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How to find an expert window installer

September 23rd, 2014
How to find an expert window installer Good windows installed badly won’t work or look as good as they should. Improperly installed windows could even end up using more energy, not less. Here's some advice from...

Help Consumer Reports fight surprise medical bills

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September 22nd, 2014
Help Consumer Reports fight surprise medical bills Elisabeth Rosenthal's New York Times article about outrageous surprise medical bills was the most e-mailed article on the site yesterday. And no wonder: Who wouldn't be...

Lock up your e-cigarettes if you have kids in the house

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September 22nd, 2014
Lock up your e-cigarettes if you have kids in the house Sales of e-cigarettes have continued to rise—and so have reports of children being poisoned by the liquid nicotine vials used with the devices. That's one of...

Photography and video innovations at Photokina

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September 22nd, 2014
Photography and video innovations at Photokina At the Photokina exhibit, camera makers attempted to one-up each other in every conceivable way. This year, 4K resolution was in the spotlight. The most intriguing...

New cameras with new designs

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September 22nd, 2014
New cameras with new designs Camera companies have been hard at work designing new models for Photokina, the mammoth biennial trade show that takes place in Cologne, Germany. Ricoh introduced a futuristic-looking...

7 steps to take if Avis Car Rental overcharges you

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September 22nd, 2014
7 steps to take if Avis Car Rental overcharges you Editor’s note: “On Your Side” is a new Consumer Reports feature that coaches real consumers on how to solve their real problems. Our first case...

When to repair and when to replace your windows

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September 22nd, 2014
When to repair and when to replace your windows Before you start shopping for new windows, you need to know what can be fixed or done to make the windows you have now more energy-efficient. Of course, replacing your old...

Go to college for free if you're over 50

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September 21st, 2014
Go to college for free if you're over 50 Here’s a paradox: If you’re young and eager to complete a college degree, the expenses can be crushing. But if you’re 50-plus and in no hurry, you may be able...

Do women or men save more for retirement?

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September 20th, 2014
Do women or men save more for retirement? A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau underlines the challenges women have not only in earning a decent living, but also in financing retirement. Women make less than...

That designer dress you bought could be a fake

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September 20th, 2014
That designer dress you bought could be a fake The last thing you want after spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a designer wedding gown or any other product is to find out it's a not-so-fabulous fake....

Cheerios beats store-brand 'Os' for taste

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September 20th, 2014
Cheerios beats store-brand 'Os' for taste If you’re a fan of Cheerios, you’ve probably wondered whether you should try one of the (mostly) cheaper store brands. But do you have to sacrifice nutrition or...

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gain on top Android models

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September 19th, 2014
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gain on top Android models The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit stores today. Consumer Reports buys the products we evaluate just like ordinary consumers do, without revealing our identities. So at 1:00...

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gain on top Android models

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September 19th, 2014
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gain on top Android models The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit stores today. Consumer Reports buys the products we evaluate just like ordinary consumers do, without revealing our identities. So at 1:00...

Don't deny consumers the right to sound off online

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September 19th, 2014
Don't deny consumers the right to sound off online If you’ve got a beef with a business, you might go to an online review site such as Yelp, Angie’s List, or TripAdvisor and tell readers about your bad...

Camera companies focus on new advanced models at European photo show

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September 19th, 2014
Camera companies focus on new advanced models at European photo show Almost all of the major camera companies have introduced at least one advanced camera—either an SLR, a mirrorless SLR-like, or an advanced...