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  • Don't be mislead by Publishers Clearing House Consumer Reports - 2 hours 41 minutes ago

    A Senate committee investigation says Publishers Clearing House may be misleading consumers by sending out sweepstakes solicitations that “push the limits” of federal law and legal settlements be...

  • A New York woman was left dumbfounded when she discovered that the storm door she had purchased was so difficult to put together that she'd have to pay a professional $200 to do it for her. And a...

  • Don't get scammed on a summer vacation rental Consumer Reports - 15 hours ago

    Joan Coale, a retired teacher, had no trouble renting homes abroad for vacations with her children and their families—until now. For this summer’s trip to a villa in Spain, Coale was scammed out ...

  • Any time is a good time to rid your computer, phone, or tablet of useless and unwanted programs. Post-tax season, you're likely to have loaded them up with files you need to organize or delete. D...

  • AT&T announced yesterday that it was looking to extend its “ultra fast” U-Verse with GigaPower fiber Internet service, which is currently available in Austin, Texas, to a potential total of 25 ma...

  • Not many electronic devices make a claim for their physical flexibility. After all, smart phones, TVs, computers, and tablets are made from rigid plastic and glass, which are more likely to snap ...

  • If you've been thinking of getting or giving a Netflix subscription, it's time to make a move: The company says that it will be raising the price of a monthly streaming subscription a dollar or t...

  • You’ll be forgiven for thinking that the industrial sector isn’t all that different from the U.S. economy at large. After all, the nation’s venerable stock index, the Dow Jones industrial average...

  • Investing in green funds Consumer Reports - 22 hours ago

    Today is Earth Day, and although its usually associated more with conservation tips and civic activities than it is with personal finance, socially conscious investing isn't a niche market. There...

  • 3 best places to sell your old gadgets Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Could that pile of old electronics gadgets cluttering up your office or basement actually be worth some money? To get a sense of the market, I looked up the prices I might get for a used iPhone, ...

  • Advertising tactics that bug Americans the most Consumer Reports - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:50 AM EDT

    Everybody has an ad come-on they love to hate. The top five, according to a recent nationally representative survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, are robocalls; false claims t...

  • 16 smart things to do with your tax refund Consumer Reports - Sun, Apr 20, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Truth be told, you're better off not getting a tax refund. That money going back to you means that the government took too much from your paycheck, eliminating your opportunity to spend, invest, ...

  • Is Obamacare working? Consumer Reports - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Way back last fall, when HealthCare.gov was so dysfunctional we advised people to stay away while it was being repaired, few people imagined that the new health law could possibly meet its inform...

  • With thefts rising, smart phones need a ‘kill switch’ Consumer Reports - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 4:50 PM EDT

    Even as smart phones continue to grow ever more sophisticated, they’re not immune to a very mundane problem: theft. About 3.1 million smart phones were stolen in the U.S. last year, Consumer Repo...

  • New Sony UHD media player lets you stream 4K Netflix Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:00 PM EDT

    If you own, or are looking to buy, a Sony UHD TV and are looking for more 4K content, Sony's new 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X10) might interest you. It can not only get downloaded UHD movies b...

  • Best golf stores to buy all your gear Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

    When the crowd favorite Bubba Watson won the prestigious Masters on April 13 for the second time in three years, it no doubt inspired countless duffers to upgrade their game as well as their gear...

  • Smart phone thefts rose to 3.1 million last year, Consumer Reports finds Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    About 3.1 million American consumers were victims of smart phone theft in 2013, Consumer Reports projects, based on our latest nationally representative survey of adult Internet users. That’s nea...

  • How long should you keep your tax records? Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Tax season is, thankfully, over (unless of course you had to file an extension). So what do you do with all those piles of papers and electronic files you had to amass to get the job done? Hang ...

  • Expect more data breaches as large and severe as the Target breach. That’s the takeaway from our exclusive interview with a security expert Jeff Williams. The types of security missteps a Senate ...

  • Do you know your consumer rights? Take our quiz to find out. Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Are you a savvy consumer? Do you pity the poor merchant that tries to pull as fast one on you? Play our Are You a Good Consumer? game to find out. The answers are at the bottom of this page.   1....

  • It's not too late to apply for Medicaid Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Open enrollment for private health insurance has come and gone for 2014, but you can apply for Medicaid at any time. And you may be more likely to qualify than you realize. If your household inco...

  • Review: Beats Studio Wireless Bluetooth headphone Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 5:45 PM EDT

    Beats Electronics headphones are now commonplace, and models bearing the distinctive lower-case "b" can be seen wrapped around the necks—and jammed into the ears—of an awful lot of consumers. ...

  • Do you know your secret credit scores? Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 5:45 PM EDT

    That numerical expression otherwise known as the credit score is the absolute authority of your creditworthiness, right? Most of us seem to think so; every year we spend more than $1 billion to b...

  • Today is the last day to finish your health insurance application Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 3:30 PM EDT

    If you started applying for health insurance before Open Enrollment ended on March 31, but for whatever reason never got around to finishing the job, you only have until midnight tonight to get i...

  • Your rights if you fly to Phoenix, but your bags end up in Pittsburgh Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    During the first successful airplane flight in 1903, Orville Wright had to lie on top of a wing, next to the motor, in the open air. He might feel right at home on many of today's airlines. Altho...

  • Get your Google Glass via the Explorer program—but get it soon Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4/16/14: The program's closed again, for now. In case you've been living somewhere with no Internet access, news, or early adopter types (in another solar system, maybe?), Google Glass is...

  • How no-contract smart-phone plans stack up Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 8:15 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'......

  • Get the best deal on a Samsung Galaxy S 5 smart phone Consumer Reports - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 3:30 PM EDT

    Cell carriers are always fishing for new customers—and trying to lure business away from the competition. The latest bait: deals on the Samsung Galaxy S 5 smart phone, which has a super-smart 16-...

  • How to choose the right no-contract phone plan for you Consumer Reports - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 1:15 PM EDT

    Thinking of moving to a no-contract phone plan? Which plan you choose depends on how you'll use it. Here are four common usage scenarios; see which one matches your life, and then check our compr...

  • How to file an income-tax extension with the IRS Consumer Reports - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 1:15 PM EDT

    Tuesday is the deadline for filing your 2013 federal income tax return to the Internal Revenue Service this year. But do you need to file for an extension? Thankfully, it's pretty easy to get an ...

  • Record players were the infotainment systems of the 1950s and '60s Consumer Reports - Sat, Apr 12, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Today's car infotainment systems offer drivers and passengers an array of state-of-the-art features that can dazzle even the most savvy techno-geek. (Unfortunately, these same high-tech systems c...

  • Is now a good time to buy or sell a home? Consumer Reports - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Q: Are housing prices showing consistent signs of recovery? We want to sell our home and perhaps buy a new property in the area if we can afford to. —U.C., Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. A: The recovery h...

  • Should you buy groceries at the drug store? Consumer Reports - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Drug stores are undeniably convenient. With more than 15,000 stores between them, it sometimes seems as if there’s a Walgreens or CVS on nearly every street corner in America. In fact, there are ...

  • Windows XP is a bigger hacker threat than Heartbleed Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    If you've been fretting about the Heartbleed bug, your time would be better spent protecting yourself against a bigger hacker threat that doesn't have a creepy name: Wiindows XP. As we reported e...

  • Google's Project Ara remakes the smart phone by taking it apart Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 3:15 PM EDT

    “Project Ara” may not be a household phrase yet, but it could have a profound effect on the smart phone you'll be holding in your hands in a few years. Part of Google's Advanced Technologies and ...

  • Save big at the supermarket with coupons Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 2:50 PM EDT

    You can have all the gee-whiz electronic gadgets in the world, but one of the surest ways to save money at the supermarket still depends on a pair of sharp scissors. In 2013, manufacturers distri...

  • 6 supermarkets with the best food in America Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 2:15 PM EDT

    No one likes limp lettuce, mushy melons, bland brisket, or chewy chicken. And for more than two decades, Consumer Reports has surveyed hundreds of thousands of readers in search of the nation’s t...

  • Sonos now lets you beam Google Play Music Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    Sonos speakers have typically rocked our Ratings, and its new, lowest-priced speaker, the Play:1, is no exception. If you need another reason to like the company's Wi-Fi speakers systems, here it...

  • The best noise-canceling headphones Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Want a quick way to liven up a party? Ask those attending what they think about Bose audio products. Few companies, in my experience, engender either the loyalty or enmity earned by this Massachu...

  • 2 ways Facebook could fix its top privacy risk Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Facebook has gotten some praise lately for experimenting with a new feature, known as Privacy Checkup, which reminds users who have been posting public status updates on their wall for a long tim...

  • SECURE Act would help you clear up credit-reporting errors Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 5:30 PM EDT

    Citing widespread errors in consumer credit reports, two U.S. senators have proposed a bill that would make it easier for people to learn about and challenge errors, as well as increase the credi...

  • Is Dad (or Mom) dating a gold digger? Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Your widowed dad seems to have new pep. He’s getting out more, looking trimmer and more dapper in new clothes. He skips the old boys’ breakfasts at the diner and makes reservations at farm-to-tab...

  • Heartbleed bug is no cause for panic Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 11:45 AM EDT

    Today's news about the Heartbleed bug means that many websites you use (up to two-thirds of the Web, reports The New York Times) have been more vulnerable to hackers than anyone thought. It’s not...

  • How to take a better selfie Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Selfies have been in the news a lot lately, but it hasn't always been good news, as President Barack Obama and baseball great David Ortiz recently discovered. Although a selfie of Ortiz and the p...

  • 6 of the best tablets for playing games Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    When it comes to playing games, not all tablets are created equal. That’s especially true when you’re playing games full of high-res graphics and fast action, such as Modern Combat 4—a lot more d...

  • Google TV may not be quite dead yet Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    Just when it looked like we could pound the last nails into Google TV's coffin, it seems like Google may yet again be targeting the living room with a TV platform called Android TV. According to ...

  • Updated 4/8/14: Verizon radically reduced its Edge Share Everything service plans to bring its offerings more in line with the other recently reduced plans from other carriers—particularly chief ...

  • How to deal with the end of Windows XP support Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 12:15 PM EDT

    It's been going on close to 13 years—but for Windows XP, the party's over. Today marks the end of Microsoft's support for the most popular version of its operating system, after one of the longes...

  • Paper shredders aren't as secure as you might think Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Paper shredders have long been the tool of choice for securely disposing of sensitive paper documents, such as bank statements and doctors' bills. But just how secure are they? In the 2012 film A...

  • PrivacyAtlas.com aims to protect you from data breaches Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    If you're worried about being a victim of a data breach, a new consumer tool can help you identify—and avoid—hotels and major retailers who are irresponsibly exposing your credit card, debit card...

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