AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Disabling Samsung Galaxy S5′s “Download Booster” Feature

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Disabling Samsung Galaxy S5′s “Download Booster” Feature

Isn’t it awesome when a smartphone manufacturer comes up with a really interesting feature, only to have it crippled by your wireless provider? That’s what has happened to the Samsung Galaxy S5′s “download booster” functionality that simultaneously pairs available WiFi and LTE service for more rapid downloads. It’s an interesting feature, but one to which AT&T, Verizon and Sprint customers won’t have access, at least at launch. [More]

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Subway: No More “Yoga Mat” Chemicals In Our Bread By Next Week

Back in February, Subway pledged to stop using Azodicarbonamide, a controversial chemical that it uses to improve elasticity in its bread but that also shows up in things like yoga mats. You won’t be doing any downward dogging (that’s how yoga people talk, right?) on Subway’s bread soon, as the company says it’s almost done phasing out the chemical. [More]

Walmart Toe-Sucker Sentenced To 60 Days In Jail

Walmart Toe-Sucker Sentenced To 60 Days In Jail

Last month, we told you about the North Carolina man who misled a Walmart customer into letting him help her try on shoes, and then crossed a big line by sucking on her toes. Yesterday, the faux podiatrist was in court to hear his fate. [More]

Regulators Warn Banks To Plug Any Heartbleed Security Holes ASAP

Regulators Warn Banks To Plug Any Heartbleed Security Holes ASAP

While most major services you use like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter and others have likely (and hopefully) patched up any security holes at risk from the Heartbleed bug, U.S. regulators are warning banks to update their systems as well, and quickly. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

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Here are eleven of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

Amazon Offers Employees $5,000 To Quit, Doesn’t Really Want Them To Take The Money

Amazon Offers Employees $5,000 To Quit, Doesn’t Really Want Them To Take The Money

Want to make sure your employees really love their job? Offer them a large sum of money to quit, if they pass up the dough you can be sure they’re loyal workers. Okay, it might not be foolproof, but that’s the plan at Amazon, anyway. [More]

Soon, you too can look like a human/robot hybrid.

Google Bringing Glass To Masses Yearning To See Like A Cyborg In Public Release Next Week

Have you had $1,500 just burning a hole in your pocket, all while cursing these damnable human eyes limited by human genetics? Prepare yourself for future cyborgdom, ye members of the general public who weren’t part of Google Glass’s initial limited release — the company will open up sales to the masses next week. [More]

Coldwater Creek Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Planning Big Farewell Sale

Coldwater Creek Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Planning Big Farewell Sale

Where will all of the women in the world shop for quality clothes at good prices? Fine, there are plenty of other clothiers, but that doesn’t make the demise of Coldwater Creek any less sad. The stores aren’t closing just yet, but that will be the next step after the retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. [More]

Aereo Coming To Chromecast As Supreme Court Ruling Looms

Aereo Coming To Chromecast As Supreme Court Ruling Looms

As streaming-video service Aereo prepares to make its case before the U.S. Supreme Court later this month, it continues on in its effort to expand its audience (who may have their new toy taken away from them if the Supremes rule in favor of the broadcast networks). Today, Aereo announced that it will soon become available via Google’s Chromecast dongle, making it easier for people to see the streamed feeds on their TVs. [More]

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Feds Remind Facebook & WhatsApp To Respect User Privacy After They Get Married

The Federal Trade Commission is giving a bit of pre-marriage advice to Facebook and one of its many betrothed, messaging app WhatsApp, which said “I do” to Facebook’s $19 billion (with a “b”) proposal back in February. Given Facebook’s past transgressions, the FTC felt that maybe it was worth reminding the giddy-in-love couple that there are laws about what they can and can’t do with users’ data. [More]

BMW Recalls 156,000 Vehicles, Because No One Likes When Their Car Won’t Start

BMW Recalls 156,000 Vehicles, Because No One Likes When Their Car Won’t Start

If we had a penny for every vehicle recalled so far this week, we’d buy all of our loyal readers an ice cream cone. Okay, maybe not, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been an overabundance of recalls lately. And we can add one more company to that list: BMW. [More]

From Curly Fries To Document-Shredding: 4 Tax Day Freebies

From Curly Fries To Document-Shredding: 4 Tax Day Freebies

Like a slowly approaching T-rex, whose every thunderous step sends ripples through your glass of water, the April 15 deadline for filing your income tax returns is drawing nigh. While it’s a gloom-and-doom occasion for some, it’s also a chance to score some free stuff. [More]

Target: Stuff Your Easter Basket With Violent Video Games!

Target: Stuff Your Easter Basket With Violent Video Games!

Spring is here, and store shelves and websites are filled with Easter gift. Like these promotional items on the front page of Target. Only this looks more like a Christmas flyer. When did the Easter Bunny start bringing video games and Barbie dolls? [More]

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A BMW With Its Windows Punched Out Is Exactly Why You Don’t Park In Front Of Fire Hydrants

Hey, you rebels out there, thinking you’re just too good for the laws the rest of us live by and decide to park in front of a hydrant. You might want to reconsider because not only could you end up with a destroyed vehicle, but you’re potentially risking lives if firefighters need access to that hydrant. [More]

Everyone Who’s Anyone Knows Today Is The Cool Day To Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Everyone Who’s Anyone Knows Today Is The Cool Day To Sign Up For Our Newsletter

We’re not saying life is a popularity contest, or even that we’re you know, “cool.” But if all your friends were signing up for the Consumerist newsletter, wouldn’t you want to, too? You wouldn’t want to be the only one not in the know. [More]

Seattle Mayor Takes Swipe At Comcast, Bites The Hand That Helped Elect Him

Seattle Mayor Takes Swipe At Comcast, Bites The Hand That Helped Elect Him

Last fall, a number of people watching the Seattle mayoral race were concerned about what influence Comcast would have on the city’s municipal broadband plan if candidate Ed Murray were elected. After all, the Kabletown Krew had dumped thousands of dollars into his campaign coffers. The now-Mayor Murray is attempting to show that he’s not a puppet for Comcast by issuing a thinly veiled ultimatum to the company. [More]

Proposed For-Profit College Watchdog Group Would Call Out Which Problem Schools To Avoid

Proposed For-Profit College Watchdog Group Would Call Out Which Problem Schools To Avoid

For-profit colleges have been dominating the news cycle lately; from a newly proposed “gainful employment” rule to federal agencies suing schools for deceptive marketing tactics. The fight to rein in these sometimes predatory higher-education institutions doesn’t appear to be losing steam. Legislation proposed last week aims to improve the coordination between federal agencies that oversee the industry, while providing student with a list of unsavory schools. [More]

Guy Games Uber’s Referral System, Racks Up $50K In Free Rides (That He Didn’t Get To Keep)

Guy Games Uber’s Referral System, Racks Up $50K In Free Rides (That He Didn’t Get To Keep)

Much like taking out your parents’ Porsche for a joyride, you can’t get away with doing something you’re not supposed to be doing forever. Like gaming the Uber car service’s referral system by signing up strangers so you can rack up $50,000 in ride credits. [More]