Top Consumer Reporters Share Their Top Stories
Sep 29 2016

Androids Apps that Drain Your Battery

Battery life is a problem with most cellphones. So to conserve your battery, you better beware that these apps tend to be energy hogs.

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Sep 29 2016

Does the Better Business Bureau really help consumers?

How can a company with more than 1,200 complaints still have an “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau? We answer that question, and more about how BBB works, in this story.

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Sep 29 2016

Nursing Homes Can’t Force Arbitration

A new rule by the Department of Health and Human Services will prohibit long-term care facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid from forcing residents into arbitration. Here’s the story.

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Sep 28 2016

CFPB Has Gotten 1-mil Complaints in 5 Years

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has just gotten its one-millionth complaint. In just five years of operation, the need for this agency has certainly been demonstrated by the public. Here’s the story.

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Sep 27 2016

Some Messaging Apps Read and Remember What You Say

Not all messaging apps are completely secure, and some new ones rely on the fact that servers can read past messages to suggest how to respond to new ones. Here’s the story.

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Sep 27 2016

She Says LG Washer Shredded Her Laundry

A California woman who spent $900 on an LG top loading washer says it ripped up sheets, tore towels, and shredded shirts. She also couldn’t get LG to refund her money after multiple repairs. Here’s what finally happened.

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Sep 26 2016

Mortgage Lending Rules Tighten

As of last week, when a mortgage lender checks your credit report, it no longer just looks at your current credit status. It looks back over a period of 30 months to see how well and how much you pay off your debts. Here’s the story.

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Sep 24 2016

Noted Security Expert’s Website Attacked

Brian Krebs, one of the best security experts and reporters, suffered a major web attack earlier this week after he had reported earlier in the month about such attacks. If he can’t keep his website/server safe, what chance do we have? Here’s the story.

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Sep 24 2016

How to Avoid 8 Foolish and Costly Financial Mistakes

From Stacy Johnson, MoneyTalksNews.com:

Everybody makes mistakes, but such errors are particularly painful when they cost you some hard-earned cash. Here are eight common financial fouls you can avoid just by exercising a little thought and a lot of prudence.

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Sep 23 2016

Airline to Start Charging to Pick a Seat

If you want to pick your seat in advance, one airline – Emirates – is going to start passengers who book cheaper fares a small fee to do so. Here’s the story.

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Sep 23 2016

Free Product Samples Up Star Ratings on Amazon

It has become common practice for some product sellers to give select customers a free product sample if they agree to post a review (positive or negative) on Amazon. An analysis of those ratings suggests that recipients of these gifts tend rate the product close to one-half star higher than those who pay for them outright. Here’s the story.

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Sep 21 2016

Is iOS 10 Draining your cell data?

Some people are complaining that after they upgraded their iPhones to the latest operating system, they are using more data. Here are some fixes.

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Sep 21 2016

New Rules for Prepaid Cards Coming this Fall

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is planning to release new rules governing prepaid cards very soon. Prepaid card providers will be required to have more detailed fee disclosures in their card agreements. Consumers will be given easier access to their account information, and card providers will be monitored to resolve account errors efficiently. Here’s the story.

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Sep 20 2016

Court Rules Against Payday Lender

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) went after CashCall (a payday lender) for interest rates as high as 343% — which is illegal in many states. A federal court just ruled that CashCall is subject to consumer laws and the authority of the CFPB. Here’s the story.

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Sep 20 2016

Stop Wasting Money on Premium Gas

Automobile club AAA says there’s no sense paying a premium for premium gasoline if your car is designed to run on regular. The club did research showing that premium didn’t increase horsepower or fuel economy. It also didn’t reduce emissions or clean engines any better than regular gas. Here’s the story.

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