From Professor Hamilton at Econbrowser: Lower oil prices and the U.S. economyLast year Americans consumed 135 billion gallons of gasoline. That means that if prices stay where they are, consumers will have an extra $108 billion each year to spend on other things. Show More Summary
Mercedes-Benz will unveil its idea on how car interiors of the future could look, with a design study to be revealed at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. As cars become increasingly self-driven in the decades ahead, Benz believes there will be no need for front seat passengers to keep their eyes on the road - or forward at all. Show More Summary
A wide variety of different device classes now cater to any of the consumer needs from the standard smartphone to the phablet to the full size tablet. Nokia, after selling its mobile division to Microsoft, has just opted to unveil its mini-tablet, the N1, to the market. As a newcomer, it will have to compete against other veterans like the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Markets will be closed on Thursday as America celebrates Thanksgiving Day. However, the shortened week will be stacked with economic data. We'll get key readings on consumer confidence and housing. The latest durable goods report and...Show More Summary
Professional economists spend lots of time mulling over government stats on the economy. Popular indicators include the consumer price index and the nonfarm payrolls report. However, these official reports are always revised, sometimes...Show More Summary
Jim Hamilton: Lower oil prices and the U.S. economy:... The current price of gasoline is 80 cents/gallon below what it has averaged over the last 3 years. Last year Americans consumed 135 billion gallons of gasoline. That means that...
McDonald's already rejected the gmo potato; will anyone else want to be the first to accept the consumer backlash
For the last 4 years, the national average retail price of gasoline in the United States stayed within a range of $3.25-$4.00 a gallon. But that all changed this fall, with U.S. consumers now paying an average price of $2.82. New Jersey Historical Gas Price Charts Provided by GasBuddy.com This usually is the time of year when […]
Black Friday (Thursday?) is quickly approaching, and whether you see it as a daylong spend-a-thon or a blight on American consumer culture, the fact remains—it can be crazy out there. Read more...
An observation from John Goodman via David Henderson: Almost all government restrictions on our freedom are indirect. They are imposed on us by way of some business. In fact, laws that directly restrict the freedom of the individual are rare and almost always controversial…. Show More Summary
People spend way more time consuming media in apps compared to the mobile web. To keep up, retailers have spent lots of money investing in shopping apps to offer customers the best possible mobile shopping experience. So it may comeShow More Summary
Uninsured consumers visiting the exchanges will see various prices due to these five reasons.
According to the Calorie Control Council the average American will consume a whopping 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone. And over 230 grams of fat! Crazy, right? The Phoenix Effect’s trainers Joel Harrison and CJ Brenton partner up this week to take you through a series of exercises that you can do with a buddy. […]
After decades of existing only as expensive professional tools, thermal imagery hardware has finally trickled down to the consumer market, bringing with it the ability to "see" and measure infrared radiation. FLIR was the first to bring...Show More Summary
We’ve expanded the definition of AVQ&A—our weekly thought-starter—by asking you (and us) a simple question each week: What pop culture did you consume this weekend, and what did you think of it? If you have suggestions for AVQ&A questions, big or small, you can e-mail them to us here.
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s net neutrality plans will lead to a tax, which the American consumer will inevitably pay, said a member of the Federal Communications Commission. Federal Communications Commission member Mike O’Reilly voiced his concerns at an event this past week. Fox News reported the official’s remarks, and who is an appointed member and Republican […]
The increasing affordability of SSDs has put a strain on the traditional market for hard drive vendors. However, new opportunities have opened up, thanks to the rapid growth in the SMB / SOHO / consumer NAS market. Every hard drive vendor now has a lineup to target this market. Today, we will be looking at HGST's offering in the desktop NAS space, the HGST Deskstar NAS
QUEST published a TV documentary about how the so-called wearable revolution will change how we live our lives. An excerpt: Today, there are tens of thousands of health and fitness apps that consumers can download onto their smart phones and tablets. From tracking the calories you burn to helping manage your stress through guided meditation, […]
I’ve been writing about tech for nearly a decade now, and in that time, one thing has always seemed perpetually promising, and yet also ultimately unsatisfying: remote streaming consumer computing. I’m not talking about remotely connecting...Show More Summary
While smart glasses in the space are already proving their ROI, some of the concerns that affect the consumer space are bleeding over into the, creating confusion around the technology. Some organizations may see a clear problem that could be solved with smart glasses but may unfortunately be unable to tell what’s real and […]