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Hot as Heck Open Thread

Not the thread, the weather. Bike Portland reports on a new parking proposal from the City of Portland, on how to deal with the issue of tenants in no-parking-provided apartments consuming on-street parking in single-family neighborhoods: ...Show More Summary

Daily Report: That Facebook Drone is Ready for Takeoff

yesterdayTechnology : Bits

The dream of consumer drones may be one step closer to reality, as Facebook announces that its unmanned aerial vehicle is ready for in-flight tests.

Friday: Employment Cost Index, Chicago PMI, Consumer Sentiment

From Tim Duy: Fed Watch: GDP ReportThe second quarter GDP report, while not a blockbuster by any measure, will nudge the Fed further in the direction of a September rate hike. At first blush this might seem preposterous - 2.3% growth is nothing to write home about in comparison to history. Show More Summary

Google Glass Enterprise Edition reportedly targeting a fall launch for businesses

It’s safe to say that as a consumer product, Google Glass wasn’t quite ready for masses. That’s not to say it didn’t excel in some fields, the business sector for example (healthcare, manufacturing, and energy) where Glass was the perfect fit for busy folks on-the-go.

Vonage’s Business Ambitions Gain Ground

A variety of earnings reports are now in, but one that caught my attention this morning was that of Vonage. Vonage has been working hard to transition from its original consumer VoIP business into a business VoIP and UC provider. According to today's results, they seem to be gaining some real traction.... [visit site […]

Sony, Samsung Find Strength in Sales of Components

Earnings reports from Samsung and Sony underscore the tech giants’ increasing reliance on components sales as it becomes harder to earn money selling consumer electronics.

What car insurance companies don't tell you about rates

Auto insurance companies claim they can save you money, but in "The Truth About Car Insurance," Consumer Reports says otherwise

News: Report: Rising Disney World Ticket Costs Prompting Many Parents To Leave Children At Home

yesterdayHumor : The Onion

BAY LAKE, FL—Citing the 75 percent increase in ticket prices over the past decade, a report published Thursday by consumer research firm McGann & Associates found that the rising cost of admission to Walt Disney World is prompting more parents to leave their children at home when visiting the popular resort. Show More Summary

P&G earnings fall on lower sales

Consumer products giant reports sharp drop in quarterly earnings as sales decline.

How Americans Pay: Study Shows Shoppers Still Pick Cash, Check Over PayPal, Apple Pay

Just 14% of the 1,000 consumers polled reported having used mobile payment options like Apple Pay or Google Wallet this past calendar year, although that figure looks set to increase, with 68% of shoppers saying they're paying online or with their phones more than they did the previous year.

New Report Highlights Important Trends and Habits Among Pinterest User Base

Ahalogy have released a new report taking in the perspectives of more than 1,000 online consumers who use Pinterest at least once per month in order to provide an overview of how people are using the visual-based platform. The report provides...Show More Summary

Cortana Will Be Available For Windows Insiders In India In The Coming Weeks

Recently, we reported that Microsoft has started localizing Cortana for Indian consumers. But, Microsoft didn’t release Cortana for Windows 10 users in India. Microsoft India is updating the Cortana with “strong” local content and they are planning to launch Indian version of Cortana for Windows Insiders in the coming weeks. “Cortana will be made available […]

P&G Q4 Earnings Preview: With Brand Consolidation Coming to a Close, What’s Next for P&G?

Leading consumer processed goods company Procter & Gamble is scheduled to report its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter earnings on July 30th. (P&G follows July-June fiscal year) With the recently announced $12.5 billion blockbuster sale ofShow More Summary

WATCH: Texas reporter interviews woman after she’s busted for stealing his credit card number

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

KDFW-TV reporter Steve Noviello became part of the story on Monday after tracking down, then interviewing, a 44-year-old woman who allegedly stole his credit card number. “Can you help other consumers by letting us know how you did this?” Noviello asked the suspect, identified as Farah...

AP Fails to Note That Drastic Consumer Confidence Drop Is Worst in Four Years

The Conference Board's July Consumer Confidence report released earlier today threw a heavy dose of cold water on the idea that the economy might finally achieve a broad-based, genuine recovery this year. Despite month after month of "all is well" reporting — and excuse-making when all hasn't been well — from the U.S. Show More Summary

Can Apple Music beat Spotify? Report suggests it’s off to a surprisingly strong start

Despite a number of usability issues, it appears that Apple Music is quickly catching on with consumers. Just about one month after its debut, music industry publication HITS Daily Double is reporting that Apple’s on-demand streaming service has already attracted more than 10 million subscribers. Show More Summary

Reporter Confronts Accused Thief of His Credit Card

"You picked the wrong guy," Dallas Fox 4 reporter Steve Noviello can be heard telling the woman on video. He's not kidding: Noviello is on the consumers affairs beat, and when he got an alert that someone had used his credit card number at a local hotel, he headed there...

Bill Would Allow Consumers To Sue When Bankrupt Debt Isn’t Removed From Credit Reports

Under federal law, when someone erases a debt in bankruptcy, their bank is required to update their credit reports to indicate the debt is no longer owed. To ensure this happens, legislators have introduced a new bill that would give credit card borrowers with inaccurate credit reports the power to sue their bank or a third-party debt buyer for damages … [More]

Apple Music Passes 10 Million Users In Less Than 1 Month [REPORT]

The success or failure of Apple Music will signal both the speed at which consumers are shifting to paid music subscriptions, and the fate of its competitors. Tim Cook has said that "millions and millions" are using the service. Now come our first, still very unofficial, stats. Less than one...

Would We "Teas" You? Blue Durango Iced Tea Now Available for Home Brewing

According to a CBS News report, 85 percent of all tea consumed in the United States is iced -- that's about three billion gallons of iced tea every year. No drop in the bucket figure for sure. Now iced tea drinkers can rock their own...Show More Summary

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