We’ve shared warnings about lottery scams before, but the industry of scammers hurts people beyond the victims and their families. In Jamaica, lottery scams are a massive industry that’s a serious concern for law enforcement. Their victims? Elderly Americans, who send along money to cover taxes or fees on the money they’ve won. [More]
When a new version of Apple’s iPad comes out, delighted media outlets answer all kinds of questions about its size and features. What most reviews will not cover is the important question that many families need answered as they decide which tablet to buy: can it withstand one of the greatest destructive forces known to humankind? [More]
Just hours after averting (for now) a blackout of CBS-owned stations in 14 markets, Dish Network has made nice with another of its foes in the broadcasting world, ending the month-long blackout of Turner channels like CNN, HLN, and the Cartoon Network. [More]
A few weeks back, Dish and Turner Broadcasting — parent company to CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network and others — couldn’t reach a deal on a new contract, meaning millions of Dish subscribers haven’t had access to these channels since. And last night, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen hinted that maybe it’s time for CNN and other cable mainstays to rethink how important they are. [More]
From NFL sidelines to product placement in various movies and TV shows, Microsoft has been making a huge marketing push to get its Surface tablets in the hands of people you see on TV. But what’s that distinctive-looking Surface stand actually propping up? In the case of CNN, it’s probably an iPad. [More]
Because pay-TV providers and content networks can’t negotiate anything without resorting to blackouts to try to prove who has the bigger dishes, the contract stalemate between Turner Broadcasting and Dish Network has left millions of satellite customers without a large slate of popular channels, including CNN, HLN, truTV and — most importantly — Cartoon Network. [More]
Broadband internet coverage in the United States is still pretty uneven. While some, mainly rural, communities are scrambling to connect to the 21st century using slow, old, and unreliable tech, some urban areas are dashing forward at over 1000 Mbps. The list of lucky cities with gigabit connections is growing, as CNN Money reports, but it’s not growing in the way that CNN indicates. [More]
When a website gets hacked, what’s the best place to read news about that hack? Well at least in CNN’s case, the news organization wasn’t shy about revealing that some of its social media accounts and blogs were the victim of a hack attack last night. Everything appears to be back to normal now. [More]
The Clark Howard Show recently joined us at Consumer Reports’ Yonkers offices for a look behind the scenes at The Consumerist. What’s an EECB? What’s it like to be constantly on the prowl for evidence of the effects of the mythical Grocery Shrink Ray? Why do we post so many cat pictures? [More]
Our special segment on the Clark Howard TV show will run this weekend. Take a sneak peak into the world of the editors of Consumerist. Join Ben and Meg as they show you how we made this blog and the special sauce that goes into making it hum along. They’ll delve into the EECB, the Grocery Shrink Ray, and reveal the answer to that burning question, what’s up with the cat pictures? The show airs on HLN at 6am Eastern on Saturday 7/2 and Sunday 7/3. [More]
UPDATE: As it turns out, the segment will air in a subsequent week, not this weekend. Sorry folks! Stay tuned and we’ll tell you when it gets rescheduled. [More]
It may be a random confluence of sponsorship, but this poll from the front page of CNN.com last night is too funny not to share. Thanks to Douglas for sending it in.
Sure, I use coupons, and I’m decent at it, but for me watching this video of the “Coupon Queen” is like a little kid enrolled in her first karate class watching an expert ninja.
In one brain-melting two-minute clip, watch all the media frenzy, punditry, and cable-news excitement of the financial meltdown, courtesy of CNN’s own Rick “The Twitter Board Is Blowing Up!” Sanchez. [YouTube]
Michael wrote in to point out that CNN has a weird new feature on its site—now you can proudly display your favorite, uh, headlines(?) on your body with their “CNN Shirt” service. It’s beta, naturally, and they pick the headlines you can choose from—so no “What drove dad who kept ‘house of horror’?” tee to shame your parents during the next family holiday. (That’s the current top headline on their home page.)