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Nest Smoke Alarm & CO Detector
- You know the problem — you’ve burnt the toast and the smoke alarm won’t quit, so you rip it from the wall or pull out the batteries. Consumer Reports tested a new combo smoke alarm and CO detector that offers a better solution. It’s from Nest Labs, the company that Google bought recently for more than three billion dollars.
Bad News Appliances
- Consumer Reports tests more than three-thousand products a year. Plenty of them work just fine, and Consumer Reports finds appliances are generally getting more reliable. But some products are far from perfect.
Skip Extended Car Warranties
- It’s any car owner’s fear — needing a costly repair just after the warranty has run out. Extended warranties promise peace of mind. But they’re expensive, typically more than a thousand dollars. The Consumer Reports National Research Center checked to see if they’re worth it.
Complicated Car Controls
- If you’re having trouble working your car radio or can’t get your Bluetooth to function, you’re not alone. In Consumer Reports National Research Center’s survey, drivers of recent model cars reported the high-tech controls were giving them lots of trouble.
E-Cigarettes Under The Microscope
- E-cigarette sales have exploded, from 500-million dollars in 2012 to an estimated one-and-a-half billion dollars in 2013. With that kind of money up for grabs, Big Tobacco has created its own brands of
e-cigarettes and is spending big bucks on commercials. Consumer Reports has been watching this new product closely.
Stolen Gun Found Decades Later
- A discovery half a world away may be connected to an Omaha theft that happened more than 30 years ago.
T-Mobile's New Offer Analyzed
- If you’re a Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T customer, T-Mobile is trying to entice you to break your contract and jump ship. As an incentive, T-Mobile is offering to pay the penalty fee, up to 350 dollars for every line you switch. Consumer Reports checks out the offer.
Crash Victim Owed Restitution 7 Years Later
- Taxpayers are paying for an accident victim's treatment, even though a judge ordered restitution from the owner of the car that hit him.
Trans Fat Hasn't Disappeared
- Artificial trans fat may be on the way out. The Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to essentially ban it, saying partially hydrogenated oils — the main source of trans fat — are no longer generally recognized as safe. But Consumer Reports says at this point you can still find trans fat in many products.
Dyson VS. Swiffer
- The new Dyson Hard promises to make cleanups a snap. It vacuums and wet wipes at the same time. Consumer Reports tested to see if it’s worth its hefty price tag.
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