June 2015 Consumer Reports: Are Your Devices Watching You?

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intro-smartHubTVAngledMany of us have these common everyday devices in our homes–thermostats, door locks, coffeemakers, TVs. But did you know that some of these “smart” devices may be collecting information from you? For example, many smart TVs have technology built in that tracks what you watch and can transmit it back to a third party. For more information, check out the article “In the Privacy of Your Own Home” in this issue of Consumer Reports.

Do you have trouble understanding airline frequent-flyer programs? If so, “The Ultimate Frequent-Flyer Guide” article may help you.

If you like seafood, especially shrimp, check out the article on “How Safe is Your Shrimp?” Did you know that shrimp may travel as many as 8,000 miles from shrimp farm to your table? The article also includes information on how to handle and prepare shrimp safely.

In these summer months, many of us spend a lot of time on our patios. Check out the article on how to create your own “outdoor oasis,” including information on how to dress up and spruce up your outdoor oasis, and ratings for exterior paints and stains, grills and wireless speakers.

Any chip lovers out there?  Do you feel guilty about serving calorie- and fat-laden – chips to your guests?  For some healthy alternatives, check out the “Crunch Time!” article, featuring information on less common chips such as falafel, kale and vegetable.

More in this issue:

  • Ratings for bike helmets
  • Ratings for point-and-shoot cameras
  • Article on how to get your car to 200,000 miles
  • Article on “10 Great Used Cars Under 10 Grand”

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2010 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Public Library card.

Reference Staff, Warrenton central library



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