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  • 5 great headphones that cost $100 or less Consumer Reports - 2 hours 50 minutes ago

    Sometimes a great set of headphones—or, actually, the lack of them—is all that's standing between you and acoustic bliss. One way to shop is to look at celebrity-endorsed models that convey a soc...

  • Should I buy a $250 laptop? Consumer Reports - 2 hours 58 minutes ago

    While they're not the speediest laptops, the new low-cost PCs showing up in stores are proving to be solid, basic machines. That’s what we found when we tested several laptops loaded with a speci...

  • Are you paying too much for that new car? Consumer Reports - 4 hours ago

    Cars are already expensive enough, with the average new car costing more than $30,000. So the last thing you want to discover is that you paid thousands of dollars too much. But some car buyers a...

  • 7 products on deep discount in November Consumer Reports - 12 hours ago

    Gearing up for your holiday shopping? 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 ...

  • Best mobile gear Consumer Reports - 14 hours ago

    The holiday season is once again approaching: Time to start making those gift lists for all your friends and loved ones (oh, and maybe to think about presents you might want for yourself!). If an...

  • When it comes to sending and receiving packages, all of us have plenty to grouse about. Damaged or late deliveries and snatched packages bug consumers the most, according to the Consumer Reports ...

  • Must-have tablets, laptops, and printers Consumer Reports - 14 hours ago

    The holiday season is once again approaching: Time to start making those gift lists for all your friends and loved ones (oh, and maybe to think about presents you might want for yourself!). If an...

  • After upgrading a basic phone and TV package to a triple-play deal including broadband access, a Time Warner Cable subscriber, Josiah Robbins, saw a promotion for the premium entertainment networ...

  • Top picks in digital photography Consumer Reports - 14 hours ago

        The holiday season is once again approaching: Time to start making those gift lists for all your friends and loved ones (oh, and maybe to think about presents you might want for yourself!). I...

  • The end of the year—which accounts for, on average, 41 percent of Americans’ charitable giving—is often a prime time for cause-related marketing: when companies push items with the promise that p...

  • 8 ways to save big on your medication Consumer Reports - 14 hours ago

    Chances are you’re paying more than you need to for prescription drugs. But thanks to discounts offered at Costco, CVS, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and others, hundreds of common generic drugs ca...

  • Hottest home entertainment gear Consumer Reports - 14 hours ago

    The holiday season is once again approaching: Time to start making those gift lists for all your friends and loved ones (oh, and maybe to think about presents you might want for yourself!). If an...

  • Where to get free Medicare advice Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    If you have a complicated question about Medicare, or just want some help talking through your options, you should take advantage of the free one-on-one counseling available through your state's ...

  • Tricks for getting the most from your credit cards when holiday shopping Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 6:00 PM EDT

    While you may be focused on figuring out what you’ll be for Halloween, the frightening truth is that the holiday shopping season is here. So now’s the time to make sure you’ll be getting the most...

  • Beginner's guide to wireless routers Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

    If you’re shopping for a new wireless router, chances are your old one stopped working, or you want to upgrade to get better performance when you stream movies, play online games, or do other dat...

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD7 Kids Edition is not just for kids Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Amazon's recent product announcement included its first tablet just for children, the Fire HD Kids Edition. This standard 6- or 7-inch Fire HD tablet comes with two extras that should give parent...

  • Batteries that last when you need them Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    When you’re making your list and checking it twice, don’t forget to add AA batteries. This popular battery type powers many of the toys, game controllers, and other gadgets that will be waiting i...

  • Droid Turbo speeds onto the scene with a near-immortal battery Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 10:15 PM EDT

    The Droid Turbo smart phone, a Motorola-made Verizon exclusive, offers an appealing all-star collection of today’s most advanced smart phone features, including a mammoth battery that will allow ...

  • FTC sues AT&T over cellular throttling Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 6:30 PM EDT

    The FTC has sued AT&T Mobility in federal court, claiming that the company misled millions of customers with grandfathered "unlimited" cellular data plans. AT&T stopped offering unlimited plans ...

  • What if your mortgage or credit card blows up on you? Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 6:15 PM EDT

    If a toaster you bought explodes in your face, you have recourse because the law says that toasters have to be safe. But until recently, if your mortgage or credit card “blew up” on you financial...

  • Is this your last chance to get a plasma TV? Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 5:30 PM EDT

    We knew the end was coming, but with LG's announced exit from the plasma business, it's still a bit sad for the TV technology favored by many TV purists—including most of us here who test HDTVs f...

  • Top tech gifts for $200 or less Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    We believe that there's a great electronic gift for every budget, so we're creating a series of guides with great products at or below $200, $100, $50, and even $25. Whatever your price range, we...

  • Seniors may be prone to money scams Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 3:15 PM EDT

    Everyone wants to be confident managing money but being too confident could be dangerous to your financial well-being. That's especially true for overconfident seniors with declines in cognition....

  • Best holiday gift ideas under $100 Consumer Reports - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT

    You've made your list and set your budget. Now, what to get? We help you find the right gift at the right price with our best-gift-idea guides for various price points (check out our recommendati...

  • If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber looking for a stick-style streaming media player, you now have a new option: The Amazon Fire TV Stick, a $39 player that's priced between Google's $35 Chromec...

  • Best holiday gift ideas under $25 Consumer Reports - Sat, Oct 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Yes, Virginia, there is a holiday gift you can buy for less than $25. We know that families have to stick to a holiday-time budget, and often that includes a few inexpensive gifts. We've plucked ...

  • Best holiday gift ideas under $50 Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

    Looking for a few holiday gifts less than $50, but more than $25? We plucked a few good ideas from our reviews. If you're budget is a bit bigger, check out our gift suggestions for under $200. Re...

  • Does Apple Pay trust your spouse more than you do? Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

    Apple has gone to great lengths to promote the security of Apple Pay. A white paper on the security of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, claims that: "Apple Pay doesn't collect any transactio......

  • The iPad Air 2 is thinner, faster, better—but does that matter? Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

    The new Apple iPad Air 2 looks as stunning as you’d expect a new iPad to look. But if you’re considering an upgrade from an older iPad, you’ll want to know if the changes are more than cosmetic. ...

  • LG's OLED TV isn't the best TV we've ever tested Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    OLED TV technology isn’t exactly new—we tested the first set, Sony’s 11-inch XEL-1, back in 2008, and Samsung’s KN55SC9 set last year. (The Sony's black levels were so deep we had to buy new test...

  • Small cap stocks might have run out of steam Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    When it comes to investing in 2014, small cap stock funds are likely to come in last place among investments.  All three small-cap fund categories—growth, value, and blend—lost value through the ...

  • Save gas and money with a manual transmission Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    In your quest for better fuel economy and more value, don't overlook the potential benefits of shifting yourself. In our tests, we've found that in some cars a manual transmission can improve gas...

  • Are you using the most reliable laptop? Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    Apple makes the most reliable laptops, according to the 2014 Annual Product Reliability Survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. That conclusion is based on 50,000 subs...

  • Don’t let your brain betray your investments Consumer Reports - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    If your portfolio is underperforming the stock market, you could blame the caveman inside you. That’s because we make mistakes that often stem from the same root cause: We’re still wired to react...

  • A new kind of financial adviser—at a discount Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    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...

  • Why some companies won't mail privacy policies to you Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    You know those privacy statements that come in the mail from financial institutions? The ones that you should read but probably never do? Well, some banks and other financial institutions are lik...

  • Why some companies won't mail you privacy policies Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    You know those privacy statements that come in the mail from financial institutions? The ones that you should read but probably never do? Well, some banks and other financial institutions are lik...

  • Best holiday gift ideas under $200 Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    Sticking to a holiday-gift budget doesn't have to be hard if you map out your strategy in advance—a few gifts between $100 and $200, some $50 to $100, and a bunch that are $25 to $50 or even unde...

  • Can cutting the cable cord really save you money? Consumer Reports - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 2:45 PM EDT

    Given the recent news that HBO, CBS, and Lionsgate are launching stand-alone streaming services, you may be thinking that the time is ripe to cancel your pay-TV contract and save lots of money. F...

  • Waiting in line can be hazardous to your health Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT

    No matter how hard we try to stick to a shopping list, we can't resist impulse purchases. In fact, at least half of all the things we buy are unplanned, according to various studies. So it's no w...

  • Best holiday gift ideas for teens Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 5:30 PM EDT

    What do teens want for holiday gifts? Electronics, of course. We've compiled a list so you can start making your list. And we threw in a couple of non-electronic gifts for good measure. Don't for...

  • Apple, the innovative California-based computer maker, talks like it just invented mobile wallets, which let you pay for purchases at the cash register by using your smart phone. "Apple Pay will ......

  • Apple Pay virtual wallet: All dressed up and no place to go Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    After characteristic Apple grandiosity at press shows in September and October, Apple Pay quietly went national on Monday with the promise to "transform mobile payments" by enabling Apple afficio......

  • How to find the best Medicare drug plan Consumer Reports - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    If you do not have a Medicare Advantage plan that includes Part D drug coverage, you must sign up for it separately. When to sign up You should sign up for Medicare Part D at the same time that...

  • Apple Pay virtual wallet looks like an also-ran Consumer Reports - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Apple's entry into the crowded virtual wallet market, Apple Pay, is supposed to "transform mobile payments." We've downloaded iOS 8.1, which contains Apple Pay to judge for ourselves. Read our ...

  • How can you boost the payout from a home insurance claim? Consumer Reports - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Losing items in a home fire, burglary, or other catastrophe is traumatizing, not to mention costly. That’s why we suggest homeowners insurance replacement-cost coverage: It compensates you for th...

  • Putting a finger on credit card fraud Consumer Reports - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    When it comes to new ways to pay with your credit cards, attention right now is focused on Apple Pay, a new digital wallet from Apple that works with the iPhone 6 and 6 plus and will eventually w...

  • How to pick a Medigap plan Consumer Reports - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Medigap health plans are basically bookkeeping operations. Unlike Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans don't make any decisions about what to cover. They don't have networks of doctors or hosp...

  • How to pick a Medicare Advantage plan Consumer Reports - Sun, Oct 19, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    In the months leading up to the fall Medicare open enrollment season, your mailbox may be overflowing with sales brochures from Medicare Advantage plans. Our advice is to ignore them. There are b...

  • Don't be an Ebola scam victim Consumer Reports - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    With the Ebola virus making headlines across the globe, scammers are trying to use the deadly disease to trick people out of their money or into downloading malware onto their computer or mobile ...

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