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February 2014

AT&T, Verizon overcharging consumers more than $16 billion annually, consumer group says

The Consumer Federation of America has released a report showing that the recent analyses of broadband prices and services from the Phoenix Center and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation are flawed and misleading. “CFA’s comprehensive, fact-based analysis stands in stark contrast to the error and bluster we’ve seen from... Read more →

Super Bowl ads slightly improved this year, but violence, sexism, and ageism still being used to sell

Ads during Sunday’s Super Bowl cost $4 million for a 30-second spot, up from last year's $3.5 million. The game drew 111.5 million viewers. I’m not a football fan, but since I live in the Seattle area, I enjoyed seeing the Seahawks playing and winning… big. However, I wasn’t impressed... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers write about the joys and challenges of aging

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #344. As the snow storms surprisingly spread to the Seattle area where I live, boomer bloggers are writing about health, aging battles, exercise, cars, and music. Testosterone replacement therapy is becoming a craze. Unfortunately it’s not without the possibility of... Read more →

Consumers rate Toyota, Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet high in Consumer Reports 2014 car-survey

Consumers continue to rank Toyota, Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet as the leading brands overall, but several others, including Tesla and Subaru, are moving up the rankings, according to Consumer Reports’ annual Car-Brand Perception Survey. Toyota has a 25-point advantage over second-place Ford, reflecting a five-point gain over the year prior... Read more →

Recall of the Week: B-Agile, B-Agile Double, and BOB Motion Britax strollers due to partial finger amputation hazard

Britax Child Safety Inc. is recalling about 216,000 B-Agile, B-Agile Double, and BOB Motion strollers in the United States and 8,800 in Canada The hinge on the stroller’s folding mechanism can partially amputate consumers’ fingertips, break their fingers, cause severe lacerations, or other injuries when they press the release button... Read more →

Recall of the Week: GE brand dehumidifiers due to serious fire and burn hazards

Gree is expanding its recall of dehumidifiers to include about 350,000 GE brand dehumidifiers in the United States and 2,700 in Canada. Gree previously recalled 2.2 million dehumidifiers under 12 other brand names in September 2013. The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to... Read more →