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Despite Last-Day Drop, US Stocks Had a Nice May

US stock indexes struggled to a mixed close Tuesday as energy companies fell with the price of oil, overcoming gains in utilities and phone companies. Investors sold household goods makers after a report showed consumers are growing more worried about business and job market conditions. Stocks were lower for most...

Hot Pod: A podcast ranking that misses a lot, new listenership data, and funny Australians

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue seventy-five, published May 31, 2016. The podcast consumer. Last Thursday, Edison Research and Triton Digital released the Podcast Consumer 2016 report, an extension of the Infinite Dial 2016 study that was dropped back in March that specifically focuses on U.S. consumer demographics and some...

55% Of Northeasterners Interested In Electric Vehicles

Originally published on EV Obsession. A new survey from the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Consumers Union (the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports) has revealed that 55% of Northeastern drivers in the US possess an interest...Show More Summary

Japan factory output, consumer spending weak in April

TOKYO (AP) — Japan reports that its factory output fell 3.5 percent in April from the same month a year earlier, while consumer spending also edged lower. While the declines reported Tuesday were more moderate than the month before, suggesting a slight improvement, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may point to such trends as reasons for […]

India rejects Apple’s request to sell used iPhones, retail store waiver still uncertain

Indian site LiveMint is reporting that the Indian government has formally rejected Apple’s request to sell refurbished iPhones in the country as a way to make them more affordable to local consumers. A newly-formed lobbying group opposed the plan, with Bloomberg reporting earlier this month that the government was expected to rule against Apple. Show More Summary

According to Consumer Reports, these are the best cars of 2016

Every year, Consumer Reports and its team of automotive experts test and scrutinize virtually every car sold in the US. Of those cars, a select few stand above the rest and join the vaunted group of vehicles known as Consumer Reports'...Show More Summary

Obama's consumer protection legacy defined by aggressive agency

2 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

Bill Doak and his wife, Linda, were preparing to buy a new house this spring when a mortgage broker made an ominous declaration after scanning their credit report: “Oh my God, you’re in trouble.” The couple discovered five late payments on the loan on the home they were selling in Springfield,...

Burn Notice: Nearly Half of Sunscreens Flunk SPF Claims — Consumer Reports

Pin it Ever come home with a tomato-red complexion after spending a day outdoors—despite slicking yourself in sunscreen? Shady product labeling could be to blame, according to a Consumer Reports investigation. READ MORE »

Choose the Right Humidifier for Your Room with This Video Guide

A humidifier is an essential purchase for certain homes, but how do you know which one is right for you, or which one can handle your space? Consumer Reports has a comprehensive video buying guide for humidifiers, with a cheat sheet for the right size for a room. Read more...

Apple's Amazon Echo Competitor Sounds Goddamned Terrifying

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Earlier this week The Information reported hat Apple is making a smart hub to compete with the very cool Amazon Echo and recently announced Google Home. This is not shocking . Consumer technology companies new favorite thing is to get their remarkably well-designed talons into every aspect of our lives. Show More Summary

Consumer Reports’ Mosquito Repellent Rankings Are Now Available for Free

Bug repellents aren’t all created equal—some are more effective than others. Last year, Consumer Reports named the top three repellents from their tests but kept the full rankings under wraps for subscribers. Now, to help people who need to fend off Zika , they’ve released the rest for free. Read more...

Is ‘therapeutic cannavaping’ a healthier way to consume medical marijuana?

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Yesterday, scientists discovered vaping weed! In an article published in Science Reports, a team at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland wrote that “therapeutic cannavaping” could be a better way to administer medical marijuana than smoking it with tobacco. This article was originally...

Toyota Prius has the best gas mileage of any car Consumer Reports has ever tested

While the green car industry has been obsessed with the latest electric cars (Tesla Model 3, anyone?) some mainstays like the Toyota Prius hybrid continue to shine outside of the limelight. Case in point: Consumer Reports just revealed...Show More Summary

Stocks edge higher, led by consumer companies and banks

U.S. stocks made small gains Friday morning as banks and consumer products companies traded higher. Beauty products retailer Ulta jumped after it reported strong first-quarter results and raised its projections for the year. Stocks are closing in on their best week since the beginning of March. ...

Apple's rumored rival for Amazon Echo could include a camera

A new report claims Apple will include a camera in its upcoming rival product to the Amazon Echo connected speaker that could be used for facial recognition features. CNET stated: The consumer electronics giant has explored putting a...Show More Summary

Here comes consumer confidence ...

The latest report on consumer confidence from the University of Michigan will be released at 10 a.m. ET. Economists forecast that the final sentiment index for May dipped to 95.4 from 95.8, according to Bloomberg. In the preliminaryShow More Summary

Sears might sell Craftsmen, Kenmore, and DieHard brands

Sears continues to sink under its own weight and a lack of interest from consumers. Now the company is considering the sale of its iconic Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard brands. The struggling retailer, which also owns Kmart, reported a loss of $471 million in the first quarter. Show More Summary

Consumer Reports: 2016 Prius is most efficient hybrid ever

The new Toyota Prius goes farther on a gallon of gas than any vehicle Consumer Reports has ever tested. Continue reading Consumer Reports: 2016 Prius is most efficient hybrid ever Consumer Reports: 2016 Prius is most efficient hybrid ever originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 26 May 2016 08:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

Geek Reading May 26, 2016 #1114

We start our day with a report on re/code about Microsoft giving up on consumer smartphones. Part of this is the impending layoffs of about 2000 jobs. Stratechery talks about the curse of culture and how it affects your business. Culture is a frequent topic here because it affects everything at your job, how coworkers […]

ORIGINAL REPORTING: Demand flexibility and the power delivery transformation

How demand flexibility is about to transform electricity delivery; Automated energy efficiency, dubbed 'flexiwatts,' could change how we consume energy for good Herman K. Trabish, August 26, 2015 (Utility Dive) click to enlarge Solar...Show More Summary

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