Self-Driving Car Involved In Crash… After Driver Takes Control

Self-Driving Car Involved In Crash… After Driver Takes Control

Given Google’s recent confession that its self-driving cars would have been involved in 13 crashes if a human hadn’t intervened, you’d assume that having a real driver in an autonomous car could only help. Then you remember that millions of humans crash their vehicles every day, regardless of how intelligent that car is. [More]

Multiple McDonald’s Locations Forced To Close After Prank Callers Convince Workers To Test Fire System

Multiple McDonald’s Locations Forced To Close After Prank Callers Convince Workers To Test Fire System

When I think of prank calls, I conjure up images of teenage girls huddled around their clear plastic phones, calling boys in their class and hanging up. You know, harmless fun. But sometimes prank calls can turn into something bigger, and even potentially dangerous: three McDonald’s restaurants in Oregon shut down over the weekend after a caller convinced employees to activate fire suppression systems, spewing chemicals over kitchen appliances. [More]

Watch A Takata Airbag Explode In Slow Motion

Watch A Takata Airbag Explode In Slow Motion

Last year, owners of vehicles equipped with shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags shared their point of view of the massive safety device recall, likening the situation to driving around with an explosive device in their steering wheel and dashboard. Their description was no doubt frightening, but seeing one of the airbags rupture in real time is even more so.  [More]

West Virginia Sues VW Over Deceptive Advertising For Vehicles Equipped With “Defeat Devices”

West Virginia Sues VW Over Deceptive Advertising For Vehicles Equipped With “Defeat Devices”

Since the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that Volkswagen had rigged its “clean diesel” to cheat on emissions tests, a number of consumers and cities have sued the carmaker. Now West Virginia becomes the first state to join the list of those alleging the company tricked car-buyers into paying thousands of dollars more for supposedly environmentally-friendly vehicles. [More]

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Kohl’s Testing Cafe Concept At Two Wisconsin Locations

Kohl’s is joining the ranks of retailers like Target, Sam’s Club, IKEA, Costco, and countless others in bringing weary shoppers what they really want: something to snack on while traipsing down the aisles checking off items from their list. [More]

Walmart Officially Launching Online Grocery Pickup With Expansion To More Cities

Walmart Officially Launching Online Grocery Pickup With Expansion To More Cities

After testing the concept for months, Walmart plans to offer more shoppers the opportunity to order their groceries online and pick them up at the store later. [More]

BMW, Daimler Deny Manipulating Emissions Tests

BMW, Daimler Deny Manipulating Emissions Tests

Less than a week after regulators called out Volkswagen for using “defeat device” software to cheat on emissions tests for 11 million vehicles worldwide, the integrity of some other German automakers is being called into question. [More]

Marriott, Samsung Partner To Offer Hotel Guests Virtual Reality Headsets, Because Why Not?

Marriott, Samsung Partner To Offer Hotel Guests Virtual Reality Headsets, Because Why Not?

Have you ever walked into a hotel and thought, ‘Man, this isn’t how I pictured things when I booked the room.’ While you can’t exactly change the layout or furnishings of the room – unless you switch hotels – a new partnership between Marriott and Samsung could let you escape the reality of your humdrum lodgings for a bit. [More]

Taco Bell Officially Testing Delivery Service At 200 Restaurants

Taco Bell Officially Testing Delivery Service At 200 Restaurants

Back in May, Taco Bell confirmed it was starting small tests that delivered chalupas, Doritos Locos Tacos and other grub in areas full of hungry college students. Now, the fast food company is taking things a step farther, beginning a pilot delivery option in certain areas of the country. [More]

Could Takata’s Replacement Airbags Be Just As Dangerous?

Could Takata’s Replacement Airbags Be Just As Dangerous?

Generally when consumers take their vehicles to a dealer for a recall remedy, they leave with the peace of mind that the potential safety issue has been fixed. That may not end up being the case for more than 34 million recently recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags, as the parts manufacturer, automakers and federal regulators struggle to determine why the safety devices have the tendency to spew pieces of shrapnel upon deployment. [More]

Video Shows Galaxy S6 Edge Will Bend; Samsung Says It’s Misleading

Video Shows Galaxy S6 Edge Will Bend; Samsung Says It’s Misleading

You might remember a little controversy last fall called bendgate, in which Apple’s new-at-the-time iPhone 6 Plus was found to bend if you applied enough pressure. Following the flurry of stories and issues surrounding that device, it comes as no surprise that Samsung’s newest smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge, would be subjected to similar tests, thus introducing us to a possible bendgate 2.0. [More]

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Physicians Say Rite Aid’s Early Alzheimer’s Detection Test Can Cause Needless Fear

A test being used at Rite Aid stores to test for early warning signs of Alzheimer’s may be doing more harm than good, some medical professionals say. [More]

Elementary School Decides To Stop Giving Kids A Dose Of Mountain Dew Before A Big Test

Elementary School Decides To Stop Giving Kids A Dose Of Mountain Dew Before A Big Test

If I learned anything from spying on my brothers playing Dungeons & Dragons in the basement with their friends, it’s that Mountain Dew is often the preferred fuel of choice for staying awake and making sharp decisions. That being said, a Florida elementary school was getting a heck of a lot of criticism for giving kids a dose of the stuff before taking high-pressure tests. [More]

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Toaster Ovens: Good Tiny Ovens, Bad At Making Toast

Do you eat toast? Our lightly browned colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports spend a lot of time testing things that you might not think of to test. For example: the quality of toast produced in toasters vs. that produced in toaster ovens. Turns out that you’re better off with a plain old toaster, unless the “oven” part is important to you. [More]

College Board & ACT Sued For Selling Personal Info Of Test-Takers

College Board & ACT Sued For Selling Personal Info Of Test-Takers

As anyone who took the ACT or SAT tests remembers, shortly after you get your scores, your mailbox is flooded with brochures, pamphlets, and catalogs from schools that want your tuition money. This isn’t a coincidence, as The College Board and ACT, Inc. — the companies behind these tests — sells test-takers’ information to colleges. But a new lawsuit alleges that this practice is a breach of contract as it’s done without the test-takers’ consent. [More]

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Want Only The Best Toilet Papers? Go To Walmart, Apparently

Toilet paper: almost everyone uses it, but do you put much thought into which brands you buy? Do you have a brand preference, or just pick up the biggest and cheapest package available at Walmart or Costco? Our colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports put on their 2-ply lab coats and got to work stirring, pulling, and caressing various brands of toilet paper to find out which brands really are the best. [More]

Consumer Reports Puts Pledge Fabric Sweeper To The Test

Consumer Reports Puts Pledge Fabric Sweeper To The Test

It’s the problem that has vexed cat and dog owners for centuries: How the hell do I get all this damn fur off everything. There have been countless inventions that promise to lift animal hair off your furniture and carpet, but do they work? [More]

Need A Blender? Here Are The Ones Consumer Reports Likes

Need A Blender? Here Are The Ones Consumer Reports Likes

Consumer Reports recently tested the drink-making abilities of over 40 blenders, and then they passed out in a pool of frozen margarita. But seriously folks, you don’t need to spend $400 on a Blendtec “Total Blender”–there’s a $40 Oster model “did just as well.” [More]