Drive-Through Grocery Stores?
Drive-Through Grocery Stores?
on October 21, 2013

Some businesses let you order groceries online and then pick them up from nearby gas stations or delivery trucks the next day. Does that sound convenient, or weird?

Beware These Area Codes: 809, 284, 649 and 876
Beware These Area Codes: 809, 284, 649 and 876
on October 21, 2013

Reports of being charged thousands of dollars are overblown, but there are some risks.

Bank of America May Offer a No-Overdraft Checking Account
Bank of America May Offer a No-Overdraft Checking Account
on October 18, 2013

The bank is considering a plan to offer a new checking account that won’t allow overdrafts of any kind. It would be optional for bank customers.

Leave Your Dog at the Airport
Leave Your Dog at the Airport
on October 18, 2013

Some major airports now feature pet hotels — with all kinds of a la carte amenities you would expect at a hotel for two-legged guests.

Touch Screen of the Future: The Ability to Feel Things On-Screen
Touch Screen of the Future: The Ability to Feel Things On-Screen
on October 18, 2013

Imagine being able to feel what you see on a tablet or smartphone screen instead of smooth glass. Disney’s working on it.

More Boomer Men Are Getting Botox
More Boomer Men Are Getting Botox
on October 17, 2013

It’s harder for older workers to find work when they lose it, and some think looking younger improves their odds. It’s not a cheap solution.

New Rules: No Robocalls, Texts Without Your Written Consent
New Rules: No Robocalls, Texts Without Your Written Consent
on October 17, 2013

More restrictions were placed this week on businesses that use automated dialing techniques. It’s not an end to telemarketing, but it does require clearer consent.

What the Government Shutdown Cost Us
What the Government Shutdown Cost Us
on October 17, 2013

Nothing good came out of the federal government shutdown, and there was plenty of bad.

Want to Support Breast Cancer Research? Give to Charity, Not the NFL
Want to Support Breast Cancer Research? Give to Charity, Not the NFL
on October 16, 2013

Just 8 percent of the money spent on NFL Pink merchandise actually goes toward breast cancer research and programs. You can do a lot better.

North Carolina is First State to Cut Welfare During Federal Shutdown
North Carolina is First State to Cut Welfare During Federal Shutdown
on October 16, 2013

Covering the program would take less than 1 percent of the state’s rainy-day fund, and those expenses would be reimbursed by the federal government. But North Carolina said no.

Report: Taxpayers Spend $7B a Year Helping Fast-Food Workers Survive
Report: Taxpayers Spend $7B a Year Helping Fast-Food Workers Survive
on October 16, 2013

Through federal programs such as Medicaid and food stamps, taxpayers help fast-food workers get by despite their low wages.

Netflix: Coming to a Cable Box Near You?
Netflix: Coming to a Cable Box Near You?
on October 15, 2013

The streaming service is in talks with cable companies to put itself on their boxes. That would mean cable customers could use Netflix without any additional device or an Internet-connected TV.

Airlines Want to Get You On and Off the Plane More Quickly
Airlines Want to Get You On and Off the Plane More Quickly
on October 15, 2013

From boarding at both ends of the plane to penalizing customers with carry-ons, airlines are trying lots of tricks to get passengers to speed it up.

Walmart Food Stamp Stampede: Who Should Pay?
Walmart Food Stamp Stampede: Who Should Pay?
on October 15, 2013

Some Louisiana residents on food stamps went on a shopping spree at Walmart last weekend when a glitch removed the spending limit from their accounts.

Here’s Another Reason to Stop With the Chocolate
Here’s Another Reason to Stop With the Chocolate
on October 14, 2013

Higher demand and bad weather have conspired to raise the price of the major ingredient of a chocolate bar. So expect the cost to climb, especially for the good stuff.

Study: Popcorn Immunizes Us Against Advertising
Study: Popcorn Immunizes Us Against Advertising
on October 14, 2013

Word of mouth may have a bigger effect on us than we realize.

T-Mobile Drops International Roaming Charges
T-Mobile Drops International Roaming Charges
on October 14, 2013

T-Mobile will no longer impose crazy fees for wireless service in a foreign country. What a concept.

U.S. Could Be Largest Non-OPEC Oil Producer by 2014
U.S. Could Be Largest Non-OPEC Oil Producer by 2014
on October 11, 2013

Increased production and fracking techniques could make the country energy-independent by 2030.

Facebook: No More Hiding From Searches
Facebook: No More Hiding From Searches
on October 11, 2013

Bad news, Facebook lurkers: The site won’t let you stay out of search results anymore.

Coming Soon: An App for Eating Roadkill
Coming Soon: An App for Eating Roadkill
on October 11, 2013

Montana is planning the launch of a smartphone app for acquiring permits to eat roadkill.

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