It will save you time and money.
If you want to watch a few shows a week and have control over what you watch, using streaming and downloading options like Netflix and iTunes, you can order up your show and not have to worry about whether you remembered to PVR the last episode of a series you're enjoying. And you won't have to sit through commercials. Plus, the monthly fee dramatically decreases from approximately $90 a month for cable to $8 a month for Netflix or $1-$3 for an iTunes episode. The streaming player/console through which you watch your online shows will set you back an initial cost, whether you choose Wii, Xbox, Roku 3, PlayStation 3 or Apple TV (about $109), but then you're up and running.
A nationwide crime spree is coming: Starting at midnight Tuesday, millions of cars will be stolen as part of a more audacious plot that also involves other mayhem. The source of the mayhem is the latest incarnation of the Grand Theft Auto video game series -- either a cathartic work of interactive art or a brutal and Satanic murder simulator, depending on who you ask -- which hits the shelves on Tuesday, September 17.
Although the companionship of an animal is priceless, their upkeep costs money, and too many people get involved with pets before realizing they can't actually afford to take proper care of one. Our pounds are overflowing with creatures who were evicted by owners who found themselves in over their financial heads.
But the cold financial facts shouldn't keep you from sharing your love with a four-legged, furry friend. You just have to know how much you should expect to spend. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimated that in 2007, 37.2% of our households kept at least one dog, and 32.4% of us kept at least one cat, making the two animals the most popular domestic pets by far.
This guy should probably look into a new line of work.
A viral video making the rounds this week shows an air-freight handler at Guangzhou Airport in China loading up a cargo plane in the most careless way possible. Over the course of the four-minute video, the handler tosses parcels in the general direction of a conveyor belt, with only about half of the boxes reaching their intended target and the rest tumbling to the tarmac.
The video was first posted by Australian YouTube user Mark Bridgman a year ago, but it's gone viral this week.
It's not entirely clear what's happening here. This isn't a simple case of an overworked employee rushing to finish his work as quickly as possible -- if anything, his careless approach is going to make things take even longer, as he has to retrieve all the packages that fall onto the tarmac. Has he always been this bad at his job, or has the drudgery gotten to him? Is he just having a bad day? Is he drunk?
It's time to plan your summer vacation, but check the fine print before you book a flight: That big, exciting trip across the country or overseas could carry surprising costs and added fees imposed by the airline.
TransCanada , the operator of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, said it will be postponing the line's in-service date from late 2014 or early 2015 to the second half of 2015, as the regulatory process drags on longer than anticipated.
The ongoing delay in getting a U.S. presidential permit for the project could raise the pipeline's staggering $5.3 billion price tag even further. As of the end of March, TransCanada had already spent about $1.8 billion on the project.
So you want to be a real estate investor? Well, it's important where you're buying. You want to be in a market where you stand the best chance to get good bang for your buck. So where should you look? Not even in the United States. Try Panama. Buying homes overseas can be a cash cow for many people. And Panama's economy is one of the few in the world that was virtually untouched during and after the economic crisis. There are other markets, too, that are good to look at overseas. To learn where you should be investing in real estate overseas, check out the video above.
By Matt Brownell
Kmart (SHLD) just came out of nowhere with one of the funniest commercials we've seen in a long time.
The discount retailer is touting the fact that in-store shoppers who can't find what they're looking for are now able to order the item online right in the store, with free delivery. In its latest commercial, released Wednesday, shoppers react with amazement at the fact they can ship their pants right there in the store. Take a look:
The uncharacteristically off-color ad is meeting with universal acclaim on YouTube: The video has received more than 160,000 views, and 98.6% of those voting on the video gave it a thumbs-up.
"I think Walmart (WMT) just shipped itself," notes one top commenter.
As for Kmart, the ad serves a real purpose: emphasizing to consumers that Kmart stores and Kmart.com operate as a cohesive unit, allowing shoppers to buy merchandise via either channel as they see fit. This so-called omnichannel approach to retailing has been a major focus of bricks-and-mortar retail chains over the last few years.
But it hasn't always come easy, even for Kmart. I recently recounted an experience I had at my local Kmart, when I discovered via a smartphone app that a product was available on Kmart.com for 50% cheaper than it was in the store. As one retail analyst told me at the time, inconsistent pricing across channels and locations has been an issue for retailers, and Kmart is no exception.
With that said, I was able to navigate around the price differential rather smoothly by ordering on my smartphone and then picking it up from the customer service desk an hour later. And as I later learned, Kmart's price-matching policy does indeed apply to its own website, which isn't always the case in the retail world.
In other words, Kmart seems to be figuring out this whole omninchannel thing. And it certainly seems to know what it's doing on the advertising front.
UPDATED (6 p.m. ET Friday): While the commercial is only viewable online for the moment, a spokesperson for Kmart tells us that it will start airing on select cable TV channels later this month.
Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.
Most people know that watching pornography from the office computer can get you fired -- which is probably why only 3 percent of employees admit to viewing porn at work. But when a Brisbane, Australia, worker was watching an X-rated video from his desktop computer, he thought that he was doing it in anonymity. He sat in his swivel chair, watching -- apparently unaware that he was being watched by amused employees working in a building across the street, reports The Telegraph.
When the employees began hooting and applauding, the office worker shut off his computer, but by then a Twitter user, @PenguinShepherd, had posted a photo of the porn-loving worker and given updates on his feed. "Yeah, he saw us all watching him towards the end of the day. We gave him round of applause, he closed his screen down...." tweeted PenguinShepherd, who identifies himself on Twitter as "JamesP," a Brisbane "geo," "diver" and "photographer."
Soon after, the photo went viral -- picked up by British tabloids, including The Sun and Daily Mail. Fortunately for this porn devotee, though, JamesP didn't identify the man's exact location in Brisbane, so his employer still might not figure out what he's been up to.
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In this segment, she says people fifties may need to rethink their retirement goals.
"By the time you hit your fifties, if you haven't got a pool of money saved you're going to have to seriously rethink when you're going to retire," says Vaz-Oxlade, who explained depending on how much money is available, you may have to expand the amount of time you work.