Author Archives: Kevin Hunt

Review: TaskOne iPhone Case: It Slices, It Dices!

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This week’s tech column, courtesy of Tribune Newspapers:

Imagine getting lost in the deep woods, naked (it happens) and afraid, with only an iPhone that’s beyond the range of distant cell towers.

Don’t be a defeatist and sit on a tree stump playing “Angry Birds” offline while waiting for clothed rescuers. Have you forgotten that your iPhone case is TaskLab’s TaskOne, built for the survivor — and cyclist or handyman — with 22 tools and even a metric ruler built into the rugged aircraft-grade aluminum housing?

Of course! Now your biggest worry, suddenly, is mosquitoes and prickly underbrush because the TaskOne ( has a 21/2-inch and potentially deadly, two-sided, partially serrated knife with saw blade, multiple screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, a wire stripper, metric Allen wrenches, a bottle opener and spoke wrenches. If only you had a pocket.

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US Airways Credit Mix-Up; Woman Contests AirTran Change Fees

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A US Airways plane and an American Airlines plane share a terminal at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Virginia
Today’s Bottom Line column:

Gene Nowak and his wife, Jean, were among the 3,594 passengers on the Royal Princess cruise last September that barely made it halfway through a 12-day Mediterranean trip before the ship lost power.

At least the toilets didn’t stop working. After reaching Naples, Italy, Princess aborted the cruise and offered passengers a full refund, a discount on a future cruise and transportation home. Shortly after the Nowaks returned to Glastonbury, though, US Airways emailed a reminder to check in for their return flight.

Nowak called the airline and, after explaining they no longer needed the flight, received a credit for more than $1,200 that expires Sept. 27, 2014. The airline sent an email confirmation. That meant the Nowaks could apply the credit to the make-up Princess cruise to the Mediterranean they recently booked.

“I thought this would work perfectly,” says Gene Nowak, “because we were now due to return to the United States on Sept. 23.”
But when he called US Airways reservations, he was told the credit expires Sept. 14, not Sept. 27. The original email was incorrect.

“Obviously,” he says, “this would not work in our favor.”

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Where To Find Tax Help? How About North Dakota?

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Connecticut is rated a middle-of-the-pack 24th among the best-worst states for available tax help, according to a study by WalletHub.
It’s not for lack of accountants: Connecticut has 9.51 per 1,000, the 12th-highest number in the nation. The average refund among Connecticut residents is $2,244.64.

The five best places to live, at least for getting tax help:
1. North Dakota
2. South Dakota
3. District of Columbia
4. Massachusetts
5. California.

Hartford’s ‘Mystery’ Bridge: Why Is It There?

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The "mystery" bridge, with cars, looking west from the Route 15 on-ramp from I-91 north. (Google Street View)

The “mystery” bridge, with cars, looking west from the Route 15 on-ramp from I-91 north. (Google Street View)

This weekend’s Bottom Line column:

A mystery bridge where I-91 and a real bridge, the Charter Oak, meet in Hartford is today’s entry in this edition of “Is It Just Me?” — where no question is too small for The Bottom Line.

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Mortgage Rates Higher: 30-Year Averages 4.40 Percent

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Mortgage rates pushed higher in the past week as 30-year fixed-rate loans averaged 4.40 percent nationally in the past week, according to data released Thursday morning by Freddie Mac.
Fifteen-year rates averaged 4.32 in the past week. The previous week, 30-year averaged 4.32 and 15-year averaged 3.32.

The numbers in New England:

This week:
30-year: 4.41 percent
15-year: 3.45 percent

Last week:
30-year: 4.32 percent
15-year: 3.32 percent

A year ago:
30-year: 3.60 percent
15-year: 2.79 percent