In April, Personal income rose 0.4%, Consumer spending rose 1.0%, and the PCE Price index rose 0.3%. The Core PCE Price index rose 0.2%. The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for March rose 0.9%, and is up 5.4% on a yer-over-year basis. The Chicago purchasing Manager’s Index slipped into a contractionary reading of 49.3 in May, […]
Two weeks ago, my consumer model of the Oculus Rift arrived. I am enjoying myself. I am enjoying the games and the experiences. The flaws of the technology are there and I’m aware of them. More »
Secret is Out It is no secret that solar energy is a money maker. Since 2011, the cost of solar electricity has been less than what consumers pay their electric utilities in a growing swath of America. Solar costs have plummeted like...Show More Summary
NVIDIA's big splash may have been the launch of their latest killer graphics card a couple of weeks ago, and their top-of-the-line Pascal GPU for consumers, now known as the GeForce GTX 1080. But even though this $599 - $699 MSRP graphics card actually beats the company's previous generation $1K [...]
General Mills announced a recall of flour products after federal health officials linked them to an E. coli infection affecting 38 people in 20 states.
Sadly, everyone has seemingly forgotten that the lessons of the past can help prepare us for the future. For example, one would assume that the sting of owning an truck or SUV during the financial crisis would stick with consumers long enough to deter them from falling back into the same trap again just because oil was trading lower... Show More Summary
Companies increasingly hoover up larger and larger oceans of consumer data, promising that security and privacy aren't much of a worry because data is "anonymized." But as research has shown time and time again, anonymous data isn'tShow More Summary
What is the most optimal energy behaviour in everyday life with variable electricity prices? Researchers at Aarhus University have carried out extensive theoretical mapping of the way private consumers can save money for heating in a...Show More Summary
Flash memory is finding its way into more and more consumer, industrial and enterprise applications. These applications will have different effective requirements for storage capacity (usually at a certain price point), endurance and data retention. Show More Summary
Male beauty vloggers are changing the way consumers view gender and self-expression in the world of makeup, and I didn't know they existed just until recently.
``Consumers' assessment of current conditions weakened in May. The percentage stating business conditions are "good" improved from 24.2 percent to 25.9 percent. However, those saying business conditions are "bad" also increased, from 18.2 percent to 21.6 percent. Show More Summary
The future is starting to look like a very scary place, and it’s not due to Skynet, but ASUS, with the announcement of Zenbo, a tiny robot assistant. Introduced at the 2016 Computex Taipei consumer electronics show, ASUS presented a working model which rolled around on the stage, responding to commands. If you only want to waste [...]Show More Summary
VideoWith consumer Virtual Reality kits now widely available, not to mention the current proliferation of cheap Google Cardboard headsets, VR content is now much easier for the average consumer to access. However, creating such content yourself with affordable tools wa an entirely different matter - until now. Yesterday at this year’s [...]
The pressure for a Fed rate hike is building as consumer spending in April came in somewhat higher than expected. Other data remain mixed, with investment notably weak. The Washington Post ran an article that seemed to support the rate hike agenda. Show More Summary
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...
Considering the iPhone SE shares the same dimensions as iPhone 5 and 5s cases, there's already plenty of protection options out there for consumers to choose from, with many companies simply rebranding old cases to note compatibility with the new SE. Show More Summary
By Ashley Redmond, Contributor Millennials might have a much better grasp of financial matters than their critics suggest, according to findings in TD Bank's first Consumer Spending Index survey. Members of this generation -- born between...Show More Summary
Stocks struggled to a mixed close after a slide in energy and consumer goods companies outweighed gains elsewhere in the market. The price of crude oil turned lower in the afternoon Tuesday, taking big oil companies down with it. Exxon Mobil and Chevron each fell about 1%. Among other stocks in...
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...
“Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” Mark Twain once wrote, and I feel something along the same lines when I hear, yet again, that the emerging market consumer is finished. The fact is emerging market consumers are very much alive.