Car Smart

  • Hydrogen cars: No chemistry

    In April 2017, Toyota announced the launch of a feasibility study that will examine the performance of hydrogen-fuel-cell-vehicle (FCV) technology in heavy-duty applications. 

  • Aftermarket rearview cameras

    For those who drive an older automobile, equipping it with an aftermarket rearview camera might not provide the same quality or performance that a factory-installed version provides.

  • Auto-parts stores vs. Amazon

    When the New York Post reported in January 2017 that Amazon signed contracts with several major automobile-parts manufacturers, one had to wonder whether Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, O’Reilly Auto Parts and others were destined to meet the same plight that brick-and-mortar retailers in other segments face—a substantial loss of sales, store closings or bankruptcy.

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Consumer Alert

  • ‘Blue Horseshoe’ loves binary options

    Fans of the 1987 movie “Wall Street” will remember that junior stockbroker Bud Fox was told by corporate raider/scammer Gordon Gekko that he should use the identifier “Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott Steel” when he called the fictional Wall Street Chronicle to manipulate reporters on Gekko’s behalf.

  • Vetting P2P shippers, et al

    Peer-to-peer (P2P) shipping might be the fastest growing sharing-economy segment. 

  • Scammers target veterans

    The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 was enacted as part of the way that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could rectify its reprehensible record of delaying medical treatment for veterans across the United States.

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Healthy Living

  • Learning from Julia Child

    Does the unwavering allegiance to fresh vegetables by chefs on food shows lead you to believe that frozen vegetables are the devil’s doing?

  • Effect of Dad’s Vitamin D

    Low vitamin D levels in would-be fathers can affect the genetic material that they pass along to their children, according to preliminary research that was described in a Time.com article.

  • New take on prostate-cancer screening

    In April 2017, a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel proposed new guidelines to determine whether a man should have a prostate-cancer screening.

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Marketplace

  • Grocery stores evolve or die

    Patience might be a virtue, but your ability to hold on to that tenet can be challenging when you’re in a checkout line at a grocery store.

  • Claims that get us steamed

    A steam shower is, for all intents and purposes, a steam room that’s contained in a bathroom shower. According to one supplier of steam showers, demand for them jumped 44 percent as recently as 2015. 

  • Beware of consumer reviews

    Product reviews that are posted on shopping websites, including Amazon.com, don’t provide an accurate reflection of the product’s actual benefit. 

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What's New

  • For the Jacques Cousteau in all of us

    In our March/April 2016 report, “Recreational Drones: Out of Control,” we told you that 1.6 million of the remote-controlled flying machines were sold in the United States in 2015.

  • The evolution of gift registries

    Myregistry.com didn’t create something unique by making partnerships with large retailers so gift registries that were filled out at those retailers could be combined into one list at its website.

  • ‘Hey, Google, save me electricity’

    Merkury Innovations’ Geeni Surge surge protector is touted as being the first smart surge-protecting power strip that’s compatible with Google Assistant, so you can turn on and off each device that’s plugged into the outlets of the power strip. That seems notable to us.

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Your Money

  • The battle for CFPB’s future

    Lost in the clamor over health-insurance repeal and tax reform has been a move by Republican members of Congress to attack Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

  • Chip-card backlash

    In September 2016, Visa reported that the U.S. switch to credit cards that include a security chip resulted in a 47 percent decrease in retail fraud.

  • Avoiding the wealth illusion

    According to an analysis that was published in February 2017 by Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College, 19 percent of those who were surveyed believe that they have enough money saved for retirement. In fact, they don’t, the analysis found. 

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