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Painting tools that help you paint like a pro

March 12th, 2015
Painting tools that help you paint like a pro Some call it March madness, for others it’s cabin fever—those final weeks of winter when you start itching to spruce up your home. Painting a room or two is an...

Detroit wakes up

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March 11th, 2015
Detroit wakes up For the first time since the turn of the century, Consumer Reports has placed three vehicles from domestic automakers among its Top Picks: Buick Regal, Chevrolet Impala, and the Tesla Model S—our...

5 HDTVs from 2014 are good bargains in 2015

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March 11th, 2015
5 HDTVs from 2014 are good bargains in 2015 So you managed to resist both the Black Friday specials last year and the heavy Super Bowl TV promotions in January, but now you're ready to spring for a new set. You might be...

Most doors can be defeated so a good lock is key

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March 11th, 2015
Most doors can be defeated so a good lock is key A lot has been said about sprucing up the entrance to your house to improve its curb appeal. But when choosing a new door and lock, make sure you’re not also...

New SUVs prove surprising in latest Talking Cars podcast

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March 10th, 2015
New SUVs prove surprising in latest Talking Cars podcast Turns out that two is the magic number for this episode of “Talking Cars with Consumer Reports.” We feature a pair of two-row SUVs, both powered by...

Hands on with the Apple Watch

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March 10th, 2015
Hands on with the Apple Watch Here at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Apple finally filled in all the details on the Apple Watch that it first showed off last September. I was at that introduction,...

Get your chain saw ready for spring cleanup

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March 9th, 2015
Get your chain saw ready for spring cleanup After a winter of shoveling, roof-raking, and other back-breaking chores, another task awaits—ridding the yard of winter's debris. A common part of the job is taking a...

Cars that can save your life

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March 9th, 2015
Cars that can save your life Although self-driving cars are years away, some of their souped-up features are already available on contemporary cars—and can save you from a crash. Those crash-avoidance systems can...

New MacBook is the lightest one yet—and is thinner than the Air

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March 9th, 2015
New MacBook is the lightest one yet—and is thinner than the Air The main event at Apple's San Francisco event today was the introduction of the Apple Watch, but company CEO Tim Cook also showed off a new, 12-inch...

You can watch HBO Now on Apple iPhones, iPads and Apple TV in April

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March 9th, 2015
You can watch HBO Now on Apple iPhones, iPads and Apple TV in April As anticipated, Apple will be among the first companies to offer the new HBO Now streaming-only service when it launches next month. Announced at...

Redesigned 2015 Ford Edge is totally transformed

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March 9th, 2015
Redesigned 2015 Ford Edge is totally transformed It wouldn’t have taken much to improve on the original Ford Edge, which was by all counts a mediocre midsized two-row SUV. But based on our early impressions of the...

5 great cars you may be overlooking

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March 9th, 2015
5 great cars you may be overlooking Often times the best new car choices lurk under the radar screen, hidden from the limelight. They may not be the best selling in a given segment and may have been absent from any...

Say what? How to interpret car sales speak.

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March 9th, 2015
Say what? How to interpret car sales speak. It is oft said that the worst part of buying a car is the dealer experience. It’s so bad that former Hyundai CEO John Krafcik once famously said, “ . . . Americans...

5 tips for coping with Daylight Saving Time

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March 7th, 2015
5 tips for coping with Daylight Saving Time The hour of sleep you'll lose Sunday morning, March 8, after your clock springs ahead might do more than just make you cranky. Some research suggests it translates into more...

5 steps to keep you safe on the road

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March 7th, 2015
5 steps to keep you safe on the road Many on-the-road inconveniences and even tragedies can be avoided with some preparation. From facing bad weather to avoiding breakdowns, proper planning can make a difference....