Consumer Catch-up: Holiday packages on track, Pokémon Go in AR, Net neutrality impact

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Michael Finney and 7 On Your Side have consumer stories you should know about for Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (KGO-TV)

Holiday packages on track for Christmas

Record numbers of holiday packages are being rushed around the country, as carriers hurry them to their destinations in time for Christmas. It appears everything is on track for the holidays.

Package delivery companies seem to be handling the holiday delivery surge pretty well. FedEx announced it is on track for another record shipping season. The company's CEO said customer service has been outstanding.

Rival UPS had some delays after a surge in orders on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The company says it is back on schedule with normal delivery times.

As long as shoppers placed their orders on time, deliveries should arrive in time for the holiday.

The U.S. Postal Service marked Wednesday, Dec. 20 as the last chance to send an item Priority Mail. Past that, you'll have to rely on Priority Mail Express through Dec. 23. The USPS said Priority Mail Express WILL be delivered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Regular mail will not.

Apple updating Pokémon Go for AR

An update from Apple may give new life to the popular app Pokémon Go. Niantic, the game's parent company, announced that later this week, Apple will roll out an automatic update to Pokémon Go. It will be available for iPhones and iPads on the latest operating system, iOS11.

Niantic said by using Apple's AR+, gamers will be able to walk up to a Pokémon in the game and envision how large they would look in the real world. Players can also earn extra bonuses in AR+ mode.

The company said this is just the first step to using AR in future editions of Pokémon Go.

The future of Net Neutrality

Consumer and the government are trying to figure out what the repeal of net neutrality will mean for you. Last week's decision by the FCC clears the way for internet service companies to charge users more to see certain content.

Today, the Associated Press is warning users that it may be time to prepare for "fast" and "slow" lanes online. The AP questioned several major internet providers about their future plans - AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. None ruled out the possibility.

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