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 12:20pm 11/26/08 12:20pm

Comcast Gives Away Free HDMI Cables (If You Ask)

A Comcast cable guy just told me that if you go to swap out your composite or component DVR/cable box for an HDMI-friendly one, and you specifically ask for an HDMI cable » 11/21/08 2:40pm 11/21/08 2:40pm, they'll give you one at no charge. It's not super long, but it should do the trick in most cases. Even if you don't need one, it never hurts to ask…

Giz Explains: How to Choose an HDTV Like a Pro

The economy sucks. But like Warren Buffett, you should be greedy when everyone else is skurred. If you've got the extra scratch, this is probably the best holiday season ever to buy an HDTV, since retailers don't want a pile of them going obsolete in their warehouse. But what should you look for in an HDTV? HD Guru… » 10/22/08 2:00pm 10/22/08 2:00pm

Best Buy iPhone 3G: Buy BS Accessory Package, Geek Squad Will Do What…

The iPhone 3G is making its Best Buy debut » 9/04/08 9:30pm 9/04/08 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…

Three iPhone Carriers That Make AT&T Look Like a Deal

When Steve announced the iPhone 3G on stage at WWDC, one of the more interesting tidbits was the mention of a locked-in maximum price of $199/$299 in every launch country. But if you listened closely, you would have heard the key qualifier: "almost every country." Some deviation from the U.S. price is unavoidable,… » 7/15/08 2:10pm 7/15/08 2:10pm

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 4:00pm 7/08/08 4:00pm

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

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 1:28pm 6/04/08 1:28pm

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

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 12:30pm 4/22/08 12:30pm

Will Your ISP F You In the A? Bandwidth Hogs Beware

As the amount of bandwidth we devour has skyrocketed, so has ISPs' need to police our appetites, even as they offer more bandwidth to whet it. We talked to the biggest ISPs around to get their official positions on traffic management and content filtering to see what's in store for your pipes. Here's where you find… » 4/14/08 12:45pm 4/14/08 12:45pm

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

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 3:55pm 4/08/08 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 9:54am 3/27/08 9:54am

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

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 1:00pm 3/21/08 1:00pm

Are Monster Cable's Markups Technically Worth It?

Consumerist found this amazing list of retailer cost for Monster Cable, where many of the cables went for nearly double what they cost. Monster responded with an answer that was thoughtful from their point of view. Many times, in "jewelery, clothing, and furniture, the markup is even greater." Fine, I don't know… » 2/19/08 3:10pm 2/19/08 3:10pm

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 2:09pm 2/19/08 2:09pm

AT&T Now $99 for Unlimited Voice and $35 For Unlimited Data

AT&T's responding to Verizon's Unlimited calling and data contracts with a $99 all you can eat voice plan that can be combo'd up with any data plan. The data plans are a step in the non-evil direction for AT&T: $35 bucks for unlimited connectivity and messaging. An AT&T spokesperson tells us that includes 3G. » 2/19/08 1:10pm 2/19/08 1:10pm

Wal-Mart Goes Blu-ray Exclusive in June

Wal-Mart is going Blu-ray exclusive by June—they won't even stock older HD DVD stuff at that point. While Netflix and Best Buy pulling Blu were hard blows to HD DVD, when the world's largest public corporation won't stock your products, you're basically doomed. Wal-Mart is the avenue to the unwashed masses, and, as an… » 2/15/08 11:25am 2/15/08 11:25am

AT&T Bringing Free Wi-Fi to Starbucks (Finally!)

AT&T is popping Wi-Fi hotspots at over 7,000 Starbucks stores, exploding their own network and razing T-Mobile's biggest Wi-Fi front in one fell swoop. And they're offering the true killer app: Two hours of free Wi-Fi a day to Starbucks Card holders (like the gift cards, so just pre-pay for your fix) and unlimited… » 2/11/08 11:01am 2/11/08 11:01am