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Posts Tagged ‘Consumer Reports’

Apple Pay May Not Be the Credit Option of the Future Just Yet

apple pay announcementWhen Apple Pay was announced as the latest technology in mobile payments, the one thing that concerned all smartphone owners was security.

What with breaches at Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, StaplesSally Beauty Supply and more, consumers are understandably hesitant with a wallet in a phone.

Target is still reeling from its Christmas debacle in 2013, so Apple Pay has a large hill to climb.

Thanks to reports of glitches and this dude after the jump who swiped his wife’s card without requests for verification, that hill is quickly becoming a mountain.

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Cubes: Touring the Mad Science of Consumer Reports

In the latest episode of “Cubes,” we get an inside look at the science behind Consumer Reports. The magazine’s headquarters feature an echo-proof sound chamber, a state-of-the-art photography lab, and a special machine that crushes baby cribs, among other cool things.

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Consumer Reports: Who’s Getting a Lump of Coal?

Consumer Reports has released its first-ever “naughty & nice” list, composed of companies that have either a great or ghastly customer service policy as determined by in-house journalists. Among the companies on the nice list: Southwest for checking two pieces of luggage (including skis and other bulky items) at no charge, and Orvis, for giving shoppers the option of calling to speak with a human customer service rep in addition to online query methods.

On the not-so-nice list: Macy’s, for charging as much as $23.95 for standard shipping, and Verizon Wireless, which doubled its early termination fee to $350 for smart phones. Damn!

The list is part of an educational campaign that includes a full-page ad in today’s USA Today, a holiday shopping guide, and an invitation to others to add to the list on the publication’s Facebook page.