General Motors gets to join Fiat Chrysler and Tesla in an unenviable lineup this week: Using cheap gadgets and text messages, researchers have proven they can hack that most traditional of cars, the Chevy Corvette. And worse still is that this line of attack will work on basically any car with a computer in it, which is to say… all of them.
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If you recently read the announcement that HBO and Starz would each soon be launching their own standalone streaming services and thought, “Well, I still can’t dump cable because then I wouldn’t be able to watch Showtime,” here’s some good news — the network is planning to launch its own online-only service at some point in 2015, which may remove the final barricade to cord-cutting for some consumers. [More]
There’s the occasional bad haircut — if you’ve ever founds yourself with a bowl on your head or decided to cut your own bangs, you know what I mean — but one woman is demanding that a local salon give her $1,000 to ease the pain and suffering she’s undergone after she claims a stylist butchered her hair. [More]
Looking to cut back on your spending, or just put more in savings? You might be leaking money without realizing it with some common household expenses. [More]
When you hear that any number is in the trillions, it’s like your brain just goes “Whoa, that is probably quite a big deal because a trillion is a super lot of things.” So when you hear that major food companies have trimmed out 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods sold in 2012, it sounds like a big deal. [More]
The latest numbers on the government-backed Home Affordable Modification Program are in, and there’s some good news in there for most of the homeowners who participated. About 77% of those who went through modification (and didn’t have a mortgage tied to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac) in July enjoyed a nice little cut to the principal amount they owe.
Here’s one of those ideas where you’re like, “Why didn’t I think of doing that?” Or maybe you already do, in which case, wow you are soo smart: As it might be cheaper to book two one-way airline tickets, fare aggregating site Kayak is helping you with its new helpful “Hacker Fares.”