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FBI warns consumers about new levels of e-skimming

One expert says there’s two ways consumers can beef up their security when shopping online

If you’ve had your credit card compromised in the last year or two, you’re not alone. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says millions of consumers...


The Federal Reserve wants to relax investment rules for banks

One trade group says more work must be done to ensure that big banks don’t create instability by making bad investments

The Federal Reserve Board made a move on towards relaxing investment rules for banks on Thursday. In essence, the move aims to give banking entities permis...


Pier 1 recalls desk chairs

The chair’s legs can break

Pier 1 Imports of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling about 6,300 desk chairs sold in the U.S., and Canada. The chair’s legs can break, posing fall and inju...


Consumer confidence rose again in January

The Conference Board credits a strong jobs market for the optimism

After dipping in November, consumer confidence has increased for two straight months. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose nearly three po...


Amity Packing recalls raw ground beef

The product may be contaminated with extraneous materials

Amity Packing Company of Chicago, Ill., is recalling approximately 2,020 pounds of raw ground beef. The product may be contaminated with extraneous mate...


PCNA recalls power banks

The lithium-ion battery can overheat and ignite

PCNA of New Kensington, Pa., is recalling about 5,000 Spare 10,000 mAh Power Banks in the U.S., and Canada. The lithium-ion battery can overheat and ign...


TD Bank wins top ranking for best customer service

J.D. Power and Associates says the bank delivers ‘consistent customer service’

What’s America’s highest-ranking bank for customer service? A bank based in Canada.In its 2019 ratings of eight major banks, J.D. Power and Associates...


Tinder rolls out new panic button safety feature

Users will also have access to AI-driven photo verification and other services

Personal safety is starting to get the attention it deserves from connection-driven companies.First, there was Uber’s integration of an in-app 911 text...


Mercedes-Benz recalls GLC Class vehicles

The passenger side sun visor may have incorrect airbag warning labels

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 10,041 model year 2019 GLC 300 4MATIC coupes, AMG GLC 43 Coupes, AMG GLC 43s, AMG GLC 63s, GLC 300s, GLC 350e 4MATIC...


Why it may be harder to purchase a home in 2020

Mortgage rates are still low but so is the inventory of available homes

Consumers hoping to purchase a home in 2020 may find the task more difficult than they thought. Despite predictions that more homes would come onto the mar...


How much value has your new car lost?

Subaru and Porsche vehicles tend to hold onto their value the longest

You’ve probably heard it said that a new car loses thousands of dollars in value the minute you buy it. It’s true, but some new cars lose their value faste...


Apple CEO says global tax structure needs to be changed

Foreign country tax dodges are nothing new, but foreign entities are getting wise and want their pound of flesh

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is calling for an overhaul to the global corporate tax world. At the heart of Cook’s comments is where multinational firms should be t...


2019: The Year of the Robocall

Despite a couple of good months, 2019 turned out much worse than people thought when it came to robocalls

According to the YouMail Robocall Index, there were 58.5 billion robocalls in 2019, marking a 22 percent increase over 2018 and a troublesome 92 percent hi...


Toyota announces plans for an air taxi service

The automaker will partner with Joby Aviation to develop an all-electric aircraft

Toyota is looking skyward, announcing a collaboration with Joby Aviation (Joby), an aerospace company that is developing and commercializing all-electric v...


Motorists got a break at the gas pump this week

The average gas price made its biggest one-week decline in more than a month

Gasoline supplies remain plentiful and motorists are filling up less, so the price at the pump is finally trending downward.The AAA Fuel Gauge Survey s...


Baby Trend recalls Tango Mini Strollers

The stroller’s hinge joints can release and collapse under pressure

Baby Trend of Fontana, Calif., is recalling about 2,000 Tango Mini Strollers.Both of the stroller’s hinge joints can release and collapse under pressur...


U.S. and China sign Phase One trade agreement

For the first time in months, there’s a cease-fire in the trade war

The U.S. and China have signed a Phase One trade deal, in effect bringing about a cease-fire in their persistent trade war. But specifics of the deal remai...


Foreclosure filings hit a 15-year low in 2019

The current housing market bears little resemblance to the early 2000s

You may have seen headlines declaring that another housing crisis is right around the corner. What those stories probably won’t tell you is that foreclosur...


McDonald’s to add MSG to its new chicken sandwich

Analysts suggest it means McDonald’s is serious about competing in the chicken sandwich wars

McDonald’s has signaled that it’s serious about competing in the chicken sandwich wars. It’s added monosodium glutamate (MSG) to chicken sandwiches at more...


Meijer recalls diced hard boiled eggs

The product be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Meijer is recalling frozen hard-boiled egg products used on two salad bars at two stores in Michigan.The product be contaminated with Listeria monocyto...


The cost of living rose slightly in December

The Labor Department reports that 2019’s inflation rate was 2.3 percent

The Labor Department reports its Consumer Price Index (CPI), the chief way it measures inflation, rose 0.2 percent in December, a slowdown from the 0.3 per...


Honda recalls model year 2019-2020 CR-Vs

The rear subframe could separate, disabling the vehicle

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 358 model year 2019-2020 CR-Vs.The rear subframe bolts were improperly manufactured and may loosen, allowing the...


Consumers’ FICO scores on the rise

Repairing credit takes work, but there are ways it can be done

Consumers are getting better at handling finances, if one’s to believe Experian’s 2019 Consumer Credit Review. The U.S. economy has been put through its pa...


Tesla automobiles might soon be speaking to pedestrians

This latest twist might prove to be a benchmark other auto manufacturers have to match down the line

Elon Musk has been watching way too much throwback TV. Musk’s Tesla cars might, a la KITT in ‘Knight Rider,” soon be talking to pedestrians if we’re to tak...


PayPal confirms security flaw in login form

The company says the issue was patched in early December

PayPal has confirmed a security analyst’s report that a security vulnerability could expose user passwords to a hacker. The researcher, Alex Birsan, report...


Thesaurus Global Marketing recalls tricycles

Paint on the canopy’s frame contains excessive levels of lead

Thesaurus Global Marketing of Doral, Fla., is recalling about 370 Little Bambino 4-in-1 canopy children’s tricycles.Paint on the canopy’s frame and tri...


J&J Distributing recalls Kowalksi salads

The products contain pine nuts, an allergen not declared on the label

J&J; Distributing of St. Paul, Minn., is recalling approximately 136 pounds of ready-to-eat Kowalksi salads.The products contain pine nuts, an allergen...


Robots are stealing the show at CES 2020

But some of them might be more practical than others

Robots are a major presence at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), providing a wide range of functions.Stealing the spotlight, however, is Charmi...


Reichel Foods recalls products with eggs

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Reichel Foods is recalling Pro2Snax to the Max Sliced Apples, Hard Boiled Egg, Mild Cheddar Cheese, Cashews & Dried Cranberries and Pro2Snax to the Max Swe...


Ring updates privacy features in wake of data breach

The company is using the Consumer Electronics Show to introduce new security products

Ring, the Amazon-owned company that provides home security services, is updating its privacy features in the wake of a recent data breach. The changes were...


Digital health trends are on display at CES

Increasingly, healthcare and technology companies are working together

For the last decade, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been a launchpad for digital health technology, with the introduction of devices and innovatio...


Michelin recalls CrossClimate+ tires

The tires are not marked with the required UTQG gradings

Michelin North America is recalling 32 CrossClimate+ tires in size 225/60R16 103V XL with DOT date code 4618.The tires are not marked with the required...


Air pollution can negatively affect bone health

Researchers have linked poor air quality to increased risk of osteoporosis

Recent studies have explored how air pollution can affect consumers’ health in a myriad of ways, including everything from anxiety to breathing problems an...


Almark Foods recalls hard cooked eggs

The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Almark Foods is recalling hard-boiled and peeled eggs in white plastic pails with white plastic lids.The products may be contaminated with Listeria mon...


Gas prices start 2020 by moving higher

Heightened military tension between the U.S. and Iran could raise them even more

Despite forecasts that prices at the pump would fall in late December and early 2020, the price of gasoline has started the new year moving higher. New ten...


Ashland Sausage recalls pork sausage

The product may be contaminated with hard, dark plastic pieces

Ashland Sausage of Carol Stream, Ill., is recalling approximately 1,092 pounds of natural casing pork sausage.The product may be contaminated with extr...


Qantas takes home the trophy as 2020’s safest airline

Safety is important, but there are fliers who aren’t all that happy with Qantas’ customer service

What’s the safest airline to fly? Once again, it’s Qantas, according to, an airline safety and product rating website.In its Top Twe...


Drugmakers hike prices to start 2020

Prescription prices on another 50 drugs went up on January 1

It’s a new year, but it’s business as usual for the U.S. health care system. Reuters reports that multiple pharmaceutical companies hiked prices on ove...