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It's time to buy a new phone. Here's why.

December 17th, 2014
It's time to buy a new phone. Here's why. Smart phones are finally getting smarter about serving the people who actually use them: us. If you’re in the market for a new model, you can expect a larger, sharper...

Best gifts to teach kids to be smart about money

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December 17th, 2014
Best gifts to teach kids to be smart about money What are the best holiday gifts to help kids develop good money habits? Of course, cash is often a favorite, especially when stuffed into a card or stocking. But if you...

5 secrets to a long-lasting kitchen

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December 16th, 2014
5 secrets to a long-lasting kitchen The average kitchen lasts twice as long as most marriages, according to a survey released today by Houzz, the home design website. Sixteen-plus years is the lifespan of a typical...

8 expensive health insurance mistakes

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December 16th, 2014
8 expensive health insurance mistakes Last year, America’s health care system will undergo its biggest change since Medicare’s arrival almost 50 years ago when the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act...

How much should you tip this holiday season?

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December 16th, 2014
How much should you tip this holiday season? How much should you tip during the holidays? And who should get a tip? It depends on the type of worker you're tipping, where you live, and other personal factors, according...

Counterfeits make lousy holiday gifts

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December 16th, 2014
Counterfeits make lousy holiday gifts There’s little doubt that most shoppers on the prowl for a Coach bag, Oakley sunglasses, Callaway golf clubs, or other name-brand goods would jump at the chance to land them...

What the heck are quantum dots? And why would you want them in your TV?

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December 16th, 2014
What the heck are quantum dots? And why would you want them in your TV? Quantum dots (QDs) are poised to become the next big in TV technology. LG Electronics and several other TV manufacturers, including TCL are about...

Nothing says you care like a home blood-pressure monitor

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December 16th, 2014
Nothing says you care like a home blood-pressure monitor This holiday, how about buying a blood-pressure monitor for someone you care about? About one in every three people has high blood pressure, also known as...

The surprising way to stay safe in the hospital

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December 16th, 2014
The surprising way to stay safe in the hospital When Kathy Day, a retired nurse in Bangor, Maine, received a diagnosis of uterine cancer, she decided to focus not only on how her condition would be treated but also on...

Last-minute questions on applying for health insurance

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December 16th, 2014
Last-minute questions on applying for health insurance The weekend brought in a bunch of questions from people who were trying to beat the Dec. 15 deadline to buy or renew health insurance by Jan. 1, but were puzzled by...

Best and worst charities for your money

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December 15th, 2014
Best and worst charities for your money 'Tis the season for charitable giving. But some nonprofits with great-sounding names don’t put enough of their money toward their mission. To be sure your generosity counts,...

Jaguar/Land Rover makes roof pillars virtually disappear

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December 15th, 2014
Jaguar/Land Rover makes roof pillars virtually disappear In an effort to eliminate blind spots, Jaguar/Land Rover has launched a research project aimed at making the car’s pillars visually disappear. Using video...

Winter skin care starts with sunscreen

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December 15th, 2014
Winter skin care starts with sunscreen In cold-weather parts of the country, barbecue grills are covered, lawn chairs garaged, and beach bags emptied. But there's one summer symbol that should not hibernate in the...

Eight classic toys that still make great gifts

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December 15th, 2014
Eight classic toys that still make great gifts We dusted off Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine to track the status of some classic toys that resonated with generations of children and, we suspect, still have plenty to...

'Make an Offer' lets you haggle your way to savings on Amazon

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December 15th, 2014
'Make an Offer' lets you haggle your way to savings on Amazon Following in the footsteps of Priceline (“name your own price”) and eBay (“best offer”), it seems only natural that Amazon, too, has...