The Apple Watch Series 5 and iPad updates were small, but should still win over consumers

The Apple Watch Series 5 and iPad updates were small, but should still win over consumersApple's new Apple Watch Series 5 and iPad bring incremental updates and a larger size that should entice consumers.



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U.S. Consumers to Spend $26 Billion on Music, Video Subscriptions This Year

U.S. consumers are expected to spend a combined $ 26 billion on music and video subscription services this year, according to new estimates from the Consumer Technology Association. That’s up from $ 20.4 billion in 2018, and nearly twice the amount spent on such services in 2017. Propelled by the continued success of Apple Music and Spotify, […]

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The FCC said repealing net-neutrality rules would help consumers: It hasn’t

The FCC said repealing net-neutrality rules would help consumers: It hasn’tThe end of net neutrality was supposed to bring consumers better internet speeds and more broadband companies to choose from. It hasn't.



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Rachel Roy Talks Consumers’ Role in Ethical Fashion, White House Chat About Child Labor Issues

A week after discussing child labor with first lady Melania Trump and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Rachel Roy wants to keep the conversation going in the fashion industry.
Roy, a U.N. Women-appointed Champion for Innovation and Change, continues to help organize screenings and talks about the documentary “The Price of Free” that highlights Satyarthi’s crusade to end child slavery. Last week the pair joined human rights activist Kerry Kennedy for one at The New School’s Parsons School of Design. Three more screenings are planned in the next few months including one at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit.
Worldwide, 218 million children between the ages of five and 17 are employed including 152 million who are victims of child labor, according to the United Nations. Of those who are forced to work, nearly half of them — 73 million — work in hazardous child labor conditions.
“What I love about Kailash is that he takes the approach that companies just don’t know. That is actually the case. We think the factories are compliant and that are agents [overseas] are doing what we pay them to do but in many, many cases we don’t know. Then we’re given the chance to correct that. That’s what is

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U.N. Officials, Executives Discuss How to Get Board Members and Consumers Interested in Sustainability

United Nations officials and environmentally minded executives discussed some of the sustainability challenges in the CG&R industry Thursday afternoon at the United Nations.
In welcoming guests to the Baker McKenzie program, the U.N. Global Impact’s chief executive officer and executive director Lise Kingo spoke of the need for greater involvement. Founded nearly 20 years ago by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, the U.N. Global Compact works in conjunction with the private sector to give globalization a human face, Kingo said.
“Personally, this vision has never been more relevant than it is today. We are living in a world where we need a clear lighthouse that we can all steer towards that has the purpose of creating a world that leaves no one behind,” she said. “We believe approaching the 17 goals starts with embedding the 10 principles [which are rooted in human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption] in the way that any business is run. It is the best guarantee for not being accused of doing a little greenwashing as opposed to taking one or two of the goals and putting them into a company’s annual report.”
The U.N. Global Compact has strengthened to more than 10,000 companies from 40, when it

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Samsung's $1,980 foldable smartphone will test the limits of what consumers will pay

Samsung's $  1,980 foldable smartphone will test the limits of what consumers will paySamsung's Galaxy Fold features a foldable display, 6 cameras, and a sky-high price tag.



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Consumers See Price Increases as Tariffs Hit Manufacturers

Consumers are paying more for products from recreational vehicles to soda as tariffs on metals and parts put pressure on U.S. manufacturers.
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Apple to Stick With Cheaper Screens as Consumers Balk at iPhone X Price Tag

Apple is developing production plans for its next iPhones that stress cheaper liquid-crystal displays, in a sign of consumers’ sensitivity to the price of smartphones.
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Consumers Shy From Spending, Despite Tax Cut

Spending at U.S. retailers bounced back in March, but the broader trend shows only moderate consumer-spending growth despite a solid labor market and growing paychecks.
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We need a federal law protecting consumers from data leaks

We need a federal law protecting consumers from data leaksWhy we need a federal law for consumer data leaks.



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A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumers

A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumersA new European Union regulation could impact how social networks handle your data in the U.S.



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Vintage @Intermezzo to Open Doors to Consumers

NEW YORK — Last year the buzz was all about fashion shows becoming consumer oriented. Now industry trade shows want in on the action.
Beginning next month, Intermezzo Collections will introduce its first-ever Vintage @Intermezzo consumer-facing fair within the show, which takes place Aug. 6 through Aug. 8 at the Javits Center here.
It will feature a selection of vintage dealers showcasing one-of-a-kind apparel and accessories collections. Consumers will be charged $ 20 to shop the vintage section exclusively and are being invited to wear their favorite vintage pieces to the show.
“We’re encouraging [retail] buyers to [dress in vintage] too. Vintage is very much a community. We want to engage that community. By encouraging people to come dressed, we’re curious to find out what their stories are. Vintage is all about a story, and who doesn’t love stories?” said Peter Berta, show director of Intermezzo.
He plans to offer Vintage @Intermezzo three times a year in January, May and August. “It’s the immediate show, and we speak to immediate needs at Intermezzo. This product exists and it doesn’t need to be produced so it lends itself into the business model of Intermezzo — the immediacy,” Berta said.
The exhibit’s selections will range from luxury vintage designers

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How open-internet rules are actually helping consumers

How open-internet rules are actually helping consumersDespite protests from opponents, it looks like open internet rules might actually be helping consumers.



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From Diapers to Soda, Big Brands Feel Pinch as Consumers Pull Back

Slowed spending cut into results for Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Nestlé, and executives blame a range of factors including higher gas prices, bad weather and a growing affinity for beards.
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How Apple's secrecy can hurt consumers

How Apple's secrecy can hurt consumersApple's secrecy when it comes to its products might build hype with investors, but it can hurt consumers.



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Consumers Are Going to Love the End of Net Neutrality—at First

The Trump administration looks likely to change a foundational principle of America’s tech ecosystem. And consumers are going to love the government’s possible first steps at dismantling net neutrality, writes Christopher Mims.
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Sears Roebuck & Co. Consumer’s Guide for 1894

Sears Roebuck & Co. Consumer’s Guide for 1894


Proudly advertising its enormous inventory shipped from “Cheapest Supply House on Earth,” in 1894, the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog offered substantial savings for rural dwellers on almost everything. And everything means everything. From pianos and firearms to clothing, watches, and jewelry, this well-known American superstore had it all. Need a sewing machine guaranteed to last ten years? Just .55 from Sears, Roebuck and Co. And why not buy solid gold? Solid gold watches, that is, for just thirty to fifty dollars. In the musical goods department, guitars came with free instruction books, mandolins were becoming so popular that sales had more than doubled in a year, and violins were imported and plentiful. The guns and sporting goods department boasted a wide range of weaponry, including the Colt’s Army Double Action Revolver (which, if ordered with an accompaniment of cash payment in full, came with a “FREE nice present” . the likes of which are left to the gun enthusiast’s imagination). Hundreds of illustrations accompany the fascinating product descriptions and hard-to-fathom prices of over a century ago in this rerelease of the Sears, Roebuck and Co. Consumer’s Guide for 1894. Nostalgic for some, fun for all-this book is perfect for anyone interested in collectibles.

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Italian Leaders Chasing American Consumers With Yearlong $21.6 Million Initiative

NEW YORK — In a major vote of confidence in American consumers, Italy’s Vice Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda on Monday launched a yearlong, $ 21.6 million initiative tailor-made to bolster Italian fashion exports to the U.S. market.
Before detailing the multitiered program with other leading Italian trade officials at the Jacob K. Javits Center here Monday, Calenda discussed how the dollar’s strength against the euro, the industrialization of China and the shifting global marketplace were among the factors that spurred the effort. Last year, Italian exports to the U.S. totaled 5.2 billion euros, or $ 5.6 billion, an 11 percent increase compared to 2013. Italy has seen 4.5 percent market share growth in the U.S. since 2013. Because of increased spending due to the dollar gaining strength against the euro, Italy’s growth was 23.3 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period lat year.
“In the first phase of globalization, the mantra was, ‘You have to be present everywhere.’ Now you have to be much more selective. There are places where conditions for business will worsen, and places where they are opening up their borders for our goods,” he said. “We are really trying to guide our companies to avoid

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Designing Apparel for Consumers: The Impact of Body Shape and Size

Designing Apparel for Consumers: The Impact of Body Shape and Size


Given its importance for consumer satisfaction and thus brand success, apparel fit is a major challenge for retailers and brands across the industry. Consequently there have been major developments in sizing research and how it can be used in apparel design. This book reviews how these developments are affecting clothing design for different groups of consumers. Part one identifies various aspects of body shape, size, volume and the psychological aspects of designing apparel. This section covers topics such as body shape and its influence on apparel size and consumer choices, sizing systems, body shape and weight distribution (with a discussion of the Body Volume Index (BVI) versus the Body Mass Index (BMI)), and the psychological and sociological factors influencing consumers’ choice of apparel. Part two outlines the challenges in understanding the sizing and shape requirements and choices of particular customer groups. This section discusses apparel designed for infants and children, older consumers, overweight and obese consumers, plus size Black and Latino women, apparel design for Asian and Caucasian ethnic groups, sizing requirements for male apparel, maternity apparel, intimate apparel for varying body shapes, and the challenges of designing headwear to fit the size and shape of Western and Asian populations. Designing apparel for consumers provides an invaluable reference for apparel designers, manufacturers, and R & D managers in the textile industry, as well as postgraduate students and academic researchers in textiles. Reviews developments affecting clothing design for different groups of consumersIdentifies various aspects of body shape, size, volume and the psychological aspects of designing apparelOutlines the challenges in understanding sizing and shape requirements and choices of particular customer groups

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Worst Pills, Best Pills: A Consumer’s Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness

Worst Pills, Best Pills: A Consumer’s Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness


"More than 100,000 people a year die in American hospitals from adverse reactions to medication, making drug reactions one of the leading causes of death in this country, researchers are reporting today…." — "Journal of the American Medical Association" study, as quoted in "The New York Times" It is no longer a secret that adverse drug reactions can be dangerous or even fatal, or that doctors often prescribe two relatively safe drugs — which may cause a life-threatening interaction if taken together. THIS IS THE BOOK THAT TELLS YOU WHAT OTHER PILL BOOKS WON’T ABOUT YOUR MEDICATION Top-selling drugs that are among the 160 Do Not Use Drugs discussed inside:

  • Ultram
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  • Lopid
  • Desogen & OrthoCept
  • Elavil
  • Ativan
  • Restoril
  • Flexeril
  • Valium
  • Bentyl
  • Entex LA
  • Glucophage
  • MacrobidPatients fill more than 80 million prescriptions a year for these drugs Consumer advocate Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, has thoroughly revised and updated this accessible, indispensable bestseller that alerts you to the potential risks of hundreds of medications available today. "Worst Pills, Best Pills" gives you the information you need to become actively involved in caring for yourself — by asking your doctor smart questions about the drugs prescribed for you. Arranged by disease/condition, it offers chapters on adverse drug reactions, alphabetical indexes listing pills by their brand "and" generic names, new information about commonly used drugs, guidelines for helping you to say "no" if your doctor prescribes a drug you should not take, and safer alternative choices. "Worst Pills, Best Pills" also includes startling information about certain drugs that can actually cause "depression, hallucinations or psychoses, sexual dysfunction, dementia, auto accidents, insomnia, parkinsonism, and more." Caution: Call your doctor before stopping the use of any drug.
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    Worst Pills, Best Pills: A Consumer’s Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness


    "More than 100,000 people a year die in American hospitals from adverse reactions to medication, making drug reactions one of the leading causes of death in this country, researchers are reporting today…." — "Journal of the American Medical Association" study, as quoted in "The New York Times" It is no longer a secret that adverse drug reactions can be dangerous or even fatal, or that doctors often prescribe two relatively safe drugs — which may cause a life-threatening interaction if taken together. THIS IS THE BOOK THAT TELLS YOU WHAT OTHER PILL BOOKS WON’T ABOUT YOUR MEDICATION Top-selling drugs that are among the 160 Do Not Use Drugs discussed inside:

  • Ultram
  • Darvoset-N
  • Lopid
  • Desogen & OrthoCept
  • Elavil
  • Ativan
  • Restoril
  • Flexeril
  • Valium
  • Bentyl
  • Entex LA
  • Glucophage
  • Macrobid Patients fill more than 80 million prescriptions a year for these drugs Consumer advocate Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, has thoroughly revised and updated this accessible, indispensable bestseller that alerts you to the potential risks of hundreds of medications available today. "Worst Pills, Best Pills" gives you the information you need to become actively involved in caring for yourself — by asking your doctor smart questions about the drugs prescribed for you. Arranged by disease/condition, it offers chapters on adverse drug reactions, alphabetical indexes listing pills by their brand "and" generic names, new information about commonly used drugs, guidelines for helping you to say "no" if your doctor prescribes a drug you should not take, and safer alternative choices. "Worst Pills, Best Pills" also includes startling information about certain drugs that can actually cause "depression, hallucinations or psychoses, sexual dysfunction, dementia, auto accidents, insomnia, parkinsonism, and more." Caution: Call your doctor before stopping the use of any drug.
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  • Apple Settles E-book Antitrust Case With States, Consumers

    June 17 (Reuters) – Apple Inc reached an out-of-court settlement with U.S. states and other complainants in an e-book price-fixing class action lawsuit on Monday, effectively avoiding a trial in which the iPad maker faced more than $ 800 million in claims.

    U.S. District Judge in Manhattan Denise Cote ordered the parties to submit a filing to seek approval of their settlement within 30 days.

    The terms of the settlement, which still needs court approval, have not been revealed.

    The U.S. Department of Justice sued Apple and five publishers in April 2012, accusing them of working together illegally to increase e-book prices.

    Since then, 33 states and U.S. territories have separately sued Apple on behalf of their consumers, while individual consumers in other states and territories filed a class action lawsuit.

    The complainants are seeking up to $ 840 million in damages for e-book customers. The exact amount of damages was to be litigated at a trial scheduled for July 14.

    The publishers – Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Group (USA) Inc, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster Inc, previously agreed to pay more than $ 166 million to settle related antitrust charges.

    Last July, a federal court found Apple liable for colluding with the publishers after a separate non-jury trial in a case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Judge Cote found that Apple took part in a price-fixing conspiracy to fight online retailer Amazon.com Inc’s dominance in the e-book market.

    Apple is appealing that decision and Monday’s settlement is contingent on the outcome of that appeal.

    “As set forth in the memorandum of understanding, any payment to be made by Apple under the settlement agreement will be contingent on the outcome of that appeal,” Steve Berman of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, the plaintiffs’ lead lawyer, wrote in a letter to the judge.

    Berman declined to comment on the settlement until the final papers are filed. Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple, also declined to comment on the settlement.

    The cases are in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, case no: 11-md-2293 and 12-cv-03394. (Reporting by Supriya Kurane in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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    Teaching Information Fluency: How to Teach Students to Be Efficient, Ethical, and Critical Information Consumers

    Teaching Information Fluency: How to Teach Students to Be Efficient, Ethical, and Critical Information Consumers


    Teaching Information Fluency describes the skills and dispositions of information fluency adept searchers. Readers will receive in-depth information on what it takes to locate, evaluate, and ethically use digital information. The book realistically examines the abilities of Internet searchers today in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness in finding online information, evaluating it and using it ethically. Since the majority of people develop these skills on their own, rather than being taught, the strategies they invent may suffice for simple searches, but for more complex tasks, such as those required by academic and professional work, the average person s performance is adequate only about 50% of the time. The book is laid out in five parts: an introduction to the problem and how search engine improvements are not sufficient to be of real help, speculative searching, investigative searching, ethical use and applications of information fluency. The intent of the book is to provide readers ways to improve their performance as consumers of digital information and to help teachers devise useful ways to integrate information fluency instruction into their teaching, since deliberate instruction is needed to develop fluency. Since it is unlikely that dedicated class time will be available for such instruction, the approach taken embeds information fluency activities into classroom instruction in language arts, history and science. Numerous model lessons and resources are woven into the fabric of the text, including think-alouds, individual and group search challenges, discussions, assessments and curation, all targeted to Common Core State Standards as well as information fluency competencies.

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    Complete Power of Attorney Guide for Consumers & Small Business

    Complete Power of Attorney Guide for Consumers & Small Business


    Every year, thousands of medical, financial, and legal issues crop up due to the confusion surrounding the specific directions of an individual incapable of making the necessary decisions about their estate, body, or finances. The same problems can arise for small businesses and, for that reason, understanding what power of attorney entails, and how you go about establishing it, is a vital step. This guide helps you cut away the confusing red tape and finally understand exactly what power of attorney involves and how you can use it to your advantage. The first thing you will learn is the various forms of power of attorney that are available to you, including for financial purposes, medical and health care purposes, living wills, childcare, and all-in-one purposes. The details of what an agent can supply in each instance will be provided to help you understand what each specific style of power of attorney will provide. The process of choosing your agent will be outlined in detail for you, including who is applicable and what important factors should be included in every discussion related to who your power of attorney will be. You will learn how to select a lawyer and whether you will be able to afford one in certain instances. You will be able to see what is involved in working with a lawyer and what you need to do if you decide to fire that particular lawyer. The federal laws and then the specific state laws that apply to your situation will be provided with details about how you can further research them to know how they apply to even more specific situations. For those seeking financial powers of attorney, you will learn how to limit the power of attorney, how that power applies to real estate, and how to acquire and use an affidavit of attorney in fact. For those with health care related issues, you will learn how a durable power of attorney operates for health care, how to choose someone to make medical treatment decisions, the creation and application of a …

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