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Here's What Gives Pools That Chlorine-y Smell (Spoiler: It's Gross)

<b>The Question:</b> Do I <i>really</i> have to shower before I go swimming?<p><b>The Answer:</b> That sign in the locker room is not a mere suggestion. While very few of us would skip a post-swim shower (got to get that icky chlorine off!), we should probably follow the pre-swim rules with a little more vigor.<p>"If we don't …

9 reasons to skip a new tattoo

If you’re thinking about getting some ink, consider these potential health risks before you commit.<p>With 40 percent of Americans between the ages of …

Tattoos

Credit, debit or cash? 7 scenarios show when to use each

<i>TODAY financial editor Jean Chatzky offers some advice about when you should pay for purchases with your</i> <i>credit card, your</i> <i>debit card or cold, hard cash.</i><p><b>WATCH: Should you use credit or debit to shop online?</b><p><b>Want to see a favorite small shop stay in business?</b> <b>Use cash</b><p>Banks charge "interchange fees" on …

Personal Finance

Why You Should Buy a Winter Coat Right Now

Scoring deals and saving money can be some of the best parts about shopping. Summer is a great time to shop, because retailers know that consumers …

Personal Finance

Identity theft risks lurk in your kid’s backpack

While you’re out searching for the perfect back-to-school backpack for your child, the more important consideration than style, size and color should be — what can happen if a dishonest person gets a hold of it? The things your child carries in his or her rucksack can become weapons of your …

Identity Theft

Airline Ticket Prices Shown to Vary Wildly Among Seats on the Same Flight

Need another reason to complain about your airline seatmate? He or she may have spent less than half what you did for the ticket.<p>The price of airline …

Flying

Is Your Watch Or Thermostat A Spy? Cybersecurity Firms Are On It

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VIZIO Recalls to Repair 39- and 42-Inch E-Series Flat Panel Televisions

This recall involves Vizio E-series 39- and 42-inch Full-Array LED flat panel televisions. The flat panel televisions are black with "VIZIO" printed …

Wi-Fi hotspots a hotbed for hacker activity

10 things getting more expensive this fall

Get your wallets ready, because fall will be here before you know it.<p>The season brings its own list of expenses: Kids need school supplies and …

National Retail Federation

Your credit card might have an off switch soon

Emerging technology gives consumers the ability to turn their credit and debit cards on and off through a smartphone app, a capability that can not …

How Hackable Is Your Car? Consult This Handy Chart

Last year, when hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek showed they could hijack the steering and brakes of a Ford Escape and a Toyota Prius with …

3 Reasons To Keep Your Phone Away from the Bed

Ever fall asleep while Insta-scrolling on your smartphone—or purposely leave it on your bed while you snooze? You’re not alone: 44% of cell phone …

Sleep

Electric-vehicle charging stations sprouting all over California

Gas pumps still rule the roadways, but electric-vehicle chargers are moving up fast, being added by the dozens in California, the world’s No. 1 …

Facebook color scam infecting computers, smartphones

There's a new Facebook app that claims it can change the color of your profile page, but the app is really a virus.<p>More than 10,000 people around the …

Apps

Forget Glasses. Soon Your Computer Display Will Correct Your Vision

Display screens that alter themselves to meet your eyeglass prescription mean that your spectacle days may be over. Unless there is something that’s not on a screen you might want to see.<p>Whether we’re reading articles or emails or tweets, most of us probably spend more time reading online than …

It's Disturbingly Likely That Your Credit Report Is Wrong

Jeffrey Beaubien likes to review his credit score on his birthday every year.<p>The 47-year-old father of two has good reason to stay on top of his credit rating. In 2012, he says, he found out that the three biggest credit bureaus in the country had made a whopping mistake on his credit reports: They …

Are Prepaid Debit Cards the Next Big Target of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

In yet another sign of the mainstreaming of prepaid debit cards (aka re-loadable cards), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced that it would begin accepting complaints from Americans encountering problems with these increasingly popular financial products. Although the …

Finance

Finally, Some Good News About Your Credit Score

FICO announced on last week a new version of its credit scoring model will debut this fall. This new version, FICO Score 9, throws a lifeline to …

Personal Finance

Your Coffee Might Have Wheat or Twigs Hidden in It

Do you think your morning cup of joe — before you put the cream and sugar in, anyway — is pure unadulterated ground beans? Think again.<p>Coffee …

American Chemical Society

How Much Money Can You Save By Switching to an Electric Car?

University of California at Davis’ Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center has just released a great tool for finding out how much you …

Smartphones vs. point-and-shoot cameras

I have been using a point-and-shoot camera for over 50 years, starting with a Kodak Brownie. While technology has really changed the size, shape and technique involved, the principles have remained the same: You’re exposing light onto film or a sensor with the intensity controlled by a shutter and …

How To Choose A Freezer - Consumer Reports News

While feature-filled refrigerators get all the attention, stand-alone freezers are becoming better too. The newest models have more storage options …

The Gross Truth About How Often You Should Replace...

The Gross Truth About How Often You Should Replace Your Pillow<br>Huffington Post<br>The answer: Nearly 70 percent of people say a comfortable pillow is very …

House Calls Keep People Out Of Nursing Homes And Save Money

When it comes to reining in medical costs, delivering more health care and bringing it right to the patient's home can, for a select group of patients, save money.<p>We prevent crises. - Dr. Eric De Jonge, Medstar Washington Hospital Center<p>These particular patients are elders struggling with multiple …