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The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July

Independence Day may be July's hallmark holiday, but the sales don't end there. Shoppers can also expect to see a variety of deals on in-season items like air conditioners, swimsuits, and even ice cream.

VIDEO: Do You Mind Overpaying for Music?

According to The Wall Street Journal, the average person spends about $51 on music every year. However, people who subscribe to a streaming music service pay $120. That's more than double! In this video, our experts discuss: Is "overpaying" for music is really so bad?

Clean Slate: How to Erase Personal Data Before Selling or Recycling Your Device

A recent study found every Android device tested retained some personal data after supposedly being "wiped." We look at how to be certain your old device is clean.

Everything You Need to Know About Using Your Phone Abroad

Going overseas doesn't have to mean losing your device or paying a ton. We look at how to get compatible devices or affordable international plans when you travel this summer.

Best Laptop Deals: Cheapest 2015 MacBook Air Ever, 12" HP Stream for $188

This week's roundup of the best laptop deals includes Editors' Choice deals for both Mac and Windows fans. For the former, we've found the cheapest 11.6" 2015 MacBook Air ever. Meanwhile, budget Windows fans should check out the $188 HP Stream, which comes bundled with a $25 Microsoft Gift Card, a deal we're not likely to see again until Black Friday.

What Happened to All the Tablet Deals?

You're not imagining things: the well of tablet deals has been a little dry so far in 2015. To find out when the deals will come back, we dug through the DealNews archives and spoke to an industry expert.

The Sound of Music: Is New Hi-Fi Digital Audio Worth It?

Audiophiles bemoan the poor quality of MP3s. But high quality alternatives may still be too slow, expensive, and legally troubled.

Are Smart Appliances and Furniture Worth Buying?

With Ikea introducing a line of furniture with built-in wireless chargers, we examine whether all these touchscreens and extras on appliances are any better than your phone.

Rumor Roundup: Will Apple Augment Reality? 'Need for Speed' Reboot?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, more Apple, and mountain lions? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Showtime Undercuts HBO Now with New Cheaper Streaming Service

The battle for the future of television is rapidly moving online as Showtime has just announced a standalone streaming service that looks to dethrone HBO Now. But without a major blockbuster, can Showtime's cheaper service dethrone its biggest rival?

10 Tips to Make Your Laptop Run Faster

Regular maintenance can help assure that you get the most out of your laptop investment. Virus scans, upgrading to an SSD, and more can all help your tried-and-true laptop run like (almost) new, possibly getting you extra years before you have to buy a new one.

5 New Products From Google That You Need to Know

The dust has barely settled on Google's developer's conference, but for many consumers the anticipation is only now beginning. And while you may think many of the company's new services are geared specifically toward Android users, we've found five services that are destined to affect everyone.

Everything You Need to Know About the Steam Summer Sale

One of Valve's two biggest sales is inbound soon, and it's a major event for PC gamers. We don't know exactly when the Steam Summer Sale will start, but can reliably estimate the deals you should (and shouldn't) wait for.

Google Play and Chromecast Users Can Now Get HBO Without Cable

Earlier this year HBO announced that its long-awaited standalone streaming service, HBO Now, would be available for Apple only. As of today, that's no longer the case.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

10 Ways to Boost Cell Phone Battery Life

You might not be able to get to a charger, but you can still preserve your phone's power. Here's how to turn off juice-draining functions, apps, and more.

Here's Everything You'll Get With That Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft wants Windows to become the best multi-platform OS in the world, and it's unveiling a free upgrade to make it happen. Is access to Cortana and a new browser enough to make you upgrade to 10?

Rumor Roundup: Will the iPhone 7 Be the Strongest One Ever?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, GTA VI, Tesla, 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!

Rumor Roundup: Will Apple Devices Get Flexible Screens?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Blade Runner, video games, 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!

Should You Buy a Gaming Microconsole?

Small, affordable set-top boxes are bringing certain mobile and PC games to television screens. We run down the available options, and whether they're right for you.

Amazon Dash: What Products Would You Order With the Push of a Button?

The biggest online retailer in the country wants to change the way you shop, and it's hoping it can do this with the help of a clever little button. Given the chance, what products would you want Amazon to convert into Dash Buttons?

What Will the Apple Watch's Resale Value Be?

Those on the fence about buying the Apple Watch may want to consider what costs they're likely to recoup if they find the watch collecting dust on the shelf after a few months. And while Apple products generally hold their value well, the Apple Watch could be unpredictable.

A Guide to 5 Mobile Payment Apps Available Now

Mobile payment apps could replace credit cards and cash with increased convenience and security. Here are the major players right now, including Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and more.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April

April is here, and if you're stuck indoors waiting out the seasonal showers, you'll have an excuse to spend more time shopping for the best deals online. Here is what's in store this month for the smart shopper.

Apple Fans, Get Ready for Cheap Chargers (Finally!)

With their new MacBook, Apple announced they would not block third-party USB-C chargers, paving the way for cheap alternatives. But should you take the savings in exchange for safety and convenience?

Accident Prone? HTC Will Now Replace Select Smartphones for Free During the First Year

From cracked screens to the accidental dip in the toilet, HTC's new Uh-Oh Protection plan will replace your damaged HTC smartphone for free, one time, with no questions asked. Sound too good to be true? We break down HTC's new plan for you.