Regulators work on furnace efficiency standards after a lawsuit derailed past rule changes. Manufacturers say they’re trying to be more efficient anyway.
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More computer peripherals are Bluetooth-compatible.
Ultrahigh-definition Blu-ray Discs are on the way, and the cost of streaming Blu-ray Disc players continues to drop.
Thanks to new hard drives and operating systems, home computers still are worth a look for consumers.
Today's best backup and data-retrieval software.
Models that sync up with smartphones remain pricey.
The big news is larger designs.
Faster Web-page loading is the rule of the day.
Tablets that run on Google Android and Microsoft Windows 8 operating systems are giving Apple’s iPad a run for its money.
Consumer models lack the benefits to justify their prices.
Today’s flat-panel-TV mounts handle larger screen sizes and can allow TVs to hug much closer to the wall.
You should wait at least a year for broadcast standards to catch up with ultrahigh-definition resolution before you take the plunge.
PMPs aren’t evolving as quickly as smartphones are.
Most systems require a smartphone or a tablet.
The new combo: desks and notebook computers.
New cameras and camcorders address competition from smartphones.
A lack of regulation can lead to unlicensed workers installing home-security systems.
You can’t count on the availability of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and downloadable programs beyond 2013.
Streaming-video boxes deliver more features than ever.
It’s difficult to judge which service best suits your demands.
Manufacturers have banished AM/FM bands from most of their low-priced models, but you can find Internet connectivity in table radios at all price ranges.
The latest webcams include built-in video-acceleration software, image enhancement and noise cancellation.
Tweaks to the latest models include Internet protocol.
Wireless carriers will attempt to control network traffic growth by introducing new fees or by limiting access for smartphones.
Today’s smartphones are bigger, more versatile and, well, smarter than ever before.
The rush to e-books isn’t without its obstacles, as questions arise about compatibility, sharing and pricing.
Top models aren’t worth the money for most consumers.
New GPS receivers act as compasses and altimeters.
Notable innovations are in headphones at all prices.
Editing software has become easier to use.
It’s bad enough that Americans pay $18 billion annually in cellphone fees and taxes. Now state and local governments are diverting that revenue to plug budget holes.
The possible connection between cellphone-radiation emissions and health risks is worrisome—and seemingly ignored.
Hidden data collectors track your online activity.
Mini stereos compete with speaker docks.
Your best bet is to buy a separate sleeve for tablet computers, netbook computers and e-book readers.
Now you have a wider choice of how your sounds fit in with your outdoor living space.
Monitor and control your home-security system from your smartphone.
A large amp doesn't mean best car-audio performance.
Internet access is becoming essential, but consumers are locking into service that’s not as fast as it’s advertised to be.
Following Nintendo’s lead, Microsoft and Sony are introducing motion-tracking systems for their video-game consoles.
The growth of smartphone apps causes much confusion.
Can you trust the “cloud” to keep your personal data safe?
Bonus tracks and personalized playlists, for a fee.
New batteries are smaller and more eco-friendly but only slightly better than what you might have at home.
Buying cellphone service today can be fuzzy. Third-generation access (3G) is growing. Data-service options abound. And the courts are grappling with early termination fees.
How, where and when we watch TV is about to change forever.
Think twice before you take your computer to the nearest repair specialist. Many people are scammed by technicians who are moved more by profit than principle.