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Best Computer Free Stuff: Software, Apps, and Web Services

free PC World has compiled its annual list of the best free software, including travel and shopping tools, as well as those for business and home use. My vote this year goes to T-Mobile for their application that lets you make free calls from either your computer or smartphone to landlines and cellphones. Keep in mind that data gets used up except when on wi-fi.

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2012 Wacky Warning Label Finalists

The contenders this year for the wackiest warning label on a product include a griddle with a warning that it gets hot, an electric razor manufacturer who warns consumers not to use the shaver while sleeping, and a laptop holder connected to your car's steering wheel that warns it should not be used while driving.

Shoppers Pick Favorite Grocers

cart When thousands were asked to name their favorite grocer, Giant Food (sister chain to Stop & Shop) garnered first place. How do consumers pick their favorite? They base it primarily on location rather than other factors. Aldi was the top pick for low prices, and Walmart came in last place but only in categories such as quality of meat and produce, and courteous staff.

Thanks for Good Customer Service

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Consumer Quickies

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  • Major Networks Sue Dish Over Ad-Hopping DVR
  • In WI, Sketchy Consumer Wins Double his Lemon's Value
  • Top 5 Mistakes Novice Couponers Make
  • Clever Scheme Has You Fund Crooks' Gift Cards
  • Tide Pods, the Candy-like Detergent Packets, to Get Makeover
  • 5 Keys to Getting Hidden Hotel Deals
  • Restaurant System Miscalculates Tips Causing Overtipping
  • 1 in 5 PCs Don't Have Virus Protection!
  • Real Cell Bills Stink but Fake Ones are Worse
  • Do New Fuel-Saving Cars Really Deliver 40-mpg?
  • What the Color of Your Front Door Says About You
  • NJ Consumer Office Launches Charity-Checker App
  • Google Fights Bad Ads Removing Over 130 Million
  • Their Robot Can Debone a Chicken; Some Cry Foul
  • FDA Says Mfrs. Can't Call High Fructose Corn Syrup "Corn Syrup"
  • Consumer Reports to Distribute Doctor Ratings
  • Tropicana's "Natural" Claim Challenged in Court
  • L.A. May Ban Plastic Shopping Bags
  • Do Old People Really Smell Funny?
  • Windows 8 Revised Preview Reviewed

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  • Survey: Metric Measurements on Food Nutrition Labels Mislead Many
  • 2011 Return Policy Survey
  • Sears Caught Cramming Service Contracts onto Appliance Orders
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Reviewed
  • Groceries Price Comparison Survey: Drugstores vs. Supermarkets
  • Flaw Lets Hackers Spoof Your Caller ID to Gain Access to Your Credit Card Account History at Major Banks
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Reviewed
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