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Law enforcement demands smartphone 'kill switch'
13 Jun 2013 at 3:59pm
Police and prosecutors from across the country told smartphone manufacturers on Thursday that they must take steps to solve the ?epidemic ?of thefts involving mobile devices ? and they need to do it right away.
'Kill switch' pushed as solution to smartphone thefts
12 Jun 2013 at 10:54am
The theft of mobile devices ? smart phones and tablets ? is now the ?fastest-growing street crime? in America and the incidents are turning more violent, according to the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Data breaches cost consumers billions of dollars
5 Jun 2013 at 9:37am
Data breaches are bad for business, but the resulting fraud can be devastating to the people who?ve had their personal information compromised. A new report from Javelin Strategy and Research released on Wednesday concludes that a single massive data breach can result in ?billions of dollars? in consumer fraud losses.
Car-sharing industry hits some bumps in the road
5 Jun 2013 at 11:25am
Peer-to-peer car sharing is only a few years old and as this new business model expands, it?s running into a few roadblocks. Some states are asking questions about liability issues. Most insurance companies don?t allow policyholders to rent or otherwise use their vehicle for commercial purposes.
Toy chicken recalled for being too darn loud
31 May 2013 at 11:06am
Sure it's cute. But this dancing chicken is just too darned loud. Fred Meyer is recalling a $20 Easter toy sold in four western states because the music it plays is too loud and could possibly cause hearing damage.
Americans just don't like their Internet provider
21 May 2013 at 8:42am
Americans are not big fans of their cable TV service or their cell phone service. But they really hate their internet service provider, according to a survey released on Tuesday.
Tough drunk-driving law may be buzzkill for light drinkers
17 May 2013 at 2:58pm
Imagine having a drink with dinner at a restaurant only to be pulled over on the way home and slapped with a DUI. That could happen under a proposed plan to toughen the drunk driving laws across the country, and it has restaurateurs alarmed.
How to protect a prepaid debit card
15 May 2013 at 12:39pm
It's like cash, only better. Or so say the marketers. Prepaid debit cards are usable wherever credit cards work, protect your privacy, and are - of course - compact.
Prom dress prices giving families taffeta shock
24 Apr 2013 at 7:31am
Inspired by celebrities on the red carpet, influenced by couture photos circulated on Pinterest and armed with price information from online browsing, American girls plan to spend more when they shop for prom dresses this year.
Manhattan?s iconic 212 area code up for grabs
19 Apr 2013 at 12:10pm
New York City?s iconic 212 area code, name-checked in songs and on TV shows such as "Seinfeld," is losing some of its exclusivity.
Rum plays up ? and ignores ? its Caribbean roots
18 Apr 2013 at 2:19pm
When you're talking about rum, how much does the Caribbean really matter? For the rum world, it's a more serious question than it sounds.
Retailers recall potentially dangerous magnet sets
12 Apr 2013 at 3:24pm
Six retailers have agreed to a voluntary recall of a brand of potentially dangerous high-powered magnet sets after the importer refused to participate.
Consumer watchdog wants your complaints. Really.
8 Apr 2013 at 7:07am
In an interview with TODAY, CFPB director Richard Cordray urges consumers to file a complaint when they have a problem so the bureau can see when and where there are patterns of abuse.
Advice for coffee addicts: Brew it at home
4 Apr 2013 at 8:39am
We are an addicted nation when it comes to caffeine. But making it at home is the best option if you want to save money. Houseware retailers such as Sur la Table have seen a double-digit increase in sales of coffeemakers and accessories over the last year.
FTC awards $50,000 in 'Robocall Challenge'
2 Apr 2013 at 9:52am
The FTC gets 200,000 complaints each month about robocalls and it hopes technology can take a bite out of this crime. In October, the FTC launched The Robocall Challenge . It invited the public to suggest ways to stop this national nuisance. The commission announced the winners ? and there was a tie.