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Consumer Smart watches for the techie on your list Smart watches for the techie on your list (Video)
Having a smart phone means you can get calls just about anywhere. Having a smart watch lets you see who’s calling without even digging out your smart phone. You just look at the watch to see the notifications, see what time it is and see who’s calling.
Consumer Is coffee good for you? Is coffee good for you?
Coffee has a lot going for it. Consumer Reports looked at the research and found that coffee may make you happier. Researchers found that long-term coffee drinkers are less likely to develop depression.
Consumer Purrfect Arch: Does it work? Purrfect Arch: Does it work? (Video)
A new pet product promises to help solve the problem of shedding cat hair by letting cats groom themselves as they play. It's called Purrfect Arch and it's billed as a self-groomer and massager all in one for $19.99.
Consumer Hand sanitizers vs soap and water Hand sanitizers vs soap and water
It seems like hand sanitizers are everywhere these days. You see dispensers in public places and a lot of us carry around those little bottles of alcohol gel. So here’s a question: Is a hand sanitizer a good substitute for spa and water?
Consumer Some foods don't mix with certain prescription drugs Some foods don't mix with certain prescription drugs
As we get older, we often take more drugs. It's not uncommon for someone in their mid to late 60's to be on more than a dozen prescription medications.

That's why it's so important to watch what you eat. Certain foods can interact with these drugs and cause serious problems.
Consumer Watch out for copycat apps Watch out for copycat apps
Before you hit download – stop and check. Make sure you're getting the real deal and not some third-party copycat app that's could be malware or spyware that can collect you personal information.
Consumer Getting Wi-Fi throughout your house Getting Wi-Fi throughout your house
We’re dependent on Wi-Fi to access the Internet in different parts of our homes. But too often service is sluggish or there are dead zones. Consumer Reports has advice to help improve Wi-Fi in your house.
Consumer How old is too old for some medical tests? How old is too old for some medical tests?
Screening tests, like mammograms and colonoscopies, save lives. They can detect medical problems in the early stages when they can be successfully treated.

But as we get older, some of these screening tests may no longer be needed.
Consumer Why does my cat scratch the furniture? Why does my cat scratch the furniture?
Cats have claws and they like to use them. This can create real problems in the home.

So why do cats scratch furniture?

Kate Benjamin, co-author of the book Catification: Designing a Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You), says it's instinct.