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ShopSmart Uncovers Hidden Health Risks in Beauty Products

July 15th, 2014
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...

Water-saving toilets from Consumer Reports’ tests

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July 14th, 2014
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....

Airplane Wi-Fi expands but gets a lukewarm reception

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July 14th, 2014
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...

How to decode a sunscreen label

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July 14th, 2014
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,...

10 things you need to know about the Toyota Prius

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July 14th, 2014
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...

Are curved TVs any better than flat TVs?

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July 14th, 2014
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...

5 best laptops and tablets for back to school

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July 14th, 2014
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...

How does Consumer Reports calculate predicted reliability for cars?

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July 13th, 2014
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...

How does Consumer Reports calculate predicted reliability for cars?

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July 13th, 2014
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...

Find a better chicken sandwich at fast-food restaurants

July 13th, 2014
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...

Should I get a paddle shifter in my next car?

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July 12th, 2014
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...

How to keep mosquitoes from ruining a summer evening

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July 12th, 2014
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...

Talking Tech with Consumer Reports: Camera lenses

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July 12th, 2014
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...

Senior discounts save money on nearly everything

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July 12th, 2014
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...

How to cut your exposure to cell-phone radiation

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July 12th, 2014
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...