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Consumer news: Uber and ambulances, cybersecurity, Amazon Echo ads, Goodwill reopens

KOB.com Web Staff
January 02, 2018 07:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A new study shows some people are opting to use Uber to get to the hospital over an ambulance.

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The study from the University of Kansas found ambulance calls dropped by 7 percent in cities where Uber operates. The study is still undergoing peer review, but it has been posted online.

The authors believe people who are opting for Uber are sick but don't require medical attention on the way, so they're using the ride-sharing app to save money.

MOST PEOPLE NOT SIGNING UP FOR ID THEFT PROTECTION, COMPANY FINDS

A majority of people are concerned about keeping their personal information safe online, but cybersecurity company McAfee says not enough people are doing anything about it.

The company says a survey shows only 37 percent of people have signed up for an identity theft protection program.

They say in light of major data breaches like the one at Equifax last year, that needs to change. They also recommend changing your default passwords to unique passwords.

COMPANIES MAY SOON PAY FOR AMAZON ECHO AD PLACEMENTS

Amazon is in talks with several companies about using the Echo device, also known as Alexa, to promote their products.

People familiar with the matter say early discussions have centered around companies paying for high placement if a user searches for a product like shampoo on the device.

Advertisers and brands are particularly focused on search placement on Alexa because shoppers are more likely to select a top result on a voice assistant than they are on the web.

GOODWILL LOCATION REOPENS

Goodwill celebrated the grand reopening of its store on Paseo Del Norte Tuesday.

The store closed down before Christmas to get a complete remodel. The store is now lighter and features wider aisles.

Goodwill says the revamped store will help one of their busiest locations forward their mission as a nonprofit. Goodwill says 90 cents of every dollar spent in their stores go toward their free job training and placement services.

"There are a lot of jobs in New Mexico. But folks, you have to want to work," said Gary Doll with Goodwill Industries of New Mexico. "And if you do, Goodwill will find you a job and help you get the training you need to succeed in the job."

You can get information on those free job placement services at any Goodwill store. Goodwill says they served 17,000 people in New Mexico last year.

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