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How often should you change smoke alarm batteries?

April 11th, 2015
How often should you change smoke alarm batteries? Q. I just spent $20, again, on batteries for my smoke alarm. The Duracell batteries I bought are good for five and 10 years. Is the old idea of replacing batteries...

Volvo V60 Cross Country SUV-ifies a compact station wagon

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April 11th, 2015
Volvo V60 Cross Country SUV-ifies a compact station wagon Americans pretty much like their station wagons in just one flavor: imitation SUV, with an added helping of raised ground clearance and a dash of rugged-looking...

Is driving with an Apple Watch safe? Is it legal?

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April 11th, 2015
Is driving with an Apple Watch safe? Is it legal? You’re driving home one evening after a long day at work when suddenly your Apple Watch massages your wrist to get your attention. You look at your wrist and see...

Botnet takedown removes malware threats

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April 10th, 2015
Botnet takedown removes malware threats The Internet just got a little safer, thanks to a task force of public and private cybercrime fighters from the U.S. and Europe that has shut down a network of servers that was...

12 reasons Americans hate grocery shopping

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April 10th, 2015
12 reasons Americans hate grocery shopping Americans have a love-hate relationship with their supermarkets. One minute, we're blissfully taking in the intoxicating aroma of fresh ripe peaches, the next we're livid over...

Retirement savings need stronger protections

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April 10th, 2015
Retirement savings need stronger protections Consumers who are saving for retirement often rely on professional financial advisers to recommend how and where to invest their money. You might assume your adviser is...

Will HBO or Sling TV crash during "Game of Thrones" season premiere?

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April 10th, 2015
Will HBO or Sling TV crash during "Game of Thrones" season premiere? Streaming services are a real boon for TV watchers, unless of course your service goes on the fritz while you're viewing. Just ask anyone who...

More concerns about glyphosate and other pesticides in produce

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April 10th, 2015
More concerns about glyphosate and other pesticides in produce If you’re worried about pesticides in produce, Consumer Reports’ recent risk analysis of 48 fruits and vegetables can help you make smart...

How to save money on car maintenance

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April 10th, 2015
How to save money on car maintenance Today’s cars, with their specialized electronics, computerized internal controls, and long-life fluids, offer fewer and fewer opportunities for do-it-yourselfers to roll up...

7 ways to save big at the home center

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April 10th, 2015
7 ways to save big at the home center April kicks off the busy home improvement season. That means retailers like Ace, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears, and Walmart will be vying hard for your business in the weeks and...

Should you buy a mattress online or at Costco?

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April 9th, 2015
Should you buy a mattress online or at Costco? At Consumer Reports, we usually advise you to lie on any mattress you’re considering for at least 15 minutes. But because warehouse clubs display mattresses...

Winter-related brake failure a safety issue

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April 9th, 2015
Winter-related brake failure a safety issue Even though all visible evidence of snow and ice may be a distant memory, the ghost of winters past may be lurking under your car in the form of corrosion. And it poses a big...

9 mobile gadgets with long battery lives

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April 9th, 2015
9 mobile gadgets with long battery lives Odds are, you bought that laptop, smartphone, or tablet because it’s something you can easily take with you. So when it comes to battery life, the longer, the better. But...

Best sports cars

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April 9th, 2015
Best sports cars Sports cars have an unmistakable allure, with gorgeous shapes, engaging handling, and spirited performance being their hallmarks. Their promise is to transform even a routine errand into a...

Which motorcycle brand has the highest owner satisfaction?

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April 9th, 2015
Which motorcycle brand has the highest owner satisfaction? If you want to know how satisfied someone is with their motorcycle, ask them how comfortable it is. In our latest motorcycle survey, we found that fun, styling,...