My understanding is that the University of Michigan-Thomson Reuters consumer-sentiment index isn't a particularly valuable economic indicator, but the new release today showed a surge in confidence up to 83.1 in a preliminary October reading from a final September reading of 78.3—that means we're back up to pre-recession levels.
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Smash and Grab
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Can it be again?
Forget Oculus Rift
This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.