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  • Why You Shouldn't Buy EpiPens on eBay Consumer Reports - 8 hours ago

    In your search to save money on the high-priced EpiPen, you might be tempted to turn to the “gray market”—Craigslist, Ebay, or other websites. We found EpiPens, the life-saving devices that rever...

  • Better TV Sound for Those With Hearing Loss Consumer Reports - 11 hours ago

    Not long ago, a reader wrote to us asking for help with a common problem: Due to hearing loss, she was having a hard time watching television. Even with the volume at maximum level, she couldn't ...

  • A Generic EpiPen Might Not Be Your Best Option Consumer Reports - 11 hours ago

    Mylan's plan to introduce a generic version of its life-saving EpiPen will cut the price in half, to $300 for a two-pack. But Consumer Reports has found that another low-cost option already exist...

  • Imagine renting a car and being charged for damage that occurred before or after you drove it. It sounds outrageous. But that’s exactly what can happen if you don’t take precautions, especially i...

  • Super Lice Have Arrived Consumer Reports - Mon, Aug 29, 2016 2:08 PM EDT

    Parents with kids heading back to school have a new worry this year: super lice. Research now suggests that the vast majority of lice in the U.S. are resistant to the insecticides used in popular...

  • How to Get the Best Mortgage Rate Consumer Reports - Mon, Aug 29, 2016 1:00 PM EDT

    Mortgage rates in the United States are near historic lows, thanks in part to Britain's decision to leave the European Union. The Brexit has led to increased global economic uncertainty and many ...

  • Mylan to Sell Generic EpiPen Pack for $300 Consumer Reports - Mon, Aug 29, 2016 12:06 PM EDT

    Facing criticism from patients, consumer advocates, lawmakers, and physicians about huge price increases on the EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, drugmaker Mylan today announced it will introdu...

  • How to Clean Your Computer and Cell Phone Consumer Reports - Sun, Aug 28, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Dramatic headlines like “Mobile Phones 18 Times Dirtier Than Toilet Handles ” and “Your Keyboard: Dirtier Than a Toilet” may have you worrying that your personal electronic devices are veritable ...

  • Are There Downsides to Always Keeping Your Gas Tank Full? Consumer Reports - Sun, Aug 28, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Q. I like to keep my gas tank full in case of traffic tie-ups, but is it bad for the engine not to let the old gas get used up first? A. Gasoline does lose octane gradually over time, and old gas...

  • How to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits Consumer Reports - Sat, Aug 27, 2016 8:00 AM EDT

    Maximizing your Social Security benefits isn't easy, especially since there are hundreds of rules governing payments alone. But since most retired Americans depend primarily on Social Security, i...

  • Secrets to Stress-Free Flying Consumer Reports - Sat, Aug 27, 2016 8:00 AM EDT

    In January 2015 Eileen Dube of Glendale, Calif., spent $2,268 booking round-trip flights online from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., for her husband, herself, and their two daughters for a mid-M...

  • How to Fix Spotty WiFi at Home Consumer Reports - Sat, Aug 27, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Q. My WiFi doesn’t work in some parts of my house. Is there a way to fix it? A. “Inconsistent coverage has long been a shortcoming of wireless routers, but a newer model may help. Manufacturers h...

  • Banks Affiliated With Colleges Might Charge High Overdraft Fees Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:38 PM EDT

    When you head to college, you’ll probably be concerned about the dorm you’ll live in, the friends you’ll make, and the classes you’ll take. You should add something else to the list: the bank you...

  • Don't Buy Extended Warranties Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:38 PM EDT

    When you need to repair your car, refrigerator, computer, or a major system in your home, it’s comforting to think you won't have to break the bank to pay for the fix. That’s why so many people a...

  • Best & Worst Fuel Economy Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:00 PM EDT

    The lists below highlight the vehicles within each category that achieved the best or worst gas mileage in our tests. We have selected mpg cutoffs that are relative to each category. For example,...

  • Fuel Economy vs. Acceleration Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:00 PM EDT

    You don't always have to give up engine performance in return for good fuel economy. To prove this, Consumer Reports compiled this list of vehicles that provided the best combination of fuel econ...

  • Best Cars With Cargo Capacity and Fuel Economy Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:00 PM EDT

    With today's ever changing gas prices, many car buyers are opting to trade cargo space for fuel economy by purchasing a smaller vehicle than they might have otherwise. To help buyers who are look...

  • Is It Okay to Take Tylenol While Pregnant? Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:00 PM EDT

    A new study suggesting that children have a higher risk of behavior problems if their mothers took acetaminophen (Tylenol and generic) while pregnant has everyone's attention right now. After all...

  • Best MPG Cars for City & Highway Commutes Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:00 PM EDT

    Depending on how you drive and what your typical commute looks like, you may want to compare how a vehicle fares in city versus highway mileage. If you are consistently in stop-and-go traffic, yo...

  • How Same-Sex Marriage Has Changed Couples' Finances Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:59 AM EDT

    John DeLibero, of Westport, Conn., had been with his partner, Martin Johnson, for more than 14 years when they learned of the U.S. Supreme Court's first major decision supporting marriage equalit...

  • Android Nougat: What You Need to Know About the Latest Google Mobile OS Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:03 AM EDT

    Now that Android Nougat, the latest version of the Google mobile OS, has been released as an update for late-model Nexus phones, we took it out for a trial run on a Nexus 6P, one of the recommend...

  • School Bus Safety Tips Consumer Reports - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Every school day 23 million children ride a big yellow bus. While school buses are one of the safest modes of transport—more safe than riding in a family vehicle or walking, according to the Nati...

  • How to Get the Lowest Airfares Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 10:40 PM EDT

    The easiest way to find and compare all of the flight and airfare options for a particular route is to use one of the many online travel agencies (which sell tickets) or fare aggregator sites (wh...

  • How to Jumpstart Saving for College Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 2:15 PM EDT

    As college costs rise, so does the level of worry parents have about how to pay for it all. But, it turns out, worry can be a great motivating force. That's according to Fidelity Investment’s 10t...

  • How to Salvage Your Valuables After Serious Flooding Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 1:15 PM EDT

    Roads remain closed and thousands of residents of southern Louisiana are still in shelters after devastating flooding this month that damaged or destroyed more than 60,000 homes. With their lives...

  • Under Fire Over EpiPen Price Hike, Mylan Expands Savings Card Program Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:45 AM EDT

    After receiving intense backlash from consumers, lawmakers, and health advocates over the skyrocketing price of emergency allergy treatment EpiPen—the costs increased as much as 600% in just nine...

  • If you’re worried about the security of mobile banking, you’re not alone. Mobile banking apps use a wide array of complicated passwords, biometric tools (like thumbprint or facial scanning), and ...

  • Choosing Between Hard-Sided or Soft-Sided Luggage Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 10:00 AM EDT

    Decades ago, most luggage was hard. Remember the metal-framed valise? But in the 1980s, composite fabrics that were pliable, strong, and light-weight, led many people to start buying soft-sided l...

  • 5 Ways to Help You Know if There Are GMOs in Food Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    You're still going to have do a bit of sleuth work to find out whether there are GMOs in your food.  President Obama Friday signed a bill that nullifies state genetically modified organism labeli...

  • Protect Yourself From Medical Identity Theft Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    There is a lot you can do to avoid medical identity theft and to reduce its negative effects if your personal data is stolen. Here, the proactive steps to take to keep your private health informa...

  • Medical Privacy Laws, Explained Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    Laws have been enacted to help protect your medical privacy. Here's the lowdown on two such regulations and the aspects of medical privacy they protect. The best-known law in the area of medical ...

  • The Rise of Medical Identity Theft Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    It began like an ordinary purse snatching. The credit card reader on the gas pump at her Houston neighborhood station wasn’t working, so Deborah Ford went inside to pay. By the time she returned ...

  • The Promise of a Post-Driver Life Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    A leading killer of Americans under the age of 35—vehicle crashes—will have become less common in 2096 than death by a lightning strike. The long fight by Consumer Reports and others against unsa...

  • You may have spent a lot of time trying to find the right credit card for your needs. There's plenty to consider, from the rewards they offer to the fees they charge.  But something else to consi...

  • Transportation Evolution: Keeping Roads, Rails, and Skyways Safe Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    The past decades have carried America through an evolution in transportation as our love affair with cars deepened and as we took to the skies. Along the way, Consumer Reports tested, advised, an...

  • Combating Air Rage Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    Sometimes incidents of air rage are so serious that they make the headlines. A seatback recline battle on a United flight from Washington, D.C., to Ghana in 2011, for example, got heated enough t...

  • 5 Ways to Make Your Connecting Flights Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    Booking a flight with at least one layover can save you $100 or more on a trip, says George Hobica, founder and president of the website Airfarewatchdog. But it also increases travel time—and the...

  • Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping for Clothes Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    The first-day of school outfit is a big deal, and so is shopping for the rest of the back-to-school wardrobe. According to the National Retail Federation’s latest survey, families will spend almo...

  • FCC’s Robocall Strike Force Kicks Into Action Today Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    Last month, after FCC Chair Tom Wheeler called on the telecom industry to finally do something about the nuisance of pre-recorded, auto-dialed robocalls, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson agreed to hea...

  • VR That Is Out of This World Consumer Reports - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    Ever wondered what it would be like to swim with sharks, perform before thousands of cheering fans, or walk on the moon? Virtual reality (VR) can make those Walter Mitty musings seem remarkably r...

  • After four years and 100 episodes of "Talking Cars With Consumer Reports," we wanted to thank our loyal fans who made this success possible. To do that, over 60 fans attended the recording of ...

  • Debt Shy? Why You Should Still Get a Credit Card Consumer Reports - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 5:21 PM EDT

    It's understandable why, as The New York Times recently reported, millennials are staying on the sidelines when it comes to getting credit cards. They're buried under their own student debt and h...

  • Biosimilars Are as Good as Brand-Name Drugs, New Study Finds Consumer Reports - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 4:50 PM EDT

    Remicade, Enbrel, and Humira can help relieve rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease, but these biologic drugs can easily cost thousands of dollars a month out of pocket....

  • How to Get the Cheaper EpiPen Alternative Consumer Reports - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 4:50 PM EDT

    Consumer outrage over EpiPen’s $600 price tag reached a fever pitch yesterday, prompting action from Congress members, including Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who issued a letter to its ma...

  • WiFi Face-Off: Orbi vs. eero vs. Luma Consumer Reports - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 9:36 AM EDT

    Mesh networks have been all the buzz in router technology this year. As consumers add more devices to their home network—laptops, gaming consoles, wireless speaker systems, smart TVs, and even ap...

  • Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 23, 2016 4:59 PM EDT

    You may have noticed during recent medical exams that your doctor or an assistant is typing away as you talk, inputting data into a tablet or computer. What she’s doing is electronically updating...

  • Road Fatalities Estimated to Be High This Labor Day Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 23, 2016 4:59 PM EDT

    The numbers aren’t encouraging. While driving this Labor Day weekend is looking to be more affordable than ever, it’s also estimated to be even more risky, according to travel and safety experts....

  • How to Avoid Sepsis, a Deadly Medical Emergency Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 23, 2016 1:00 PM EDT

    Dana Mirman didn’t pay much attention when she noticed what she assumed was a mosquito bite on her shoulder. “After all, I live in Florida, people get bites,” says the 41-year-old communications ...

  • College Students Face High Risk of Identity Theft Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 23, 2016 10:00 AM EDT

    College students and their parents probably don't spend much time worrying about identity theft when they think about navigating the minefields of university life. But as students head back to sc...

  • Where the $800 Sony Glass Sound Speaker Goes Wrong Consumer Reports - Tue, Aug 23, 2016 9:15 AM EDT

    Technology reporters have spent the last few months heaping praise on the Sony Glass Sound Speaker (LSPX-S1). The Verge called it "magnificent" and the Wall Street Journal said "it may be ...

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