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July 2015
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What's new on ConsumerReports.org
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Find out what we're testing and when. Visit ConsumerReports.org to find information on the products and services you use every day.
How to stop a superbug
More and more antibiotics no longer work, and dangerous bugs are making us sicker. What can we do about it before it's too late? Check part one of our investigative series "The Rise of Superbugs," to learn more.

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Deep discounts in July
We track prices year-round, so we can tell you when products are on sale, month by month. Planning a vacation at the beach this summer? You can find deep discounts on bathing suits in July. Planning a stay-cation? Outdoor furniture will be on sale, too, so you can spruce up your deck, patio, or balcony.

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4 smart sun-safety strategies
4 smart sun-safety strategies
As you shed layers this summer, you’re also exposing your skin to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Many people have misconceptions about how to stay safe in the sun. Here are four common mistakes to avoid.
Create the perfect kitchen
Create the perfect kitchen
As the cook or as a cook's companion perched at the kitchen island, have you ever noticed that some kitchens are a joy to be in, and others fall short? Each kitchen is unique, but the best share certain elements.
Wireless gadgets for summer
Wireless gadgets for summer
Whether you want to crank tunes at a backyard barbecue or share photos from the beach over the upcoming July 4th holiday, these three wireless gadgets for summer will let you unplug but remain connected.
Excessive oil consumption isn't normal
Excessive oil consumption isn't normal
Cars under warranty shouldn’t burn oil. And most don’t. But we found that several auto manufacturers are building engines that require frequently topping off the oil reservoir between recommended oil changes. That’s a worry and cost that a new-car owner shouldn’t have.
How the Supreme Court ruling affects the finances of same-sex couples
How the Supreme Court ruling affects the finances of same-sex couples
Same-sex couples stand to gain considerable financial benefits from the Supreme Court’s decision effectively legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Now, couples can file state taxes jointly, file for spousal and survivor benefits through Social Security, and other financial perks.
Most fun cars to drive
Most fun cars to drive
Fun to drive is a subjective measure—an elusive quality that can mean different things to different people. From our experience, a car can have a very powerful engine and accelerate quickly, but without handling agility, it's not much fun. Check our list for more details.
5 large appliances that save lots of time
5 large appliances that save lots of time
Chores like laundry and dinner prep are probably chewing up more of your day than they need to. Pick the right machines to cut laundry time and dish-washing cycles.
Life expectancy and retirement planning
Life expectancy and retirement planning
Family history is the clue many of us use to predict our life expectancy. But it's a complex and inexact science. Understanding what contributes to your life expectancy could help you plan for what lies ahead.
How good is the revolutionary 2015 Ford F-150?
How good is the revolutionary 2015 Ford F-150?
With all of the hoopla surrounding the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150, it's way too easy to forget one simple question: Is it a good truck? And we have the answer. Indeed, the F-150 is a good truck—but the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra and Ram 1500 are better.

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