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Are driverless cars that far away? Safety comes first.

Based on cameras and other sensors, much of the latest auto technology is geared towards driver safety. Jake Fisher of Consumer Reports explains how these advances are leading to full driverless capability of our cars.

Study of Pot Smokers' Brains Shows That MRIs Cause Bad Science Reporting

8 hours agoNews : Reason

This week a study of cannabis consumers published by The Journal of Neuroscience provided powerful evidence that MRI scans cause shoddy science reporting. Researchers at Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital used...Show More Summary

General Mills Says on Second Thought, Facebook Users Can Sue After All

Hamburger Helper: He's been burned one too many times. Well, that didn't last long: General Mills is taking a few steps back from its revised new legal policy, reported in yesterday's Times, which seemed to signal all consumers forfeited their rights to sue if they simply "engaged" with things like the company Facebook page or "liked" a photo. Show More Summary

Smoke weed, turn into a pothead? Not so fast.

Los Angeles Times Opinion LA blogger Paul Whitefield argues that a just-released study reporting differences in the brain scans of marijuana consumers versus non-users may just validate the stereotype that those who ingest the substance become "potheads."

EE Responsibility Report 2013 and the role of the External Advisory Board

The mobile operator EE has just published its Responsiobility Report for 2013. You can access it here. On pages 16 and 17, you will find a description of the role of the company’s External; Advisory Board on which I sit as a consumer advocate.

Yu’e Bao Finds ‘Leftover Treasure’ in Deposits

A new report shows the rise in Chinese consumers that have lately flocked to Internet giant Alibaba’s investment offerings, spurning traditional offers from the country’s banks.

Is Big Food the new Tobacco?

Thanks to Maggie Hennessy at FoodNavigator-USA for her report on a meeting I wish I’d been able to attend—the Perrin Conference on “Challenges Facing the Food and Beverage Industries in Complex Consumer Litigations.” Hennessey quotes from a speech by Steven Parrish, of the Steve Parrish Consulting Group describing parallels between tobacco and food litigation. From the […]

Proof That Netflix Is Destroying Cable TV

A new report from consumer data company Experian suggests that online video content services like Netflix are pulling people away from cable television. After surveying more than 24,000 U.S. adults, Experian found that households with...Show More Summary

Cheap and not so cheerful

2 days agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

REGULAR Gulliver readers already are already aware of the reputation of Spirit Airlines, the American low-cost carrier that recently earned the worst possible scores in all six of Consumer Reports' airline-ranking subcategories. NowShow More Summary

Economic Statistics for 15 Apr 14

ICSC-Goldman reports weekly retail sales fell -0.3%, and were up 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. Redbook reports a 2.6xx% increase in retail sales over last year. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in March, both at the headline and core level. On a year-over-year basis, the CPI is up 1.5% at the headline level, and [...]

Just Say No To Illegal Pirate Fish: Support Sustainable Seafood

How to support sustainable seafood and #eatbetterfish It is a sad state of affairs that 91% of all seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, with more than half of that farmed, often in dubious conditions. A scathing report to be published...Show More Summary

Report: There’s Something About The Waffle Taco — Taco Bell Breakfast Beats Out McDonald’s

All those Ronald McDonald’s must know what they’re talking about when it comes to the new Taco Bell breakfast menu. According to a new report, consumers have latched on to the concept of the Waffle Taco and catapulted Taco Bell to the top of the so-called breakfast wars. The Waffle Taco, A.M. Crunchwrap and other breakfast fare at Taco Bell … [More]

Average broadband speed now 18 Mbps

Ofcom has today published its tenth report measuring UK consumers’ actual broadband connection speeds. The UK fixed-line broadband speeds research reveals that one in four residential fixed broadband connections is now ‘superfast’. The...Show More Summary

3D Printing Debunked, Part 1: Consumers

By Andreas Hopf: I work at the crossroads of design, engineering and research and have used 3D printing (formerly known as rapid prototyping, which is what it really is) for the better part of two decades. I read the Wohlers Report and attended the Euromold. Show More Summary

March CPI Higher Than Expected, Driven By 16.4% Annual Spike In Utilities, Increase In Shelter Index

Following the hotter than expected PPI data, it was the turn of CPI to come in stronger than consensus had hoped for, and sure enough, moments ago the BLS reported that March consumer inflation printed higher than the expected 0.1%,Show More Summary

NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates "business activity was flat" in April

Note: The BLS reported: The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items...Show More Summary

Congress Members Urge FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes

In a 43-page report, the lawmakers say e-cig makers prey on underage kids and that consumers don't understand the health risks

Apple's CarPlay reportedly coming to aftermarket Alpine stereo systems

Consumers looking for a way to take advantage of Apple's new CarPlay infotainment offering without buying a new vehicle may soon be able to do so, as aftermarket manufacturer Alpine is said to preparing a CarPlay-compatible receiver for release later this year.

Inside The Fed--What Janet Yellen Won't Tell You

What is Janet Yellen, new Fed chairman, really worried about? Is it that reported unemployment will stay high, that the economic recovery will never get off the ground, that we will fall back into recession, or that consumer prices will...Show More Summary

Buy Side Expecting More Earnings Growth From Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is set to report FQ1 2014 earnings before the market opens on Tuesday, April 15th. Johnson & Johnson is one of the largest medical device, pharmaceutical, and packaged consumer goods companies in the world. Over the past year JNJ has beaten expectations from both Wall Street and the buy side 4 quarters in a row. Show More Summary

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