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Blog Archives for 2008

Head to head: Mobile Broadband Plans

Checking your e-mail on the road has never been easier thanks to a host of new mobile broadband services that keep your laptop connected when there's no Wi-Fi. But which of these data plans offers the most affordable rates? We looked at each carrier's bottom- and top-tier plans to find out.

Free alternatives for everyday PC apps

Why spend good money on bloated software when you can find leaner, faster apps that can do the same job for free? We found 13 free alternatives for eight commercial apps you use everyday.

Online sites with free HD programming

High definition is the holy grail of video. However, unless you're subscribed to a monthly cable or satellite plan, finding HD content can be difficult. Fortunately, the Internet has a growing number of sites that provide free (and legal) HD programming. From the Tonight Show to Grey's Anatomy, the following sites can help satisfy your HD fix

This Week's Rumor Roundup: iPhone, Rock Band, more

Don't call it a come back, the rumors never left. Our Rumor Roundup, on the other hand, is back for a new year of tearing apart those who would have us believe in nonsensical things.

Hands-On MagicJack

Can a small device the size of a pack of gum save you money on your phone calls? That's what MagicJack, a phone service provider, promises. The USB-based device uses your Internet connection to let you make and receive calls without the hefty costs levied by traditional telephone operators. But can this device become your main phone line?

TripAdvisor: Weekend getaways on a tank of gas

Itching to go somewhere new this weekend? TripAdvisor's new Gas Tank Getaways tool claims it can find inexpensive destinations you can reach with a tank of gas or less. Is it accurate? We put it to the test to find out.

Head to head: Online Photo Sharing Sites

Digital cameras let you unleash your inner Ansel Adams, but what you do with the pictures you take afterward is another story. To help you get the most out of your digital camera, we looked at five online photo-finishing services that let you store and share your shots, as well as buy prints and merchandise.

Hands-On MySpace Music

A new iTunes competitor stepped into the ring last Friday, promising DRM-free tunes and free, unlimited streaming. But does MySpace Music have what it takes to challenge Apple or did the site's new overhaul miss the mark? We spent the past three days with it to find out.

For the Guys: How to Dress for a First Date for Under $100

Okay, you've been e-dating for weeks, and you've finally asked her out. She says yes. SHWEET. You'll want to look sharp, but unfortunately, all you have to wear is your Wi-Fi Detector Shirt and a pair of pale $5 jeans you bought off of dealnews ... from 1998. The good news is, we've gathered a list of tips and examples — from a woman's perspective — that will let you put together a men's "first date" outfit for under $100, from head to toe. It's dealGQ to the rescue.

Savings accounts that force you to save

Saving up for a big ticket item? In order to help, we've dug up accounts that automatically deposit money into your savings when you do everyday things like use your debit card or pay your bills online. So whether you're saving for a short-term goal, like a new computer, or just looking to fatten your emergency funds, these methods are a fool-proof way for the lazy person to save money, all FDIC-insured.

Comparo: T-Mobile G1 Android v. Apple iPhone 3G

Google's first smartphone, the T-Mobile G1, made its official debut Tuesday morning. Like Apple's iPhone 3G, the $179 G1 has full touch-screen functionality and works on both Wi-Fi and 3G networks. But does this new smartphone pack enough muscle to beat Apple's industry leader? Our first Android v. iPhone comparo is on.

Money Saving Tips: How to save on books

In our on-going investigations into how you can save a little bit of cash, yet still consume the media at a rate you're accustomed, we look into thrifty book-buying habits.

Hulu's new competitors: The WB vs Internet Movie Database

It's been roughly seven months since Hulu's inception and already the NBC Universal- and News Corp.-backed giant has won over viewers with its clean interface and well-balanced mix of content. But creeping up behind Hulu is a small wave of new aggregators eager to steal some of its followers. Are these new sites worth your time or is Hulu still on top of its game?

DealNews 2008 Black Friday Predictions

It's already 100 days to Christmas. We've been watching the trends, analyzing the data, and it's time for us to put our soothsaying skills on the line. From $149 Blu-ray players to 50" plasma HDTVs for $699 — and dozens more — check out dealnews CEO Dan de Grandpre's Black Friday 2008 predictions to see what this year's crop of Black Friday deals will be. Plus, Apple prophecies, advice on when to buy and when not to buy, and more. Nostradamus would be proud.

dealnews Learns Italian

Buongiorno! For an upcoming feature, dealnews will be reviewing and evaluating different methods to learn a language. Starting today, and continuing over the next month, three of our editors will each take a different approach to learning Italian. Jeffrey Contray will be using Rosetta Stone's online software; Louis Ramirez will be using Pimsleur Basic Italian audio lessons; and Jeff Somogyi will be using whatever he can find for free online. (Podcasts, mostly.) Click here to read more.

Rumor Roundup Roundup Part 2: The Trues

In this, the second part of a 2-part series exploring a year's worth of Rumor Roundups, I've further pushed the limits of the faith my editors have in me to deliver interesting content. So read on! I might not be around much longer if this is the kind of pap I write about!

Tips for credit card debt: Saving money on interest

In our on-going series of taking your thrifty-ness to the next level, we take a look at simple things you can do to get your credit card debt under control. It's easier than it sounds!

Airline Fees to Avoid

Confused by the recent barrage of airline fees? We uncover the latest charges so you're not shocked at the airport.

Head to Head: Microsoft Zune vs. Apple iPod

This week both Apple and Microsoft unveiled new MP3 players. With new software, new hardware, and lower prices, it's hard to tell which players offer the better value, so we put them side by side to find out.

Weekend Laptop Roundup: Acer Extensa 1.9GHz 14" for $400, more

This weekend's best laptops deals include a 15" Dell Studio, Acer's 14" Extensa, two mid-size AMD Turion models from Toshiba and Compaq, and more.

Rumor Roundup Roundup Part 1: The UnTrues

Can you believe it's been one year since I started doing these Rumor Roundup features? In honor of this Event Most Awesome, the powers-that be have given me the space to do a 2-part retrospective of the best posts! I'll make them regret THAT allowance!

How to save money on textbooks

Every semester students from across the country drop thousands of dollars on overpriced textbooks. Rather than get gouged by your campus bookstore, we'll show you how to get the books you need at a fraction of the cost.

Hands-On with Google Chrome

Just when we thought we had seen the last of the browser wars, Google is stepping into the foray with a Web browser of its own. We give Chrome a test drive and tell your our first impressions.

dealnews' Favorite Free iPhone 3G Apps

With over 1,000 applications ready for download, the iTunes App Store is perhaps the iPhone's biggest feature. But before you spend a small fortune downloading apps, we've sampled a few free apps that are worth your time.

Labor Day Sales Roundup: Amazon, IKEA, Circuit City, more

Summer's last hurrah has officially arrived, but fortunately it comes chock full of deals. Below we've listed some of this weekend's best Labor Day specials to help you get a jump start on your fall shopping.

Video Card Deals: Best performance for your dollar

Buying a new video card can be a confusing experience if you're new to the graphics card scene. To help you purchase a card that won't drain your savings, we've combined our best deals with the latest video card benchmarks from Anandtech so you get top performance for your dollar.

Video Game Deals: Making better choices on gaming purchases

Like it or not, gaming is an expensive hobby. Between the cost of peripherals, online services, and new releases, it's easy to dig yourself into a financial hole. We'll show you where to look for deals on both old and new games alike.

Dining Out on the Cheap: A miscreant's primer

Tired of paying too much at a high-end restaurant? We'll help you manipulate the system to get yourself cheap — if not completely free — meals at ANY eatery.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Google, Dell, more

People love to speculate about tech. So we scan the internet and put all of those rumors here, in our Rumor Roundup. Use your eyes to read them!

dealnews Blog Roundup: What we've been saying

It's time, once again, to gather together our past blog posts so you can catch up on every random thought / sporadic ramblings we've written about over the past month.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Google, Dell, more

Come on in and check out all the rumors we've found. They're waiting for you.

Save at the pump: Three ways to save on gas

Gas prices may be stabilizing, but the cost of fuel is still nearly three times what it was just a few years ago. We'll show you three ways to save money at the pump and keep your car from guzzling up too much gas.

dealnews Hotel Guide: How to score a cheap hotel room

Whether it's bohemian or luxurious, finding an affordable spot to rest your head can be a difficult task. In fact, the mere thought of rummaging through endless travel sites in search of hotel deals sounds laborious enough to make you want to stay at home. To lift some of that burden from your shoulders, we're sharing some of our favorite tips and websites so that you can find affordable lodging no matter where you're going.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, TotalMusic, Android, more

Oh, Internet, you so cray-zay. The things you say! Honestly, sometimes I think the blog-o-sphere keeps churning out wild rumors simply for the benefit of our weekly Rumor Roundup!

Why the World's Longest Yardsale is dead for dealnews

For the past ten years, the World's Longest Yardsale — stretching from Gadsden, AL to Defiance, OH — has been an annual pilgrimage for dealnews' Cherri Simonds. This year's was her last. Find out why.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Zune, Nintendo, BioShock

Not all rumors that make it into our Rumor Roundup are crazy, far-out predictions. Actually, this week, some of the rumors were a bit obvious. But that's OK by us because we have plenty of snark to go around.

Sales Tax Holiday Roundup: Georgia, Carolinas, more

Want to save a little money? Starting today, select states will waive state taxes on your clothing, shoes, and consumer electronics purchases. Click here to see if your state is one of the lucky 16.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Zune, Apple, Google, Apple

No one denies that the Internet is a great source of information and learning. But, did you know that SOME people use the web as a way to communicate rather insane ideas? (I know, I was shocked, too!) Well, in our Rumor Roundup, we express OUR insane ideas about the current rumors about tech. We MIGHT just be "part of the problem".

What We're Buying: How dealnews spends our paychecks

With so many great deals passing by our eyes all day, it takes a huge amount of willpower to keep our wallets in our pants (or purses). But sometimes we just can't help ourselves. Inside, you'll see how the dealnews staff has completely failed to resist our shopping urges.

Money-Saving Tips on Phone Services

Tired of getting gouged by your monthly phone bill? We'll help you pick an Internet-based calling plan that fits both your needs and budget.

dealnews Blog Roundup: What we've been saying

As many of you don't know, some of the dealnews crew have been writing blogs. They cover a wide gammut of topics from tech, to our thoughts about tech. (Okay, there's really more than just tech-no-babble on there, too.) So check out what you've missed from the past two weeks, and revel in our sporadic ramblings on all the things that are on our minds.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Kindle, Nintendo, Halo

What with the WWDC and E3 having both just happened, most of the rumors that have been circulating on the internet have either been proven true or false. That leaves us with a slow rumor week. But, don't worry! We've found a few rumors to slake your thirst for nonsense!

Retail Watch: The Latest Store Closings Every Shopper Should Know

Whether it's a local store closing or a nationwide string of closures, we've got the latest news on which merchants are closing shop.

Video Card Buyer's Guide Part I: Video cards 101

Can't tell the difference between a GPU and SLI? In the first installment of our 2-part video card buyer's guide, we decipher some of the terminology used by the graphics card companies and explain what you'll need — and don't need — for your system.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Rock Band, Star Wars, Android, more

We've searched far and wide to find you the juiciest rumors that the Internet has to offer. Then we line them up and skewer them with our rapier-like wit.

Flying on the Cheap: How to save money on airfare

Whether you're planning your vacation or looking for a weekend getaway, we'll show you a few travel sites that can get you where you want at a price you can afford.
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