Government researchers find ways to improve their performance
In the typical home, the water heater is a significant source of energy consumption, but most consumers don't think much about it.
When pigs fly, maybe they'll have their own seating area
Despite resistance to pigs flying, a recent survey of 430 customers conducted by airport shuttle service Go Airport Express, found 52% of fliers saying they would be OK with pets traveling in airplane cabins, rather than being stowed as cargo.
Just like their owners, most dogs and cats need to eat less and exercise more
If you have a dog or cat that's a little overweight, chances are you are also.
Smarter TVs and car sound systems without CD players
Each January the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wows the public with the latest gadgets. The 2015 CES, which kicks off January 6, should be no exception.
A New Jersey wi-fi blackout raises a guest's suspicions
Recently, we reported that the Hilton and Marriott hotel chains were beseeching the Federal Communications Commission to let them block their guests' wi-fi hotspots, forcing them to use the hotels' expensive and often balky networks.
Infants are exposed to fumes from the covers for 12 to 14 hours per day
Trying to reduce the risk, Congress banned six kinds of phthalates from toys in 2008, and manufacturers have been turning to alternative plasticizers, which are different phthalates.
Park-n-Fly, the St. Louis Parking Company and their customers all among recent victims
Take note if you've paid to park your car recently: various banks are reporting a series of fraudulent credit card charges suggesting that hackers managed to steal information belonging to online customers of Park-n-Fly, an Atlanta-based offsite airport parking and valet service whose customers can reserve parking spots for themselves in advance.
If you get a prepaid card as payment, empty it at once so fees don't destroy its value
Colleges and universities are hardly the only large institutions who've found it lucrative to work with prepaid debit card companies: certain employers and even state governments do, too.
Despite promises, survey shows many victims don't get reimbursed
We hear a lot about consumers falling for online scams, having their credit and debit card accounts hacked and being victimized by other types of cyber-fraud. We rarely hear about what happens next.
FTC says the China-based app developer may be violating child privacy laws
In the letter, the FTC notes that it appears BabyBus' child-directed apps appeared to collect precise geolocation information about users. The letter notes that the company does not get parents’ consent before collecting children’s personal information, which would appear to violate the COPPA Rule.
Do you really think anyone will miss it?
Coca-Cola is ditching voice mail at its corporate offices. It's not a cost-saving measure, it's just intended to increase productivity, Bloomberg reports.
And penalizes speeders in 5 out of the 15 EZ Pass states
If you're enrolled in EZ Pass, take note: you won't be surprised to hear that in addition to collecting toll fees, it can also monitor your speed — and might punish you if you disobey the speed limits.
They want you to use their slow, expensive, inconvenient system
Big hotel chains are lusting to install devices that will block your smartphone's ability to work as your own personal broadband hotspots.
There's no evidence the products work, the FTC alleges
The FTC says the wart removal and weight loss claims made by DermaTend and Lipidryl were unsubstantiated and deceptive.
Notice the scam-warning bells ringing throughout this typical fake “FeDeX” notice
Watch out for fake “shipping notices” or “tracking messages” purporting to be from the post office, UPS, FedEx or other mailing-and-shipping companies.