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ShopSmart Uncovers Hidden Health Risks in Beauty Products ShopSmart Uncovers Hidden Health Risks in Beauty Products Investigation warns of bogus ‘natural’ beauty claims, ingredients to avoid; Plus, apps that… Read more

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Water-saving toilets from Consumer Reports’ tests Almost one-third of the water we use in our homes is flushed down the toilet. That’s why federal standards limit new toilets to 1.6 gallons per flush…. Read more

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Airplane Wi-Fi expands but gets a lukewarm reception Your odds of flying on a plane with Internet access keep getting better. A rising number of domestic flights—close to half, according to a New York Times… Read more

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How to decode a sunscreen label Natural, tear-free, sting-free, and pediatrician recommended. These are just  some of the claims sunscreen manufacturers make on their product labels. They may sound authoritative,… Read more

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10 things you need to know about the Toyota Prius Consumer Reports readers love the Toyota Prius, as evidenced by its high ranking year after year in our annual owner satisfaction survey. And it’s not just the… Read more

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Are curved TVs any better than flat TVs? After years of pushing ever-flatter, thinner TVs, manufacturers are throwing buyers a curve—literally, with curved-screen sets. This year Samsung has curved Ultra HD TVs… Read more

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5 best laptops and tablets for back to school Students need a lot more than pencils and notebooks in today’s classrooms: The way they learn has changed radically since computers and the Internet arrived. As an… Read more

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How does Consumer Reports calculate predicted reliability for cars? Q. I have been researching cars for my next purchase and would like to know how  “predicted reliability” is calculated? I’ve… Read more

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How does Consumer Reports calculate predicted reliability for cars? Q. I have been researching cars for my next purchase and would like to know how  “predicted reliability” is calculated? I’ve… Read more

Find a better chicken sandwich at fast-food restaurants Wendy’s, Burger King, Domino’s and Dunkin’ Donuts all recently rolled out splashy new chicken menu items, tempting hungry diners with sandwiches… Read more

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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