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Should I get a paddle shifter in my next car? Q. I’ve seen paddle shifters in more vehicles these days, and I was wondering how much of a difference or benefit they are to the overall driving experience?—Bob… Read more

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How to keep mosquitoes from ruining a summer evening 12 million. 12,000,000. That’s the number of adult mosquitoes that could live in a single acre of Alaska’s northern tundra. Why do I know that startling… Read more

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Talking Tech with Consumer Reports: Camera lenses Getting an SLR or mirrorless SLR-like camera is a sign that you’re getting serious about photography. Most of these cameras come with a flexible kit lens that is good… Read more

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Senior discounts save money on nearly everything Early-bird special, move over. Did you know that if you’re at least 55, you can get a 10 percent midweek senior discount at Pep Boys automotive stores? That Pearle… Read more

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How to cut your exposure to cell-phone radiation Q. Is it true that cell phones emit dangerous levels of radiation? A. Possibly. Cell phones expose you to radio­frequency electromagnetic energy, a form of… Read more

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Energy-saving lightbulbs remain a bright idea Seven years ago, President Bush signed a law that raised the standards for lightbulbs so they use less energy. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 received… Read more

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Amazon allowed kids to make millions in app charges The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon for millions of dollars in mobile app charges that the agency said were made by children without their parents’… Read more

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Amazon allowed kids to pay millions in app charges The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon for millions of dollars in mobile app charges that the agency said were made by children without their parents’… Read more

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Should I still take combination cholesterol drugs, such as Vytorin or Liptruzet? No. There is no evidence that Liptruzet—a combination of atorvastatin and ezetimibe—works better than atorvastatin alone,… Read more

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4 reasons you may want to skip spray sunscreen Four of Consumer Reports’ recommended sunscreens are sprays. And many people prefer them. In our recent survey of 1,000 people, more than half chose sprays; most said it… Read more

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Lower your cooling costs as temperatures rise When it’s this warm outside you don’t want to get hot under the collar when your utility bill arrives. Even when you’re cranking the air conditioner, there… Read more

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Has your child gone on an Amazon in-app shopping spree? Games for kids in the Amazon Appstore look innocent enough, and many are even free—but some parents have been getting bill shock when they see hefty… Read more

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LG G Watch and Android Wear: First impressions of the new smart watch and wearables OS During the Google I/O developer-conference keynote last week, the company spent a lot of time talking about Android Wear, its… Read more

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Want to unlock your cell phone but afraid of the law? A fix could be on the way. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill today that would let consumers unlock their cell phones. It’s strange that we need a… Read more

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Highlights from Consumer Reports mattress tests At Consumer Reports, we often recommend that our readers shop for mattresses around major holidays when prices can drop 50 percent or more. But sometimes waiting for a… Read more