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VIDEO: Are Smart Mirrors Creepy?

More and more retailers are adding "smart mirrors" to their stores — mirrors that allow you to virtually try on other styles and patterns of the clothes you're actually trying on. As we get more and more accustomed to this miracle of modern science, retailers are thinking about adding some technology to the actual dressing rooms. Is this creepy?

Apple's Newest MacBook Pro and iMac 5K Upgrades Are Pretty Meh

Tempted by Apple's latest offerings? Whether you're looking to save money or want to pack the latest tech, Apple's iMac and MacBook Pro refreshes will likely feature shorter-than-average lifespans as Intel's new processors could debut as early as this August.

5 Reasons to Book This All-Inclusive Dominican Republic Vacation Deal

The Dominican Republic is famous for its pristine beaches, mild climate, and Spanish-flavored architecture and history. And you can experience the prime Punta Cana destination with an amazing all-inclusive deal available now.

Food, Cribs, and Cars: What to Do for Product Recalls

Product recalls can be scary, and probably should be cause for action. But these steps and resource will help you navigate a recall in a safe and timely way.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in June

With graduation ceremonies and Father's Day on the horizon, June can quickly turn into an expensive month. To ensure you don't blow through your summer budget in the first few weeks of the season, we've created a buying guide of items you should and shouldn't purchase this month.

Avoid the Noid: 10 Brand Mascot Fails

Frosted Flakes might be able to use Tony the Tiger to hawk their flaky wares until the sun literally explodes, but not every brand is going to be able to come up with something as grrrrrreat! Beloved mascots are hard to come by, and we've rounded up 10 examples to prove it!

Rumor Roundup: 24/7 Star Wars Channel? Mortal Kombat Santa?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Star Wars, Mortal Kombat, 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!

Want a Cheap iPhone 6? Wait Until September

The buzz surrounding Apple's next-generation iPhone is getting louder with each passing week, but it's the possibility of yet another iPhone price drop that has us most excited. Here's what you can expect to pay for the iPhone 6 once its replacement is unveiled.

Let's Discuss: Why Aren't You Spending More at Walmart?

The last several months should have been a time of great profits for big retail chain stores, yet retail spending has, at best, remained flat. And Walmart blames you!

The New Drive-Thru: 9 Fast Food Apps Reviewed

Your favorite burger or taco joint, from McDonald's to Chipotle, no doubt has an app. But will it save you time or money? We investigate.

37 Million People Will Travel for Memorial Day 2015

It's likely that you'll pay tribute to those who have served our country by going to a parade or family BBQ. We look at the miles, hot dogs, and other stats defining this holiday weekend.

Whole Foods Will Open a Cheaper Chain Next Year

"Whole Paycheck" is targeting budget-conscious younger shoppers with a new chain of stores. But details are light, and Trader Joe's already has the lead.

Rumor Roundup: Booze Coming to Taco Bell? Fallout 4?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Taco Bell, Fallout 4, 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!

What to Expect From National Donut Day

The first Friday of June is our favorite holiday: National Donut Day! Read on to see how to score free goodies and more.

Walmart Will Offer an Unlimited Shipping Service That's Cheaper Than Amazon

The biggest retailer in the world today announced the launch of a new free shipping program that, for half the cost of Amazon Prime, promises online deliveries in just three days or less. But without the numerous Prime-like perks, can Walmart win over today's online shoppers?

The NYTimes Now App No Longer Requires a Paid Subscription

NYTimes Now failed to gain users as a cheaper, limited subscription to the paper. Now, the Grey Lady is trying to attract young readers with free access to select articles and curated content.

VIDEO: If You Could Only Have a Smartphone or a Laptop, Which Would You Choose?

This year, for the first time ever, the Consumer Electronics Association revealed that more people own smartphones than laptops! In this short video, our experts discuss which they'd choose, if they could have only one: a smartphone or a laptop.

Are Table Tablets at Restaurants a Gimmick or Actually Helpful?

More eateries are using tablets to replace some server responsibilities. If used properly, they can save you time, but might also encourage you to spend more.

How to Get a Gold Apple Watch Without Spending $10,000

From Beyoncé to Katy Perry, these days every A-list celebrity has a gold Apple Watch clasped around their wrist. But not everyone is made of money, so here's how you can score a gold Apple Watch at a fraction of the cost.

Tired of TV? 10 Sites That Create Great Original Content Online

Yahoo, AOL, and... PlayStation? It seems like everyone and their mother is producing original programming these days. Here are 10 of our favorite non-TV studios.

10 Tips Every Student Needs to Know About Paying for College

Americans owe more than $1 trillion in student debt, and it affects a lifetime of financial decisions. But planning, debt forgiveness, and more can help.

How Our Moms Taught Us to Save Money

Pretty much everyone who works at DealNews is savvy with their money, but how did we get this way? For many of us, it was our mom who taught us to exercise budget-friendly shopping habits. And so, in honor of Mother's Day, we decided to gather our staff's favorite tips from their moms.

Rumor Roundup: Did HTC Lie About Gorilla Glass? Apple Wants Your DNA?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, gorilla glass, Spotify, 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!

15 Mother's Day Gifts to Avoid If You Want to Stay in the Will

Mother's Day is upon us, so you better get the woman who lovingly raised you a little something to say, "Thanks for putting up with all my B.S. over the years." To help you avoid tears and recriminations, we've put together a list of what not to get mom this year.

Amazon Prime Members Can Soon Stream Movies & TV for Free on JetBlue

JetBlue recently announced that it is partnering with Amazon to let passengers on its flights stream Amazon content — and it will be free for Prime members. The changes could also mean faster inflight internet for everyone.

Amazon Ship-to-Trunk & 5 Other Weird Delivery Services

Amazon wants to deliver packages right to your car trunk — but only if you own an Audi, which is a strangely specific service. We look at 5 other historically weird (and effective) delivery methods.

10 Streaming Movies to Watch With Mom This Mother's Day

After you've taken Mom out for a mimosa brunch on Sunday, you'll all probably be full and sleepy. Then it's time to put on one of these great streaming movies about motherhood, and enjoy a quiet afternoon together.

Survey Says: Most Moms Want a Meal Out on Mother's Day

The results are in, and our Mother's Day survey shows a lot of moms aren't happy with their gifts — which is often nothing. So take mom out, or at least call.

Laughing All the Way to the Bank: How Joke Reviews on Amazon Drive Sales

Think the top results on Amazon are always the best options? They could be bolstered by hundreds of sarcastic or even negative reviews.

Historically Great Mother's Day Gifts

Will the gift you give your mom this Mother's Day go down in history as one of the all-time greatest? Nope! But check out these historically great Mother's Day gifts — from Greek gods to Elvis — and see which gifts for mom withstand the test of time.

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

Your mom raised you, so the least you can do is put a little thought into her present. We show how to avoid common pitfalls and cliches with your Mother's Day gift.