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  • Watch out for false claims in advertising Consumer Reports - 2 hours 54 minutes ago

    The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it had sent letters to more than 60 companies, including 20 of the 100 largest advertising firms in the country, warning about missing or hard...

  • Don't let customer service reps steer you wrong Consumer Reports - 17 hours ago

    When calling a company’s customer service, don’t always trust what you hear the first time. It can pay to verify. Case in point: Recently I rented a car and wanted to use my own E-ZPass toll tra...

  • Latest news about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Consumer Reports - 18 hours ago

    Consumer Reports test results find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed Do the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus bend? We plan to find out for sure. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gain on top Android models Will ...

  • Like previous retailers hurt by data breaches, Home Depot started offering free credit monitoring once it discovered that its security had been compromised. We wanted to know whether affected cus...

  • How to get a jump on Black Friday Consumer Reports - 20 hours ago

    If you want to reduce stress and stretch your tight budget dollars this holiday shopping season, skip Black Friday and start hunting for bargains when black cats are still in vogue. As we've prev...

  • What to do if you lose your health insurance Consumer Reports - 21 hours ago

    There are lots of ways to lose your health insurance. You can lose or quit your job, get a divorce, get kicked off your parent’s plan when you turn 26, move out of state, come to the end of your ...

  • If you want to reduce stress and stretch your tight budget dollars this holiday shopping season, skip Black Friday and start hunting for bargains when black cats are still in vogue. As we've prev...

  • 4 easy ways to cut calories from your lunchbox Consumer Reports - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Kids aren't the only ones who like noshing on cheese and cold cuts on soft, squishy white bread. Ask a few grown-ups and they will probably vote for that combo in their lunch sack over veggie sti...

  • Is playing the frequent flyer redemption game worth it? “It’s a mistake to think of frequent-flyer miles as an extra,” Tim Winship of FrequentFlier.com said. “The cost of frequent-flyer miles is ...

  • Is Disney's 'Elsa' the blockbuster holiday toy? Consumer Reports - Sat, Sep 27, 2014 7:15 AM EDT

    Surfing channels recently, I stopped on QVC for a Joy of Christmas promotion (in mid September, mind you), mesmerized by the frenzy around a little singing doll. By the time I tuned in, nearly 42...

  • Two days ago, the Internet erupted with photos of bent iPhone 6s, and a very-viral video of a guy creasing an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. It seemed like a serious concern, yet everything a...

  • Airline fees should be revealed before you buy a ticket Consumer Reports - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Early fall is prime airline-ticket-buying season, and seats are already filling up for holiday and winter travel between Thanksgiving and the New Year. At Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy...

  • How to invest like a billionaire Consumer Reports - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Everyone wants to be a billionaire—or at least trade like one. That’s the assumption behind a relatively new company, iBillionaire, based in New York City. The company, which presented at the Fin...

  • 8 tips for navigating the health insurance maze Consumer Reports - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    Open enrollment season for health insurance is coming up soon. Here are eight things you should know. 1. Enroll on time If you buy insurance on your own, be aware that the open enrollment period ...

  • Just a week after Apple released iOS 8, it pushed out a routine update, version 8.0.1, specifically for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The patch was intended to fix several bugs on the new iPhones—...

  • Can your frequent flyer miles really get you to where you want to go? Consumer Reports - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Members of frequent-flyer programs often spend lots of time trying to build up miles with one goal in mind: a free trip to somewhere great. Some people might even go far out of their way to earn ...

  • It's time to get mad about the outrageous cost of health care Consumer Reports - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Person for person, health care in the U.S. costs about twice as much as it does in the rest of the developed world. In fact, if our $3 trillion health care sector were its own country, it would b...

  • How America shops now Consumer Reports - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    The Great Recession that started in late 2007 turned the American shopper—famous for our free-spending ways—into the American scrimper. Thanks to the downturn we’ve been buying less of everything...

  • Health insurance plans that help hold down costs Consumer Reports - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    A good health care plan should provide high overall quality and help members avoid unnecessary medical care. That can help cut health care costs and reduce the risks that come with all medical te...

  • Get your car fixed for (almost) free Consumer Reports - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Nothing’s more frustrating to a car owner than a vehicle whose paint starts peeling or whose roof is leaking just a few years after leaving the dealer’s lot. Having to make expensive, post-warran...

  • Do the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus bend? We plan to find out for sure. Consumer Reports - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 6:15 PM EDT

    It's been a hard day for Apple. It pushed out an update of its mobile operating system, iOS 8.0.1, but then had to yank it after users started pointing out problems with the Touch ID fingerprint ...

  • One way to make money with a stash of cash Consumer Reports - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    If you’ve got a lot of cash, think stocks are too risky, and believe that bond prices have no where to go but down, here’s an idea: Put the cash in your checking account to work. You can do it w...

  • BlackBerry Passport smart phone focuses squarely on business users Consumer Reports - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    BlackBerry hopes to reshape smart-phone design with its new Passport, a square-shaped phone meant for business users. We haven’t had our hands on the Passport yet, but the specs are interesting. ...

  • Cuckoo 2 Connected Watch: Is this basic smart watch worth the money? Consumer Reports - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 3:45 PM EDT

    If you like analog watches (you know, the old-fashioned kind with moving hands) but want a few smart features, the Cuckoo 2 Connected Watch ($150) might be more appealing than its squarish, full-...

  • You’re going to change the way you pay Consumer Reports - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 3:00 PM EDT

    “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” goes the old saying. For years, that approach worked just fine with the way we pay for products with plastic. Just swipe the card through a card reader next to t...

  • Best & Worst of 2014 Consumer Reports - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    What a year it’s been. Super viruses invading our computers. TVs getting bigger, and smart phones getting smarter. Cool cars on the road—yoo-hoo Tesla!—and nasty stuff in our chicken (ugh, salmon...

  • New free tool may help you deal with debt collectors Consumer Reports - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 6:00 PM EDT

    Consumers hounded by shady collection agencies can get some high-tech help from Debt Lookup, a free, online service I viewed today at Finovate Fall, the financial technology conference held each ...

  • It says 'free' but it's really just a bad deal Consumer Reports - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    I’m sitting here sipping the last sugary dregs from my free cup of McDonald's coffee and thinking about how companies use and abuse the word “free.” Sometimes products and services are truly free...

  • Didn't buy into the Alibaba IPO? You may own it anyway. Consumer Reports - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

    It’s huge initial public offering over, the market has appraised Alibaba, assigning it a market capitalization of more than $230 billion at the end of its first day of trading. For now, the all-e...

  • 9 Steps to protect against credit card fraud Consumer Reports - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    Are you suffering from security breach burnout in the wake of the huge hacker attack on Home Depot? The do-it-yourself retailing giant says the data heist that went down from last April through S...

  • 17 American companies that offer great guarantees Consumer Reports - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    What separates a good company from a great one? Often, it’s the way it treats its customers and its willingness to go the extra mile to keep them content. At a time of shorter and stingier produc...

  • Make big bucks using Airbnb, home exchanges, solar and wind power Consumer Reports - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    In September 1998, Susan Wojcicki rented out her garage to help defray mortgage payments. Two students from nearby Stanford University paid $1,700 per month to use it as an office for their start...

  • Will new Vizio P-series UHD TVs push other brands to cut prices? Consumer Reports - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT

    If you've been flirting with a new Ultra HD TV but have been turned off by their high prices, Vizio might make you glad you've waited. Models in its new P-series UHD TV lineup, which we previewed...

  • What's behind the health insurance rankings Consumer Reports - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Our rankings of private, Medicare, and Medicaid health insurance plans are based on data and calculations from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a nonprofit group that develops...

  • Help Consumer Reports fight surprise medical bills Consumer Reports - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Elisabeth Rosenthal's New York Times article about outrageous surprise medical bills was the most e-mailed article on the site yesterday. And no wonder: Who wouldn't be outraged by five- or even ...

  • Photography and video innovations at Photokina Consumer Reports - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    At the Photokina exhibit, camera makers attempted to one-up each other in every conceivable way. This year, 4K resolution was in the spotlight. The most intriguing example was at the Panasonic b...

  • New cameras with new designs Consumer Reports - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 11:30 AM EDT

    Camera companies have been hard at work designing new models for Photokina, the mammoth biennial trade show that takes place in Cologne, Germany. Ricoh introduced a futuristic-looking action cam,...

  • 7 steps to take if Avis Car Rental overcharges you Consumer Reports - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    "On Your Side” is a new Consumer Reports feature that coaches real consumers on how to solve their real problems. Our first case involves Colette G., from Bend, Oregon, who was improperly charged......

  • Go to college for free if you're over 50 Consumer Reports - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Here’s a paradox: If you’re young and eager to complete a college degree, the expenses can be crushing. But if you’re 50-plus and in no hurry, you may be able to get that same education free. Wan...

  • Do women or men save more for retirement? Consumer Reports - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau underlines the challenges women have not only in earning a decent living, but also in financing retirement. Women make less than men—just 78 cents for ev...

  • That designer dress you bought could be a fake Consumer Reports - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The last thing you want after spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a designer wedding gown or any other product is to find out it's a not-so-fabulous fake. The New Jersey attorney ge...

  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gain on top Android models Consumer Reports - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 5:20 PM EDT

    The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit stores today. Consumer Reports buys the products we evaluate just like ordinary consumers do, without revealing our identities. So at 1:00 a.m., our secret shopp...

  • Don't deny consumers the right to sound off online Consumer Reports - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 5:10 PM EDT

    If you’ve got a beef with a business, you might go to an online review site such as Yelp, Angie’s List, or TripAdvisor and tell readers about your bad experience. (Check our user's guide to user ...

  • Camera companies focus on new advanced models at European photo show Consumer Reports - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    Almost all of the major camera companies have introduced at least one advanced camera—either an SLR, a mirrorless SLR-like, or an advanced point-and-shoot—at this year’s giant photography show, P...

  • An alternative approach to investing in stocks Consumer Reports - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    If you believe that a robot uprising is in our future or that 3D printing will revolutionize manufacturing, you might be tempted to make a little money from it. And there are plenty of firms out ...

  • 7 questions you need to ask your financial adviser Consumer Reports - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:45 AM EDT

    Does your relationship with your financial adviser leave you with a nagging case of buyer’s remorse? Do you sense that somehow you should be getting more—but you’re not sure what? Maybe the probl...

  • Join Consumer Reports at the New York World Maker Faire 2014 Consumer Reports - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    On Sept. 20 and 21—that's this weekend!—the World Maker Faire descends on New York City. It's a festival featuring all things made by hand, from handcrafts to sophisticated science projects, a re...

  • Should parents limit screen time for kids 12 and younger? Consumer Reports - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT

    Adults have been worried about kids watching too much TV since, well, forever. But it really is different now that we are all surrounded by screens nearly all the time—televisions, tablets, compu...

  • 3 great iOS 8 features for now, and 3 for later Consumer Reports - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 10:00 PM EDT

    If you're an iPhone user who's not in the market for the new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, there is still and upgrade waiting for you. On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 8, the latest version of its mobile o...

  • Amazon comes out with its first $100 tablet Consumer Reports - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 9:00 PM EDT

    Amazon today launched its lowest-priced tablet yet, which also happens to be the smallest we’ve seen so far. The $99 Kindle Fire HD has a 6-inch display, 1080p resolution, and a quad-core process...

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