Parking locator to make debut in vehicles

Parking-spot locators will be integrated into vehicles as automakers continue to explore ways that they can minimize smartphone-use distraction by drivers, according to transportation-system analyst Adela Spulber. 

Free charging stations

If you have a choice to use a free public USB charging station or a traditional electrical outlet, it’s best to use an outlet.

Saving payment info online: Don’t be compromised

Although it’s widely noted that senior citizens are disinterested in—and even shun—technology and the internet, data that emerged in June 2017 from Creditcards.com indicate that the so-called silent generation (people who were born between 1925 and 1945) is more than twice as likely to store payment information at websites where they purchase goods as are other age groups.

Smartphone as your ATM card

Banks are rolling out technology that allows consumers to withdraw cash from ATMs by using their smartphone rather than a debit or credit card. 

Aftermarket rearview cameras

For those who drive an older automobile, equipping it with an aftermarket rearview camera might not provide the same quality or performance that a factory-installed version provides.

From fitbit to sickbit

Medical experts know that wearable devices, such as fitness trackers, can collect a person’s health data, including your heart rate and oxygen level, but researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine discovered that the devices also can detect signs that indicate when a wearer becomes ill.

‘Hey, Google, save me electricity’

Merkury Innovations’ Geeni Surge surge protector is touted as being the first smart surge-protecting power strip that’s compatible with Google Assistant, so you can turn on and off each device that’s plugged into the outlets of the power strip. That seems notable to us.

Pregnancy & privacy

Social media are common places where expectant parents post digital timelines of their pregnancy.

Hey, FTC: Don’t forget about privacy

In February 2017, five of the nation’s leading consumer-advocacy groups sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny to outline what the groups say are 10 steps that FTC should take to protect consumer privacy and promote innovation and competition.

Tuning in older generations to tech

Senior citizens’ disinterest in technology, which often is prompted by their apprehension about it, prevents them from benefiting from advanced devices and services.

Eyes on the road

When a search of the internet uncovers numerous reviews of a new product category, it’s a good indication that the category has advanced from its niche beginnings to where several manufacturers have joined the game.

Is your vehicle cybersafe?

In February 2015, several experts told Consumers Digest that they weren’t thrilled with automakers’ level of dedication to secure the wireless technology that's in vehicles.

Report: Cable, satellite face tough competition

Americans use video-on-demand (VOD) services more than ever before, according to a March 2016 study that was conducted by industry tracker Nielsen, and the trend apparently will continue.

A 20/20 look at smart glasses

Google Glass flopped after it launched in 2013, but that hasn’t stopped companies from developing their own version of smart glasses.

Tech upgrades make us careless

A recent report by researchers at Columbia Business School shows that consumers are more likely to be careless subconsciously with their electronic devices when an upgraded
version of the device comes to the market.

Nokia back from the dead?

Nokia returned to the smartphone market in December 2016 under new leadership from Finnish company HMD Global.