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  • Samsung Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge: What you need to know Consumer Reports - 2 hours 46 minutes ago
    A row of Galaxy S6 edge smartphones are seen on display after the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in Barcelona

    Today at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled the latest version of its flagship smart phone, the Galaxy S 6. We got a sneek peek at the new device, as well as its ...

  • From aqua parks to Michelin star chefs, cruise lines aren’t shy about advertising their high-end amenities. But what the ads don’t reveal is that the medical facilities on board are likely to be ...

  • How to get Obamacare help from tax preparers Consumer Reports - 5 hours ago

    For those looking for help purchasing health insurance and taking advantage of a new enrollment extension, the three major storefront tax-prep companies—H&R Block, Jackson-Hewitt, and Liberty Tax...

  • Best ways to finance home repairs Consumer Reports - Sun, Mar 1, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    Fixing up your home makes sense from a financial standpoint. That’s because the IRS rewards certain types of loans for home improvements with special tax treatment, making that type of borrowing ...

  • No living will? What you must know about end of life documents Consumer Reports - Sun, Mar 1, 2015 6:00 AM EST

    Fewer than half of Americans older than 65 have a living will (also called an advance directive), according to a recent Consumer Reports National Research Center survey. “The ramifications of not...

  • More consumers get health insurance enrollment extensions Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 5:45 PM EST

    Maryland is the latest state to give consumers extra time to enroll in health insurance for 2015 and avoid a tax penalty. Maryland Health Connection, the state-run health insurance marketplace, a...

  • A few weeks ago, controversy erupted over smart TVs after a series of reports, including one from Consumer Reports, revealed that televisions made by Samsung and others could be recording their o...

  • FCC to make net neutrality the law Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 2:40 PM EST

    Update: The FCC voted 3-2 today to reclassify broadband providers as common carriers under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and to adopt rules to ensure net neutrality. Ellen Bloom, senior dir...

  • Tips from the pros to get top dollar for your house Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 5:30 PM EST

    The spring home selling season is nearly here, so if you're thinking about entering the market, now's the time to get your house in order. A home can be ready to list in as little as a month, esp...

  • 5 products on deep discount in March Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 1:30 PM EST

    You might think that because you faithfully compare prices online before buying, download coupons to your phone, and watch for deep discounts on yesterday's inventory as new models appear in stor...

  • Top cameras with 16 megapixels or less Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:15 AM EST

    For years, camera makers have waged war with each other, engaging in what many in the industry have called the megapixel wars. Their strategy? Get you to buy a camera simply because it had a high...

  • Should you keep cash in your portfolio? Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 8:51 AM EST
    Save money

    Cash is king or cash is trash. That sums up the two points of view on whether you should keep a cushion of cash in your investment portfolio. As with pretty much everything in investing, there ar...

  • Were the Thomas and Greutman families ever to meet, they’d have some stories to trade about helping children out of financial crises. About a year ago, Joyce and Peter Thomas, both approaching 60...

  • Does your portfolio need alternative investments? Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 1:15 PM EST

    Alternative investments are a little like alternative music: Ask 10 people what they are and you’ll get 10 different answers. Simply put, alternative investments are anything that aren’t mainstre...

  • How to find products that are better for the environment Consumer Reports - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 2:00 PM EST

    Odds are you're seeing more products carrying labeling claims that suggest they're “eco-friendly” in some way. They’re popping up on everything from laundry detergent, lawn furniture and house pa...

  • How to get personal data off your devices Consumer Reports - Sun, Feb 22, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    With so many of our gadgets going online these days, credit-card and Social Security numbers, banking information, passwords, family photos, and more accumulate in places you might not expect.   ...

  • Obamacare coverage signup extended for some Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 4:30 PM EST

    Some individuals who had trouble completing their signup for health insurance through their state's health insurance marketplace by last Sunday's deadline have until this Sunday, Feb. 22 to compl...

  • More than 11,500 people will soon be receiving refund checks from the Federal Trade Commission totaling over $646,000 as part of a settlement for shoppers who bought Double Shot dietary supplemen...

  • How Lenovo's dangerous Superfish adware put its customers at risk Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 1:20 PM EST

    The Internet is lighting up with warnings about Superfish, an adware program that came preinstalled on many Lenovo laptops in the past six months. Like a lot of the bloatware that comes on new co...

  • Social Security retirement benefit rules to know Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 9:49 AM EST
    Social Security

    Social Security retirement benefit rules are complicated and exhaustive. Below are a few key ones to consider. Check with the Social Security Administration for a more complete discussion. The p...

  • New Nintendo 3DS XL is full-featured fun for gamers Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Nintendo has been creating popular handheld gaming devices since the original GameBoy back in 1989. The New Nintendo 3DS XL—yes, that’s the official name, confusingly enough—is its most full-feat...

  • How to avoid a retirement identity crisis Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 6:00 AM EST

    Keeping connected to your industry after retirement might not be your inclination once you’ve handed in your ID and packed up your desk. But if what you do is very much connected to who you feel ...

  • Safeguard your portfolio with international stocks Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 19, 2015 5:30 PM EST

    Since the Great Recession, U.S. stocks have been the envy of the world. Although the recovery has been tepid at times, the slow, steady upward trajectory of the U.S. economy and the stock market ...

  • Cell-service prices from the major mobile companies are falling, and new providers are popping up to compete for customers. Freewheel, a new low-cost mobile phone service from cable giant Cablevi...

  • Pebble Time smart watch is an intelligent step forward Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 18, 2015 5:15 PM EST

    Smart watch maker Pebble today returned to the place that made it famous to give its new watch a running start: The Pebble Time can now be pre-ordered via Kickstarter, the crowd-sourcing site. An...

  • Inkjets can now print text as fast as lasers Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 18, 2015 12:00 PM EST

    Just a couple of years ago, if you wanted to buy a printer that could produce many pages of text very quickly, you generally would choose a black-and-white laser printer. The reason? At the time,...

  • How to protect yourself from credit card fraud Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 17, 2015 11:30 PM EST

    Q: Someone stole my wife’s two credit card account numbers and tried to make fraudulent charges online. Fortunately, Visa stopped both payments. But how could that happen? Will it affect her cred...

  • Why lower energy prices could be good for stocks Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 17, 2015 12:45 PM EST

    Everyone likes to pay less at the pump, and with energy prices recently falling and some economists predicting they will fall further and stay that way for two years, cheaper gas is something dri...

  • The tax-deductible dog, and other surprises Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 17, 2015 11:25 AM EST

    While you're watching the finale of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this evening, consider this: All those breeders and handlers and other folks who make dogs their living get to deduct thei...

  • When your doctor's bedside manner is vital Consumer Reports - Sun, Feb 15, 2015 11:00 AM EST

    When a friend discovered that he needed heart surgery, he wanted only one quality in his physician: medical skill. He didn’t care whether the doctor was a good communicator, com­pas­sionate, and ...

  • Get your cordless phone to work with your cell phone Consumer Reports - Sun, Feb 15, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    Cordless phones might strike you as hopelessly out of date in the age of smart phones, but they’re not as irrelevant as you might think. In fact, new cordless phones have features that can make y...

  • Should you get a new Social Security number? Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 13, 2015 11:30 AM EST
    Social Security

    The security breach at Anthem Blue Cross might have you wondering whether can get a new Social Security number. You can get a replacement Social Security number. But government officials and priv...

  • 7 Social Security pitfalls and windfalls Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 13, 2015 9:36 AM EST
    Social Security

    Social Security is like a game with innumerable twists and turns, and different winners and losers. High-income folks pay less Social Security tax as a percentage of income than do lower-paid wor...

  • A new ETF focused on buyback stocks Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 13, 2015 6:00 AM EST

    Dividend exchange traded funds are old hat by now: There are more than 60 of them currently available to U.S. investors.  But starting this month, State Street Global Advisors are launching an ET...

  • 9 smart ways to save on health care Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 13, 2015 6:00 AM EST

    Health insurance is a must-have (not to mention a legal requirement), but it doesn’t protect you fully from medical costs. The average employer plan has an individual deductible of $1,135, and th...

  • Time's running out to sign up for Obamacare Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 12, 2015 1:45 PM EST

    Tick tock. The Feb. 15 health insurance deadline for enrolling in a plan, changing plans, or getting subsidies to help with insurance costs under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is almost ...

  • Why paying for health care with a medical credit card can be costly Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 12, 2015 12:00 PM EST

    If you mention that you may have trouble paying a big medical bill–because, for example, you need major dental work–your dentist might suggest that you get a medical credit card such as the Citi ...

  • Getting engaged? Enjoy the tax benefits of marriage Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 12, 2015 12:00 PM EST

    Expecting to pop the question—or answer the question—this Valentine's Day? The tax benefits of marriage are most likely are the furthest thing from your mind. But personal finances loom large in ...

  • Investors flee Pimco, but should you? Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 11, 2015 9:30 PM EST

    There may have never been a greater exodus of money from a fund family than the one experienced by the Pacific Investment Management Company, otherwise known as Pimco, this past fall. Legendary f...

  • Comcast-Time Warner merger still isn't good for consumers Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 11, 2015 7:30 PM EST

    It's now been a year since Comcast, the country's largest cable and broadband company, proposed a takeover of Time Warner Cable, the number two cable company and third biggest broadband provider....

  • Why your Valentine's Day flower delivery may be late Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 11, 2015 12:15 PM EST
    Valentine's Day

    If you place an order for Valentine's Day flowers online, you might miss a disclaimer that says the site does not guarantee delivery on major holidays—including Valentine's Day. The 1-800Flowers ...

  • 5 Valentine's Day gifts your techie sweetheart will love Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST

    Still shopping for your valentine? Skip the traditional and check out these gadgets. They could score you points for originality, and you and your significant other will be able to enjoy them for...

  • Why you shouldn't give your doctor your Social Security number Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 10, 2015 3:00 PM EST
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    You’re filling out a pile of forms at the local hospital or when seeing a physician. You jot down your name, address, and insurance information. Then you come to a space for your Social Security ...

  • In wake of controversy, Samsung changes privacy policy for its smart TVs Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 10, 2015 1:30 PM EST

    In response to a number of articles—including Consumer Reports'—that highlighted concerns about exactly what Samsung's smart TVs are listening to and where they are sending that data, Samsung has...

  • How to avoid the health insurance penalty Consumer Reports - Mon, Feb 9, 2015 5:15 PM EST

    Health insurance penalties, which will be levied for the first time this tax season, could cost some taxpayers 1 percent of their household income or $285, whichever is higher. Now taxpayers are ...

  • Samsung and LG smart TVs share your voice data with a third party Consumer Reports - Mon, Feb 9, 2015 4:45 PM EST

    Manufacturers have been producing smart TVs with voice recognition since 2012. Since then, many televisions have come to market that even monitor the viewing habits of their owners. Are these TVs...

  • A new kind of financial adviser—at a discount Consumer Reports - Mon, Feb 9, 2015 4:15 PM EST

    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...

  • The paranoid's guide to digital security Consumer Reports - Mon, Feb 9, 2015 3:15 PM EST

    If you’ve followed the news about Anthem insurance, Chick-Fil-A, Sony, and Home Depot, it can seem like cyberattacks only happen to corporations, but in reality hackers also target individuals. A...

  • Get a great deal on jewelry for Valentine's Day Consumer Reports - Mon, Feb 9, 2015 9:45 AM EST

    Few purchases are as emotional as fine jewelry. But being lead by your heart and not your head can get you into trouble when shopping. Unless you’re a gemologist, you probably can’t tell if a dia...

  • Sling TV beefs up its content offerings with more sports and AMC Consumer Reports - Sun, Feb 8, 2015 8:30 AM EST

    As part of its official launch this week, Dish's Sling TV streaming TV service is adding content to its $20-per-month package and is now available on more streaming media players. Sling TV's basi...

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