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  • A new kind of financial adviser—at a discount Consumer Reports - 21 hours ago

    Financial advisers—the flesh-and-blood people you find in offices all over America’s Main Streets—can sometimes get a little sniffy when the topic of online financial advisers comes up. One reaso...

  • You know those privacy statements that come in the mail from financial institutions? The ones that you should read but probably never do? Well, some banks and other financial institutions are lik...

  • You know those privacy statements that come in the mail from financial institutions? The ones that you should read but probably never do? Well, some banks and other financial institutions are lik...

  • Best holiday gift ideas under $200 Consumer Reports - 22 hours ago

    Sticking to a holiday-gift budget doesn't have to be hard if you map out your strategy in advance—a few gifts between $100 and $200, some $50 to $100, and a bunch that are $25 to $50 or even unde...

  • Given the recent news that HBO, CBS, and Lionsgate are launching stand-alone streaming services, you may be thinking that the time is ripe to cancel your pay-TV contract and save lots of money. F...

  • Waiting in line can be hazardous to your health Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT

    No matter how hard we try to stick to a shopping list, we can't resist impulse purchases. In fact, at least half of all the things we buy are unplanned, according to various studies. So it's no w...

  • Best holiday gift ideas for teens Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 5:30 PM EDT

    What do teens want for holiday gifts? Electronics, of course. We've compiled a list so you can start making your list. And we threw in a couple of non-electronic gifts for good measure. Don't for...

  • Apple, the innovative California-based computer maker, talks like it just invented mobile wallets, which let you pay for purchases at the cash register by using your smart phone. "Apple Pay will ......

  • Apple Pay virtual wallet: All dressed up and no place to go Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    After characteristic Apple grandiosity at press shows in September and October, Apple Pay quietly went national on Monday with the promise to "transform mobile payments" by enabling Apple afficio......

  • How to find the best Medicare drug plan Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    If you do not have a Medicare Advantage plan that includes Part D drug coverage, you must sign up for it separately. When to sign up You should sign up for Medicare Part D at the same time that...

  • Apple Pay virtual wallet looks like an also-ran Consumer Reports - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Apple's entry into the crowded virtual wallet market, Apple Pay, is supposed to "transform mobile payments." We've downloaded iOS 8.1, which contains Apple Pay to judge for ourselves. Read our ...

  • How can you boost the payout from a home insurance claim? Consumer Reports - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Losing items in a home fire, burglary, or other catastrophe is traumatizing, not to mention costly. That’s why we suggest homeowners insurance replacement-cost coverage: It compensates you for th...

  • Putting a finger on credit card fraud Consumer Reports - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    When it comes to new ways to pay with your credit cards, attention right now is focused on Apple Pay, a new digital wallet from Apple that works with the iPhone 6 and 6 plus and will eventually w...

  • How to pick a Medigap plan Consumer Reports - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Medigap health plans are basically bookkeeping operations. Unlike Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans don't make any decisions about what to cover. They don't have networks of doctors or hosp...

  • How to pick a Medicare Advantage plan Consumer Reports - Sun, Oct 19, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    In the months leading up to the fall Medicare open enrollment season, your mailbox may be overflowing with sales brochures from Medicare Advantage plans. Our advice is to ignore them. There are b...

  • Don't be an Ebola scam victim Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    With the Ebola virus making headlines across the globe, scammers are trying to use the deadly disease to trick people out of their money or into downloading malware onto their computer or mobile ...

  • Best holiday gift ideas for kids Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 3:25 PM EDT

    Buying gifts for kids these days is not easy. They want the coolest electronics, and adults want them to have appropriate electronics. We combined the best of both to help you find a child-friend...

  • What 12-year-olds do on social media Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

    There’s been renewed chatter recently about how much time kids should spend in front of their digital devices, with one study finding that children who refrained were better at reading emotional ...

  • Apple iMac gets first-ever 5K display Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    With high-resolution 4K monitors barely making their way into the computer world, Apple today went steps ahead and introduced the first 5K display—which is actually a 27-inch iMac all-in-one comp...

  • iMac gets first-ever 5K display Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    With high-resolution 4K monitors barely making their way into the computer world, Apple today went steps ahead and launched the first 5K display—which is actually a 27-inch iMac all-in-one comput...

  • Apple iPad Air 2 is thinner, but not much else is new Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 6:45 PM EDT

    The most obvious feature of Apple’s new iPad Air 2, which the company introduced today, is exactly what you’d expect: It’s thinner than its predecessor, at 0.24 inches. But the latest member of A...

  • Sony PlayStation TV is a great low-cost way to extend your play Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 6:45 PM EDT

    Sony released the PlayStation TV earlier this week, and we bought one to try it out. This small box, similar in size to a streaming-media player, is a micro-gaming console that fits right into So...

  • Best holiday gift ideas for grandparents Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 1:55 PM EDT

    Buying a gift for grandma or grandpa doesn't always require a trip down memory lane. Today's grandparent is more likely to be tapping out e-mail on a tablet than to be hitting the keys of an IBM ...

  • 5 reasons you should jump on Android's Good Ship Lollipop Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 1:15 PM EDT

    Google yesterday announced the launch of Lollipop, also known as Android Version 5, the latest version of its operating system. It also revealed details about a new tablet, phone, and Android TV ...

  • Starting Medicare: What You Need to Know Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 11:15 AM EDT

      Medicare comes in four parts, each of which covers particular services or types of insurance. Virtually everybody who gets Medicare eventually enrolls in the first two parts, which have been ar...

  • Refunds available to some AT&T cell phone customers Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    If AT&T charged your cell phone bill for ring tones, text messages, love tips, or other purchases you didn’t authorized, you could be eligible for a refund under a $105 million settlement between...

  • Best holiday gift ideas for Dad Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    It's not too early to start thinking now about a holiday gift for dad.  We’ve combed our Ratings and recommendations to come up with a list to get you started. Our suggestions are based on our te...

  • What is two-factor authentication, and why should you use it? Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 3:15 PM EDT

    After it was widely reported that the Dropbox cloud storage service had been hacked, the company reminded its customers to use two-step verification. (Dropbox denies that a breach took place). Ma...

  • HBO gives you another reason to dump your cable-TV service Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 3:15 PM EDT

    Cable cutters, rejoice! If the only thing keeping you tethered to your cable TV subscription has been your addiction to HBO shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "True Detective," next ...

  • 7 things you must know about Medicare Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    It's Medicare sign-up season. The annual open ernrollment season runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. We’ve received thousands of questions from consumers about various aspects of Medicare. In honor...

  • Why you might want a $99 Sonos Boost in your system Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT

    We recently reported that thanks to a recent software update, in many situations you can now connect a Sonos speaker directly to your home Wi-Fi network, without at least one device needing a wir...

  • Retirees face a different kind of identity theft Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT

    For most of your life, your job has been a primary factor. You may even define yourself by that job. Or others you know may define you by that job. More often than not, a casual conversation will...

  • CONSUMER REPORTS PRIVACY POLICY Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Effective date: October 15, 2014 Consumers Union of United States, Inc., doing business as Consumer Reports, is an independent, nonprofit testing, research, and information organization serving c...

  • Privacy Policy Highlights Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Effective Date: October 15, 2014 We want consumers to be informed of our privacy practices. The following applies to the entire Consumer Reports family of information products, programs and servi...

  • How to find the best car insurance company Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    You can be the safest driver, and bad things can still happen to your vehicle. The car shown above was simply parked in the wrong place at the wrong time when an earthquake rocked Napa, Calif., w...

  • Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Original Medicare is the familiar program that's been around since 1965. In original Medicare, the government pays Medicare's share of your medical bills directly to doctors and hospitals. You ca...

  • Traveling abroad? You better bring cash Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 3:15 PM EDT

    After recently booking a November biking adventure through Namibia, I wondered whether my current stockpile of credit cards would work in the southwest African country. I knew that many foreign ...

  • 5 Halloween shopping tips Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, the average American consumer plans to spend about $77.52, on Halloween décor, costumes, candy, and fun this year, about $2.50 more than i...

  • Best holiday gift ideas for Mom Consumer Reports - Mon, Oct 13, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    Looking for Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa gifts for the mom in your life? Let Consumer Reports help. Our suggestions are based on our testing as of mid-October. We'll update our recomme...

  • What's better non-iron or wrinkle-free? Consumer Reports - Sat, Oct 11, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Q. I buy most of my shirts from catalogs, but I’m confused by the various terms used to describe them: “non-iron,” “wrinkle-free,” “wrinkle-­resistant,” and “wrinkle-shed.” Is there any differenc...

  • Book airfares now for Thanksgiving travel Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 10, 2014 3:30 PM EDT

    Flying during the holidays is expensive. There’s no way around it. And while base ticket prices are expected to be about the same as they were last season, that’s little consolation as recent far...

  • Hey, cable companies! Stop boxing in consumers. Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 10, 2014 12:40 PM EDT

    Imagine your Internet service provider charging you to rent a laptop so you can send out your tweets, update your Facebook status, do your online banking, and buy your holiday gifts from Amazon.c...

  • Latest news about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 10, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Apple tends to create a lot of buzz, whether the company is announcing new products, shipping them to consumers, or once in a while, dealing with a possible product problem (hello, #bendgate!). O...

  • Would you ever buy a smart watch? Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 9, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    Smart watches—devices that channel phone alerts and notifications, act as activity trackers, and in some cases do much more—have been around for a couple years now, but do people really want them...

  • Is that designer dress you bought Prada or nada? Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 9, 2014 3:00 PM 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...

  • Consumer Reports' lab tests are in, and both of Apple's new phone models earned high places among the best performers in our Ratings. While the “phablet-sized” iPhone 6 Plus stretches the limits ...

  • Consumers are outraged about the high cost of health care Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 8, 2014 6:30 AM EDT

    Americans are resigned to high health costs but are still capable of outrage over what they regard as unfair prices. And they yearn for more transparent price information from insurers, doctors, ...

  • 6 new protections against the Chase mystery breach Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 7, 2014 6:30 PM EDT

    The security breach at JPMorgan Chase, which compromised the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of 76 million households and seven million small businesses, remains something o...

  • Tell bogus travel clubs to take a hike Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 7, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    Judging by recent state actions, travel club fraud is alive and well. Last month, the Illinois attorney general filed a lawsuit against a Kansas-based company and two of its Chicago area sales ag...

  • Can your frequent flyer miles really get you to where you want to go? Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 7, 2014 12:15 PM 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 ...

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