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Don't let stylish shoes give you unhappy feet

January 14th, 2014
Don't let stylish shoes give you unhappy feet Emma Thompson, please heed our advice: Don't drink and wear super-high heels at the same time. It's a dangerous mix. Not only do you risk sprains and broken bones, but you...

What buyers and sellers should know about radon

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January 13th, 2014
What buyers and sellers should know about radon About one in 15 U.S. homes contain radon—a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that’s linked to 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. And because radon lurks in...

Should you buy a hearing aid from an infomercial?

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January 13th, 2014
Should you buy a hearing aid from an infomercial? Q. Is it a good idea to buy a hearing aid advertised in an infomercial? A. No. Buying a hearing device by phone, mail, or online provides neither customization for...

Put your house on an energy diet

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January 13th, 2014
Put your house on an energy diet January is the traditional time for belt-tightening and waist watching. To offset your holiday expenses, you may also want to take a look at ways to trim your bloated utility bill....

Must-watch TV? The skinny on exercise DVDs that promise to get you in shape.

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January 10th, 2014
Must-watch TV? The skinny on exercise DVDs that promise to get you in shape. In recent years, the simple exercise DVD has morphed into a complete “home fitness system,” offering multiple discs with up to a...

WWE Network matters to you, even if you’re not into wrestling

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January 10th, 2014
WWE Network matters to you, even if you’re not into wrestling WWE—World Wrestling Entertainment—made its presence felt in a big way at CES 2014 with the announcement of the brand-new WWE Network....

Sony PlayStation Now could change the way you play video games

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January 10th, 2014
Sony PlayStation Now could change the way you play video games The Sony PlayStation Now cloud-based gaming service lets you buy or rent previous-generation PlayStation games and play them on your PS3, PS4, or...

Cameras and camcorders that let you go beyond basic black

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January 10th, 2014
Cameras and camcorders that let you go beyond basic black Once upon a time, a new camera or camcorder came in the same choice of colors as the Ford Model T: black or black. If you were really lucky, you might be able to...

5 cool safety innovations coming to your future car

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January 10th, 2014
5 cool safety innovations coming to your future car Advances in automotive safety have been gaining speed, with vehicle structure providing increased occupant protection and advanced systems helping avoid accidents. But...

It's time to pay your health insurance premium

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January 10th, 2014
It's time to pay your health insurance premium I’ve been helping a friend who slipped on the ice last weekend and broke her hip. One of the first things I found out was that although she had enrolled in a new...

Smart watches that look good—and can help you feel good, too

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January 10th, 2014
Smart watches that look good—and can help you feel good, too Until recently, smart watches were more cool looking than good looking. But judging by some of the devices shown at this week’s CES, the watches...

LaCie Christofle Sphère is a hard drive you'll want to display

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January 10th, 2014
LaCie Christofle Sphère is a hard drive you'll want to display Should the desktop hard drive be a simple storage device or a work of art? LaCie makes an argument for the latter with the Christofle Sphère,...

5 easy appliance fixes you can do yourself

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January 10th, 2014
5 easy appliance fixes you can do yourself In Consumer Reports recent report “Repair or replace,” we advise consumers not to spend more than 50 percent of the cost of a new item to repair the old one. But...

Latest activity trackers can help you get in shape, but that's not all they do

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January 10th, 2014
Latest activity trackers can help you get in shape, but that's not all they do The latest activity trackers, such as those on display at CES 2014, can do more than just count your steps or calories. These new devices...

Are latest smart-phone innovations worth your money?

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January 8th, 2014
Are latest smart-phone innovations worth your money? At CES 2014, the move toward making smart phones less vulnerable to expensive damage not covered under warranty is a particularly welcome trend. But other shifts,...