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Young shoppers make supermarkets more exciting

April 16th, 2015
Young shoppers make supermarkets more exciting Supermarkets are changing and so, too, are shoppers. For one, consumers are less loyal than ever to any particular store, instead cherry-picking individual markets to take...

Beware triple-play TV bundles costs

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April 15th, 2015
Beware triple-play TV bundles costs When you’re paying more than $150 a month for TV, Internet, and phone service, as I am, a promotion offering a triple-play bundle for $79.99 or even $99.99 a month sounds like a...

Don't rush to buy leveraged exchange traded funds

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April 15th, 2015
Don't rush to buy leveraged exchange traded funds Take a look at the funds page of the business section of your newspaper (assuming you still use a print newspaper, and it still has a business section). You’re...

Tips from the pros on essential gardening gear

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April 15th, 2015
Tips from the pros on essential gardening gear It doesn't take a shed full of tools to keep your lawn and garden in tip-top shape. With a rake, a pruner, a saw, and a hoe you're good to go. If you give your flower...

Are car alarm noises a nuisance or a necessity?

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April 15th, 2015
Are car alarm noises a nuisance or a necessity? Cars have become a lot more communicative in the past decade. Almost every new model comes with a key fob that lets you lock and unlock it remotely with a notifying chirp...

6 costly estate-planning minefields, and how to avoid them

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April 14th, 2015
6 costly estate-planning minefields, and how to avoid them Over the years many celebrities have provided cautionary estate-planning lessons, and actor James Gandolfini, who died in June 2013 at age 51, is no exception....

Mattresses have changed since you last bought one

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April 14th, 2015
Mattresses have changed since you last bought one If you haven't bought a mattress in a few years you'll notice that the market has changed. On the plus side, there are more choices in mattress types, including...

Best luxury sedans

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April 14th, 2015
Best luxury sedans Like beauty, luxury is subjective… and for some even budget limited. Car shoppers seek different upscale attributes, such as creature comforts, ride quality, and effortless performance, and...

Vizio Reference-series UHD TVs promise enhanced picture and sound

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April 14th, 2015
Vizio Reference-series UHD TVs promise enhanced picture and sound The new Vizio Reference series UHD TVs are designed to offer enhanced contrast and colors and, in some cases, surround-sound systems. Vizio didn't...

Cell-phone sciatica is a pain in the butt

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April 14th, 2015
Cell-phone sciatica is a pain in the butt As our tests of the iPhone 6, Samsung Note 3, and other smartphones a few months ago showed, keeping the devices in your back pocket could bend the device when you sit down. But...

How clean is your supermarket?

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April 13th, 2015
How clean is your supermarket? Cleanliness can reveal a lot about a store, its management, and the chain’s commitment to overall excellence. A scruffy store doesn’t necessarily mean a grocer is lax about...

What goes wrong on motorcycles

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April 13th, 2015
What goes wrong on motorcycles Motorcycle riding is all about escapism. Freedom, adventure, friends, and travel. The last thing a motorcyclist wants to worry about is a breakdown out on the open road. Choosing a bike...

How to limit ad tracking on your iPhone

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April 12th, 2015
How to limit ad tracking on your iPhone Some people aren't bothered by the idea that all of their electronics devices are tracking their behavior on behalf of advertisers. But if you're an Apple iPhone user and you'd...

Are HEPA vacuum filters really better than normal filters?

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April 12th, 2015
Are HEPA vacuum filters really better than normal filters? Q. I’ve noticed that HEPA filters are advertised as being better than normal filters for new vacuum cleaners. Are they really better, and is it worth it...

Do people like the Apple Watch after they first try it?

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April 11th, 2015
Do people like the Apple Watch after they first try it? The Apple Watch went on sale on April 10, and promptly sold out, though that might have been as much a factor of supply as demand. Apple also started giving demos...