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VIDEO: How Much Private Info Do You Trade For Goods and Services?

This week, Google updated its terms of service to explicitly state that it does, in fact, scan emails to more accurately target ads to users. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss the benefits and detriments of trading private information for goods and services.

The Year of the Hack: What to Do About the Heartbleed Bug

Thanks to Target and the "Heartbleed" vulnerability, 2014 is shaping up to be the Year of the Hack. So what is Heartbleed, and what should you be doing about it?

I Guarantee It: Companies That Still Offer Amazing Warranties

Some companies are still offering legitimate warranties that you can take to the bank. These products might cost more, but that might be worth it for the real promise that they will be repaired, replaced, or refunded at any time.

VIDEO: Why Do We Upgrade Our Computer's OS?

This week marks the official demise of Windows XP! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if it's even necessary to upgrade your OS.

There's Never Been a Better Time to Invest in Beanie Babies

As our data indicates, by waiting almost 20 years, you can pick up many of the most desirable Beanie Babies for 80% to 99% off their original prices. That means that now is the best time to buy Beanie Babies!

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy the Unicorn: Which Is the Better Buy?

After months of speculation, hands-on looks at the Galaxy S5 have left most critics cautiously optimistic but underwhelmed. Rather than rehashing the same side-by-side smartphone comparisons that you'll find at any tech blog, we decided to take a hard look at how the Galaxy S5 holds up against an industry leader that also bears the Galaxy name. We're talking, of course, about Galaxy the Unicorn.

VIDEO: Are the Days of Cable TV Numbered?

With the rumor of an Apple-built cable box and news that both Sony and Microsoft are going to offer original programming, it seems like now, more than ever, everyone is trying to re-invent TV. Inside, we discuss if this is the beginning of the end for cable television.

What an Apple + Comcast Partnership Could Mean for Streaming TV

The country's biggest cable company and one of its biggest tech companies may make a deal. While there are few confirmed details to go off of, what might this relationship entail, and what does it mean for streaming content?

Celebrities Have Worse Tax Problems Than You!

If you hate your taxes, just imagine how celebrities feel, since they make way more money than you do! In fact, their hatred and avoidance gets many of them in trouble with the I.R.S. for failure to pay! We're serving up a list of the worst celebrity tax scofflaws.

American Airlines Is the Quickest to Respond to Customers on Twitter

Social media makes it easier than ever to make our customer service frustrations public, and it's especially popular with travelers who are experiencing grievances while flying. So if you're stuck in an airport with very little to do, which airlines are the most likely to respond to your pleas on Twitter?

VIDEO: We Made Our Own Muppet (and It Only Cost Us $15)

Not being able to face forking over a ludicrous $15 to see Muppets Most Wanted in theaters, we instead built our own Muppet puppet. We think you'll agree that the results are ... astounding?

Is There Any Reason to Buy 'House of Cards' When You Can Stream it?

Verizon and Sony have started selling episodes of the Netflix-owned show, House of Cards, for $3 each — which may seem curious given the fact that a month of streaming at Netflix costs just $8. It sounds like it makes financial sense to stream the show rather than buy, but is there an argument to be made for owning media?

A Cheaper iPhone 5c Would Be Terrible for the Subsidization Model

Apple debuted an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c in the UK, Australia, and China this morning. If it comes to the US and is added to the subsidization model, consumers will soon be getting less value for the same money they could have paid just a few months ago.

8 Tips to Make Sure You're Prepared for Emergencies

Early this morning, California residents experienced a 4.4 earthquake, and while there are reportedly (and thankfully) no injuries or major damage as a result, the news once again reminds us that accidents and disasters can come at any time. Because we can't control or predict when these events happen, we should all be prepared in case of emergency.

Apple Wants More Music Exclusives; Does This Hurt the Consumer?

Last year, Beyoncé surprised the world by releasing a previously-unannounced album directly onto iTunes as an exclusive. It turns out that Apple and the record labels really like this idea. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if music store exclusivity is a good thing for the consumers, too, or just the record industry.

What the Heck Is 'Friendly Fraud' and Why Is it Costing Retailers $11.8 Billion?

The words "friendly" and "fraud" may not seem to go together, but friendly fraud — also known as chargeback fraud — is a real problem for a lot of online merchants. And thanks to heightened awareness of actual fraud, friendly fraud has become increasingly easy for cardholders to commit.

Survey Says: RadioShack's Prices Are Too High & No One Shops Online

RadioShack wants to be rid of its dusty old image, but according to our readers, shoppers overwhelmingly turn to the retailer for emergencies rather than big purchases. Why? Because the prices aren't good enough.

Total Jerk Move?: Keurig's Next Coffee Maker Will Only Use Proprietary K-Cups

Keurig, maker of those single-serving coffee machines, has revealed that its next-generation devices will not work with any pods or K-Cups that are not "licensed." In other words: Keurig is adding DRM to its coffee!

In-App Purchases on Free Games: A Necessary Evil, But Few People Are Paying

The app markets are filled with so-called "free-to-play" games, and it's no wonder: the most popular free games can rake in millions of dollars per day. These apps generally make money through a combination of advertising and in-app purchases. However, a recent survey found that about 0.15% of mobile gamers are making 50% of all the in-app purchases in free-to-play games. Read on as we take a hard look at this trend in mobile gaming.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March

Spring is at our doorstep, and even if you're planning to stay glued to the couch for all of March Madness, you'll also likely be doing a bit of spring shopping. To help you save big, we've gathered information on the most savvy purchases this month. From chocolates to gaming consoles, here are the best and worst things to buy in March.

VIDEO: Have We Maxed Out on What's Possible With Smartphone Specs?

Samsung has officially announced its newest flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5, with less emphasis on internal hardware and more on additional features. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts examine if the S5 lives up to the hype, whether we've maxed out on what's possible with smartphone hardware, and what it even means to be a flagship Android phone.

The PS4 Is Outselling the Xbox One Because It Appeals to 'Swing Gamers'

Why is the PlayStation 4 outselling the Xbox One, when the Xbox 360 had been the dominant console for years? Our survey says that Xbox diehards are holding out for a deal while dual-platform gamers are opting for the PlayStation 4's better specifications.

The Magic of Science and Friendship: Amazon's Kids' TV Pilots Reviewed

In a continued effort to crowdsource TV programming from its Prime members, Amazon has offered up another slate of pilots for your consideration, be you kid or adult. Because not everyone has the time or inclination to watch all 10 shows, we've taken the liberty of viewing them for you. We already reviewed Amazon's offerings for mature audiences, and now we're moving on to the kids' shows. Which pilots are worth your child's time?

Rumor Roundup: Captain Sackhoff in Avengers 2? Larger iPhones?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, bezels, Captain Marvel, 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!

Comcast Wants to Buy Time Warner: How Might the Merger Affect You?

In a move that's causing uproar among consumer advocates, Comcast will acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion. Comcast is already the largest cable company in the country, but the FCC isn't likely to stop the deal. So how will this merger will affect you?

Your Chromecast Will Soon Have a Lot More Content to Stream

When Google first released the Chromecast, there was much to be excited about. But a lack of compatible apps and content quelled some of that excitement. That is, until now. Developers will soon be able to create and release Chromecast-compatible sites and apps, making a slew of new material available to users in the next few months.

Which One of These Amazon Shows About Death Is the Comedy?

Jeff Bezos is taking another swing at an Emmy award with a new selection of pilots. Those that get the most votes will be made into a full series. It's a great idea, but the comedies don't sound that funny to us.

Let's Discuss: Does It Freak You Out That Google May Soon Be in Your House?

Google has landed itself back in the tech news spotlight with its recent $3.2 billion purchase of Nest, a home automating company. As with anything discussed on the Internet, reactions to this news has been mixed — and some people are totally freaked out.

A Polygon Editor Picks His 5 Favorite Video Games

Video games have been a staple in many American households since the mid 1970s when Atari's Pong console game became a hit. Now, whether you're a fan of Wii U, Xbox, or some 8-bit relic that's just a hair past the days of Pong, the question of which were the best video games of all time remains.

A Trip Down Black Friday Memory Lane: A Decade of Hilarious Deals

Acid-wash jeans, mullets, flared collars, Black Friday deals. These are all things that we once thought were so great back in the day, but now appear pretty silly. Join us, won't you, as we take a look back at several Black Friday deals of yesteryear. They are delightful in their quaint awfulness!

5 Devices That Gazelle's Chief Gadget Officer Can't Live Without

We first talked to Anthony Scarsella, Gazelle's Chief Gadget Officer, last year to find out what devices topped his list of must-haves. But a lot has happened in 18 months or so! And even though there still "isn't enough time to try every gadget" in the world, we did manage to find out his top five new favorite gadgets.

10 Unexpected Things Your Smartphone Can Do

While we're aware that smartphones can do double duty as a camera, portable gaming system, and MP3 player, their potential actually runs much deeper than that. With the right apps or accessories, your phone can accomplish a variety of nifty tasks that you might not be aware of.