorite Christmas tradition forgetting to buy gifts for people? Do you find yourself without a single present for anyone you care about? Fear not! We've compiled a list of 10 last-LAST-minute gifts you can give to save your skin. Barely.