Congress acts to fight hated robocalls

By: Tali Arbel
Posted on: January 22, 2020

The Senate approved a bill on December 19 to crack down on robocalls, sending to President Donald Trump a measure meant to combat a persistent and costly problem for Americans. The bill, which Trump is expected to sign, would stiffen enforcement and require that phone companies offer free consumer tools to identify and block scam calls. It also calls for tougher fines when individuals... READ MORE

Keep your cell number safe from hackers

By: Liz Weston
Posted on: January 10, 2020

If you’re not familiar with SIM swap fraud, prepare to be terrified. This scam, also known as port-out or SIM splitting fraud, allows criminals to hijack your cell phone number. Once they have your number, the bad guys can clean out your financial accounts, confiscate your email, delete your data and take over your social media profiles. Fraudsters can do all this because many... READ MORE

Best Buy invests in tech for older adults

By: Anne D’Innocenzio
Posted on: January 08, 2020

The nation’s largest consumer electronics chain, known for selling TV sets, cellphones and laptops, is looking to healthcare as a big source of its future growth. Best Buy Co. said last fall that in five years it hopes to provide five million seniors with health monitoring services, which can range from sensors placed throughout a home to a pendant worn around the neck. It currently... READ MORE

Apps can track spending in retirement

By: Mary Kane and Emma Patch
Posted on: December 12, 2019

When Lauren Lindsay joined a large group of about 20 friends for brunch in Houston recently, things quickly got complicated. “Different people ordered different things, and some had to come and go at different times,” says Lindsay, 49, a financial planner. “And the place wouldn’t do separate checks.” But the friend who organized the brunch had a simple solution, Lindsay... READ MORE

Online thrift shops offer new ways to save

By: Tali Arbel
Posted on: November 27, 2019

It’s not just eBay anymore. A slew of websites and apps act as virtual thrift stores for vintage devotees, deal hunters and those just looking to unload stuff they don’t want anymore. These sites have proliferated as the recession of a decade ago and the slow comeback in wages since then dramatically altered how people shop. Discounters like T.J. Maxx have been sweeping up, while... READ MORE

New drones promise deliveries in minutes

By: Tom Murphy
Posted on: November 08, 2019

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered. Snacks like Goldfish crackers or gummy bears, as well as aspirin for sick kids, were delivered in October in Christiansburg, Virginia, by a 10-pound drone flying as fast as 70 miles per hour. Customers will be able to order from a list of... READ MORE