Mike Mozart

Report: Target Creating Its Own Mobile Payment System

If you don’t carry around a bunch of cash or your credit cards, you might be among the throngs of people who instead opt for a mobile-payment system, whether it be Apple Pay, Android Pay, Chase Pay, or any of a number of store-specific apps. Now there will soon be another choice on the market, as long as you’re shopping at Target, that is.  [More]

IKEA Recalling Beach Chairs Worldwide Because Lounging Shouldn’t Be Dangerous

IKEA Recalling Beach Chairs Worldwide Because Lounging Shouldn’t Be Dangerous

When you’re enjoying a day at the beach or a gorgeous day in the backyard, there’s nothing so relaxing as leaning back in your lounge chair and letting your worries go. What’s not so relaxing is having that chair collapse while you’re sitting in it and pinch your fingers, which is why IKEA is recalling a popular beach chair sold worldwide. [More]

Morton Fox

McDonald’s To Give Away 10,000 Bottles Of Big Mac Sauce

Who has the time or energy to make a copycat version of McDonald’s special sauce for their home-cooked burgers when you could just use a bottle of the stuff? While you still can’t buy the not-so-secret sauce from the fast food giant, you could win one.  [More]

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Tax Season Is Now Open: Here’s Why You Should File ASAP

As of today, tax season is officially open! While you might want to file as early as you can if you’re expecting a refund, there’s also a very good reason why you should file as soon as you have your documents in order: to block overseas identity thieves from doing it first. [More]

Misfit Photographer

Aetna And Humana May Appeal Ruling Blocking Their Merger

This week, a federal judge blocked the proposed $37 billion merger of health insurance giants Aetna and Humana, ruling that the two companies would significantly reduce competition in the health care market if they teamed up. Now what are the two companies going to do? They might appeal the ruling. Or not. [More]

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HP Expands Lithium-Ion Battery Recall To Include 101,000 Additional Laptops

Seven months after HP recalled 41,000 laptops because the lithium-ion batteries could overheat, causing explosions and fires, the company is expanding the recall to cover 101,000 additional batteries in HP and Compaq computers.  [More]

Your Star Trek Dreams Are Closer To Reality Now That Amazon Echo Responds To “Computer”

Your Star Trek Dreams Are Closer To Reality Now That Amazon Echo Responds To “Computer”

If you’ve ever stared longingly at your smart devices and wished they would respond when you’re doing your best Capt. Jean-Luc Picard impression, we’ve got some good news for you: Amazon has added “computer” to its list of words that will wake up its digital assistant Alexa on Echo devices. [More]

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Here’s What $20M Cash Stuffed Inside A Box Spring Looks Like

It is a rule universally acknowledged in crime writing that if you stash your ill-gotten gains under the mattress, someone is eventually going to find it. Just like the $20 million in cash hidden in a box spring that federal agents found in Massachusetts this week. [More]

CitiFinancial, CitiMortgage To Pay $28.8M Over Mortgage Servicing Issues

CitiFinancial, CitiMortgage To Pay $28.8M Over Mortgage Servicing Issues

Millions of consumers lost their homes when the housing market bubble burst. But federal regulators say some of those people may have been able to stay in their homes had mortgage lenders fulfilled their requirements. To that end, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered two Citigroup subsidiaries to pay $28.8 million to resolve allegations that some of its mortgage units harmed home borrowers.  [More]

Pricey Wearable Baby Monitors May Be Better At Giving Parents Anxiety Than Monitoring Babies

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Raising a baby can be pretty nerve-wracking, especially for first-time parents. Babies make weird sounds, do bizarre things, and can’t describe when something’s actually wrong. Meanwhile, it’s 2017 and our solution to basically every old problem is: “Have you tried throwing new technology at it?” [More]

J.G. Park

Mall Owners Let Properties Go Into Foreclosure, Walk Away

It’s not hard to believe that the owners of malls might be looking to get out of the mall business. Developing shopping centers may have looked like a solid investment for most of the last 60 years or so, but now owners are calculating that it’s better to let them go into foreclosure than to try keeping them open. [More]

Eric Arnold

Volkswagen Dealers To Receive $1.85M Each In “Dieselgate” Settlement

The final pieces of Volkswagen’s efforts to put the “Dieselgate” scandal behind it are beginning to fall into place, as a judge approved yet another billion-dollar settlement from the carmaker, this time relating to compensating dealers affected by the carmaker’s decision to equip more than 500,000 vehicles equipped with “defeat devices” used to skirt emission standards.  [More]

AirAsia

Budget Carrier AirAsia X Cleared For U.S. Flights

The next time you’re looking to book a flight on the cheap, you could have another option on the table now that budget carrier Asia X says it’s gained approval to fly anywhere in the U.S. [More]

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Walmart To Start Selling Cars At Dozens Of Stores

It was just a matter of time: More than a year after Walmart-owned Sam’s Club began selling customers cars, taking on Costco’s long-running auto program, and with Amazon dipping its toes into the industry, Walmart is finally following suit.  [More]

Ray J./Morton Fox

Verizon Acquisition Of Yahoo Still Going Ahead As Planned

Since the announcement of data breaches consisting of 1.5 billion Yahoo accounts, Yahoo-watchers have had one question: what’s going to happen to the former internet titan’s agreement to sell its internet operations to Verizon for a mere $4.8 billion? In its quarterly and annual earnings report today, Yahoo announced that the deal is still on. It’s just taking a while. [More]

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Net Neutrality Foe Ajit Pai Officially Named FCC Chairman

As expected, President Trump has elevated Ajit Pai from his FCC Commissioner to Chairman, clearly establishing that the new administration seeks to undo the telecommunications regulations of the previous White House. [More]

Feds: No Proof That ‘Breathometer’ Blood Alcohol Content Test Actually Works

Feds: No Proof That ‘Breathometer’ Blood Alcohol Content Test Actually Works

The Breathometer promised to be a pocket-sized law-enforcement-grade device that could be used to accurately measure blood alcohol levels to determine if the user is sober enough to drive. It’s a good enough idea that it won over the panel on Shark Tank, but according to federal regulators, the only thing you can definitely say about this device is that it does fit in your pocket. [More]

Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie

Study: Baseball Teams More Likely To Have A Bad Game Due To Jet Lag When Flying East

Playing at least 81 games on the road, sometimes thousands of miles from home and in a different time zone, will eventually have an effect on even the most fit professional baseball player, but is there a correlation between distance (and direction) traveled and performance? [More]