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New Ivy Bridge Laptops Are Falling Fast in Price

Today's premium laptop shopper has a serious decision to make: Do you save a few bucks and buy a previous generation Sandy Bridge-based desktop replacement (many of which are currently undergoing all-time lows), or do you spend a little more on a laptop packing Intel's just-released Ivy Bridge CPU? Although common logic would suggest that the older tech will provide the better value, our deals in recent weeks suggest otherwise.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1" Reviews: Who's Saying What About the New Tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1" Android Tablet has hit stores, and the reviews are starting to come in. Priced at $399.99, it's being marketed as the "budget-minded" follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1", but how do the Tab 2's features, design, and usability compare to other tablets? And did the manufacturer cut one too many corners in order to make this a budget-friendly device? We scanned the internet for reviews from the most respected and revered electronics outlets, to see what the general consensus is about Samsung's latest offering.

10 Cool Tools for Father's Day

Father's Day is just a few weeks away, and don't you want to bring a smile to your old man's face when he opens up the gift from you? Luckily, most guys are relatively easy to buy for; a new tool usually does the trick. We've compiled a list of 10 cool tools (at a variety of price points) that should delight the shade tree mechanic, the woodworker, or the ardent do-it-yourself on your list this year.

Rumor Roundup: Eminem for Wii U? Next-Gen Xbox Name?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Xbox, and Apple (again)? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

Necessary Tools for Burgeoning Photographers: Free Photo Editing Software

With every generation, digital cameras get better, but that doesn't mean everyone's snapshots are picture-perfect from the start. Some of the more well known image editing software options, like Adobe Photoshop, are expensive, have a steep learning curve, and may be overkill for many shutterbugs. But these free photo editing software and apps are easy to use and will turn your image into a masterpiece in no time.

7 Hidden Pitfalls to Buying Store Credits on Daily Deal Sites

The emergence of flash sale sites has meant bargains galore for a growing segment of consumers, including the novel concept of buying a discounted store or restaurant credit. Often these "$30 for $15" credits seem like a no-brainer, if the store appeals to you; it's like free money! But as is the case with many things in life, credits have their own pitfalls and caveats. We've put together a guide to help you avoid disappointment when purchasing store credits.

Nintendo Banking on Wii U to Reverse Fortunes, But Our Survey Says Few Care

With a lukewarm response to the 3DS, an aging Wii console, and pressure from Apple and other smartphone/tablet manufacturers, Nintendo was pushed into its first ever annual operating loss this year. Given the current state of affairs, the manufacturer is understandably hoping for a successful launch of the Wii U come November. But is the new console strong enough to take on its competition?

The Contract-Bound Xbox: $129 More Than Buying a Console & LIVE Separately

Microsoft officially announced its new contract-based Xbox promotion yesterday, which entails getting the 4GB console with Kinect for just $99 — if you sign up for a 2-year Xbox LIVE Gold membership in the process. But the prospect of being locked into a static LIVE membership plan, with unchanging rates, raises the question: Is this intriguing promotion actually a deal at all?

Watch Out for These Strict Electronics Return Policies

Ordering a new laptop or electronic device that isn't quite right is disappointing enough; imagine discovering then that you also can't return it. We surveyed the electronics return policies for a number of retailers regularly featured on dealnews and found that some policies are surprisingly strict. So before you snatch up the next deal that appeals to you, make sure you know what you're committing to.

Macy's to Embrace In-Store Technology for Shoppers — Including Free WiFi

While retailers have typically tried to prevent shoppers from using smartphones in stores, it's become increasingly clear that blocking signals and limiting Internet access to prevent deal seekers from price-comparing on the spot was a quick fix for a bigger problem. Now, retailers like Macy's may be finally willing to embrace new technologies in ways unheard of in the past, to actually enhance the in-store experience.

Microsoft Bets Heavy on Tablet Hybrids, Apple Laughs in Response

New data suggests that tablet sales are expected to surge and replace PCs as the computing device of choice. That might explain Microsoft's push to put its Windows 8 operating system on hybrid tablets that convert into a laptop-like device. But Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks the idea is preposterous. So who's right, and what do consumers really want from their tablets?

Erase Your Data: How to Prep Your Gadgets to Sell or Recycle

By now you know all the benefits of recycling your old gadgets. Not only is it better for the environment, but it might even put some extra cash back in your wallet. However, before you trade-in your old tech, we recommend ensuring all your personal information has been erased. We've listed some steps you can take before recycling or selling your used gadgets.