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17 Apr 2019 | 10:00 AM

Tesla couldn’t solve a Model 3 owners’ Bluetooth problem after seven months. So it blamed Samsung phones.

Jeff and Jennifer Salvage were the kind of customers whom companies dream about: early adopters who bragged about buying a new product.

Jennifer Salvage, her 2018 Tesla Model 3 and some lemons at her Medford, New Jersey home. Jennifer and her husband Jeff Salvage have had several issues with the 2018 Tesla Model 3, including the inability to connect a cellphone to the car. Tesla blamed the phone. — The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS
5 Mar 2019 | 11:30 AM

Philadelphia bans cashless stores with carve-outs for some businesses

Philadelphia will become the first major US city to force shops to take cash after Mayor Jim Kenney signed off Feb 28 on a law that would ban so-called cashless stores.

3 Jan 2019 | 8:30 AM

Americans are falling for scammers posing as US charities

It's the most wonderful time of the year for scammers.

Fraudsters posing as charity fundraisers have increased their robocalling campaigns during the holidays. — Dreamstime/TNS
10 Dec 2018 | 10:00 AM

Google gave US users different search results for gun control, immigration, DuckDuckGo says

Google users get different results when they search for the same terms, even when logged out of their Google account and in private browsing mode, according to a study by DuckDuckGo, a Google rival based in Paoli, Pennsylvania.

Google users get different results when they search for the same terms, even when logged out of their Google account and in private browsing mode, according to a study by DuckDuckGo, a Google rival. — Dreamstime/TNS
7 Dec 2018 | 10:30 AM

Beware the ‘smart toys’ that spy on your kids

Children talk to their toys as if they're really listening, sometimes confiding in dolls and stuffed animals.

German officials have called the My Friend Cayla doll an illegal "espionage device" and have asked parents to disable it. — PRNewsFoto/TNS
24 Aug 2018 | 10:00 AM

A year after Amazon takeover, Whole Foods still hasn’t shed its whole paycheque status

Amazon's blockbuster deal to buy Whole Foods Market for US$13.7bil last August was met with much fanfare about lower prices.

A Whole Foods Market in Detroit. A year after Amazon acquired the grocery company, shopping at Whole Foods still claims as much of your paycheque as before, unless you're an Amazon Prime member. — Chicago Tribune/TNS
20 Aug 2018 | 9:30 AM

Porn watchers beware: New email scam attempts ‘sextortion’

The mysterious hacker claimed to have the goods on Ed Eisen and threatened to release a video of him watching porn unless he paid US$7,000 (RM28,732).

The FBI has warned the public that 'sexploitation' scams are on the rise. Targets have received emails claiming that the scammer has evidence of targets watching porn or otherwise behaving badly. — Dreamstime/TNS