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Switching to Straight Talk: Which Phones Will Work?

Switching from your current smartphone carrier to Straight Talk Wireless is unlikely to alter your service. But is your current phone eligible to make the switch to Straight Talk?

HBO Now Arrives on Roku Devices

The most popular media streamer on the market now gives its users access to the HBO Now app. Find out how soon you can download the app and which models are supported.

Black Friday Laptop Deals 2015: You Won't Believe How Cheap Prices Will Get

As we approach Black Friday 2015, you may be wondering: How much can I expect to pay for a laptop this November? Fortunately, there will be price points for every budget. Bargain bin models will drop to eye-popping prices of $99 to $149, but even beefier mainstream systems will be unbelievably cheap this year.

Apple Black Friday 2015: iPads Will Be the Big Doorbuster, First Deal on the Apple Watch

While some Apple fans may think the only way to purchase iDevices is at full price, the truth is that the majority of Apple products will see various discounts, especially on Black Friday. But before you spend a dime at the Apple Store, check out our Black Friday predictions to find out how you can get Apple items at a fraction of the cost this year.

Amazon Will No Longer Sell the Apple TV or Chromecast to 'Avoid Confusion'

Amazon just gave Apple and Google an unexpected punch in the gut. The online retailer announced that later this month it will ban sales of the Apple TV and Chromecast media players. With the holiday season just weeks away, will Amazon's tough stance have a negative affect on deals?

Black Friday Video Games 2015: Xbox One & PS4 Bundles Will Offer the Best Value

Statistically speaking, you're probably shopping for a gamer this holiday season. Are you finally ready to drop some cash on a current-gen console? Will you fill your cart with 2015's hottest AAA titles? Or perhaps fill your hard drive with PC game downloads? No matter what your gaming goals are this Black Friday season, we've got the predictions to keep you — and your budget — happy.

Black Friday Media Streaming Devices 2015: Big Discounts on Roku & Fire TV

Media streamers have gone from luxury items to near-necessities. Expect to see modest deals on the latest Apple TV this Black Friday, while the Roku and Amazon Fire TV will have bigger discounts.

Black Friday Home Goods 2015: Appliances & Kitchen Deals Will Shine

It's time to look at Black Friday's most hotly anticipated category of consumer products: light bulbs! Okay, so purchases for the home might not be the sexiest things to buy during this monster shopping season. But you could potentially save hundreds on some big ticket items, including vacuums, washing machines, power tools, and kitchen appliances.

Apple TV vs. Fire TV: Which Streaming Media Player Should You Buy?

Apple and Amazon have both just introduced updates to their popular streaming boxes. If you're not in either ecosystem yet, deciding between the two could come down to details like price and gaming ability.

First iPhone 6s Deal Says a Lot About Future Phone Prices

Cell service providers are moving away from contracts and the subsidization model that many shoppers are familiar with. And as a result, many of us may have to pay full price for our next phone. So how will this affect phone deals?

VIDEO: Is the iPad Pro the Future of Computing?

Apple has announced its iPad Pro — a larger, more powerful tablet. In this brief, delightful video, our panel of experts ask: Is the iPad Pro is going to be the thing that changes the perception of tablets from "fun pads" to serious business machines?

8 Ways to Save on Books for the True Bibliophile

With many major publishers raising prices for new eBooks, the dedicated bibliophile faces a dilemma: How do you feed your reading habit without putting your wallet on a diet? We look at library services, lending for eBooks, and more.

7 Reasons Why the New Apple TV is More Expensive

Yesterday, Apple introduced a major update to its Apple TV streaming device. With Siri integration, voice controls, streaming sports, and more, is an upgrade or new purchase worth it?

Here's When Apple's New iPads Will Go on Sale

Did Apple's recent keynote whet your appetite for a new iPad? Here are the prices you can expect to see from retailers as they begin to discount Apple's new family of iPads.

Kindle eBook Prices Have Jumped 30% to 60% in 2015

Amazon wanted to sell all eBooks at rock bottom prices, but publishers revolted. Deals can still be had though, especially on smaller, less popular titles.

9 Things to Know About Intel's Newest 'Skylake' Processors

Intel has unveiled their latest generation of processors, and they're faster and provide longer battery life. Are they worth the upgrade?

How to Understand Intel Skylake CPU Names & Model Numbers

Intel has released its latest line of computer processors, the sixth generation Intel Core, codenamed Skylake. There are a lot of upgrades to the processors that yield great improvements to your daily computing tasks. Unfortunately for those of us who aren't interested in parsing tech jargon, there are many different types of Skylake processors, each with their own combination of model numbers. Here's a quick rundown of what this alphabet soup all means.

Amazon Might Release a New Fire TV to Compete With Apple This Week

The Apple TV is expected to be announced on Wednesday, with a hefty price tag to boot. Will Amazon steal Apple's thunder with a cheaper alternative?

There's Now a Patch to Make Batman: Arkham Knight for PC Slightly Less Terrible

There are a slew of bugs left to fix, and the game still isn't available for new purchases, suggesting there's still room to improve.

VIDEO: Should Video Games Be in the Olympics?

Video games are only rumored to be under Olympic consideration, but British bookmakers are already taking bets on what titles will make the games. In this brief video, we discuss whether we want to see Counter-Strike, Dota 2, and Hearthstone in the Winter Games!

VIDEO: How Do You Feel About HBO Paying for Sesame Street?

HBO will be paying for the next five years of Sesame Street, in exchange for a nine-month exclusivity window to new episodes; after that, PBS can show them for free, as usual. In this brief video, our puppet-like experts discuss if this HBO/Sesame Street deal is bad news!

Ask an Editor: Where Can You Find the Best Unlocked iPhone Deals?

Verizon is the latest carrier to ditch subsidized phone plans. However, that doesn't mean you have to pay full price for your next smartphone. Here's how you can find the best deals on an unlocked iPhone.

How to Sell Your Old iPhone to Pay for the New iPhone 6s or 7

With a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 likely on its way in September, we look at the different ways to sell your old phone, like through Gazelle, Glyde, and trade-in programs from Amazon and Walmart.

Free Spotify Users May Soon Have Limited Access to New Albums

Facing intense pressure from record labels and artists like Taylor Swift, Spotify could undergo its biggest change ever in the coming weeks. Does this mean the days of free music streaming are over?

Is it Cheaper to Repair or Replace These 9 Electronics & Appliances?

Buying new stuff is expensive, but in today's consumer landscape, it's sometimes cheaper and more sensible than repairing a soon-to-be obsolete product.

More Fast Food Places Now Offer Preorders: Does it Save Time?

More fast food joints — like Wendy's, Taco Bell, and Starbucks — are embracing preordering through apps. But does it actually work well enough to save you time?

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in August

August may lack a major commercial holiday, but the dog days of summer are still a busy month for retailers and deal hunters alike. Back-to-school sales are at their prime this month and you can also expect to see dozens of deals on outdoor furniture, grills, and travel. Plus, take advantage of tax-free shopping days in select states.

The Chromecast is Finally Compatible With HBO Now

We already knew in May that the premium cable channel would be adding Android devices to its roster of compatible devices, but it was just yesterday that the service made it to the Chromecast — making the dongle the cheapest device you can purchase to stream HBO to your TV.

Does Epson's New 2-Year Ink Cartridge Really Save You Money?

With their massive new ink reservoirs, Epson's new line of EcoTank printers can function for up to two years without needing an ink refill. But can these new printers really put an end to the expensive ink cartridge?

10 Awesome New Features in Windows 10 You Should Know

Touch-centric Windows 8 was widely panned. Windows 10 is a return to form with some fun extras too, like Cortana, a new Xbox app, and more.

7 Ways to Send Money Online: Which is Best for You?

PayPal, Venmo... Western Union?! Finding the right online money-sending service can certainly make life easier, and even save you cash in unnecessary fees.

These Are the 5 Easiest Electronics to Repair

From phones to tablets, these devices will keep repair costs down and make it easy to delay buying expensive new electronics.