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Do people underestimate how much they will enjoy doing things alone?

Roberto Ferdman reports: Ratner has a new study titled ‘Inhibited from Bowling Alone,’ a nod to Robert Putnam’s book about Americans’ waning participation in group activities, that’s set to publish in the Journal of Consumer Research...Show More Summary

Consumers Union: California Recall Bill Backed By Dealers Is “Not Enough”

A proposed bill in California aimed at closing a loophole in federal recall law is being rushed through the legislative process. Consumers Union, the parent of Consumer Reports, is not happy about it. Neither are automakers. The bill...Show More Summary

At AP, One Month of Strong Consumer Spending Marks a 'Spring Awakening'

On Thurday, the government, apparently as determined as the press to create good news where there is none, opened its March report on Personal Income and Outlays as follows: "Personal income increased $6.2 billion, or less than 0.1 percent."...Show More Summary

Torrents Are Good for a Quarter of All Encrypted Traffic

Encrypted Internet traffic is surging according to data published by Canadian broadband management company Sandvine. A new report reveals that 25 percent of the encrypted downstream traffic in North America is consumed by BitTorrent transfers, second only to YouTube. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Afternoon Coffee: US Manufacturing Sector Activity Remains Stable, Consumer Optimism Increases

Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News Activity in the US manufacturing sector remained flat in April, according to the latest report from ISM. And, consumer sentiment saw a boost last month, however, registering at 95.9 in April compared to the 93 seen in March. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news. (Read more...)

Black & Decker To Pay $1.57M Penalty For Failing To Report Defects Of Lawnmower That Started On Its Own

Under federal law, manufacturers, distributors and retailers are required to immediately report information regarding possible safety defects to the Consumer Product Safety Commission within 24 hours of obtaining reasonable supporting evidence. Show More Summary

Expect Imports to Keep Preventing Lift-Off

Three new government reports have put the spotlight back on American consumers, and especially on whether they can quicken a U.S. recovery that continues to disappoint.

Which airline makes it easiest to spend all those miles?

"Consumer Reports" analyzed 70 million passenger trips over the past two years.        

Personal Spending Up As Consumer Sentiment Hits 10-Year High

The start of spring and a reprieve from winter's frigid weather saw Americans heading back to the shops, according to a monthly report released Thursday by the Commerce Department.

65% Of Smartphone Users Face Network Issues; 48% Can’t Differentiate Between 3G & 2G!

Highlighting the dismal state of mobile connectivity in our country, startling facts have emerged from an Ericsson report on mobile consumer’s insight in India: 60% of users face network connectivity issues, almost on a daily basis,Show More Summary

DevelopmentWatch: Old Pasadena Expanding, Consuming Everything in Its Path

Pasadena's Old Town is getting a northern expansion, thanks to a massive one-million-square-foot mixed-use project slated for an underused site around the large, white Parsons tower off Fair Oaks. The Pasadena Star-News reports that the project will bring new...

Regarding Recode’s Report That ‘No Defective Apple Watches Reached Consumers’

Strange piece reported by Dawn Chmielewski for Recode, on the faulty taptic engines plaguing Apple Watch production, starting with the headline: “No Defective Apple Watches Reached Consumers”: Apple identified a flaw in a critical component...Show More Summary

Black & Decker to Pay $1.6M for Lawnmower Defects

Danny Johnston/AP BALTIMORE -- Black & Decker has agreed to pay almost $1.6 million to settle allegations that it failed to report safety problems with cordless electric lawnmowers. The Department of Justice and Consumer Product Safety Commission claimed that the company violated reporting requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Act. Show More Summary

This Snacking Habit Is Fewer Calories Than You Think

Surprising news: we may be overestimating how many calories we eat. The New York Times reports that, according to nutrition experts, healthy eaters may be consuming several hundred calories fewer than they think. The problem lies inShow More Summary

Uber’s reportedly planning a standalone delivery service

  Uber is preparing to expand its delivery business. TechCrunch obtained training documents used to prepare couriers and drivers for an upcoming service that will allow consumers to have goods delivered from Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, and “over 400? other merchants. Show More Summary

Consumer Reports ranks airline award tickets in June 2015 issue

Consumer Reports ranks airline award tickets in its June 2015 issue with Ultimate frequent-flyer guide Consumer Reports reveals what the airlines won’t tell you so you can get the flight you want. This is mostly basic stuff for the type...Show More Summary

DeLauro’s claim that the Trans Pacific free trade deal would spur a ‘flood’ of frozen shrimp

“This [Consumer Reports] study underlines how harmful it would be to proceed with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal without addressing food safety. TPP would cause real threats to our health by making it even easier for unsafe seafood to reach our markets. With more imports flooding in from Vietnam and Malyasia, it would become harder […]

THE CONNECTED-HOME REPORT: Forecasts and growth trends for one of the top 'Internet of Things' markets

Homes around the world are going to become smarter and more connected over the next five years. Overall, a fair number of mainstream consumers still don't fully understand what connected-home devices are and how they work, and so demand hasn't reached its full potential. Show More Summary

Study Finds Frozen Shrimp Are Totally Disgusting

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Back away from the shrimp cocktail. We repeat, back away from the shrimp cocktail. That is, if it was made with frozen shrimp. Why? Consumer Reports just published a comprehensive study of the safety of frozen shrimp that uncovered some appalling results. Show More Summary

SEC Reportedly Investigating Bank Of America Over Customer-Protection Rule Violations

Financial institutions are required under federal law to follow an array of rules that aim to protect consumers’ accounts. Bank of America may not have followed one of those rules over the course of several years, and now reportedlyShow More Summary

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