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5 Furniture Deals for Inside and Out: Inflatable Hot Tub for $494, $60 Bistro Set

The birds are singing as they line their nests and wake you up far too early in the morning. And although you're not expecting hatchlings, their industriousness is infectious. You, too, feel compelled to welcome the changing season by refurnishing your home. And we at dealnews make that simple! From tables and chairs to an inflatable hot tub spa, we've found the best deals on home furniture.

Rumor Roundup: iPhone 5? What Will Wii U Cost? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, the iPhone 5, Facebook, and Nintendo? 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!

Insane Rumor Roundup: Jeremy Lin? iPhone 5? Facebook?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Jeremy Lin, the iPhone 5, the next-gen PlayStation, and Facebook? Well neither are we! YAY! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

Seattle Times Slams Amazon for Working Conditions, Lack of Philanthropy

Amazon's bargain prices and its logotype A to Z arrow (or customer satisfaction "smile") have earned the company worldwide notoriety. But if you've been reading The Seattle Times' scathing series of reports, Amazon isn't as idyllic of a company as some may have thought. With purported grievances from sales tax evasion to a glaring lack of philanthropy, the Times suggests that Amazon's image has become a source of contention amongst the community, the company's peers, and even its employees.

Tax Day Software Guide: How TurboTax, TaxACT, and H&R Block Stack Up

Last year 112 million taxpayers filed federal taxes online, and this year the IRS predicts that more folks will file electronically than ever before. It's therefore no wonder that tax software products become popular purchases around this time every year. While we can't promise you a hefty refund, we can offer details on a variety of tax prep tools you'll need to get one.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April

April is here, and if you're stuck indoors waiting out showers that will bring May flowers, consider it a blessing: You'll have an excuse to devote more time to shopping around for deals! In an effort to guide you toward savvy purchases, we dug through the dealnews archives from years past to see what goods are, well, good to buy in April, and what you should hold off on.

Rumor Roundup: PlayStation 4 Codename? TMNT (Minus the 'TM')? iPhone 5?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5, the next-gen PlayStation, and mutant turtles? Or the future of Apple, Microsoft, and Zynga? Well neither are we! YAY! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures! And then go tell everybody about them!

Set Sail and Save: Cruise Packages Make the Best Bargain Vacations

If you're the kind of traveler who enjoys the act of traveling as much as the vacation portion of a trip, we encourage you to book a sea-bound voyage. Not only are cruise packages at some of the lowest prices we've ever seen, but the destinations are abundant. With a cruise package deal, you'll enjoy more than just the pleasures of traveling at sea and days in port; the savings to be had with these cruise deals may change the way you think about fun and relaxing vacations.

Coupons from the Popular Shopkick App Pale in Comparison to Online Offers

A few months ago, the increasingly popular Shopkick app announced that it had recently reached 3 million active users. These millions of consumers cash in on in-store savings from the shopping rewards application by earning points and rewards, as well as unlocking special discounts redeemable at the cash register. This obviously excites anyone invested in brick-and-mortar retail, but is the app really providing a sizable advantage over online shopping?

Skip Newt's $50 Photo Fee, Get a Pic with a Presidential Candidate for Free

Yesterday, news spread that Newt Gingrich's campaign had decided to charge $50 a pop for photographs taken with him at a campaign speech in Delaware. Now, we don't report on political issues, as we are, after all, a shopping website. But we do report on deals. And we just couldn't help but point out that there are some more thrifty options available for our Republican readers out there.

You May Save a Little with an In-Store Kohl's Kiosk, but is it Worth it?

If you're shopping at a Kohl's retail location and can't find what you're looking for, you can look to the Kohl's Kiosk, which houses the online version of the store's shopping experience. But will the kiosk let you redeem those online coupon codes we frequently find for Kohl's? And if so, is there an advantage to using the in-store kiosks for certain items over shopping at home from a computer? dealnews investigates!

Video Review: Work While Working Out with the FitDesk Excercise Bike

At what point does exercise and work converge? Well, for personal trainers, that's every day. For the rest of us, however, it rarely happens. But thanks to the FitDesk, we can all experience the confluence of human existence's worst activities! Since we liked the idea of knocking out two chores at once, we wanted to see how well this exercise bike works. To read (and see!) our thoughts on the FitDesk, click through for our video review!

Rumor Roundup: Bigger iPhone 5 Screen? Zynga to Buy Draw Something?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5, the iPad 4, and Windows 8? Or the future of Apple, Microsoft, and Zynga? Well neither are we! YAY! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures! And then go tell everybody about them!

The State of 3D TV: Prices Dropped 33% in 2011, Cheap Brands Offer New Lows

Since their mainstream debut at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, 3D TVs have been a niche product. Sky-high prices, competing technologies, and expensive glasses have given consumers more than enough reasons to ditch these TVs in favor of lower-priced LCDs. However, we're predicting this summer will be the year of the 3D TV (finally), and here's why.

Today's Hard Drive Deals Feature 2010 Prices, So When Might They Stabilize?

It's been roughly six months since the devastating floods in Thailand, and the storage industry is still struggling in the wake of the destruction. Analysts predicted hard drive prices would increase in the months following, and unfortunately, that's precisely what we've seen. But where do we stand now, and how long will it take for prices to stabilize? We looked at price trends in the dealnews archives to get a better picture.

Cheap Sunglasses Are Great, Just Make Sure They Offer the Proper Protection

Some people look at sunglasses as disposable items to buy at the dollar store, while others see them as fashion statements worth paying hundreds to get just the right pair. But we just want to make sure that you get a pair that protects your eyes. So here are some tips (and deals) to help you pick a pair that will suit your face and your budget at the same time.

Survey Says: iPad 2 is the Second Most Popular Tablet for First-Time Buyers

There will always be a deluge of people who always buy the latest and greatest from Apple, but what about consumers who are currently tablet-free and ready to jump aboard the slate train? We wanted to know how many first-time tablet owners plan to buy the new iPad, a previous generation, or a different platform entirely, so we asked our readers. And the results of the dealnews survey are in!

Beyond the Case and Screen Protector: How to Protect Your Gadgets

Anyone who has dropped or scratched their iPhone, tablet, or other gadget knows the importance of having a good case or screen cover on it. These accessories can be the difference between having a working device and one that's barely functional. But, it doesn't end there. We talked with some electronics experts for their ideas on the best ways to protect your gadgets from damage that goes beyond your basic cases and coves.

Gear Up for a Mountain Climbing Adventure

There are challenges that tell us how much heart we have, and the peak of a mountain is one that always looms above our heads. Every day, ordinary people attempt to ascend to altitude greatness, whether it's at Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, or Mt. Hood, Denali, or even Mt. Katahdin in Maine. We praise these climbers, but advise that before you begin your vertical ascent, you not only gear up, but brush up. Here are tips for preparing to undertake a mountain climbing adventure this spring.

7 Deadly Energy Sinners: The Energy Hogs Hiding in Your Home

Look around your own home, and you'll find power guzzling electronics and appliances in both likely and unlikely places. But by making some fairly painless changes, you can see big savings: in energy, cash, and yes, saving the planet. Here's a look at some of those power-hungry appliances, and what you can do to be more efficient and economical without backbreaking hassle.

Rumor Roundup: Downton Abbey? $199 Android Tablets? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5, the iPad 4, and the iTV? Or the future of Apple, Microsoft, and Maggie Smith? Well neither are we! YAY! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures! And then go tell everybody about them!

¡Vamonos a México! Whether Cancun or Cabo, Your Mexican Getaway Awaits

Universities understand that the stress of midterms must be offset by a week of leisure, and it's a pity that "going on spring break" ends at graduation. But why not change that this year with a trip to Mexico? With the deals we found on hotels, vacation pacakages, and fun-in-the-sun activities — in both Cancun and Cabo! — you'll be making those vacation days from work worth while.

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