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Consumer Reports Tests Safer, Effective Insect Repellents

Mosquitoes and ticks are a nuisance, but even worse, they can spread diseases like West Nile and Lyme. Now, some types of those insects are responsible for carrying new diseases — chikungunya and Powassan.

05/13/2015

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Consumer Reports: Galaxy S5 Beats Out S6

Consumer Reports has put Samsung’s new flagship smartphone through extensive testing. The test results are in and the Galaxy S6 landed below Samsung’s older S5 in Consumer Reports’ ratings.

05/12/2015

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Top Poker Minds Take Part In Epic Battle With Machine Created By CMU

For two weeks, four of the top poker minds in the world played hand after hand at the Rivers Casino. Their opponent — a computer created at Carnegie Mellon University.

05/07/2015

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Angie’s List: How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Their name implies that they’re confined to your bedroom, but bed bugs can live anywhere: hotels, offices, even movie theaters have had infestations.

05/07/2015

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Angie’s List: Readying & Reacting To Radon

You can’t see it, smell it, touch it or taste it, but radon is present in the soil of all 50 states, and it could be seeping into your home.

04/30/2015

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Angie’s List: Taking The Stress Out Of Moving

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It does not matter if you are going across town or across the country, moving your home and family can be stressful. There’s a lot to consider when hiring a mover, and […]

04/23/2015

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Consumer Reports Uncovers Safety Problem With Brinkmann Gas Grill

Consumer Reports has uncovered a potential safety problem with a small Brinkmann grill sold at Home Depot and Hy-Vee stores.

04/22/2015

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Angie’s List: Tire Troubles? Don’t Get Run Over At The Shop

A nail, a pothole, old age – many things can cause a flat tire. Is it okay to repair it or does it need to be replaced? And if it needs to be replaced, should you buy just one tire or do you need two? How about all four?

04/16/2015

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Consumer Reports: How To Save On Prescription Medication

People who regularly take prescription medication spend on average more than $700 per year for drugs.

04/15/2015

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Angie’s List: Avoiding Roof Repair Rip-Offs

Mother Nature can wreak havoc on your roof. Heavy snowfalls, gusting winds, torrential rains and extreme temperatures all take their toll over time.

04/09/2015

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Consumer Reports: Your TV Can Spy On You

It’s likely you don’t think you’ve invited a spy into your home when setting up a new TV. But new Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs can record and share everything that’s viewed, whether it’s a broadcast or something streaming from the Internet. And some smart TVs can even track what DVD you’re watching.

04/06/2015

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Angie’s List: Custom Closets – Not Just For TV Housewives Anymore

They used to be reserved for houses of the rich and famous, but customized closets are one of the hot-ticket items for remodelers this year.

04/02/2015

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Consumer Reports: Costco Or Sam’s Club, Which Is Right For You?

If you don’t mind giant sizes and you have room to store boatloads of things such as paper towels, warehouse clubs are a popular shopping option.

03/31/2015

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Angie’s List: Sounding The Alarm On Home Security Systems

Recent FBI statistics reveal that nearly 9 million property crimes take place in the United States each year.

03/26/2015

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Consumer Reports: Best Portable Phone Chargers

Nothing says misery like being out and about, away from a power source, and your phone goes dead. Lots of companies are tapping into that fear, producing products for portable power.

03/18/2015

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Does It Really Do That?

Some of those infomercials that you see on TV make certain products look like things you just can’t afford to live without; but do they really live up to all the hype? Before you invest, […]

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