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Facebook F8 2015

Facebook Has So Much To Announce Its f8 Conference Expands...

 Facebook more news to share at f8 than can fit in a single day, so it’s adding a second for its developer conference now slated for March 26th and 26th, 2015 at... Read More

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EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch

 Two entrepreneurs and engineers have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new line of dive watches, EDI. The watches, in addition to looking just a bit like sword-hand divers... Read More

GADGETS

T-Mobile pays $90 million to...

T-Mobile pays $90 million to settle claims it profited from...

T-Mobile protested its innocence after the Federal Trade Commission accused it of letting text message-based scams run amok in the name of profit, but it's not going to fight... Read More

Why North Korea's Sony hack...

Why North Korea's Sony hack made 'The Interview' required...

Congratulations, Guardians of Peace (and North Korea!) -- you've successfully prevented a "dangerous" Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy from getting released. But guess what?... Read More

What to get when you want...

What to get when you want high-tech grooming

It's that time of year again! You know, the one when you have to hand over your hard-earned cash or dole out the credit card digits to get the loved ones in your life a... Read More

MOVIES

Kate Winslet is No Shrinking...

Kate Winslet is No Shrinking Violet in 'A Little Chaos'...

Who knew landscape gardening could be such a cutthroat biz? In "A Little Chaos," Kate Winslet stars as a female landscape artist who's recruited to work on King Louis XIV's... Read More

Check Out This 'Star Wars'...

Check Out This 'Star Wars' Christmas Light Show (VIDEO)

It's hard not to get a little Grinchy right around this time of year, but perhaps this "Star Wars"-themed Christmas lights extravaganza will warm the cockles of your... Read More

'The Imitation Game' Review:...

'The Imitation Game' Review: Almost There, But Not Quite

"The Imitation Game" is one of those movies that feels important and groundbreaking, yet falls apart the more you know about the events it portrays. It's a movie that's... Read More

FOOD

10 Surprising Facts About...

10 Surprising Facts About Chipotle

If you're a Chipotle fan, you'll probably want to know these 10 surprising facts about the Mexican food chain. Read More

Expert Tip: The One-Handed...

Expert Tip: The One-Handed Egg Crack

Have you mastered the one-handed egg crack yet? Watch and learn the technique to crack an egg with one hand. Read More

Starbucks Cards are Setting...

Starbucks Cards are Setting Christmas Records

If you planned on giving a Starbucks card as a Christmas gift, you are not alone! Sales of Starbucks cards are setting records. Read More

FASHION

The best gifts for your preppy friend

The best gifts for your...

Filed under: Holiday Do you have a friend who frequents tennis courts, country clubs, and... Read More

The 5 biggest trends in fashion and tech in 2014

The 5 biggest trends in...

Filed under: Tech Style The year hasn't quite run out yet, but we're going to call it and... Read More

The best fashion books to gift this season

The best fashion books to...

Filed under: Holiday Books can make wonderful presents - especially for those who live... Read More

GAMING

Joystiq Streams: Halo 5 beta, live and uncut [UPDATE: Live!]

Joystiq Streams: Halo 5 beta,...

Halo is on the brain this December. We're chock full of conflicting emotions about Master... Read More

Assassin's Creed director's next game is 'historical action'

Assassin's Creed director's...

Former Assassin's Creed series Creative Director Patrice Desilets discussed the direction... Read More

Flight Simulator X lands on Steam at an 80 percent discount

Flight Simulator X lands on...

Dovetail Games' updated, Steam-friendly version of Microsoft's seminal Flight Simulator X... Read More

AUTOS

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Spanish motorcycle brand Bultaco is back on the scene with its latest electric cycle. The Brinco is an electrically assisted moped made to traverse rough roads, with disc brakes and lots of suspension travel at the front and rear. Its four-horsepower motor can go about 19 miles on a charge or, you can start pedaling.

Continue reading Bultaco returns with new offroad electric bike

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Filed under: Green, Europe, Motorcycle, Bikes, ElectricSpanish motorcycle brand Bultaco...

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A June investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has led to a full recall of the 2005 Dodge Ram, after investigators discovered a loose pinion nut could cause the rear axle to seize. 280,000 vehicles are affected globally, while 257,000 are in the US market.

Continue reading Chrysler recalling 280k Dodge Ram 1500 pickups over axle seizures

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Filed under: Recalls, Dodge, Ram, Safety, TruckA June investigation by the National...

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Tesla has finally launched its long-awaited Model S battery swap technology. The first station, still in a limited beta test phase, is now open between Los Angeles and San Francisco in California.

Continue reading Tesla starts real-world beta testing of Model S battery swaps in California

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served notice to five car dealers over what it considered breaches of the Truth in Lending Act regulations. One of the issues was that certain dealer ads promised to pay off the loan on a buyer's trade-in, regardless of the amount; customers thought they were getting completely out of a loan, but the dealerships would add the negative equity from the old loan into the purchase price of the new car. Another issue for the FTC was that the ads didn't clearly state loan terms like annual percentage rate.

This month the FTC sanctioned two of those five dealers, Billion Auto and Ramey Motors, for continuing to run ads with small print that was either misleading or impossible to discern. In one instance, Billion Auto was caught for promoting the price of a vehicle after every available rebate without making it clear that not all buyers would be eligible for every rebate, so prospective buyers could get hit with a much higher price when it came time to negotiate a deal. Ramey Motors got pulled up for a television ad with fine print, like a down payment requirement, that was impossible to read.

Billion Auto has agreed to pay $360,000 in penalties to settle the matter, Ramey will be fined $16,000 for every infraction of the 2012 administrative order. On a side note, an Automotive News piece on the FTC actions has a lengthy comment from "Carl Bonroy," who says he owns a dealership, explaining how convoluted the situation is. Bonroy takes aim at the FTC, manufacturers with too many exclusionary rebates, dealers that don't make the terms clear and customers who only pay attention to the lowest advertised price. The summary of Bonroy's viewpoint is: "OEM's, FTC, do you *truly* want real advertising? STOP offering a rainbow of rebates! At very least, forbid ALL dealers from including ALL rebates into their sale prices and lease payment ads. Let them use ONLY rebates that 100% of people qualify for and guess what? 75% of the bullcrap would be over with."

You can watch one of the problem Billion Auto ads in the video below.

Continue reading FTC cracking down on car dealer ads with fine print that's too... fine [w/video]

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Two years ago the Federal Trade Commission served notice to five car dealers over what it...

TUAW

News Cues is personalized...

News Cues is a news aggregator that brings national headlines at any given moment direct...

Over 45% of Americans have...

A recent poll from the Wall Street Journal relays that 45% of Americans have received a...

BBC alleges Apple failing to...

Last night a BBC news program called Panorama aired hidden camera footage from inside one...

Microsoft updates Bing iOS...

Microsoft continues its make nice to Apple with a solid update to the Bing Search app for...