Blog Archives for 2014

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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.

Huge Bitcoin Exchange Goes Belly-up; What Does This Mean for the Currency?

The largest Bitcoin exchange in the world has shuttered its windows after apparently losing hundreds of millions of dollars in Bitcoins after a long-term hacker attack. The fallout has resulted in an increased scrutiny of Bitcoin safety — leading more people to consider pulling their Bitcoins offline — and raises questions about how far this nascent unregulated financial market will go.

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.

Timing Is Everything: How to Save the Most Money on a Spring Break Trip

The time to finalize your spring break plans is drawing nigh, but this popular travel season can put you in the red faster than a student loan if you're not careful. However a recent study has revealed that choosing the right time to book and the right time to travel are the key components of scoring an awesome spring break travel deal.

Woman Is Arrested for Losing a Rental Copy of 'Monster-in-Law' 9 Years Ago

Many video rental stores have closed since the rise of Netflix and the like, and some consumers have found themselves getting calls from debt collectors seeking remuneration for DVDs and VHS tapes that were never returned. That pales in comparison to the experience of Kayla Michelle Finley, however, who was recently arrested for never returning a copy of Monster-in-Law that she rented in 2005.

The Top 2014 Car Models That Offer the Best Value for Your Money

As it turns out, 2014 car models are priced to sell; high-end car makers are luring potential buyers with lower-priced models, and mainstream brands are loading their vehicles with features that used to be found only on luxury models. But before you hit the showroom, here's some advice about which 2014 models offer the best value and how you can get the best deal.

Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Finding the Athletic Shoe That's Right for You

Is your New Year's resolution to get in shape is a distant memory? Well, try not to beat yourself up. Every day brings with it another chance to renew the commitment. And with it the perennial question that dogs every fitness buff at one time or another: Which athletic shoe is right for you? We talked to Dr. Scott Weiss, a licensed physical therapist and board certified athletic trainer in search of advice on finding the right athletic shoe to fit both your feet and budget.

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?

Our 'House of Cards: Season 2' Saving Game

We love House of Cards around here. In anticipation of the February 14 release of Season 2, we wanted to put together a game everyone could play while binge-watching. Due to the number of episodes in a season, it's probably not safe to play a drinking game, so we came up with a House of Cards saving game instead!

VIDEO: When Will Wireless Charging Catch On? And Do You Even Care?

For years, people have been saying that wireless charging is the wave of the future, yet it remains far outside of the mainstream. However, two of the three biggest wireless consortia announced that they are joining forces to make sure that their wireless technologies work together. But is it a lack of a standard that's been keeping wireless charging from gaining popularity?

Newegg Premier Is Like Amazon Prime for DIY Geeks

In a move that should make Amazon think twice about its rumored Prime price hike, Newegg announced it will begin testing a Prime-like delivery service. In addition to expedited shipping, the $49.99 annual cost of Newegg Premier will also offer perks like exclusive deals, free returns, and waived restocking fees. But is Newegg's cheaper service an instant win for the DIY crowd or are you better off keeping that 50 bucks in your pocket?

The Future of Credit Card Security: Paying Safely in a Post-Target World

As many shoppers are now aware, Target experienced a massive security breach between November 27 and December 15, 2013, with the personal data of up to 110 million customers having been compromised. In January, Neiman Marcus experienced a similar hack and in the weeks since, various expert reports have suggested that even more stores are currently also at risk. This has left many consumers wondering: How have so many retailers been hoodwinked by hackers? And is there any truly safe way to pay for goods outside of cash? To help better understand the changing credit card landscape consumers are facing, we've laid out all the details on what information might have been at risk and explore the various ways consumers can shop online and remain secure.

Infographic: 64% of Online Retailers Have Serious Password Problems

These days, we're trusting more and more online retailers to protect our data. Many websites require you to make an account, even if you only plan to shop there once. Faced with the difficult task of making up a unique password for tens, maybe hundreds of sites, many of us fall back on the bad habit of using bad passwords. Unfortunately, a new study showed that 64% of online retailers don't seem to care whether their shoppers are making strong passwords or not.

65% of Shoppers Won't Pay More for Amazon Prime

Just days after Amazon broke the news that it may raise the cost of its popular Prime shipping service by $20 or as much as $40, consumers have taken to the Internet to voice their opinion. While many found it hard to justify a higher price, others claimed a lack of new content on Amazon Instant Video, coupled with the price hike, as reason enough to quit.

Beats Music Streaming App Has 20 Million Songs, No Ad-Supported Free Option

Beats Music promises its users a mobile streaming experience that tailors playlists to what listeners are craving in that moment — as long as they aren't craving free music, that is. Beats Music costs $10 a month, and (unlike almost every other streaming service) there's no ad-supported free option. Read on for our take on this nascent streamer, and find out whether Beats Music is the service you've been waiting to pay for.

You Could Save Over $200 Buying These 10 Items When You Don't Need Them

Let's face it: No one wakes up in the morning with a burning desire to buy everyday necessities like pet food, toilet paper, batteries, or diapers. And yet many of these goods are so essential, we'd run out of the house bleary-eyed at 3 am to replace them. However, it's cheaper and easier to stock up on these items when you don't need them — and we've got the data to prove it! That's why we've rounded up a collection of items that you should always buy when you see a deal, even if you're still fully stocked at home.

Contrary to Popular Belief, Nobody Is Buying a TV for the Super Bowl

With Super Bowl XLVIII looming on the horizon, the media outlets are all atwitter about how everyone is buying a new TV for the big game. Clearly, football fans across the country must be rushing out to buy a bigger set in time to cheer on their team of choice. However, a poll of Dealnews readers revealed that only about 3% of people will buy a TV for the Super Bowl.