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  • 4 tips for better underwater photos and video Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 2:45 PM EDT

    If you’re interested in shooting photos or video underwater, you have a variety of equipment choices. The cheapest option is a waterproof point-and-shoot, such as the Nikon Coolpix AW120 or an ac...

  • 5 questions to ask before buying a Chromebook Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 2:15 PM EDT

    Do a search on Amazon for Chromebook, and you’ll find a surprisingly large selection of these laptops. Most sales had been to the education market early on, but research firm Gartner says this ye...

  • Are health insurance premiums skyrocketing in 2015? Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    “O-care premiums to skyrocket,” said a headline in The Hill, a widely-read website on politics. That dire forecast was a dream come true for legions of the Affordable Care Act's detractors, who s...

  • Medical debts can hurt even long after they're paid Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    When you suffer a serious illness or injury, the bills can start stacking up fast. Soon enough, you could find yourself saddled with a pile of medical debt, with your account turned over to a col...

  • Hallmarks of horrible customer service Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Just about all of us will need to contact customer service at some point, and too often the outcome ends in frustration. Topping the list of irritants are thoughtless, indifferent, and just plain...

  • College bank cards may be an expensive welcome Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 3:30 PM EDT

    From their very first day at college, many students will be paying fees to banks. Financial institutions—some of which have exclusive marketing rights on particular campuses—steer students into s...

  • Why you may need to protect an IRA Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 1:45 PM EDT

    If you file for bankruptcy protection, up to about $1.25 million in assets in your IRAs are protected from claims by creditors. But an exception is any IRAs that you’ve inherited, the U.S. Suprem...

  • 7 products on deep discount in September Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:30 PM EDT

    Hurry up and grab these discounts! We've found seven products that are at their lowest prices in September, including gas grills. Our market research experts keep track of price fluctuations, and...

  • How to score discounts when shopping and eating out Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:30 PM EDT

    Everyone loves a discount. And people of a certain age can snag one . . . by that we mean young and old. Students often qualify for a break, and so do senior citizens. Ages vary widely, but be su...

  • New Samsung Gear S smart watch can work without a phone Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT

    Samsung, the busiest smart-watch maker in the universe, today announced yet another new wearable, the Gear S. What’s new is that this smart watch offers 3G connectivity as well as Wi-Fi and Bluet...

  • Flu-shot shopping made easy Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    The symptoms come on fast and strong: muscle aches and pain, fever, headaches, and exhaustion. The flu can knock you out for weeks—and that’s if you’re a healthy young adult. For the young, the o...

  • Where do cost-conscious American women do their grocery shopping? Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Supermarkets, move over. Women are increasingly going elsewhere to do their shopping in hopes of saving more money. Though supermarkets still dominate the grocery shopping realm, other venues inc...

  • How to beat the high cost of filling your gas tank Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Gasoline prices have come down a bit since peaking in late April at more than $3.60 per gallon, according to federal data. But filling up will still cost you a pretty penny. Just consider that if...

  • 7 ways to save money on your electronics Consumer Reports - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 2:15 PM EDT

    We love our gadgets, but they sometimes cost us more than we expected—even after we bring them home. Our experts have lots of tips on how to save money when it comes to buying, using, and eventua...

  • Stop freaking out about retirement Consumer Reports - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Maybe it’s time to retire the word “retirement.” For millions of working Americans, the idea of scrapping work cold turkey one day is unfathomable. Reports that workers are saving too little—conf...

  • Why women should think differently about retirement planning Consumer Reports - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    A healthy man of 65 has a 40 percent likelihood of living to age 85, the Society of Actuaries reports, but for a 65-year-old woman, the odds are better than even. Women live longer, so they need ...

  • I don’t put much stock in most of the rumors about the iPhone 6—including the notion that it’s going to be called the iPhone 6. There was only one time that accurate details about a coming Apple ...

  • Will you be able to help your college-age child in a medical emergency? Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    Early one October morning, Sheri E. Warsh, a mother of three from Highland Park, Ill., stepped out of the shower to a ringing phone. On the other end, her 18-year-old son’s college roommate deliv...

  • How to save money when shopping for college textbooks Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:45 PM EDT

    College textbooks. For students like me, they're a necessary, expensive evil. College students estimated they spent about $638 on textbooks and other required materials for the 2013-2014 academic...

  • Apple iWatch Rumors: What We Know Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:30 PM EDT

    Ever since the first appearance of the smart watch, tech fans have speculated about what kind of wrist-wearable device Apple might create. The company is known for entering digital categories aft...

  • 4 reasons why people object to Google Glass Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    When you start using a convenient, new digital product, whether it’s Facebook or a shopping app, you often have to compromise your privacy. It’s a trade-off. But critics of Google Glass say that ...

  • Should you buy earthquake insurance? Consumer Reports - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 6:00 PM EDT

    Last weekend’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa, Calif., may be easy to dismiss if you live outside the West Coast, but it should prompt homeowners coast-to-coast to check their risk to determine...

  • Is Tivo's new Roamio OTA DVR a cord-cutter's dream? Consumer Reports - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 5:15 PM EDT

    If you're a current or potential cord-cutter who's been lamenting the loss of Aereo's ability to record over-the-air TV signals, there's soon going to be another option: the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR, ...

  • The problem with passwords Consumer Reports - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Let’s be honest: You probably don’t have more than three unique passwords; you probably use one e-mail address to sign up for multiple services such as Facebook, Amazon, and online banking; and y...

  • Investing in Lending Club and Prosper Consumer Reports - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Americans are cleaning up their debt, according to Federal Reserve data. But they still have a long way to go. Aside from the more than $1 trillion of student-­loan debt outstanding, there’s stil...

  • What is wearable tech? Consumer Reports - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Even if you’ve never heard of wearable technology, you may know someone who uses the most popular type of gadget in the category, an activity tracker that records fitness data and transmits it to...

  • What you need to know about Google Glass Consumer Reports - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    The smart phone has integrated itself into our lives so thoroughly that many of us would feel naked leaving the house without it. A recent IDC survey of smart-phone owners found that 79 percent k...

  • Wireless 911 calls need an upgrade Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 6:30 PM EDT

    When it comes to cell phones and 911 calls, the news is a mixed bag. The good news: When you're outdoors and make a 911 call with your cell phone, the dispatcher should be able to tell precisely ...

  • Tax deduction rules for charity donations Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    If efforts to sell your unwanted stuff are unsuccessful, you can take a tax deduction for donations of used clothing and household items that are in good or better condition. You must be giving t...

  • Amazon's prices for used college textbooks are consistently low Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    College students shopping for used textbooks online this semester should first check out Amazon. In Consumer Reports' first-ever college-textbook shopping test of five popular websites for colleg...

  • Back-to-school shopping guide Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 11:30 AM EDT

    19 top free apps for college students College students will soon be heading back to school—with their mobile devices in hand. We've compiled a list of our favorite free back-to-school apps that c...

  • Should you buy college tuition insurance? Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    With the average total cost of college tuition, fees, and room and board now running around $41,000 a year at four-year private institutions, you might be tempted to buy tuition refund insurance,...

  • How to handle a college student’s money needs Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 5:30 PM EDT

    Your child is heading to college this fall. After you’ve figured out the big spending issues—tuition, room, meal plan, and fees—you need to consider how your scholar will handle spending on every...

  • Do you post photos of your kids on Facebook? Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

    In 10 short years, Facebook has grown from being a niche site only for college students to an online juggernaut used by 57 percent of American adults. The social network has become the default wa...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 gets a Barnes & Noble Nook facelift Consumer Reports - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    We haven’t seen a new Barnes & Noble Nook tablet in a couple of years—but today, at an event in New York City’s Union Square Barnes & Noble store, Samsung and B&N unveiled a new co-branded tablet...

  • Eight years ago, Donna and Tom Dawson of St. Albert, Alberta, retired from their jobs in Canada and put down roots on the outskirts of Panama City. The couple, now in their early 60s, rave about ...

  • Get the best cell phone plan for your family—and save up to $1,000 a year Consumer Reports - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    Updated 8/25/14: T-Mobile recently became more generous. Its Simple Starter plan, a bare-bones package with unlimited talk and text, now gives you 2GB of data for $45 a month, rather than 500MB o...

  • Ask the CEO: W. Craig Jelinek Consumer Reports - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    Hey, Costco fans . . . and everyone else. This is your opportunity to get the megastore's CEO to answer your questions. Ask the CEO, a new feature in Consumer Reports magazine, gives you a direc...

  • Take control of your target date fund Consumer Reports - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    You may have thought that after you put your money into a target-date fund, it would stay there until you retire. But taking such an approach could be a bad idea. The reason: Fund managers tinker...

  • If you’re selling, recycling, or otherwise getting rid of an old smart phone or tablet and think simply deleting your data is enough, you could be exposing yourself to identify theft and other vi...

  • A remote control for your credit card Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    If your smart phone is loaded with apps that sounded nifty when you loaded them but that you seldom actually use, here's a new one that might make you a repeat customer.  It’s an app that lets yo...

  • How much does it cost to self-publish? Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    Are you looking to self-publish a memoir, a novel, a self-help book, or a travel guide just for the fun of it? Or, like Ingez Rameau of Santa Monica, Calif., do you view self-publishing as a path...

  • Roku takes over Hisense and TCL TV home screens Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    We've seen Roku-ready TVs before, but upcoming models from Hisense and TCL take it to another level—they use the Roku operating system as the TVs' main interface. One of the coolest features of d...

  • 'Natural' on food labels is misleading Consumer Reports - Sat, Aug 16, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    What is natural, and what does it mean on a food label? Right now it’s essentially meaningless. But it ends up misleading a great many consumers, according to a recent national survey of more tha...

  • Computer problem? Why tech support often isn't the best place to start. Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    When it comes to computer tech support, Apple and its stores get top marks from our readers. Still, Apple isn’t perfect and is not without its own horror stories, though they are fewer than the s...

  • Milk substitutes: Should you sip or skip? Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 1:30 PM EDT

    The dairy aisle might seem more crowded lately. Soy milk has been around for years, but “milk” made from nuts, seeds, grains, and coconut are gaining shelf space—and capturing the interest of con...

  • Pricey printer ink has consumers seeing red Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 1:15 PM EDT

    Although manufacturers continue to pack a variety of features into their inkjet printers, from the ability to print documents and photos faster and with better quality to allowing you to print wi...

  • 2 bargain sound bars that'll pump up a TV's sound Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

    Do you love your TV’s picture, but find its sound quality about as engaging as the acting in "Sharknado 2"? One of the quickest fixes for a TV with less-than-satisfying sound is to add a sound ...

  • LG G3 smart phone smokes Amazon Fire in Consumer Reports' tests Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    We’ve just completed our tests of Amazon’s first smart phone, the Fire, and LG’s latest flagship model, the G3. Both phones are outstanding in their own ways, with unique and compelling features ...

  • A bitcoin warning you should know about Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    If Google Trends is any indication, many of us have already consigned bitcoin and other virtual curencies to the trash heap of investment history, along with auction rate securities and the Pets....

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