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Leaked Memo: Third-Party Screen Repairs Don’t Void iPhone Warrantyiphones6sconsumerlauraapple_store_memo

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:02:58 +0000

Like slices of buttered toast, cupcakes, and pans of lasagna, smartphones always seem to fall face-down when dropped. Third-party repair shops have popped up to help users when this happens, but using these companies while an Apple device is still under warranty has been a gamble until now. Departing from Apple’s network of Genius Bars and authorized repair shops for …

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FCC Chair Faces Blowback Over Decision To Undo ISP Privacy Ruleprivacy stairskcoxconsumer

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:21:00 +0000

Last week, FCC Chair Ajit Pai declared that he would halt the Commission’s new privacy rule before it kicks in on March 2. That last-minute decision is now under fire from within the FCC and beyond. This privacy rule — delineating which user data an internet service provider can and can’t share without a user’s permission — stems from …

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Lawsuit Claims Five Automakers Knew Of Dangerous Takata Airbags, Used Them Anywayairbagashleekielerconsumerist

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:04:53 +0000

Takata recently agreed to pay $1 billion to close the books on a federal criminal investigation into its shrapnel-shooting airbags linked to 11 deaths, but the auto parts company — and several automakers — must still answer allegations that these airbags were a known problem long before the massive recall. Today, attorneys representing victims of Takata airbags also accused …

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Here’s A Snap-On Bluetooth Skimmer Spotted Out In The WildoverlayconsumerlauraKrebs on Security

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:00:49 +0000

Have you ever wondered how a retailer can leave a Bluetooth skimmer on a payment card terminal in its stores for weeks at a time? It’s harder to detect the devices than you might think, because crooks have their own places to shop for spare parts that snap right on a payment terminal and are hard to spot if you …

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Owners Of Discontinued Keurig Rivo Having Trouble Buying Coffee Pods That Will Workkeuriglavazz2amarybethquirkconsumeristscreen-shot-2017-02-27-at-2-49-25-pm

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:15:24 +0000

When Keurig quietly discontinued its Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System in Dec. 2016, the company said customers would still be able to purchase Lavazza brand pods — the only ones the Rivo accepts — in its online store, as well as from a few other retailers. Soon after, however, customers started bumping into “out of stock” notices almost everywhere online. …

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FCC Chair Ajit Pai Has No Plans To Review AT&T/Time Warner Mergerajitpaichrismorranconsumerist

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:11:10 +0000

In recent years, the FCC played a key part in blocking the mergers of AT&T and T-Mobile, and Comcast and Time Warner Cable, while also using its regulatory leverage to place pro-consumer conditions on the mergers it did approve — like getting Charter to agree to not use data caps for seven years. However, the FCC will apparently give …

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Raiders Of The Lost Kmart Unearth Sports Memorabilia No One Wanted 5-10 Years Agousopen2012aconsumerlaurakmart_cards_shirtkmart_cards_2006usopen_2011shirtusopenlogo2011usopen2012usopen2013frontusopen_2013_redusopen2013usopen_2015

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:43:34 +0000

The brave retail archaeologists we call the Raiders of the Lost Walmart recently made a side expedition to Kmart, where they dug up a cache of sports-related gear that has apparently been sitting around, unpurchased for years — more than a decade in one instance. Reader Steve was shopping at his local Kmart store in Arizona when he noticed something …

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Groups Ask FDA To Ban Lead Compound From Hair Dye Productsgrecianformulahairdyemarybethquirkconsumerist

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:35:20 +0000

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently recommended further limiting the amount of lead found in common cosmetics, that guidance didn’t extend to hair dyes that contain lead acetate. Now, a coalition of consumer advocates says the agency should reconsider its approval of the ingredient in hair dyes. Earlier this month, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Environmental Working …

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Like That Game You’re Watching On Twitch? Amazon Will Now Sell It To You Theregameonkcoxconsumer

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:18:18 +0000

More than a year and a half after spending nearly $1 billion to acquire game-focused livestreaming service Twitch, Amazon’s finally doing something you’d have expected them to try sooner: Putting big “Buy” buttons on streams of some new games, so you can grab ’em while you’re watching ’em. Games from more than 20 publishers, will soon be sold directly digitally …

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Family Christian Closing All 240 Stores24984817683_465d406819_kashleekielerconsumeristscreen-shot-2017-02-27-at-10-35-51-am

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:17:55 +0000

After 85 years in business, Family Christian is closing for good, shutting down all 240 of its retail stores. USA Today reports that the company, which had stores in 36 states, decided to close after facing declining sales following its 2015 bankruptcy protection filing. The Michigan-based company, which transitioned from a for-profit retailer to a non-profit ministry in 2012, blamed …

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