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Entries Tagged as 'Consumer issues'

Civil Beat column takes on the fine print in consumer contracts

October 8th, 2014 · 3 Comments

My column in Civil Beat today takes a look at stuff no one ever reads. I’m talking about the boilerplate language in contracts we agree to when making routine purchases of goods and services (“Hawaii Monitor: Why Consumers Get Speared by the Fine Print“). These are take-it-or-leave-it transactions. And lawyers call the deals “contracts of […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Politics

How regulators are “captured” by powerful corporations

October 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment

If you’re visiting this site, you’re likely concerned about accountability, and worry about government officials bending over backwards to satisfy demands of influential individuals and corporations. Well, a recent episode of “This American Life” is something you really shouldn’t miss. “The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra” is available as an hour-long podcast and it’s free. […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Politics

Looking at the new iPhone 6

October 4th, 2014 · 6 Comments

My friend, Jim, emailed yesterday asking for my assessment of the new iPhone 6. We both bought new phones just over a week ago. Actually, I haven’t thought about it much. I’m not a “power user” of the phone, and am still in the process of discovering the combined capabilities of the new phone and […]

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Tags: Computers · Consumer issues

As lava threatens, residents and businesses face possible insurance woes

September 20th, 2014 · 8 Comments

Did you catch the news about insurance problems cropping up in the area on the Big Island now threatened by the lava flow? Last weekend, Big Island Video News reported that the Puna Community Medical Center had been notified that its insurance coverage would not be renewed when its current term expires on November 3. […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Politics

Apple pre-empts this morning’s post

September 9th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Like a lot of other people this morning, I’ve spent the last 90 minutes watching the introduction of Apple’s newest products, including its lineup of new iPhones, as well as the new Apple Watch. I thought I could blog simultaneously, but that’s not working. Too much interesting stuff in Apple’s show. I’ll try to get […]

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Tags: Consumer issues