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Which Cell Carrier is Fastest?

cell phone PC Magazine went all over the country testing the data speeds and reliability of the big four cell carriers: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. See how each carrier fared in your part of the country.

What Foods Nutritionists Deem Healthy Differ from Consumer Perceptions

veggies The New York Times surveyed both nutritionists and average Americans to get their views about what foods are healthy and which are not. Surprisingly, food that nutritionists say is great for you to eat often ranks lower in consumers' minds, and vice versa. For example, while 70% of Americans thought granola bars were healthy, less than 30% of nutritionists agreed. See how common foods are ranked.


With Only One Car Insurance Claim, Rates Soar 44%

car wreck A recent study reveals that drivers who file even one claim are likely to see rate hikes of 44% on average. When trying to decide whether to put in a claim or pay for the damage out of pocket, use this handy calculator specific to your state to judge the future effect on your rates.

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Mouse Print* -- Amazon Finally Drops Deceptive List Price Comparisons

mouse print For years, Mouse Print* has been very vocal about retailers that make false savings claims by comparing their current sale price to an often fictitious or outdated "list price." Amazon has been one of the worst offenders among online stores, until a few weeks ago. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Back to School Sales Begin

The kids just got out of school, and already retailers are promoting back to school sales. Staples is advertising "all season" long prices for some items like spiral notebooks - 17 cents each (wide or college ruled). OfficeMax/Office Depot has a number of items for a quarter: 24 Crayola crayons, single Sharpies, and 5-packs of Bic highlighters.

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Wood Stain Ratings

Consumer Reports just released its annual list of best and worst wood stains. Solids perform best, and transparent ones are almost useless. Here are a few of the top-rated stains in the solid and semi-transparent categories.

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