The Web site for Helpouts is live, inviting people interested in becoming experts to sign up, though the service has yet to launch. According to the service's support Web site, the video sessions will be conducted via Google+ Hangouts (and thus, users need a Google+ account to participate, another boon for the company). Helpout providers, as the … Read more
Amazon and Walmart may be staring each other down as they enter the grocery delivery business, but they should really be keeping an eye on a little-known company named Peapod.
The Illinois-based online grocer, which has been around for more than 20 years, is growing steadily and now serves residents in pockets of the Midwest and East Coast. It's now considered the top provider of online grocery deliveries, fighting off competitors as they emerge, according to Harry Balzer, chief food industry analyst for The NPD Group.
"They certainly have fended off a number of competitors in this space, … Read more
It has been one month since I encountered Oyster, a startup company that offers buffet-style selections of books to iPhone owners for a monthly fee. Since the initial product rollout, the service has been slowly expanding with new titles. With a free, one-month trial and the introduction of its iPad app, Oyster makes reading that much more accessible. My inner bookworm and outer cheapskate couldn't help but take Oyster up on its offer.
My first reaction to Oyster's service was that it would be painful to do any long reading on the iPhone's tiny screen. Even with … Read more
Have you ever used an online dating site? One in 10 Americans say they have.
Polling 2,252 adults in the United States, the Pew Internet organization found that 11 percent of Internet users say they've used an online dating site such as Match.com, eHarmony, or OK Cupid. Further, 7 percent of all cell phone users surveyed said they've used a mobile dating app, Pew said in a report released Monday.
Attitudes toward online dating have also taken a positive spin. Among those polled, 59 percent agreed with the statement that "online dating is a good … Read more
I love to shop. (Don't tell my guy friends; they already think I'm low on man-cred.) But you won't find me in a mall; most of my shopping takes place in the virtual aisles of online stores.
That's because most of the best deals reside online. You probably knew that. But what you probably didn't know is that you can get a cash rebate on nearly everything you buy, making online shopping an even better deal.
The secret is using a cashback service, which works much like a Discover card: Buy a product, then get … Read more
The court decided the law violated federal rules, which prohibit putting a discriminatory tax on digital sales. It's the first time a high court has thrown out a law like this -- 18 other states have similar laws. In New York, the court upheld the law, spurring Amazon and Overstock.com to petition the Supreme Court.
This week Facebook has reminded us it's putting an end to the ability to hide your profile from its Graph Search. In the past, users were given the choice to allow other users to search for their profile by name on Facebook, or to hide their profile from the search.
For those of you who are still using this feature, you'll see reminders over the next few weeks as the setting is removed from the service altogether.
So with users sure to be upset that anyone and everyone will be able to find them on Facebook by simply … Read more
There are some things you won't readily admit, aren't there?
You occasionally have difficult thoughts involving Ryan Reynolds, Zeppelins, and clockwork mice.
Sometimes, you fantasize about walking into work in only your underwear and singing the French national anthem.
And then there's your predilection for sniffing people as they walk by.
But we've all reached the stage where we're prepared to admit that, very occasionally, we have viewed uplifting material of an adult nature on our portable devices. Haven't we?… Read more
When Dr. Teresa Myers took a call from a woman who thought she'd gotten strep throat right smack in the middle of an important business trip, the Akron, Ohio-based family medicine physician who loves telemedicine so much she actually does it in her spare time didn't mean to scream.
But when the patient -- hoping a doc could diagnose her problem via her iPhone camera so that she could get a prescription without going to an ER -- pointed her phone's flashlight toward the back of her throat, Myers couldn't restrain herself.… Read more
Boys, you've been lying to me, haven't you?
Not just to me, but to your friends too.
You lurch onto Tinder with your egos and tongues hanging out, claiming you're looking to, as the vernacular has it, hook up.
It's not true, is it? You're sitting at home watching reruns of "Pretty Woman," aren't you? You're sobbing into your hankies because, deep in your hearts, you really just wanted to be loved.
Please don't snort in that annoyingly arrogant way you have. For I have, in my corner, relationship expert Marni Kinrys. She sees beyond your bullish demeanor. And she thinks you're full of it -- full of desperate longing, that is.… Read more