Posted on 10/30/2009 15:17 EST
WalMart is taking that cradle-to-grave thing to new heights. In addition to diapers and cribs, WalMart is now stocking caskets. Better yet, reports Associated Content, the megastore will deliver direct to the funeral home. What more could you ask for?
"If you were thinking about dying and how much it was going to cost your family (let's face it, you certainly won't be around to pay for it -- unless you make arrangements beforehand), WalMart has now added caskets to its list of items that one can get at their monster one-stop-shop megastores. So don't worry about dying; if you're too busy living, the family can drop onto the WalMart website when you finally kick the bucket and have a casket shipped to the funeral home within 48 hours of your passing. That way they won't have to worry about smashing the bread and eggs trying to load their new WalMart casket into the car (the beer? Inside the casket, of course)..."
on Associated Content
Posted on 10/30/2009 10:47 EST
Travel deals just keep getting better and better. Travelocity will now refund the difference if you find a lower price before check-in and Priceline has apps that let you name your price from an iPhone or iTouch. Thanks to USA Today for keeping us informed.
"The escalating battle for online travel bookings took an intriguing turn this week, with major players Travelocity and Priceline launching new features aimed at deal-hungry travelers.
Under Travelocity's expanded hotel guarantee, customers who book a prepaid, "GoodBuy" hotel room and find the same thing at a lower published price online anytime before the day of check-in can request a refund of the difference -- and, until Dec. 31, a $50 credit toward future bookings..."
on USA Today
Posted on 10/28/2009 8:58 EST
So, you think keeping your tires at the right air pressure is all you need to know about getting more miles out of that gas tank? Hah! Read these fuel-saving tips from an engineer at Ford, courtesy of AOL, who nursed almost 47 mpg on some test runs of the 2010 Fusion Hybrid.
"We first met Gil Portalatin -- a 25 year veteran at Ford -- in Los Angeles when testing the 2010 Fusion Hybrid. In a fuel-economy competition against the media, Gil (an engineer by trade) effortlessly triumphed by racking up economy numbers that significantly bested the journalists and EPA estimates. On some runs, Gil's Fusion returned nearly 47 mpg. We immediately wanted to know Gil's fuel economy secrets so we could tell them to you. While 100 MPG might sound like an incredible number, it's not impossible. And even if you use a portion of Gil's advice, you'll immediately improve your mileage and save money. Most cars could see mileage well above 50 MPG and even up to 100 MPG with the right driver..."
Posted on 10/8/2009 10:17 EST
After holding out since the summer, AT&T is finally allowing iPhone programs that allow users to make phone calls through the internet, saving them lots of money.
"Bowing to pressure from regulators and consumers, AT&T yesterday said that it would allow inexpensive internet phone calls to be placed through its networks from Apple's iPhones.
AT&T had blocked proposed iPhone internet telephony applications from its wireless networks, arguing that the cheaper calls would undercut AT&T's rationale for subsidising customer iPhone purchases..."
on Financial Times
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Posted on 10/5/2009 18:44 EST
Vonage has introduced a new application much like Google Voice, turning iPhones and Blackberries into big time money-savers, especially for anyone racking up lots of international calls. The wireless world is changing, much to the benefit of Cheapists everywhere.
"Vonage is expanding its horizons beyond delivering VoIP over broadband Internet, and hoping to expand its customer base and revenue at the same time. The new app from Vonage allows Blackberry and iPhone users to place cheaper international calls from their mobile phones. It also highlights the shifting competitive landscape between previously separate technologies.
The Vonage app lets users place international calls at rates that are cheaper even than the rates Vonage charges for the same calls on its broadband VoIP service. Using Vonage will let users save a significant amount of money--as much as 50 percent for some countries--over the rates they are used to paying..."
on Network World