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5 tough mobile devices that can take a bath or a beating

March 3rd, 2015
5 tough mobile devices that can take a bath or a beating Life can be tough, so sometimes you need a device that's tough, too. It's all too easy to drop your phone in the lake (or the toilet, as my young nephew did...

Another reason to stay away from weight loss supplements

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March 3rd, 2015
Another reason to stay away from weight loss supplements Taking a dietary supplement to lose weight is not only unnecessary, but also risky. Why? Weight loss supplements are often tainted with prescription or...

Edgy 2015 Lexus NX 200t proves agile and downright youthful

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March 3rd, 2015
Edgy 2015 Lexus NX 200t proves agile and downright youthful Lexus joins the crowded upscale compact SUV fray with the new NX. Clearly, late to the party, the key question is, “Does the NX bring anything...

Best mattresses for back and side sleepers

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March 2nd, 2015
Best mattresses for back and side sleepers Consumer Reports has updated our mattress Ratings, and the best we’ve tested provide plenty of support, resist bounciness, allow easy movement, and should last for many...

Over 200,000 Consumers Sign Petition To Stop Unwanted Robocalls

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March 2nd, 2015
Over 200,000 Consumers Sign Petition To Stop Unwanted Robocalls Consumers Union Campaign Demands Telephone Companies Offer Free, Effective Call-Blocking Solutions to Customers SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Just one week after...

Samsung Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge: What you need to know

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March 2nd, 2015
Samsung Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge: What you need to know Today at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled the latest version of its flagship smart phone, the Galaxy S 6. We got a sneek peek at...

Safest new cars for teens

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February 28th, 2015
Safest new cars for teens Choosing a car for a teen driver means making tough financial decisions at a time when college bills and lodging expenses loom on the horizon. The temptation, and often necessity, is to buy a...

Meet the toughest car critics in America

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February 28th, 2015
Meet the toughest car critics in America Sure, they look nice—friendly, even. But the 28 people above, shown at Consumer Reports’ 327-acre auto test center in Connecticut, are brutal. They put cars through...

Detergent pods should be safer

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February 27th, 2015
Detergent pods should be safer Liquid detergent pods have grown in popularity since their introduction in 2012. But these packets have also become a health hazard for children, who might mistake the brightly colored,...

When going solar, should you lease or buy?

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February 27th, 2015
When going solar, should you lease or buy? As the cost of solar technology drops, more and more homeowners are considering buying or leasing rooftop solar panels. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy projects that...

Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs are recording—and sharing data about—everything you watch

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February 27th, 2015
Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs are recording—and sharing data about—everything you watch A few weeks ago, controversy erupted over smart TVs after a series of reports, including one from Consumer Reports,...

When is it time to change winter tires?

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February 27th, 2015
When is it time to change winter tires? Winter tires have a soft, pliable compound engineered to provide maximum grip on snowy and icy surfaces at freezing temperatures, but these specialized tires wear quickly and...

10 cars worth waiting for

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February 26th, 2015
10 cars worth waiting for The Miata’s redesign will carry a wider, lower stance, and liberal use of aluminum body panels makes it about 150 pounds lighter. A 2.0-liter, 155-hp engine is under the hood. The...

FCC to make net neutrality the law

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February 26th, 2015
FCC to make net neutrality the law A long-anticipated vote on net neutrality is finally here. Today, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to take on new authority to enforce net neutrality rules, by...

Tips from the pros to get top dollar for your house

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February 25th, 2015
Tips from the pros to get top dollar for your house The spring home selling season is nearly here, so if you're thinking about entering the market, now's the time to get your house in order. A home can be ready to list...