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Are car alarm noises a nuisance or a necessity? Cars have become a lot more communicative in the past decade. Almost every new model comes with a key fob that lets you lock and unlock it remotely with a notifying chirp… Read more

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6 costly estate-planning minefields, and how to avoid them Over the years many celebrities have provided cautionary estate-planning lessons, and actor James Gandolfini, who died in June 2013 at age 51, is no exception…. Read more

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Mattresses have changed since you last bought one If you haven’t bought a mattress in a few years you’ll notice that the market has changed. On the plus side, there are more choices in mattress types, including… Read more

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Best luxury sedans Like beauty, luxury is subjective… and for some even budget limited. Car shoppers seek different upscale attributes, such as creature comforts, ride quality, and effortless performance, and… Read more

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Vizio Reference-series UHD TVs promise enhanced picture and sound The new Vizio Reference series UHD TVs are designed to offer enhanced contrast and colors and, in some cases, surround-sound systems. Vizio didn’t… Read more

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Cell-phone sciatica is a pain in the butt As our tests of the iPhone 6, Samsung Note 3, and other smartphones a few months ago showed, keeping the devices in your back pocket could bend the device when you sit down. But… Read more

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How clean is your supermarket? Cleanliness can reveal a lot about a store, its management, and the chain’s commitment to overall excellence. A scruffy store doesn’t necessarily mean a grocer is lax about… Read more

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What goes wrong on motorcycles Motorcycle riding is all about escapism. Freedom, adventure, friends, and travel. The last thing a motorcyclist wants to worry about is a breakdown out on the open road. Choosing a bike… Read more

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How to limit ad tracking on your iPhone Some people aren’t bothered by the idea that all of their electronics devices are tracking their behavior on behalf of advertisers. But if you’re an Apple iPhone user and you’d… Read more

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Are HEPA vacuum filters really better than normal filters? Q. I’ve noticed that HEPA filters are advertised as being better than normal filters for new vacuum cleaners. Are they really better, and is it worth it… Read more

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Do people like the Apple Watch after they first try it? The Apple Watch went on sale on April 10, and promptly sold out, though that might have been as much a factor of supply as demand. Apple also started giving demos… Read more

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How often should you change smoke alarm batteries? Q. I just spent $20, again, on batteries for my smoke alarm. The Duracell batteries I bought are good for five and 10 years. Is the old idea of replacing batteries… Read more

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Volvo V60 Cross Country SUV-ifies a compact station wagon Americans pretty much like their station wagons in just one flavor: imitation SUV, with an added helping of raised ground clearance and a dash of rugged-looking… Read more

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Is driving with an Apple Watch safe? Is it legal? You’re driving home one evening after a long day at work when suddenly your Apple Watch massages your wrist to get your attention. You look at your wrist and see… Read more

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Botnet takedown removes malware threats The Internet just got a little safer, thanks to a task force of public and private cybercrime fighters from the U.S. and Europe that has shut down a network of servers that was… Read more