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  • When you shop online, you use coupon codes for almost every site EXCEPT Amazon. Do those codes exist? And how can you get even better prices at the web’s biggest superstore?

    Secret Coupon Codes?

    Every time I buy something at Amazon, there’s this little box that comes up during the checkout process that says, “Add coupon code for discount.” But no matter how many times I’ve looked, I’ve never found a percentage-off code on any of the good coupon sites like RetailMeNot or CouponCabin. Sure, it looks like they have those secret codes, but when you actually click on “Get Deal,” a new window pops up stating “No Coupon Required!” So I called the folks at Amazon and asked where to get one of these mythical codes. It turns out that while they do offer them, they are incredibly rare, and usually product-specific. For example, they recently offered $35 off Quicken – if you have the code – and the code was right there on the same page.

    So don’t beat yourself up the next time you see the code box and

    Read More »from Amazon Shopping Secrets
  • The hotel you book could make or break your whole vacation.And yet, online ads and even user reviews may be misleading. Fortunately, there are some tricks for decoding online listings and finding the best hotel or vacation rental for the money.

    Nearly 150 million travel bookings were made online last year, and that number keeps growing by about 10% a year. Without a human travel agent to help, we are increasingly tasked with trying to find the best accommodations for the best price by ourselves.

    Tip #1: Don’t Get Taken In By Fancy Prose

    Descriptions of vacation lodging can get pretty ornate. I’ve seen everything from “Our designers have made the rooms punch-drunk on color and light” to “We’ve included every luxury – and invented some of our own.” But what does that all mean? These descriptions are designed to evoke feelings rather than convey facts. So dig deeper; what are the actual, specific luxuries they’re talking about? In the case of the hotel this ad line came from, one luxury is

    Read More »from Spot a Bad Hotel – Before You Book
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    Eight years after the debut of the Xbox 360, Microsoft has announced the Xbox One.  While it’s no quantum leap forward in gaming, it is attempting to tackle one of the biggest problems we face in our living rooms: a fractured landscape of devices that don’t play nicely together and require WAY too many remotes.  

    Xbox One Specs

    ·     8 times the computing power of the previous Xbox 360

    ·     500 GB Hard Drive

    ·     8 GB Memory

    ·     Built-in Blu-ray DVD player

    ·     Kinect will come standard with every Xbox One

    ·     Kinect redesign with larger field of view, 1080p HD Camera, enhanced gesture recognition, and improved array microphones for voice control

    ·     Gaming Controller redesign: more distinct d-pad design, tactile feedback (rumble) “Impulse Triggers” and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity to the console.

    Gaming or Entertainment Breakthrough?

    The new Xbox One represents an upgrade rather than an overhaul on physical design, internal horsepower, and social connectivity. But it is making an

    Read More »from New Xbox: What’s Better, What’s Missing

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  • 15,000 Russian Troops Reportedly Reach Ukrainian Border
    15,000 Russian Troops Reportedly Reach Ukrainian Border

    Reuters has reported that Russia has now amassed 15,000 troops along the Ukrainian border, according to information supplied by a U.S. ambassador to NATO.

  • As S&P 500 nears 2,014 in 2014, is the market's 'liftoff phase' ending?
    As S&P 500 nears 2,014 in 2014, is the market's 'liftoff phase' ending?

    Aside from providing a cute bit of symmetry, if the S&P 500 hits the 2014 level this year it will represent exactly a 50% gain for the powerful market levitation that began after the post-election selloff in November 2012. The winds behind this rally may be shifting.

  • US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine
    US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.

  • Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash
    Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash

    PARIS (AP) — French soldiers on Friday secured one of the black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that went down in restive northern Mali with the loss of at least 116 people, French President Francois Hollande said Friday. Terrorism has not been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely cause is bad weather.

  • Iraqis: Jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul
    Iraqis: Jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic extremist militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, on Thursday, residents of the city said.

  • Who Thinks President Obama Will Be Impeached? The White House
    Who Thinks President Obama Will Be Impeached? The White House

    Senior White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer Says Not to Write Off the Possibility

  • China regulator says food supplier forged production dates: Xinhua

    Regulators in Shanghai have found that scandal-hit China-based food supplier forged production dates on some of its products and sold them after their expiry, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. Shanghai Husi Food, which is owned by Illinois-based OSI Group, is at the center of China's latest food scandal, which has spread to Hong Kong and Japan, over allegations it mixed expired meat with fresh meat. Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration has found that Shanghai Husi forged the production dates on smoked beef patties produced in May 2013 and sold them as being made in January 2014, Xinhua said.

  • Biggest question for Facebook investors: How rich is Mark Zuckerberg?
    Biggest question for Facebook investors: How rich is Mark Zuckerberg?

    A busy week for tech company earnings reports had one clear winner: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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