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Oct 20 2017

In the UK, Cell Providers Keeping Charging for Paid-Off Phones

It sounds unbelievable, but three big providers of cell service in the United Kingdom have been accused of not reducing customers’ bills after they have paid off their cellphones. Here’s the story.
Oct 19 2017

Beware High Interest Rates on Store Cards

According to a recent survey from CreditCards.com that examined 65 retail credit cards, the average retail credit card APR is a sky-high 24.99%, which is much higher than the 16.15% average APR for the overall credit card
Oct 19 2017

5 Chemicals Now Banned from Kids’ Products

Almost a decade after the Consumer Product Safety Commission was ordered to study the potential health affects of phthalates—chemicals often used in plastic products for children—and make recommendations on what further steps should be taken, the agency
Oct 18 2017

GM First to Test Robotic Cars in NYC

General Motors Co. will test fully self-driving cars in New York City by early next year. Here’s the story.
Oct 18 2017

Is Pasta Healthy?

Consumer Reports says that pasta doesn’t deserve its bad rap for being unhealthy or fattening. Here’s the story.
Oct 17 2017

Agencies Crackdown on Student Loan Scams

A federal-state crackdown on student loan scams drew strong praise Monday from borrowers and their advocates — and reignited criticism of the U.S. Department of Education for doing too little. Prosecutors are acting against three dozen companies
Oct 13 2017

Southwest to Start Flights to Hawaii

In 2018, Southwest Airlines will expand travel to Hawaii, bring the public lower prices than it has seen in years. And competitors prices will likely fall as well. Here’s the story.
Oct 13 2017

Best/Worst Airports

There is a love-hate relationship with airports around the country. There are some airports that travelers love, like Orlando International airport. And there are others that people late like Newark. JD Power questioned 35,000 travelers to get
Oct 12 2017

CA May Allow Driverless Cars in 2018

The California DMV unveiled its revised proposed regulations that roll out the red carpet for driverless car testing and public use of those vehicles. These new-fangled cars could be on the road by next year.
Oct 12 2017

36 State AGs Ask Experian to Waive Freeze Fees

In the wake to the Equifax breach, dozen of state attorneys general have called on Experian to waive the normal fees it charges to freeze a credit record.
Oct 10 2017

Dog DNA Tests Put to the Test

Curious about the real breed of your dog? DNA tests are available now. But do they work? Here’s the story. (Beware autoplay video)
Oct 6 2017

Netflix Raising Prices

Netflix has again raised the monthly price of its most popular streaming plan in the U.S., with the two-stream HD tier now $10.99 per month for new subscribers — while existing customers will be moved to the
Oct 5 2017

Beware Amazon Shipping Scam

There’s a new scam affecting Amazon customers whereby products you order from third party sellers are sent to someone else in your city, creating a delivery record at Amazon. Here’s more.
Oct 3 2017

Virtual Reality Coming to Toys “R” Us

With hopes it will get the company out of bankruptcy, Toys “R” Us is aiming to transform the retail shopping experience by setting up a dozen virtual reality experiences around the store.
Oct 2 2017

FDA Sent Fewer Warning Letters to Companies Since January

Is the FDA doing all it can to protect consumers from dangerous products? Some say no as indicated by a significant drop in warning letters sent to companies thought to be violating FDA requirements. Here’s the story.