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Consumer Reports magazine | August

Published: August 2012
August 2012

Cover story

How to Protect Your Gadgets from Sand, Water, and Other Potential Hazards Can a basic zip-top plastic bag work as well as other products?
Latest developments in digital cameras and photography New models pack more in smaller bodies and offer useful features
What's new in smart phones, tablets, e-book readers, and more Find the best 'tech to go' for your staycation or summer travels


America's best restaurant chains We rate 102 of the biggest eateries to help you win at restaurant roulette
How safe is your hospital? Our new Ratings find that some are riskier than others
How to Stop Being Sleep-Deprived Insomnia is rampant but treatable, our survey finds
Top mattress brands and retailers Buying a new bed doesn't have to be a nightmare

Lab Tests

Best laundry detergents More than a dozen top picks swamp a sea of competitors


BMW 328i and Mercedes-Benz C250 review A sporty, fuel-efficient 3 Series has the edge in a classic showdown
Chevrolet Malibu Eco review Fuel-efficient family sedan puts the 'mild' in hybrid
Debunking fuel-economy myths Get a reality check on 7 common fuel-saving misconceptions
Scion iQ review IQ test reveals a low score

Up Front

Attack of the ‘zombie’ bank account Some banks reopen accounts—and impose fees—even after they've been closed
Best pasta sauces Find out which marinara and tomato sauces come out on top on top of spaghetti
Homemade vs. store-bought lemonade Whether life hands you lemons or not, make your own lemonade
How to take care of your eyeglasses We asked experts and lens makers for their advice
Is Pepsi next the next Big Thing in Sodas? We pitted this lower-calorie cola against two brandmates
Pedestrian injuries and cell phones Hundreds of 'nonmotorized' people are injured each year while distracted by cell phones

CR Money

Beware of bogus phone-bill fees Consumers could be losing $2 billion to cramming each year


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From our president: Bank accountable
Selling It A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas
Viewpoint A monthly perspective on the latest challenges facing consumers

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