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Consumer electronics have different “life spans” – for example, a smartphone is 18 months, while a television is 10-plus years.If your tech product is still in good condition, you should consider reselling or donating it to your local school, retirement home and/or community center. You might be surprised how valuable your “old” device is to someone else.Another option is …

Caring for a chronically ill or disabled family member has long been associated with stress, but a new study suggests that the practice gives those caregivers a survival advantage.A study of 3,000 family caregivers showed no increase in health risk and a nine-month increase in life expectancy over the study’s six-year period.“Taking care of a chronically ill person in your…

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When it comes to credit cards, it should not be a surprise that there are black holes that could drain out all those precious reward points.Ever think you could lose rewards if you miss a credit card payment? What about if you haven’t traveled much in the past two years and didn’t earn points by staying at the right hotel?Many consumers pick their plastic based on the kind…

You’re getting down to booking your airline ticket. Because you checked ahead of time – you did, didn’t you? – you know how much you will have to pay if you make a change to your nonrefundable ticket. Then you see a glimmer of hope. The airline or the online travel agency is offering you a chance to buy insurance. Maybe that’s a hedge against having to pay a change fee tha…

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Smartwatches that display message alerts and weather updates are popping up everywhere this holiday season as consumer electronics companies try to persuade you to add them to your shopping list.But is there really a big demand for computerized wristwatches?Samsung and Sony have devices out, and Qualcomm has one coming before the holidays. Apple is believed to be making on…

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A serious infection that has been on the rise in hospital patients is now being increasingly reported among people who work or spend time in health care settings, such as a doctor’s office or clinic, Consumer Reports On Health warns. Caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile, also known as C-diff, the infection can cause chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain and intestinal …

Apple’s new iPad Air represents a refinement of the company’s tablet concept, not a revolution. But that doesn’t make it any less compelling.You won’t find many new features on the Air, which replaces the more simply named “iPad” as Apple’s full-size flagship tablet. Nor does it work much differently from its predecessors.What you will find, though, is a device that is muc…

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Not all toilets are created equal. So when you need to upgrade yours, take time to review what’s available. You’ll discover that the market is flush with options.To help you narrow down the choices, follow these tips from our consumer research team, based on interviews with toilet manufacturers and highly rated plumbing experts:Get real about what you can afford. Toilet pr…

When it comes to Veterans Day, I can’t help but feel immense gratitude and pride. I also can’t help but brag just a smidge.My grandfather landed on Omaha Beach during World War II. His three brothers fought, too. My great-uncle Benny served with distinction in North Africa. My great Uncle Louis carried Japanese shrapnel throughout his life from the Battle of Okinawa. My gr…

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It may have one of the biggest bloopers in the stock market this year.In October, when Twitter announced its impending IPO, thousands of eager stock buyers raced to be the first to invest.Unfortunately, they swooped in a tad too quickly. Instead of buying Twitter shares, those investors wound up purchasing thousands of shares of a bankrupt electronics company, Tweeter Home…

New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles has added a website link where motorists can check their driving records and license status.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says the new option on the state’s MyDMV site, which will require registering online for access, is intended to reduce visits to state offices and waiting in lines.The site also permits drivers to change their listed addre…

It was a magazine column designed to generate a discussion of gun rights.“Way too many gun owners still seem to believe that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement,” the column said. “The fact is, all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, all need to be.”Titled “Let’s Talk Limits,” the column was published in the December issu…

Josh Levs, father of a new baby girl, emerged from his sleep-deprived stupor last month to take a stand: He is challenging his employer’s parental leave policy on the grounds that it discriminates against biological dads.This was his third child, and this time around, he said he felt compelled to take action. So Levs, a reporter at CNN, filed a charge with the Equal Employ…

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