Jan. 16, 2015—The thrill of significant savings at the fuel pump means that demand for SUVs and other vehicles that typically have the worst fuel-economy ratings is starting to resemble prerecession levels.
Jan. 14, 2015—The GE Café Series refrigerator incorporates a Keurig Green Mountain’s K-Cup brewing system in the French door of the refrigerator that’s meant to free up kitchen counter space and allow consumers to brew coffee and tea.
Jan. 6, 2015, Consumer Electronics Show—If you typically presoak stained clothes in a sink before you throw them in the washing machine, you’ll be happy to know that Samsung Electronics’ new washer can help to streamline the process.
Jan. 23, 2015—Microsoft unveiled the newest generation of its Windows operating system, which the company says will deliver a universal platform for all compatible devices rather than separate interfaces for computers and mobile devices as previous versions of the operating system did.
Nov. 17, 2014—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered mortgage lender Franklin Loan to repay consumers $730,000 for giving illegal bonuses to employees who funneled consumers into loans that had higher interest rates.
Jan. 15, 2015—Three months after Marriott International reached a settlement with the federal government over claims that it blocked its customers from using their own Wi-Fi hot spots, the chain hotel is backing off the practice.
Oct. 27, 2014—Toro says the TimeCutter SW Series will be available in January 2015 and the price range will be $2,999–$4,500. The ZTRs are Toro’s first that use a steering wheel rather than handlebars to turn on a dime.
Aug. 18, 2014—The gasoline-powered Jet ($140) pushes air at 650 cubic feet per minute (cfm); none of the Consumers Digest Best Buy selections for leafblowers have an airflow rating that’s higher than 494 cfm.
Jan. 27, 2015—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau penalized two national banks for their roles in an illegal mortgage kickback scheme in which loan officers traded referrals for cash and marketing services.
Jan. 19, 2015—A pair of payday-lending companies settled with Federal Trade Commission over allegations that the companies charged consumers inflated and undisclosed fees. AMG Services and MNE Services will pay $21 million and waive another $285 million in charges that were assessed but not collected.