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Energy-saving lightbulbs remain a bright idea

July 11th, 2014
Energy-saving lightbulbs remain a bright idea Seven years ago, President Bush signed a law that raised the standards for lightbulbs so they use less energy. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 received...

Amazon allowed kids to make millions in app charges

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July 11th, 2014
Amazon allowed kids to make millions in app charges The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon for millions of dollars in mobile app charges that the agency said were made by children without their parents’...

Amazon allowed kids to pay millions in app charges

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July 11th, 2014
Amazon allowed kids to pay millions in app charges The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon for millions of dollars in mobile app charges that the agency said were made by children without their parents’...

Should I still take combination cholesterol drugs, such as Vytorin or Liptruzet?

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July 11th, 2014
Should I still take combination cholesterol drugs, such as Vytorin or Liptruzet? No. There is no evidence that Liptruzet—a combination of atorvastatin and ezetimibe—works better than atorvastatin alone,...

4 reasons you may want to skip spray sunscreen

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July 11th, 2014
4 reasons you may want to skip spray sunscreen Four of Consumer Reports' recommended sunscreens are sprays. And many people prefer them. In our recent survey of 1,000 people, more than half chose sprays; most said it...

Lower your cooling costs as temperatures rise

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July 11th, 2014
Lower your cooling costs as temperatures rise When it’s this warm outside you don’t want to get hot under the collar when your utility bill arrives. Even when you’re cranking the air conditioner, there...

Has your child gone on an Amazon in-app shopping spree?

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July 11th, 2014
Has your child gone on an Amazon in-app shopping spree? Games for kids in the Amazon Appstore look innocent enough, and many are even free—but some parents have been getting bill shock when they see hefty...

LG G Watch and Android Wear: First impressions of the new smart watch and wearables OS

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July 11th, 2014
LG G Watch and Android Wear: First impressions of the new smart watch and wearables OS During the Google I/O developer-conference keynote last week, the company spent a lot of time talking about Android Wear, its...

Want to unlock your cell phone but afraid of the law? A fix could be on the way.

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July 10th, 2014
Want to unlock your cell phone but afraid of the law? A fix could be on the way. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill today that would let consumers unlock their cell phones. It’s strange that we need a...

Highlights from Consumer Reports mattress tests

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July 10th, 2014
Highlights from Consumer Reports mattress tests At Consumer Reports, we often recommend that our readers shop for mattresses around major holidays when prices can drop 50 percent or more. But sometimes waiting for a...

TGI Fridays launches cheap apps—the kind you eat

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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...