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5 Gadgets You Can't Skimp On (And How to Save Money Buying Them)

The Financiapocalypse can't stop Christmas, but it can sure as hell suck some of the joy out of it. At the very least, it's probably making you reconsider just how much you wanna spend on toys for yourself and others this holiday season. You're probably looking to cut corners here and there, on dollar-store… »11/26/08 12:20pm11/26/08 12:20pm

Best Buy iPhone 3G: Buy BS Accessory Package, Geek Squad Will Do What Apple Store Does for Free

The iPhone 3G is making its Best Buy debut »9/04/08 9:30pm9/04/08 9:30pm this Sunday, and you'll see in your local paper confirms that even though Best Buy has the distinction of being the iPhone's first independent US retailer, it'll be the peddling it. If you buy one of four bullshit accessory packages—going for $106 to $234, according to…

iPhone 3G Definitive Guide: How to Score One This Friday

You're all set to get an iPhone 3G-you've done the research, you've picked a plan and you've even convinced the office you've got an 8AM uh, sales call. Here's everything you need to know for launch day: Where to go, what to bring, the final word on in store-activation (you're not gonna like it), why you might be SOL… »7/08/08 4:00pm7/08/08 4:00pm

T-Mobile's Unlimited Family Plan Lets Families Annoy Each Other Unlimitedly

T-Mobile's better-than-average rate plans continue with their new unlimited family plans, which costs $99 for the first line, and $49 for each additional plan after. You get up to four extra lines, but each line has unlimited calling, roaming, SMS, MMS and IMing. The more lines you get, the more cost effective each… »6/04/08 1:28pm6/04/08 1:28pm

WalMart.com and NewEgg Join Dell in the Irresponsible Shipping Hall of Shame

Yesterday, I showed you how Dell irresponsibly ships tiny flash drives in gigantic boxes, giving the finger to the environment. Well, Dell isn't the only offender when it comes to wasteful shipping habits. Above, reader Paul shows us how WalMart.com decided to ship a flash drive to him. And NewEgg? It's even worse. »4/22/08 12:30pm4/22/08 12:30pm

Homemade Conan the Barbarian Booby Trap Almost Stabs Verizon Agent to Death

Long Island is a dangerous place, filled with bad accents and crazy people wandering around, like Verizon technicians. Eric Stetz knows mere deadbolts won't keep them out. No, you've gotta get medieval, Conan the Barbarian style. So he built a booby trap out of a massive knife, crutch and elastic trip-cord to poke… »4/08/08 3:55pm4/08/08 3:55pm

Comcast Pulls an About Face, Teams Up with BitTorrent for Net Neutrality

Comcast has taken a lot of crap from everyone from the FCC to consumers, and they've been listening. In fact, they've decided to stop all the fussin' and the fuedin' and actually team up with BitTorrent for the sake of net neutrality. But of course, dear readers, there's a catch. There's always a catch. »3/27/08 9:54am3/27/08 9:54am

Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader Locked Up: Why Your Books Are No Longer Yours

If you buy a regular old book, CD or DVD, you can turn around and loan it to a friend, or sell it again. The right to pass it along is called the "first sale" doctrine. Digital books, music and movies are a different story though. Four students at Columbia Law School's Science and Technology Law Review looked at the… »3/21/08 1:00pm3/21/08 1:00pm

A Consumer's Cheat Sheet to HD DVD's Death and Blu-ray's Victory

Click to viewHD DVD is dead. Officially. That may mean a whole bunch for the early-adopter tech geek crowd that's been wading in the kiddie pool of technological bickering and backhandedness for years, but what does it mean for the average consumer with only a cursory interest in high-def DVDs? Here's our cheat sheet… »2/19/08 2:09pm2/19/08 2:09pm