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Is the Amazon Tap Worth Buying?

Amazon expanded its speaker range this year with the Tap, a portable Bluetooth speaker that uses the Alexa voice assistant. Learn more about the Amazon Tap, how it compares to similar speakers, and whether you should consider buying it.

Use Pokémon Go to Support Local Businesses and Save

Pokémon Go is continuing to grow in popularity and many businesses are beginning to jump on board in an effort to attract customers. Supporting these local shops can save you money in more ways than one.

3 Easy Ways to Use Your Phone Abroad (Without Going Broke)

No one wants to return home with a giant cell phone bill after traveling overseas. Here's how to call, text, and use data in another country — and not spend too much money.

8 Changes That Will Rock the Way You Shop Fashion

In order to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive industry, many of our favorite stores and labels are innovating. From virtual reality to genderless apparel, here's how you'll be shopping for clothes in the very near future.

Verizon Plans are About to Get More Expensive, but at Least You'll Get More Data

Verizon's prices are going up, but it's also increasing the amount of data for each plan. Existing customers won't be forced into these new plans, but will these adjustments be enough to persuade new customers to switch?

The Future of Xbox Could Have a BIG Impact on Your Wallet

The Xbox E3 panel introduced two new consoles, as well as cross-platform gaming. And as it turns out, Microsoft is trying to make you choose between price and power. Read on to find out why.

You Can't Update to the New Apple OS if You Have These Devices

Since Apple's big keynote a few days ago, there's been a lot of talk about iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. But if you're excited for update in the fall, check out this list first — your current device might not be eligible.

10 Things You Need to Know About Apple's Big Event This Week

Though there was a notable lack of new hardware, Apple crammed a ton of info into its WWDC 2016 keynote. Here are 10 of the most stand-out things from the presentation, including an OS update and an Apple Music revamp.

3 Kinds of Ice Cream Makers: Which Is Best for You?

An ice cream maker makes it easy to whip up ice cream any time the craving strikes. And since these gadgets require a relatively small investment, why not grab one before summer really heats up? Read on to learn about ice cream makers, what they cost, and five brands to consider.

Rumors: Is Apple Phasing Out the MacBook Air?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Google, Red Dead Redemption, and more? Neither are we! That's why we put all the latest speculations from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Cell Phone's Battery Life

It's not always obvious how to keep our handheld devices fully (or partially) charged. To that end, we've gathered up the 10 best tips for squeezing extra life out of your phone's battery.

5 Things to Buy in June (and 3 Things You Should Definitely Skip)

The first full month of summer means hot deals on... lingerie and donuts? Plus, get the lowdown on summer apparel, grills, laptops, and more.

Goodreads Now Tracks Deals on Your Favorite Books

Goodreads just made it easier to feed your reading habit on a budget. The site announced that it will send emails with deals for the books on your "Want to Read" list.

Why Stores Still Won't Accept Your Chip Card (and What You Can Do to Pay Safely)

Many businesses still aren't equipped to accept purchases from chip-enabled debit or credit cards. Here's why it's taking stores so long to accept chip cards, what it means for consumers, and how you can shop safely in the meantime.

What to Expect From 2016 Mother's Day Deals

We've delved into the archives to take a look at the very best Mother's Day deals from the past few years. Ditch the pricey flowers and opt for a more imaginative, penny-pinching gift — like tech, fragrances, and more.

9 Things You Need to Know About Apple's Quiet Update to the Retina MacBook

A brand new version of the 12" MacBook will soon be available, and it will come with some snazzy new features, colors, and other performance specs that might convince some holdouts to finally upgrade to Apple's newest line of Macs. So is it worth trading in your old laptop for the new MacBook?

7 Things You Need to Know About the New Kindle Oasis

Amazon's newest Kindle was released last week, and while many seemed surprised over the changes and features, the most surprising aspect is the price. The Oasis is now the most expensive Kindle model, but is it worth it? And is it the right one for your reading habits?

Nest Disabling Revolv: Can We Trust "Lifetime Guarantees" and the Internet of Things?

Revolv smart hubs are about to go dark. While subscribers knew this was coming, Nest's move seems to have shaken the faith users had in the Internet of Things.

If Apple Removes the Audio Jack From the iPhone 7, What Will Happen to Headphone Prices?

Rumors are still circulating that the iPhone 7 won't include a standard audio jack. It's a move that will surely make waves in the headphone world, and affect the pricing of audio accessories. But by how much?

7 Things You Need to Know About the iPhone SE

Apple just announced the iPhone SE. Although the specs are familiar, this tiny smartphone holds one big surprise — its starting price.

Cut It Out! These 6 Cable Cord-Cutting Myths Just Won't Die

If headlines are to be believed, this past decade has seen a mass exodus of people leaving cable television behind for a streaming nirvana. But others think cord-cutting is full of complications and problems. Is either case true? To find out, we looked at some of the biggest myths surrounding the so-called cord-cutting movement.

Would You Pay With a Selfie?

Mobile payments have been around for a while now, but convenience and security concerns remain. MasterCard wants to use selfies to verify mobile purchases.

Tune In and Drop Cable With a Digital Antenna

Going without cable and streaming doesn't have to mean going without TV. A digital antenna will pick up many channels, and is affordable and easy to install. Here are the basic features to look for, and how to get the most out of your antenna.

No Surprise: Millennials Will Spend the Most on St. Patrick's Day

Like all festive occasions, St. Patrick's Day invites us to part with a little dough. What does that add up to, besides 18 zillion choruses of "Danny Boy"? Here, we present five mind-blowing facts about St. Pat's spending worthy drinking a toast to as you whip out that clover-covered credit card.

Use This Service to Connect Apps and Save Money

If This Then That allows you to connect two websites or apps, making an action on the first cause a reaction on the other. And money-savers are using it to keep receipts, automate savings, and more.

Here's Why Now Is a Terrible Time to Buy an iPad

While Apple has been hinting that it would be unveilling new products in March for some time now, it is only in the past week or so that details have begun to emerge. And although a new iPhone and new bands for the Apple Watch will be revealed, the anticipated announcement perhaps causing the most excitement is the emergence of a new iPad.

50 Retailers That Let You Buy Online and Return In-Store

To make online returns easier, some retailers allow you to take your purchase to a local store to return or exchange. We'll tell you about 50 retailers that let you buy online and return in-store, and offer tips about how these returns work.

8 Ways to Wisely Spend Your Tax Refund

Tax season is in full swing! If you're getting a refund and your savings are in order, you should treat yourself. Here's a few ideas to help you get the most bang for your refunded bucks.

Free Candy & Car Washes: 8 Examples of Super Customer Service

Most tales of customer service stories are complaints, but what about the others? From lifetime service to enticing freebies, these companies lead in keeping customers happy.

Apple Now Accepts Cracked iPhones for Trade In

A cracked or damaged iPhone used to mean shelling out for a new screen, or a whole new phone. But now, Apple is helping those with broken phones skip repairs — by moving straight to upgrades.

New Apple Watch in March! (Just Kidding, It's Just Bands)

Back in December, reports that Apple would release the Watch 2 in March made some hold off on buying a first-gen model. Unfortunately, new reports point to a Watch 2 release in the fall — which means it might be time to jump on a deal.

10 Customer Loyalty Programs You've Never Heard Of

Consumers in the United States hold 3.3 billion memberships in loyalty programs. Tons of loyalty programs are out there that you may not know about, however, either because they aren't heavily advertised or because it wouldn't occur to you to look for them. We've rounded up 10 loyalty programs that might pique your interest.