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Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015

All Consuming

a podcast by Richard Mullins

The Tampa Tribune writer surveys the world of restaurant and retail, focusing on the many things you can buy with your credit card.

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Radio Shack and other concerns

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In a lightning round session, Richard Mullins and Olivia Stacey discuss several topics, including the state of Radio Shack.

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Good times for the eclectic shopper

Published:   |   Updated: February 20, 2015 at 04:31 PM
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These are great times for fans of funky, crafty marketplaces in Tampa.

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Samsung warning fuels paranoia over home electronics spying threat

Published:   |   Updated: February 14, 2015 at 10:42 PM

Is it time to start worrying about the toaster spying on you? Maybe. Especially because your TV may already be listening to your every word, and hackers may be one step closer to taking control of your car.

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Who’s watching whom? Samsung warning fuels paranoia over home electronics spying threat

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Is it time to start worrying about the toaster spying on you?

Maybe. Especially because your TV may already be listening to your every word, and hackers may be one step closer to taking control of your car.

I know, it’s way too easy to think this is all just a wee bit paranoid, but maybe the time has come for a healthy dose of paranoia.

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New commercials trying to appeal to tough customers

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We the people have gotten soft, and it’s time for a gut check.

Or so one of my favorite new TV ads for NASCAR tells us, and I believe it’s a blaring, in-your-face, country-music-blasting sign that a shift is afoot in American culture. This is the age of kicking butt, and lately the evidence is popping up all over.

“If the Founding Fathers saw us, huddled in our little cocoons, texting each other smiley faces, they’d hang their powdered wigs in shame,” says Nick Offerman, narrator of NASCAR’s hilarious new ad. “When our idea of danger is eating gluten, there’s trouble afoot ... all the likes in the world aren’t going to save us now.”

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All Consuming: Retailers appealing to tough customers

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From sniper movies to xtreme obstacle course challenges, there’s a huge boom in ways to fight back against the world and give someone/something a good beat down.

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4K HDTVs fill electronics stores ahead of Super Bowl

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The ultra-high-def 4Ks are taking over shelves just in time for the pre-Super Bowl rush of TV shoppers — even though the game and little else are available in the format.

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Podcast: Does cheaper oil mean cheaper groceries?

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While gas prices are plummeting at the pump lately, I wish I could say the same will happen to your grocery bill.

In fact, breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but it’s fast becoming the most expensive, with prices likely to keep rising in 2015 for things like bacon, eggs and milk.

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All Consuming: Teen retailers struggle to keep pace with trends

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By Richard Mullins

There’s good news for parents out there who can’t stand the outfit their teenager just got for the holidays: It probably won’t last until Spring Break.

Not only may the clothes fall apart, but they aren’t even meant to last more than a few times out the door. Though retailers prefer the term “fast fashion,” the term I’ve heard almost as often is less complimentary, “disposable fashion.” And this concept may also be at the heart of why retailers catering to anyone under 40 are going through an identity crisis as if they just got stood up for the prom.

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All Consuming: Getting ‘real’ with Real Simple

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Who wouldn’t want to live in the world of Real Simple magazine? Everything is organized. Everything is clean. Everything is color-coordinated and eco-friendly and properly packed. Sounds great, right? And yet, after a few months of flipping through the magazine, I’ve come to wonder “Who are these maniacs?”

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