Facebook just announced several tweaks to the way video will start performing on its service soon. However, in the name of enhancing “customer experience,” Facebook is adding one change that is likely to drive a significant number of users slightly crazy: Not only auto-playing videos, but making sure to do it with sound blaring. [More]
If someone comes knocking on your door, claiming to be an FBI agent and demanding money, call the actual police — because you’re being conned by someone impersonating a federal agent. Just ask the operators of a money wiring service in Seattle, who were robbed of $130,000. [More]
A Consumerist reader recently went to run some errands and found the charge to her debit card was declined due to insufficient funds. She was puzzled — that account should have had at least $100 in it. So why were her funds insufficient? Because her Amazon Prime subscription had renewed on that card that day — even though she’d never once set up Prime to bill to it. [More]
Apple’s pushing a major iOS security update today that iPhone users will want to download and install as soon as they can.
As you may have noticed, we don’t do much updating on weekends. It’s not because we don’t want to. Maybe you could help us correct this lapse in coverage. We’re currently looking for a freelance writer to cover weekends on Consumerist to keep the good stuff flowing seven days a week. [More]
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The nominees have been announced for the 15th Annual Webby Awards and we’re happy to say that Consumerist was nominated in the Blog-Business category! There are a ton of other categories to vote on but this link will take you right to our category page, Blog – Business. Thanks again to all of you for your support (and even if you vote for someone else, we won’t hate you).
If you’ve got an account on Gawker.com or any of its sister sites (Kotaku, Gizmodo, Deadspin and Jezebel among others), you’ll probably want to change your passwords because anonymous hackers have swiped usernames, email addresses and passwords and made them available via a torrent file. And by change your password, we potentially mean all of them. Now.
A new ad campaign in Brazil urges citizens to pee in the shower as a way to conserve water. “Xixi no banho” translates to “Pee in the bath.” I don’t speak Portugese or I’d give you a play-by-play on what is going on this largely inscrutable PSA.
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While this is arguably not at all a consumer issue, we do cover a lot of health issues and thought it would be helpful to do our part to get the word out: The American Cancer Society has agreed upon a list of symptoms that could serve as an early warning sign for ovarian cancer. The symptoms are: