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TGI Fridays launches cheap apps—the kind you eat

July 10th, 2014
TGI Fridays launches cheap apps—the kind you eat Remember Chili’s bottomless soup bowl and Olive Garden’s never-ending pasta bowl? TGI Fridays, the pub-style chain with more than 900 restaurants...

Helmet-mounted brake light makes motorcycle riders more visible

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July 10th, 2014
Helmet-mounted brake light makes motorcycle riders more visible Car drivers have benefitted from a third brake light for decades. Mounted close to eye level in the rear window, these extra brake lights are especially...

Do you have to use your doctor's patient portal?

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July 10th, 2014
Do you have to use your doctor's patient portal? Q. My doctor’s office recently adopted a portal system where we can receive all communications by e-mail. Can I opt out if I still prefer to receive my information,...

If your doctor is dropped from your insurance

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July 10th, 2014
If your doctor is dropped from your insurance Last fall thousands of people with UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans learned that their doctors would be cut from the health-plan network. Many of my fellow...

Fund Focus: Real estate funds

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July 10th, 2014
Fund Focus: Real estate funds Many investors have gravitated toward higher-yielding investments, and it’s easy to understand why. When a portfolio of 60 percent stock and 40 percent bonds currently produces income...

Supermarket all-stars from Consumer Reports tests

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July 10th, 2014
Supermarket all-stars from Consumer Reports tests Stocking up on the weekly groceries doesn't require trips to multiple stores. Some of the best everyday products in Consumer Reports tests can be found at almost any...

Fitting apps help you get the right size the first time

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July 9th, 2014
Fitting apps help you get the right size the first time There's a lot to like about buying clothes online. But it's a drag when you open a box and find that the clothes you ordered don't fit. Maybe that's why only 25...

Consumer Reports testing reveals music from your phone can rival a CD

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July 9th, 2014
Consumer Reports testing reveals music from your phone can rival a CD Music has been helping drivers slog through commutes and rock out on road trips ever since cars became civilized and quiet enough to hear it. But...

Plasma TV is dead, so go buy one

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July 9th, 2014
Plasma TV is dead, so go buy one With the news that Samsung is throwing in the towel on its plasma TV production—it will stop producing them after November—many of us TV fans are already lamenting the loss...

Behind the wheel, and microphone, with the new Hyundai Genesis, Sonata

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July 8th, 2014
Behind the wheel, and microphone, with the new Hyundai Genesis, Sonata Two newly redesigned Hyundai sedans, the luxurious Genesis and midsized Sonata, highlight episode 37 of “Talking Cars with Consumer...

5 tips for preventing luggage theft

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July 8th, 2014
5 tips for preventing luggage theft The most recent revelation about luggage theft by workers at Los Angeles International Airport isn’t welcome news for airline travelers. So we checked into how to ensure...

Photo scanners review

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July 8th, 2014
Photo scanners review If you're wondering how to digitize those shoeboxes full of photos sitting in your attic, a leading option is a personal photo scanner. Photo scanners can be faster than other options, such as...

Can the Drain-FX unclog your pipes?

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July 8th, 2014
Can the Drain-FX unclog your pipes? The maker of Drain-FX claims that the snakelike device is  “100% effective” at unclogging “multiple drains,” and a video shows it clearing sand and...

Ask the CEO: Mary Barra

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July 7th, 2014
Ask the CEO: Mary Barra Coming this fall: Ask the CEO, a new Consumer Reports magazine column that gives you a direct line to the world’s top brass . . . starting with the head of America’s largest car...

How to charge your electric car in public

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July 7th, 2014
How to charge your electric car in public Once you have a home charger for your electric car, you’ll also probably want a way to charge it up in public while you’re out and about. The United States now has...