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5 apps that make you more productive

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Smartphone apps generally tend to serve as a distraction, but what about using tech to get motivated and achieve your goals? These apps promise to help you become more productive, whether you want to read more books, lose weight or tackle a project -- some in rather unconventional ways. Want more? Check out our hands-on test of the Astrid To-Do List app. aherk_step1.png AherkFree; onlineAherk describes itself as a "goal-oriente ...
Full article at: Consumer Search Apr 23 2013, 10:26am CDT

Three ways to recycle your used athletic shoes

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If you exercise regularly, you probably wear through sneakers rather quickly. Rather than throw away those used shoes, recycle them. Your old shoes could help foster a microbusiness in Africa, protect the feet of a needy child in Haiti, become part of a new tennis court, or live ...
Full article at: Consumer Search Apr 19 2013, 10:00am CDT

CRT challenge looks for new ways to get rid of old picture tubes

The cathode-ray tube (CRT) is, for all intents and purposes, dead. Long the predominant technology for TVs, computer monitors, and more, CRTs have given way to beautiful flat-panel monitors, mostly LCDs.But while the CRT is dead, it can't be forgotten -- not with somewhere around two billion pounds of obsolete TVs, computer monitors and other hardware that's reaching the end of its product lifecycle. What to do with all of that e-waste -- in parti ...
Full article at: Consumer Search Apr 16 2013, 9:32am CDT

Is it time to break the sippy cup habit?

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Sippy cups are a staple of the American family. While virtually all parents know that weaning baby from the bottle is inevitable, many assume that the sippy stage can go on well past babyhood for their spill-prone toddlers. However, speech pathologists warn that the leak-proof spouts that parents and tots love so much may be just as ...
Full article at: Consumer Search Apr 15 2013, 11:21am CDT

4 multitasking baby products that save you money

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Those calming breaths you learned to do in childbirth class? They'll come in handy in the baby superstore aisle, too. That's because baby products are a $9.8 billion industry in the U.S. with hundreds of new products added to the line-up each year. To save money, it pays to buy products that do more than one thing or that can be converted to something non-baby-related later. Here are four baby products that can give you your money's worth. grassdryer.jpg Boon Win ...
Full article at: Consumer Search Apr 5 2013, 10:44am CDT

From iPod to iWatch: Apple's next big thing

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Apple is famous for its splashy press conferences, which typically involve a big product launch (and sometimes "one more thing.") From the iPod to the iPhone, many of their products have been technological game-changers that inspire fierce customer loyalty. Rumors abound about Apple's next big thing. Will it be a phone/tablet hybrid? An iWatch? Or something else? Here's a look at Apple's splashiest product ...
Full article at: Consumer Search Apr 2 2013, 9:51am CDT

How to build the perfect cookware set, one piece at a time

In researching our recent report on cookware, we identified several top-rated sets. However, we kept coming across the same complaint: The cookware sets many consumers bought don't contain the pieces they need most. The editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine agree, saying manufacturers usually include cookware that isn't the right size or shape, while omitting must-have pots and pans. We set o ...
Full article at: Consumer Search Apr 1 2013, 9:46am CDT

5 Free Youtube fitness programs

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Here's a secret: Many top home fitness celebrities post free workouts on YouTube. But of the more than 600,000 videos that come up when searching for "fitness workouts," which is the best?I looked past the muscle and the rippling physiques of the most popular fitness channels to put together this guide of who to follow and who to forgo (without critiquing their methods or effectiveness), so you know ...
Full article at: Consumer Search Mar 29 2013, 9:42am CDT

Should you file your taxes on your smartphone?

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Yes, you really can file your taxes on your smartphone. But should you? TurboTax's SnapTax 2012 (*Est. $25 to e-file (free download)) promises to do your taxes in 10 minutes. Snap a photo of your W-2, answer a few simple questions -- you're done. H&R Block 1040EZ for Smartphone (Free download and e-file) works the same way. "But how good are they?" asks Salvador Rodriguez at the L.A. Times. "Can users file their federal taxes with just a ...
Full article at: Consumer Search Mar 26 2013, 9:34am CDT

Buying a leftover TV

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It's March Madness time again. No, I'm not talking about the big college basketball tournament that started this past weekend. Rather I'm referring to that time of year when TV makers are willing to do what it takes -- for the most part -- to clear store shelves of their 2012 models before the 2013 sets go on sale. In addition, some trends in TV retailing make picking up a leftover set an even better deal than in years ...
Full article at: Consumer Search Mar 25 2013, 11:31am CDT

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