Sunday, December 21, 2014

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 2:02 PM

Hershey's new logo is drawing some less than favorable reviews, with many comparing the Hershey Kiss at the end to scat. I prefer to think of it as Mr. Hankey, the Christmas chocolate. (Thanks to Trending blogger Nick Vadala for giving me a rash of you know what over not having this earlier.)

Consumerist.com says it was "probably well-intentioned. But as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions - and littered with poo from jerks who don't pick up after their dogs."

Fast Company's design section says, "with apologies to Hershey's chocolate company... your new logo kinda stinks."

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 3:15 PM
Century 21's hiring center is located in The Gallery at Market East in Philadelphia. Century 21 opens on Oct. 28 in The Gallery at Market East. (Stephanie Aaronson/Philly.com)

The opening may be more than two months away, but Century 21 - the Gallery at Market East's newest anchor - opened a small second-floor shop Monday just to take applications from potential employees.

As many as 200 full- and part-time employees will be hired before the store holds a soft launch on Oct. 25 and a grand opening on Oct. 28, Century 21 staffers said.

I for one can't wait. The store is literally beneath my feet here at Philly.com and the pounding, banging, sawing and jackhammering noises have filled our office for months now.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 9:22 AM

UPDATED: This post was updated at 6 p.m. to include a description from an Amazon.com spokeswoman of where same-day delivery is available in our region.

Amazon.com announced Wednesday its same-day delivery program on thousands of items has expanded to Philadelphia.

"Starting today, customers can order as late as noon, seven days a week and get things like popular movies, video games, last-minute travel needs, back-to-school supplies, and family necessities delivered to their home the same day," the company said in a press release.



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POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:24 PM
A screen grab from the Carpenters' video on YouTube.

Members of the Philadelphia Carpenters Union posted a seven-minute video to YouTube.com Thursday, championing their fight against the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

"We produced it to show what's been going on outside the convention center on and off for the last three months," said Martin O'Rourke, spokesman for Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters. "It's been harmful and not good for anybody. It's unfair."

The dispute heightened when leaders of two unions - the carpenters and Local 107 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters - failed to sign a new Customer Satisfaction Agreement by a May 5 deadline imposed by Convention Center management. The union contended it had until May 10 to sign – a contention Convention Center management disputes. The case is before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.


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POSTED: Friday, March 21, 2014, 3:54 PM
Can I get a double shot of Bailey's with my venti, please? (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Our corner of the Twitterverse lit up like a java junkie sipping his morning espresso Friday on news that some Starbucks will start serving alcohol at night in addition to their normal line of legal stimulants.

"My Starbucks addiction is going to worsen!!" retweeted smadden_.

"Along with tea & free wifi? ill never leave" chimed in MinaSayWhat.

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 2:50 PM
This product image provided by Roku shows the Roku 3. (AP Photo/Roku)

Good news, Roku owners. The streaming device finally has a YouTube channel of its own - after only two years of complaining by millions of users.

Now the bad news. Original box and Roku 2 owners will have to wait until next year to download the app, according to Roku's own blog. That's because the channel is only designed to work on the company's latest device, Roku 3.

Until then, you can still backdoor your way to YouTube videos on TV through free but clunky third-party apps like Plex. I use it and it's OK, but it does tend to buffer a lot with HD video.


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POSTED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 11:17 AM

Come Jan. 1, the biggest remaining incandescent light bulbs on the market, 60- and 40-watt versions, can no longer be manufactured and sold in the U.S., under environmental and energy laws put in place by President George W. Bush.

Stores will legally continue to sell their surplus bulbs. But once that stockpile is gone, it's lights out for Thomas Edison's most-popular invention.

Sure, CFLs do a more efficient job at producing light and I certainly won't mind not replacing bulbs as often. But when I do, I'll forever fear dropping one and having to call in a Haz-mat team to clean up the mess.

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POSTED: Thursday, December 5, 2013, 4:31 PM

The Daily Show's comedians do a better job than the New York Times explaining news of equity firm Blackstone's credit default swaps involving the gambling and horse racing firm Codere.


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