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When It Comes to Class, Objective Is Better Than Subjective

We again post the day after a holiday, when stores are flooded with shoppers—this time exchanging gifts purchased last time. We discuss a case involving discussions of “consumer value” and “fair market value.” So, you might think we would go back to that shopping well. Show More Summary

How Aldebaran Robotics Built Its Friendly Humanoid Robot, Pepper

The French company worked in secret for two years to create Pepper. Now Japanese telecom giant SoftBank is ready to sell it to consumers

Improving Economy Further Imperils Tea Party

With consumer confidence up, more people going back to work, and the stock market surging, blaming President Obama and Democrats for the economy isn’t working anymore. The latest evidence of strength came in a report on Tuesday showing growth expanded at a robust 5 percent pace in the third quarter of 2014, the fastest speed [...]

Red light, green light: How nutritional labels can mislead

So many foods beckoning us from the grocery store shelves — but which ones are healthy for us to consume? We could study nutritional facts labels, but that feels as challenging as the math portion of the SAT, with so much numerical information to process. The label tells us how many calories are in the […]

Caffeine's effects differ when sugar is included

Consuming caffeinated or sugary drinks can affect the body's metabolism, causing changes in heart and respiratory rate and weight gain. The results of a new study exploring whether individuals respond differently to caffeinated drinks...Show More Summary

Online retailers improve delivery times over Christmas, study finds

2 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

This time last year, the nation’s biggest online retailers were reeling from a wave of delivery shortfalls that left countless consumers empty-handed Christmas morning.

DirecTV Launches Over-The-Top Streaming Service For U.S. Hispanic Consumers

The service is priced at $7.99 per month and will give the satellite company another targeted revenue stream. Yaveo will offer access to various movies, television shows and sports to its subscribers and it does not require a DirecTV pay-TV connection. Show More Summary

Is This Gay-Themed Taco Bell Commercial Real?

Earlier this month, a video titled “LEAKED GAY TACO BELL COMMERCIAL” appeared on YouTube. It depicts two guys consuming Taco Bell, playing skee ball, riding a Ferris Wheel, cuddling on a picnic blanket, unearthing buried treasure (?), getting married, and riding a jet-ski and a motorcycle together. And Taco Bell won’t say whether it’s real. Read more...

U.S. stocks edge higher in quiet trading

Falling oil and natural gas prices helped bolster expectations for stronger consumer spending heading into next year

Kodak Phone To Be Shown at CES

Kodak this week revealed plans to produce Kodak-branded Android phones. The first phone will focus on a "rich" but simple experience for "consumers who want a high-end experience but aren't always as comfortable using increasingly complicated mobile devices as they would like to be". Show More Summary

City Kitchen: A Black-Eyed Peas Recipe for Luck in the New Year

For many, consuming this frugal dish on the first day of the year is said to augur prosperity.

HP’s novel SDN app store draws praise, users | #HPDiscover

Few trends have adapted as well from the consumer world to the enterprise as application marketplaces. Dell recently rolled out a provider-neutral catalog of cloud services, Salesforce.com Inc. is launching a selection of partner-developed extensions to its Desk.com platform and … Continue reading ?

LG team up with Mercedes-Benz to deliver intelligent camera system

Video cameras in cars to record your journey are nothing new, this is for sure, but what if the idea could be taken to a whole new level? South Korean consumer electronics giant LG has stepped forward with Mercedes-Benz, where both of...Show More Summary

2015 Kia Sedona Real-World Cargo Space

9 hours agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

The minivan segment hasn't received much love in recent years; image-conscious consumers who'd rather buy SUVs mean many minivans in the segment haven't been redesigned in some time. That hasn't stopped Kia from reviving its Sedona for 2015, now with...

The Top 15 Tech Product Releases of 2014

Wearables, smartwatches, phablets and drone cameras made a splash when they were first unveiled to consumers this year.

BMW Debuting i3 EV With Remote Valet Parking System At The Consumer Electronics Show

BMW is apparently taking a somewhat different route than is normal in the promotion of its i3 electric car, based on recent reports. The company will reportedly be debuting an i3 outfitted with a “Remote Valet Parking” system that can...Show More Summary

Average US Car Now Older, Resulting In More Air Pollution

Researchers at the University of Denver found that the US on-road freeway fleet age increased due to the global recession from 2008–2010. To put it simply, because consumers had less money available to purchase new vehicles, they hung on to the ones they owned, thus increasing the average age of vehicles being driven today. Show More Summary

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