consumers

  • Credit Karma Rolls Out Free Weekly Credit Reports (Yes Really)

    Credit Karma Rolls Out Free Weekly Credit Reports (Yes Really)

    Online credit monitoring startup Credit Karma is rolling out free credit reports. And no, it’s not a scam. Over the years, consumers have been burned by websites offering “free” credit reports which had more than a few strings attached. After signing up for their free report, these misleading sites would then begin billing the unsuspecting users on a monthly basis… Read More

  • Mobile Deal-Finding App Shopular Raises $6.4 Million Series A From Sequoia

    Mobile Deal-Finding App Shopular Raises $6.4 Million Series A From Sequoia

    While most mobile applications today are heavily concerned with getting users to remember to open them regularly, mobile deal-finding application Shopular has been content to run in the background, alerting consumers to sales and discounts when they’re in a store or mall. Now, its focus on practicality over spammy behavior has paid off, in the form of a $6.4 million Series A round, led… Read More

  • 42 Is The Answer To Everything…In Personalized Analytics For Retail

    42 Is The Answer To Everything…In Personalized Analytics For Retail

    An online retailer platform called simply “42” is debuting today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY with new ideas about how to bring the intelligence of online e-commerce tools to brick-and-mortar merchants. The B2B platform provides businesses and brands a way to better connect and personalize their interactions with customers, as well as to gain broader insight into consumer buying… Read More

  • Google Reader’s Death Is Proof That RSS Always Suffered From Lack Of Consumer Appeal

    Google Reader’s Death Is Proof That RSS Always Suffered From Lack Of Consumer Appeal

    The idea of RSS was one that never quite gripped with normal Internet users. Sure, for us geeks who absolutely love consuming as much information as possible, RSS is a wonderland. When Google launched Reader in 2005, I can remember surfing to all of my favorite sites and looking for that little RSS logo, clicking on it and subscribing to the feed. So easy, so awesome to “us,” and… Read More

  • It’s A Facebook And Google World On Apple’s App Store, Poke Hits #1 A Day After Its Release

    It’s A Facebook And Google World On Apple’s App Store, Poke Hits #1 A Day After Its Release

    Remember all of this hoopla over Facebook’s latest standalone app, Poke, yesterday? You aren’t the only one that is interested, apparently. As The Next Web reports, Poke by Facebook has hit the No. 1 free app spot on Apple’s App Store, just a day after being released. Read More

  • Two-week iMac rentals for $8.56 per day?

    I noticed the fellas from PoketyPoke each carrying around an iMac box after the Digital Experience event at CES last week. “Wow, you guys really went all out,” said I. “Yeah,” said they, “Did you know you can rent an iMac for two weeks for $120?” Read More

  • EA planning massacre of online services for games that aren’t all that old

    Let’s say you’re a company that makes video games – sports games in particular – and you generate a nice recurring stream of revenue by putting out new versions of your sports games every year to coincide with the new seasons of each sport. But let’s also say that some of your customers don’t buy the newest versions because they’ve discovered… Read More

  • Sidekick user data may be recovered after all

    Slightly better news for anyone who lost data during the recent Microsoft/T-Mobile Sidekick outage. While it initially appeared that user data may have been lost forever, T-Mobile issued a statement late yesterday saying, “Recent efforts indicate the prospects of recovering some lost content may now be possible.” Read More

  • This is the problem with being charged to receive text messages

    Well it looks like my not-even-a-month-old new cell phone number is already out in the wild somehow. I received this unsolicited text message from a 718-area phone number, which Nicholas tells me is Brooklyn or Queens, New York (I’m in Boston). Read More

  • Computer makers' tech support quality compared

    LAPTOP recently pit the big computer vendors’ customer service offerings against one another with two phone calls to each, one asking how to change power settings on a laptop and the other asking how to switch to an external monitor that’d been hooked up. Not that anyone who reads this site would ever, ever need to call customer support for any reason whatsoever, but at least you… Read More

  • Dell sells 19-inch monitors in Taiwan for $15 by accident, may have to ship them

    Oopsies. Dell’s Taiwan website recently listed a 19-inch monitor for the equivalent of about $15 for eight hours before being fixed. Naturally, orders flooded in left and right and when Dell refused to ship the monitors, people complained. Read More

  • Sony says PSPgo is expensive because it's new

    If you curled your lip and slowly shook your head when Sony announced that the PSPgo would cost $249, you weren’t alone. So it’s perhaps even more irksome when the head of Sony Europe just comes right out and says that you’re paying a premium price just because the PSPgo is new. What’s with all the honesty, Sony? Read More

  • NFL Red Zone Channel may not be free on Comcast after all

    You may recall that exactly one week ago, your old buddy Doug got all bonered up about NFL Network and Comcast finally reaching an amicable agreement. In particular, it was starting to sound like Comcast subscribers would not only get NFL network at no extra charge, but that we’d also get the very-excellent Red Zone Channel for free as well. I mentioned that it “seems way too good… Read More

  • Is Acer's 11.6-inch netbook being recalled? [UPDATE]

    Although Acer officially announced its 11.6-inch netbook, the Aspire One A0751h, on Monday as “available now,” nobody’s been able to find one in a US store, online or otherwise. A few of our readers have indicated that the machines are (or were) on display in their local Wal-Mart stores although nobody has been able to actually buy one. Read More

  • FiOS reseller undercuts Verizon's own prices

    If you happen to live in one of Verizon’s FiOS coverage areas, you might be interested to know that at least one ISP is reselling the exact same internet service for almost $50 per month cheaper depending on the speed tier. DSL Extreme, a California-based ISP, has introduced what it’s calling “Fiber Extreme” — not to be confused with organic cereal — at… Read More

  • Best Buy cuts salaries, yet looks to product demos to drive high-end home theater

    With retail electronics stores closing down faster than the backwards-spinning water in an Australian toilet bowl, Best Buy is now trying to figure out how to compete with remaining high-volume, low-price super retailers like Wal-Mart. And while trying to take on Wal-Mart’s ultra aggressive pricing isn’t necessarily in the cards, “Best Buy supposedly intends to create… Read More

  • Wal-Mart sells box of rocks disguised as Nintendo DS (twice)

    I’ve worked plenty of thankless retail jobs so I can sympathize with the grind but please, customer service people, check the boxes of stuff that gets returned to your store. A Nintendo DS box filled with rocks and newspaper was apparently returned to a Wal Mart store in Florida, then put back on the floor TWICE, and sold to a mother who gave it to her son as a birthday present. Read More

  • Repossession going electronic with remote vehicle disablers

    Missing a payment on a leased car might get a whole lot dicier in the near future as more and more dealerships are equipping vehicles with devices capable of disabling vehicles remotely. Termed “electronic reposession,” drivers will be reminded to pay the car’s bill thanks to a non-stop series of annoying beeps if payment hasn’t been received within 24 hours of the… Read More

  • Time Warner tiered broadband pricing to top out at $150 per month

    Time Warner has been testing out a “consumption based billing” structure for its broadband internet service in Beaumont, Texas and plans to expand the trials to San Antonio and Austin; Rochester, New York; and Greensboro, North Carolina sometime this summer. Up to this point, bandwidth has been capped at 5-, 10-, 20-, and 40-gigabyte levels ranging from $30 to $55 per month, but… Read More

  • US Airways steals kid’s Xbox, he sues, airline says it’s not liable for stolen electronics

    While I’m sure it’s super fun to stuff your gaming console in your carry-on luggage so it doesn’t get stolen, it’s not all that practical. Yale University student Jesse Maiman found that out the hard way when his Xbox 360 disappeared from his checked luggage on a US Airways flight. Read More