Just in time for Veterans Day, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announces he's penned a $9.5 million settlement with electronics seller SmartBuy for ripping off thousands of soldiers stationed at upstate Fort Drum and wrecking their credit. This second settlement with the retailer wipes out a total of $12.9 million in soldiers' debt.
"SmartBuy took advantage of service members using deceptive practices, roping them into high interest contracts and ruining their credit. These actions are nothing short of unconscionable. I am proud that we were able to wipe out the debts...
Making the most of the biggest sporting event of the year no longer means having the biggest, baddest screen on the block. Football fans and Super Bowl dilettantes alike are looking to reach out and expand the social aspect of fandom beyond the living room.
This year, in addition to state-of-the-art flat screens and sound systems, retailers need to acknowledge the networking trend with gadgets that connect viewers to Facebook friends, streaming online services, and mobile apps that integrate home video and audio gear with smartphones and tablets.Whether it’s indignation at a blown call or celebratory shout-outs when their team scores, football fans want to share the games not only with those around them, but with friends and family miles away. This leads to the increased use of second screens—like tablets—so that viewers can follow friends’ comments on Facebook, or trends on Twitter, while watching the game.