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BMW releases important software update for i3 electric car The BMW i3 earned one of the highest scores of any electric car when we tested it. But it gave us a few disconcerting moments when we were driving it… Read more

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5 small HDTVs from 2014 are good bargains in 2015 While there’s nothing like a giant-screen TV for watching movies and TV shows in the main viewing room of your house, many of us are looking for smaller sets for… Read more

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10 great gas grills for $300 or less Most gas grills sold cost less than $300. If that’s what you’re planning to spend then consider these 10 grills from Consumer Reports’ latest tests. They’re… Read more

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8 tips to help you sell your own home With real estate agents’ commissions often as high as 6 percent of a home’s sale price, it’s tempting to hang out a “For Sale by Owner” sign and… Read more

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Tackle retirement health costs early Would you happen to have a spare $220,000 on you? That lofty sum is what Fidelity estimates the average husband and wife, both age 65 and retiring this year, would need in current… Read more

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Best deals on small cars Low gas prices favor shoppers looking for small, fuel-efficient cars, but the market trend shows many buyers are looking to bigger models. If history has taught us one thing, it is that gas… Read more

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Get money back for energy-efficient upgrades Typically, energy-efficient home improvements involve spending money now so you can save on your energy bills later. And for some upgrades such as solar panels, the payback… Read more

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Talking Cars podcast tackles Tesla and the self-driving car Despite demonstrations of self-driving cars by Google and Audi, it’s easy to think of this technology as being years in the future. But once again, Tesla… Read more

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You and Amazon Fire TV can now get a hotel room Ever think your Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick would make a great traveling companion? Thanks to an upcoming software update, according to Amazon, both devices… Read more

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The disappointing dozen: Cars that fail to measure up Look no further than our annual Top Picks list and you’ll see there are many great cars on the market today. At the other end of the spectrum are models that… Read more

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Find a kitchen remodeling plan that fits your budget Kitchen remodels come in all shapes and sizes, from the mostly DIY cosmetic update to a full-scale multi-month renovation, with price tags ranging from a few hundred… Read more

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Try over-the-counter allergy medicine first Q. I know that some allergy medications are sold over the counter and some are prescription only. What’s the difference? A. In terms of effectiveness, not much. The… Read more

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3 things to do at the car dealership Buying a car is an entire process, beginning with dreaming and research, moving on to test drives, and finally negotiation and purchase. Doing your homework up front, creating a… Read more

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How to turn off snooping smart TV features A few weeks ago, I investigated automatic content recognition (ACR) systems found on televisions from Samsung, LG, and Vizio. This technology, which has been deeply integrated… Read more

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Don’t rush to expensive drugs for an enlarged prostate If you’re a man of a certain age and find yourself running to the bathroom often, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from benign prostatic… Read more