You Can Hide It

You Can Hide ItWhen was the last time you went to a concert or event and was happy to pay the $10 or $15 premium for a beverage or mixed drink?  If your answer was “never,” then You Can Hide It, Inc., has the perfect product for you and your customers.

The company is currently launching a line of flasks that are disguised to look like regular, everyday items, including an ice pack, a hair spray bottle, and a bug spray bottle. All the flasks are made from food-grade materials and designed to carry between 12 oz. and 14. oz of liquid.

You Can Hide It“The company started when I went to a Train concert and wanted to sneak something in,” said company cofounder and CEO April Allison. “I don’t like paying for overpriced drinks and being held hostage by the venue.” What Allison found, however, was that successfully getting outside beverages into a concert venue is easier

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Aereo Finally Gives Up The Ghost, Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Aereo Finally Gives Up The Ghost, Files For Bankruptcy ProtectionFive months after the Supreme Court issued the fateful verdict against Aereo and a little more than a month after the company tried to convince the Federal Communications Commission that it was now just like cable companies in an attempt to save itself from the dustbin it seems the streaming broadcast TV service has thrown in the towel, filing for bankruptcy last night.

The Boston company filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Thursday in New York, reports the Wall Street Journal, listing assets of $20.5 million and a debt of $4.2 million.

Chief Executive Chet Kanojia said it all went back to that SCOTUS decision, which made the company basically illegal.

“The U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively changed the laws that had governed Aereo’s technology, creating regulatory and legal uncertainty,” Kanojia told the WSJ. “And while our team has focused its

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Made in USA Smart Blankets

Made in USA Smart BlanketsFashion designer Yon O Chang was a frequent traveler with a problem: she spent a lot of time on airplanes, shivering under the thin blankets the airlines offered, and then waking to find the blanket lying on the floor at her feet.

She decided to do something about it and designed the blanket she wanted. The result is the Yon Smart Blanket, a wearable, three-in-one blanket that provides full mobility, doesn’t slip off, and keeps you warm from head to toe.

“My blanket is different because it’s very smart,” she says. “It has all the features you need in a blanket. There is a detachable foot warmer. It doesn’t have long sleeves that will limit your mobility. And there’s a little hood made from a lighter fabric you can pull over your head, with a mouth hole for breathing.” It also features a front pouch “for all your goodies.”


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CFPB Proposes Rules To Protect Consumers From Shoddy Foreclosure Practices

CFPB Proposes Rules To Protect Consumers From Shoddy Foreclosure Practices


Since the recession began in the late 2000s, many homeowners have struggled to keep their homes, often fighting off aggressive and shady foreclosure attempts. Over the years, consumers groups have fought to extend protections for these consumers. On Thursday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took steps to ensure that homeowners and struggling borrowers are treated fairly by mortgage servicers.

The Bureau’s proposed rules [PDF] cover a variety of issues from providing additional help to consumers who previously faced foreclosure to making sure that loan servicers who buy a borrower’s loan provide the consumer with the same protections and advanced notice as previously afforded to them.

The rules focus on correcting the often shady tactics mortgage servicers – companies responsible for collecting payments from the borrower and forwarding the payme

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Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are ten of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness.

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Ron Kroetz)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Scott Akerman)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Hammerin Man)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Tambako The Jaguar)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Chris Blakeley)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(吉姆 Jim Hofman)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Joel Zimmer)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds


Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Brian Howell)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

(Karen Chappell)

Our Flickr Pool is the place where Consumerist readers upload photos for possible use in future Consumerist posts. Want to see your pictures on our site? Just be a registered Flickr user, go here, and click “Join Group?” up on the top right. Choose your best photos, then click “send to group” on the individual images you want to add to the pool.

Hand Soap Could Cause Liver Cancer, New Study Says

Hand Soap Could Cause Liver Cancer, New Study Says

A common antimicrobial agent called triclosan causes liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice through mechanisms also relevant to humans, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found

Triclosan’s broad use in consumer goods — including liquid hand soaps, toothpastes, shampoos, cosmetics, plastics, yoga mats, cutting boards and ice cream scoops — presents “a very real risk of liver toxicity for people, as it does in mice,” said Robert H. Tukey, a UC-San Diego professor and co-author of the study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Triclosan, a synthetic, broad-spectrum antibacterial chemical, is coming under fire because of its links to endocrine disruption that could cause infertility, impaired muscle function and now increased cancer risks.

It’s All Around

The UC-San Dieg

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7 Habits of Chronically Unhappy People

I often teach about happiness and what has become exceedingly clear is this: There are seven qualities chronically unhappy people have mastered.

According to Psychology Today, University of California researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky states: “40 percent of our of our capacity for happiness is within our power to change.”

If this is true and it is, there’s hope for us all. There are billions of people on our planet and clearly some are truly happy. The rest of us bounce back and forth between happiness and unhappiness depending on the day.

Throughout the years, I’ve learned there are certain traits and habits chronically unhappy people seem to have mastered. But before diving in with you, let me preface this and say: we all have bad days, even weeks when we fall down in all seven areas.

The difference between a happy and unhappy life is how often and how long we

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For Older Investors, Gold Doesn’t Seem to be Aging That Well

For Older Investors, Gold Doesnt Seem to be Aging That Well

By Chris Fichera

Investors hold gold for any number of reasons: inflation hedge, portfolio diversifier, risk reducer. Some do for fear of a collapse of our global financial system. Whatever the reason, few gold bugs likely feel good about the yellow metal’s slide to a nearly 4½-year low at around $1,150 an ounce. It’s a long, painful ways down from gold’s high of nearly $2,000 in late 2011.

Boot.getJS({src:’′,defer:’load’}); Of investors who track their portfolios with SigFig and own SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), 86 percent are underwater on their investments, with a median 16 percent loss. The typical (median) investor holds about $6,200 worth of gold, translating to a $1,000 loss

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Graco Recalls Almost 5 Million Strollers In The U.S. Due To Fingertip Amputation Hazard

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Graco Children’s Products has issued a major recall of its strollers due to reports of fingertip amputations. This recall applies to 11 different Graco stroller models, totaling almost 5 million units in the U.S., 202,000 in Canada, and over 10,000 in Mexico.

As the official CPSC report states, “The folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.” The report also says that Graco has received 11 reports of stroller-related finger injuries, with six reports of fingertip amputation, four partial-fingertip amputations, and one finger laceration.

The recall includes all of the specific names and model numbers of the affected strollers and suggests remedying the problem by contacting Graco for a free repair kit, which will be available in the next few week

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Amazon’s Plan to Take Over Your Holiday Wish List

Amazons Plan to Take Over Your Holiday Wish List

This is shaping up to be an interesting shopping season for (AMZN). Analysts are holding out for another quarter of resilient growth. Wall Street pros see the leading online retailer’s sales topping $29.8 billion, clocking in 17 percent ahead of last year’s holiday quarter.

However, they also see profitability going the other way. Amazon’s investing in growth initiatives, and these are moves that won’t pay off right away. In short, it’s going to cost the dot-com darling on the bottom line.

A big part of Amazon’s strategy heading into this seasonally potent shopping period is the introduction of new gadgetry. The push into proprietary consumer electronics began in 2007 with the Kindle. The original e-reader hit the market at the steep price point of $399, and Amazon has had seven years to learn that it needs to price its hardware aggressi

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