The top-rated ads from last year’s Super Bowl: Dogs, celebs and Doritos

If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s celebrities (even in the White House). If there’s two things they love, it’s celebrities and cute dogs. And three things? Celebs, cute dogs and junk food. So last year’s top five Super Bowl spots on USA TODAY’s Ad Meter hit it out of the park sailed through the uprights. […]

NY Times Twitter account breached, repaired

USA Today Reports: Account Breach Has Been Repaired

SAN FRANCISCO — A breach in a New York Times Twitter account on Sunday allowed a hoax notice about a Russian missile attack against the United States to go through. The tweet was quickly deleted. The first tweet on the @nytvideo Twitter account titled BREAKING said, “leaked statement from Vladimir Putin says: Russia will attack the […]

Apple will finally let developers respond to App Store reviews

TechCrunch Reports: Developers Get Direct Access To Customer Reviews In Apple Store

 Apple is finally going to give its developers a way to respond to customer reviews on its App Store and Mac App Store – a feature that’s long been available to Android developers on Google Play, much to the chagrin of the Apple developer community. According to developer documentation for the iOS 10.3 beta, when this version […]

How To Get Your Credit Card Debt Under Control

USAToday Money: Hoer's The Average American's Debt Numbers

The average American consumer owes a little more than $5,000 on credit cards. If you’re also deep in debt, here’s what you can do. According to Experian’s latest State of Credit report, the average U.S. consumer holds about two bank-issued credit cards and carries a total balance of $5,551. That’s a lot of money, especially […]

Amazon heads deeper into brick and mortar with books

USAToday Reports: Amazon has three bookstores open and says five more are coming soon.

SAN FRANCISCO — For a company that long eschewed the brick-and-mortar world, Amazon is opening a lot of bookstores these days. It’s got three up and running, in Seattle, San Diego and Portland, and says five more are coming. The profits from eight or even 80 bookstores are hardly a rounding error for the Seattle behemoth. So […]

‘Fox News Effect’ out in force for Trump, Pew survey finds

Pew Research Center shows electoral power of Fox, followed by CNN and Facebook.

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the past few years, researchers have used the term “Fox News Effect” to describe the significant bump the network was capable of granting favored Republican candidates. That effect seems to have paid off in spades for President-elect Donald Trump, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.       Read The […]