April 7, 2014 |
If you've eaten from a food truck or cart in Los Angeles County, chew on this: About 40% of the roughly 3,200 food trucks and carts cooking up meals in the area have never been inspected in the field by health officials since letter grades were introduced three years ago. And most of the remaining 60% have been checked out only once a year, even though official guidelines call for at least two annual field inspections. How do I know that? Because Angelo Bellomo, director of environmental health for the county Department of Public Health, told me so. He oversees inspections of all eateries, including mobile ones.
March 28, 2014 |
Cars cost a lot of money. With an average sales price of about $32,000, we know a new car is out of reach for many. The automakers know this too, which is why they continue to roll out bottom-rung cars for buyers on way-below-average budgets. The three least expensive cars on the market are the Nissan Versa at $12,800, the Chevrolet Spark at $12,995 and the Mitsubishi Mirage at $13,790. Prices are for the most basic cars with no options but do include destination charges. PHOTOS: The three cheapest cars on the market In that lowly range, their chief competition is a reliable used car - say, a 3-year-old Honda Civic or Mazda3, with low miles.
March 10, 2014 |
Many people agree that focusing on a smartphone or tablet is a bad idea when you're supposed to be driving a car, but what about when you're parenting a child? As mobile devices become increasingly absorbing and pervasive, social commentators and researchers worry what effects they're having on interactions between children and distracted caregivers. In a paper published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, Boston researchers described what they called the first-ever investigation into the topic.
March 10, 2014 |
Old rivals AT&T and T-Mobile are fighting again to the benefit of their customers. Dallas-based AT&T over the weekend announced that it will offer customers its 2-gigabyte Mobile Share Value data plan for $15 less than it previously did. At that price, a customer with a single smartphone line can get unlimited talk and text along with the 2 GB of data for $65 per month. We're continuing the trend of offering more value to our new and existing customers," said David Christopher, AT&T Mobility chief marketing officer, in a statement.
March 7, 2014 |
In yet another move that probably will draw the ire of its wireless rivals, T-Mobile on Friday announced that it will soon double the amount of Internet data users can consume at high-speed 4G LTE at no extra cost. T-Mobile said customers on its $50 monthly Simple Choice plan will now get 1 gigabyte of 4G LTE data and tethering -- up from the 500 megabytes previously included. T-Mobile does not give overage charges, but users cannot surf at high speeds after they have exceeded their limits.
March 5, 2014 |
After kicking off a trade-in program specifically for loyal BlackBerry users, T-Mobile said it has experienced 15 times the amount of device trade-ins that it normally receives. But surprisingly, most of the customers are dumping their BlackBerry devices. An internal memo sent within T-Mobile indicates that 94% of customers participating in the BlackBerry trade-in program have switched to other types of devices, according to a report by TmoNews . VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor Those results are notable considering what led to T-Mobile launching the trade-in campaign in the first place.