May 5, 2016 |
A few thousand Vanguard investment customers thought they had made some extra bucks on Monday. But it turned out to be a software glitch: Vanguard account holders who were checking their balances on Apple iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches - in short, anyone using an operating system on an Apple device - briefly experienced inflated values. "A few thousand out of our 20 million clients" were affected, according to Vanguard spokeswoman Katie Hirt. Hirt said 16 percent of customers who visit the company's website Vanguard.com do so through an Apple device and application.
April 4, 2016
Once baby outgrows her initial bathing station and it's time for a transitional - and transportable - mini-tub, why not a duck? It's ideal for bath time inserted into a regular tub, but there's no reason the White Hot Inflatable Safety Duck Tub from Munchkin - designed for the 6- to 24-month-old set - can't go to the beach or other play area. Deflate and fold, and this all-weather fowl can go anywhere. The floor of the cushiony internal tub area has a non-skid, non-abrasive texture, the raised "tail" area of the vinyl duck makes a nice headrest for hair-washing, and the squeezable orange beak will grab your little one's attention.
April 1, 2016
By Sally C. Pipes Last week marked Obamacare's sixth birthday. President Obama is, of course, celebrating the occasion. At a recent speech in Milwaukee, the president offered a catalog of the law's supposed successes. Unfortunately, not one of his boasts stands up to scrutiny. He's ignored the growing pile of evidence that his namesake is failing the American people. Take his biggest boast - that Obamacare has helped 20 million people gain coverage over the past six years.
April 1, 2016 |
Remember all the hoo-hah about Tidal, the streaming service owned by some of music's wealthiest performers, which was going to revolutionize the flailing industry and make sure artists got paid? TMZ.com reports that Jay Z is suing the former owners and execs of Tidal for $15 million, claiming they inflated their subscription numbers like a Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. According to reports, Jay Z was told the streaming service had 540,000 subscribers but now believes the number was much lower.
February 29, 2016
What began as a project to bring light to communities in developing nations has evolved into a business that lights up the night for backpackers and other outdoor enthusiasts. MPOWERD's Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern is a 5-inch-diameter-by-1-inch-thick transparent flexible plastic disk that inflates via mouth power to become a 5-inch-high waterproof cylinder weighing a few ounces. A cluster of LEDs in the bottom of the cylinder is powered by solar panels on the outside. Push the power button and you've got a lantern when the LEDs point up, a flashlight when pointed down.
January 11, 2016
Air mattresses have grown sturdier, more comfortable, and, of late, taller (some rise to nearly the height of a regular bed), making them great take-alongs on driving vacations - or even overseas trips - where there may be more people than beds in your accommodations. (Don't get me started on those lumpy, usually not-so-clean fold-away cots that hotels proffer as extra beds.) Always on the lookout for improvements, I've fallen in like with the new SoundAsleep Dream Series Raised Air Mattress.
September 20, 2015 |
An inflatable doll reminiscent of a blow-up sex toy was pulled from the shelves of the West Chester University campus bookstore Friday after protests from students and others on social media. The Sensational Inflatables product bears a cartoon of a woman in her underwear on the package and says "Inflate for an instant date!" However, the university said social media users had taken the doll out of context. The figures are only 6 inches tall when inflated and were leftover gag gifts from Valentine's Day, said university spokeswoman Loretta MacAlpine.
June 10, 2015 |
In the great debate over why health care costs so much, some have pointed to inflated hospital charges, while others say those sticker prices don't really matter. What is clear, however, is that Southeastern Pennsylvania has a significant cluster of high-price-tag hospitals. Of the 50 hospitals in the nation with the highest markups over cost, six are in the city and its surrounding counties, according to an analysis published Monday; a seventh is 50 miles north. Only Florida, with 20 hospitals on the list scattered around the state, had more than Pennsylvania.
April 2, 2015 |
In 2011, artist Russell Buckingham painted two murals at the Risoldi family mansion near New Hope. One, in the dining room, showed their opulent home amidst ancient ruins, he said. The other, filling the domed ceiling of the house's entryway, depicted family members clad in robes and floating in the clouds. According to Buckingham, he was paid $50,000 for his work. Three years later, he said, the family matriarch, Claire Risoldi, told him that insurance companies were looking into how she spent their payouts after a 2013 fire at the home.
July 8, 2014 |
Inflation is making a comeback - although the Federal Reserve doesn't think so - prompting us to determine how we might hedge against it, or benefit from rising prices. Witness higher prices everywhere: at the grocery for meat and coffee, at the gasoline pump, rents, even health care. Invest in companies that benefit from rising prices, such as exchange-traded funds Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (MOO) that correspond to the price and yield of the Market Vectors Global Agribusiness Index.