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DIY RAM Upgrades: Cheaper Than BTO, Less Expensive Than 6 Months Ago

For many tech savvy people, it may seem like a somewhat obvious statement that buying your own RAM and installing it into your desktop or laptop, DIY-style, is cheaper than configuring a new Built-To-Order (BTO) system with the upgraded RAM option. But is it always? To be sure, dealnews did a bit of investigating to see if this hypothesis was correct — and if so, just how much better it might be to go DIY.

Rumor Roundup: Nic Cage Immortal? iPod touch in White?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5? The future of Apple, Microsoft, and Nicolas Cage? Well neither are we! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

Toys "R" Us Announces the Must-Have Toys of the Holiday Season

If our Black Friday Predictions piece didn't already give you heart palpitations about the upcoming shopping season, then this should at least! Toys "R" Us just released its list of the most anticipated toys for the holidays. (And yes, it is still September.) If you have a kid in your life, you better familiarize yourself with this selection of playthings. To make it a tad easier, we've cherry-picked our favorite five.

The DealNews Black Friday Predictions for 2011

Although it's still only September, it's already time to start thinking about Black Friday and the holiday season, and the best way to make the most of upcoming deals is to be prepared. So dealnews is kicking off the shopping season early with our fourth annual Black Friday deal predictions. Read on to find what prices you can expect for HDTVs, laptops, Apple products, and more.

The Kids Are Back at School... Now Green Their Supplies With These 6 Tips

The kids have already started school, and the next major shopping holiday on your radar is, probably, Black Friday. But there's still time to focus on other worthy shopping goals — like rethinking your child's knapsack. Everything a kid touches has a short life span, so it makes sense here, more so than in any other area of your life, to focus on being eco-friendly. Green Dad Lou Carlozo has six tips to bring savings and the environment together under one schoolhouse roof.

Give New Life to Old Tech Items

Turning an old muffin tin into an organizer for your button collection is OK, we guess ... but we're geeks. The kind of things we have cluttering up our house are tech gadgets: Monitors, tapes, hard drives, etc. So we started thinking, "How could we put old tech gadgets to new uses?" Then we thought, "Why bother making any of it practical?" The result is our very creative guide to giving new life to old tech items.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 177: News Badges?

The dealnews Podcast proudly presents Episode 177. This week, our panel discusses Google's acquisition of Zagat (as well as how the heck you even pronounce "Zagat", in the first place), Zagat's Fast Food Survey, Sprint possibly getting the iPhone 5 and giving it unlimited data, Amazon's all-you-can-read eBook subscription plan rumor, IKEA bookshelves, the future of humanity, and more. Click here, if you know what's good for you!

When Wine Online is a Good Deal: Tips to Help You Shop Wisely for Vino

We frequently see daily deal sites that offer credits to online wine stores (like a $70 credit to for $30, for example), and it's hard not to think they're an indisputable deal. But are the wines on these sites good deals to begin with, even when you factor in shipping costs? What about when your credit runs out? We talked to an expert and searched the dealnews archives to find out.

Picture the Savings: 5 Cool Camera Accessory Deals

If you scored a deal on a high-quality digital camera recently, that's great! But as you go forth with your fancy new device, keep in mind that there's more to optimizing your photo-taking experience than remembering to keep your finger off the lens. Be sure to check out our roundup of some hot deals on camera accessories that will bring your pictures to the next level.

Lenovo to Usher in a New Price Point for iPad Alternatives with the IdeaPad A1?

Last week, Lenovo released details about its Lenovo IdeaPad A1 7" WiFi Android Tablet, including the price tag: The device will only cost $199 for an 8GB model. Knowing how well the HP TouchPad sold once the prices were slashed to something more affordable, could the A1 experience a similar popularity once it's released? And does this mean other manufacturers will follow the lead with similar pricing for Internet tablets?

How to Research an Unknown Retailer

So you stumbled across a website selling $200 iPads, but you're not familiar with the vendor — and the site's animated gifs and midi theme song aren't filling you with confidence. What do you do? Keep yourself protected from scammers and fraud by implementing these investigative steps that the editors of dealnews use every day.

Rumor Roundup: iPhone 5 Pictures? Non-3D Nintendo 3DS?

Each week, the Internet churns out so many technology rumors that it might be hard for you to sort through them all. As a public service to you, we've created our Rumor Roundup. We put all the important consumer rumors in one place, for your convenience. Then we add a dash of snark, to liven things up a bit. Enjoy!

Local Deal Sites for Out of Towners: How to Find the Best Discounts for a Trip

If you're planning a vacation, you've probably already found yourself a great deal on airfare and accommodations. (You read dealnews, after all.) But what about those exhilarating city-specific activities and scrumptious must-eats that make vacationing all the more memorable? With the birth of local deal sites, you can now unearth savings in other areas of your trip — and we have the tips you need to effectively integrate those deals into your trip.

An Open Letter to HP: Don't Dump Your PC Business

Last Thursday, HP announced that it will no longer produce webOS devices, and many have speculated that the manufacturer will eventually ditch its entire PC business. But dealnews CEO Daniel de Grandpre thinks that this is an epic mistake. Inside, he details how HP can come back from the brink and carve out a better PC brand.

Digital Textbooks Offer Big Savings for Students — If You Can Find Them

Amazon's new textbook rental service offers an opportunity for students to save big bucks on college books, but that's only if they can find the titles they need. Laura Heller searched for books from three actual reading lists for this fall, and the results were not good. So before you snatch up an eBook reader thinking it'll save you money in the long run on discounted titles, read on.

The Top 5 iPad Alternatives: Cheaper, and Several at Recent All-Time Lows

There's no arguing that Apple's iPad is the most desirable Internet tablet on the market right now (if you exclude the recent rush to snag a cheap HP TouchPad), but just because everyone wants one doesn't mean everyone is happy to shell out the cash. We've got the top five iPad alternatives, and, conveniently, most of them have been available at all-time lows recently. So it just might be a good time to go alternative.

Rumor Roundup: LTE iPhone? iPad Retina Displays?

Once a week, we scour the Internet looking for the latest rumors about consumer technology. (You know, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple ... oh, and one or two other companies, too!) The results of this search are compiled in our Rumor Roundup, where we make fun of them with extreme snark. It's the kind of thing you've come to expect of us. Enjoy!