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  • If you're a TV buyer with a budget as enormous as your dreams, we have a set for you: the new Samsung UN105S9W, a 105-inch UHD TV with a curved, 21:9 screen and a $120,000 price tag. And it's now...

  • Getting a car loan? A longer one could be riskier. Consumer Reports - Mon, Jul 21, 2014 3:00 PM EDT

    When it comes to new-car loans, many people are gravitating towards loans that extend over increasingly long periods of time. What they may not realize is that those loans could be dangerous to t...

  • Let the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continue to do its job Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    On July 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will mark its fourth anniversary. The consumer financial watchdog, created by Congress in the wake of the financial crisis caused by shady mor...

  • How to go to college free Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 3:19 PM EDT
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    Starbucks made headlines recently with its plan to help finance four-year college degrees for employees. A deal between the coffee giant and Arizona State University covers the cost of tuition—fu...

  • Is my prescription information private? Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    Not exactly. When you pick up a medication from the pharmacy, you probably don’t give much thought to how your prescription information will be used. Or that it could provide pharmaceutical compa...

  • Talking Tech with Consumer Reports: Camera lenses Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 5:00 AM EDT

    Getting an SLR or mirrorless SLR-like camera is a sign that you're getting serious about photography. Most of these cameras come with a flexible kit lens that is good for general-purpose shooting...

  • Best personal finance money tips for beginners Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 5:00 AM EDT

    Q: How do I get started learning about personal finance? Is there a book I should read? And where can I find a financial adviser? I have trust issues with the people in those fields because I jus...

  • Should I take cash instead of my company health plan? Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Q. I’ve just accepted a job at a small company that has offered me this choice: take the company health plan or don’t take it and get an extra $12,000 a year in pay. Is this legal, and if it is, ...

  • Ways to save with student discounts Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    With the start of school just around the corner, you may be fretting about how much you'll have to spend on clothing, electronics, and other back-to-school must-haves. Luckily, if you or your chi...

  • Know your airline’s carry-on rules before you fly Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 2:15 PM EDT

    Remember these numbers: 22, 9, 14. They’re not the winning numbers in a Pick 3 lottery or the combination to a safe full of jewels. Rather they’re the maximum allowable dimensions in inches (heig...

  • Airplane Wi-Fi expands but gets a lukewarm reception Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 11:45 AM EDT

    Your odds of flying on a plane with Internet access keep getting better. A rising number of domestic flights—close to half, according to a New York Times report—offer Wi-Fi service onboard. The n...

  • What 'Sex Tape' gets wrong about the cloud Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 11:45 AM EDT
    This image released by Sony Pictures shows Cameron Diaz, left, and Jason Segel in a scene from "Sex Tape." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Claire Folger)

    The premise of the new Cameron Diaz-Jason Segel film "Sex Tape" (opening July 18) is simple enough: A couple wants to amp up their romance, so they decide to shoot video of their bedroom antics ...

  • Buying a used car? It may have been recalled. Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 5:15 PM EDT

    Next time you go shopping for a used car, you need to take safety into your own hands. Don’t be swayed by how good it looks, that it has passed your mechanic’s inspection, or that it has been cer...

  • What are your rights when you pay an airline to check in your luggage? Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 11:30 AM EDT

    It’s summer and that means more people are paying fees to check in their luggage. But what happens if your luggage doesn’t get to its destination on time? A reader writes to Money Adviser to ask...

  • Best computer discount programs for students Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Being a student can be expensive, but it can also get you deals on computers and other electronics. Some discount programs are just for college students; others include K-12 students too. These p...

  • Are you responsible for purchases your kids make without your permission? Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The federal government’s recent lawsuit against Amazon, in which it’s trying to recover mobile app charges that were made by children without their parents’ consent, may have you wondering how re...

  • Hurricane warning: Don't let your home insurer blow you over Consumer Reports - Tue, Jul 15, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

    With the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season under way, now’s a good time to get ready to weather the big wind that home insurers blow to knock down victims’ damage claims.  In the business of home in...

  • Shop carefully for cell service without a contract Consumer Reports - Tue, Jul 15, 2014 3:30 PM EDT

    More people are tearing up the traditional two-year cell phone-and-service contract and opting to go with no-contract options instead. It's a trend that started when T-Mobile shook up the industr...

  • Are curved TVs any better than flat TVs? Consumer Reports - Mon, Jul 14, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    After years of pushing ever-flatter, thinner TVs, manufacturers are throwing buyers a curve—literally, with curved-screen sets. This year Samsung has curved Ultra HD TVs (the HU9000 series) and c...

  • 5 best laptops and tablets for back to school Consumer Reports - Mon, Jul 14, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Students need a lot more than pencils and notebooks in today’s classrooms: The way they learn has changed radically since computers and the Internet arrived. As an educator and tech advocate, Vic...

  • How to cut your exposure to cell-phone radiation Consumer Reports - Sat, Jul 12, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Q. Is it true that cell phones emit dangerous levels of radiation? A. Possibly. Cell phones expose you to radio­frequency electromagnetic energy, a form of “non-ionizing” radiation (similar to wh...

  • Amazon allowed kids to make millions in app charges Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 11, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon for millions of dollars in mobile app charges that the agency said were made by children without their parents’ consent. It said Amazon continued to c...

  • Has your child gone on an Amazon in-app shopping spree? Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 11, 2014 1:45 PM EDT

    Games for kids in the Amazon Appstore look innocent enough, and many are even free—but some parents have been getting bill shock when they see hefty credit-card charges for in-app purchases they ...

  • During the Google I/O developer-conference keynote last week, the company spent a lot of time talking about Android Wear, its new mobile OS for wearable computing devices. The technology is targe...

  • Energy-saving lightbulbs remain a bright idea Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 11, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Seven years ago, President Bush signed a law that raised the standards for lightbulbs so they use less energy. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 received broad support from both pa...

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill today that would let consumers unlock their cell phones. It’s strange that we need a law for this, but, as a reminder, in the United States, it’s co...

  • TGI Fridays launches cheap apps—the kind you eat Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 10, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    Remember Chili’s bottomless soup bowl and Olive Garden’s never-ending pasta bowl? TGI Fridays, the pub-style chain with more than 900 restaurants worldwide, recently announced an “Endless Appetiz...

  • If your doctor is dropped from your insurance Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 10, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Last fall thousands of people with UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans learned that their doctors would be cut from the health-plan network. Many of my fellow neurologists, who care for pat...

  • Fund Focus: Real estate funds Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 9, 2014 5:15 PM EDT

    Many investors have gravitated toward higher-yielding investments, and it’s easy to understand why. When a portfolio of 60 percent stock and 40 percent bonds currently produces income of only 2 p...

  • Fitting apps help you get the right size the first time Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 9, 2014 2:15 PM EDT

    There's a lot to like about buying clothes online. But it's a drag when you open a box and find that the clothes you ordered don't fit. Maybe that's why only 25 percent of shoppers prefer to buy ...

  • Consumer Reports testing reveals music from your phone can rival a CD Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 9, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Music has been helping drivers slog through commutes and rock out on road trips ever since cars became civilized and quiet enough to hear it. But have you ever wondered if the sound quality of mu...

  • Plasma TV is dead, so go buy one Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 9, 2014 11:25 AM EDT

    With the news that Samsung is throwing in the towel on its plasma TV production—it will stop producing them after November—many of us TV fans are already lamenting the loss of what we've long fel...

  • 4 easy ways to keep your home secure while you’re on vacation Consumer Reports - Tue, Jul 8, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Most communities across the U.S. will experience a 10 percent to 18 percent jump in home burglaries during the months of June, July, and August, according to FBI statistics. But there are simple ...

  • 5 tips for preventing luggage theft Consumer Reports - Tue, Jul 8, 2014 4:25 PM EDT

    The most recent revelation about luggage theft by workers at Los Angeles International Airport isn’t welcome news for airline travelers. So we checked into how to ensure that your luggage makes i...

  • Should USB drives be used for storing files? Consumer Reports - Mon, Jul 7, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Q. In “How to Store Your Digital Photos Safely,” which included information about computer storage on USB flash drives, you mention that those devices are not designed for long-term storage. I ha...

  • Protect yourself and your money at the gas pump Consumer Reports - Mon, Jul 7, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    More people are losing their debit cards, prepaid cards and even credit cards to thieves who steal their data while they are at an ATM or a gas pump. In the Money Advisers's Ask the Adviser secti...

  • L’Oréal agrees to stop making 'gene boosting' anti-aging ad claims Consumer Reports - Sun, Jul 6, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    A proposed agreement between L’Oréal USA and the Federal Trade Commission would settle charges that the cosmetics maker falsely advertised that some of its skin care products provided anti-aging ...

  • Whole Foods slapped for overcharging customers Consumer Reports - Sat, Jul 5, 2014 3:00 PM EDT

    If Whole Foods wasn’t expensive enough, now comes word that luxe supermarket operator, with 380 stores across the country, has been overcharging customers in California. In late June, the City At...

  • 6 ways to be more efficient with your printer Consumer Reports - Sat, Jul 5, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    You can cut down on your printing costs by following a few simple strategies that we’ve uncovered while testing hundreds of printers in our labs. Check our advice here, and learn about the high c...

  • 4 phone chargers for emergencies Consumer Reports - Sat, Jul 5, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Emergency situations such as Hurricane Sandy really bring it home: Just when you need your cell phone the most, it could run out of juice. A charging case or spare external battery can help exten...

  • 11 items to pack in your travel medical kit Consumer Reports - Sat, Jul 5, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    When you leave home, it pays to be prepared in case you get sick. Although you might be able to find medication at your destination, you could fall ill late at night and pharmacies might be close...

  • How to photograph fireworks Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 3, 2014 3:00 PM EDT

    Fireworks are beautiful. Photos of them can be, too. But you need to adjust the settings on your camera and take the time to experiment. Here are the key techniques for getting keepers from a cha...

  • Unit prices don't always help you find savings Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 3, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    Comparing product prices by the ounce, pound, count, or other unit of measure can help you find the best value and save money. That’s why some states require retailers to display the so-called un...

  • Grado headphones best Beats and Bose Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 2, 2014 3:30 PM EDT

    Grado headphones don't tend to garner headlines like flashier competitors such as Beats and Bose, but the company has been making consistently great-sounding headphones for decades out of the sam...

  • How to get money back from bogus T-Mobile charges Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 2, 2014 3:05 PM EDT

    The Federal Trade Commission filed today against T-Mobile USA, charging that the carrier allowed customers to be billed for premium text-messaging services that were in many cases fraudulent or u...

  • 4 great HD camcorders that won't break your budget Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 2, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    Many people shoot video on their smart phones and even on tablets. But those devices can’t compete with a regular camcorder’s quality and features, ­including much better zoom and jitter-free mov...

  • How to take photos that will sell your house Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 2, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Used to be that curb appeal was the best way to get home buyers in the door. But now most people start house hunting online where they can click through slide shows of dozens of houses without le...

  • 11 easy ways to avoid identity theft while traveling Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 2, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    The last thing you want to deal with while you're on vacation is a lost or stolen credit card, drivers license, or smart phone. Luckily there are precautions you can take to minimize your risk of...

  • How no-contract smart-phone plans stack up Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 2, 2014 9:45 AM EDT

    Those smart phones we love so much eat up our data allowances—and our budgets. But while it's not uncommon to hear about consumers "cutting the cord" when it comes to pricey cable services, they'......

  • Portfolio: The risks of floating rate funds Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 2, 2014 5:30 AM EDT

    Any yield-focused investor would be pleased with a portfolio that had no volatility, generated an annual return of about 4 percent and promised rising income in the years ahead. But all of the ne...

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