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  • 4 Ultra HD TVs for early adopters Consumer Reports - Sat, Jul 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Ultra High Definition TVs have four times as many picture elements, or pixels, as a 1080p full HD set. That's the highest resolution of any TV screen yet, 4K, enabling UHD sets to display super-d...

  • Four hotel scams to avoid Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    Summer travel often includes several relaxing nights at a hotel. But if you're not careful, you could be the victim of creative hotel scams that con artists have come up with to steal your money ...

  • Hurricane warning: Don't let your home insurer blow you over Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:00 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...

  • 5 laptops for college students that won't break your budget Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 9:30 AM EDT

    College may be the best investment for the future, but it certainly doesn’t come cheap. To help stretch your budget, we combed our computer Ratings to find some of the best laptops in terms of pr...

  • 4K detail looks great on a huge Ultra HD screen, even up close Consumer Reports - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Ultra HD TVs have the highest resolution of any consumer TV yet, 4K, which means that images have more detail than even 1080p high-def content. The illustration here shows you what we mean. It's ...

  • Watch out for IRS impersonation scams Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

    Tax season may be long over, but tax-related scams aren't. At least three states recently warned about scammers posing as IRS agents demanding payment of overdue taxes. “These scammers have becom...

  • 6 kick-butt point-and-shoots worth the price Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    For taking casual and spur-of-the-moment shots, smart phone cameras are great. But if you want a really good photo of an important event, or in a challenging setting with dim lighting, a smart ph...

  • What you can get for the $120,000 cost of the 105-inch Samsung TV Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    As Mr. TV—that is, my colleague Jim Willcox—just reported, the 105-inch Samsung UN105S9W UHD TV will be available for preorder soon—for a jaw-dropping $120,000. Once the sticker shock subsided, t...

  • 5 great, cheap headphones for back to school Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

    You may not be able to do anything about the high cost of tuition, but you don't have to spend a bundle to get a great set of headphones. But with so many models out there, which one should you c...

  • The truth about product registration cards Consumer Reports - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    When you buy a TV, lamp, or even a mesh chair for your teenager to take to college this fall, what business is it of the manufacturer to ask about your income, education, hobbies, and the car you...

  • First look: Fire Phone puts Amazon in your pocket Consumer Reports - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 9:00 PM EDT

    The Amazon Fire Phone goes on sale this week—July 25—from AT&T, the exclusive provider, but we can offer you a sneak peek based on hands-on experience with a press sample this weekend. Overall, I...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Shop carefully for cell service without a contract Consumer Reports - Thu, Jul 10, 2014 6:00 AM 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...

  • 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...

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