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  • It's not too late to apply for Medicaid Consumer Reports - 3 hours ago

    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...

  • Do you know your secret credit scores? Consumer Reports - 15 hours ago

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • In case you've been living somewhere with no Internet access, news, or early adopter types (in another solar system, maybe?), Google Glass is the company's forthcoming wearable technology product...

  • 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'......

  • How to choose the right no-contract phone plan for you Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 8:00 AM 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • Save big on eyeglasses Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 11:45 AM EDT

    Whether it’s sunglasses for the summer, an upgrade to your prescription, or anything else, if you want to save on buying eyeglasses think online retailers and discounters such as Costco. Our surv...

  • Buying a car? Think twice before leaving a deposit. Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 11:45 AM EDT

    Many people believe that the law gives them three days to change their mind when leaving a deposit for a new or used car with a dealer. Buy into that myth, and it could cost you big time. Federal...

  • One of the three new second-generation Samsung smart watches, the Gear Fit ($200) is a creative and stylish departure from the original Galaxy Gear. It's just as much an activity monitor as it is...

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy S 5 is the best Galaxy smart phone yet Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S 5 smart phone just could be the best model yet in this impressive phone family. Galaxy phones stand out for their impressive hardware and features, and the S 5 rai...

  • Why buy an iPad instead of an Android tablet? Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Apple was first to hit it big with tablets back in 2010, but Android wasn't far behind. Four years later, the company faces more competition from Android tablets than ever. So how do you decide? ...

  • Will switching cable companies save you money? Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    If you’re like me, you’re probably bristling over the high cost of watching television. Even with a $15 a month “triple-play” discount for bundling TV, Internet, and telephone services from a sin...

  • The legacy of Mickey Rooney, who died on April 6 in California at age 93, goes far beyond the silver screen. The prolific film star did a service for millions of elderly in this country by helpin...

  • Why buy an Android tablet over Apple’s iPad? Consumer Reports - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 11:15 AM EDT

    So you’re in the market for a tablet and trying to figure out which platform will suit you best? Here are three reasons Android could be for you. (Stay tuned for three reasons to choose an Apple ...

  • Best vacation deals in spring shoulder season Consumer Reports - Fri, Apr 4, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Shoulder season—the time between peak travel season and low season—is when vacationers can win the travel trifecta: good weather, few crowds, and discounts up to nearly 60 percent.  To ring up th...

  • Talking Tech: Pros and cons of the connected home Consumer Reports - Fri, Apr 4, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    It’s been a bad day. The babysitter forgot her key. The pizza you’re bringing home is cold, and the washing machine is on the fritz. Fortunately, with a few taps on your smart phone, you can unlo...

  • Amazon Fire TV hands-on first look Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 3, 2014 9:20 PM EDT

    After months of rumors, Amazon has finally released its own streaming media player, the $99 Fire TV, the company’s answer to Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. Is it all we expected and more, or jus...

  • General Motors' release of a “technical service bulletin” in 2005, alerting dealers to a potential ignition swtich problem that now is being blamed for 12 deaths in some GM cars, underscores the ...

  • Sprint's Spark data network fizzles during voice calls Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 3, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    Sprint's new Spark service, a technical improvement to the 4G LTE service the carrier rolled out more than a year ago, promises its fastest wireless data connections speeds yet for smoother, fast...

  • 4 ways to save time at the supermarket Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 3, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Love supermarket shopping? We thought not. Use these four ways to save time and the supermarket to speed up your trip and make it more efficient. Go mobile. Most chains have rolled out apps for i...

  • New Amazon Fire TV media streamer costs $99—is it worth it? Consumer Reports - Thu, Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    At a press event today, Amazon finally unveiled its answer to Apple TV and Roku: the Amazon Fire TV, a tiny, set-top media player that will sell for $99. But if you were looking for a radical dep...

  • Q&A: Can cigar smokers get life insurance? Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 2, 2014 3:45 PM EDT

    Q: I was going to tell my husband to stop smoking his occasional cigars, because he needed to qualify for life insurance. Then I found out that some insurers allow for 'celebratory cigars.' Which...

  • 7 great things about my new home phone Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 2, 2014 3:05 PM EDT

    Nobody gives much attention to their home phone these days. Even consumers who still have a landline (and there are reasons to keep one) don’t give the phone much thought. That was me, until a mo...

  • Free security software keeps you safe online Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 2, 2014 2:45 PM EDT

    You don’t have to spend a penny to protect yourself from most online threats. That’s what we learned after scanning 13,000 malware files, visiting 75 malicious websites, and checking out 1,000 ph...

  • 7 ways to avoid getting tricked at the supermarket Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 2, 2014 2:45 PM EDT

    Smart shopping begins with understanding how goods are priced and marketed, and how stores coax you into buying them. It also entails making healthful choices, which has become easier at many sto...

  • 4 all-in-one printers that won't break your budget Consumer Reports - Wed, Apr 2, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what are a thousand words worth? Plenty, when you're talking about the cost of printing them. Reducing the amount of ink used by inkjet p...

  • 10 ways not to be an April Fool with your electronics devices Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 1, 2014 3:00 PM EDT

    It's April 1, and you know what that means: Pranks abound, especially on the Interwebs. But this story is not a joke: These suggestions from our editors tell you how to to be the opposite of a fo...

  • Luxury consignment shops: Look chic on the cheap Consumer Reports - Tue, Apr 1, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    Do you have Armani taste but a Target budget? Consignment stores that specialize in luxury brands might be for you. They’re not to be confused with thrift stores, where donated clothing is sold t...

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