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  • Samsung Investigation Reveals New Details About Note7 Battery Failures Consumer Reports - Sun, Jan 22, 2017 8:00 PM EST

    Samsung says two different battery flaws were to blame for the fires that plagued its flagship Galaxy Note7 smartphone throughout the fall, leading to two separate recalls and, ultimately, the pe...

  • Why Watching Super Bowl LI at Home Will Be Even More Awesome Than Usual Consumer Reports - Sun, Jan 22, 2017 7:00 AM EST

    Nothing is as exciting as actually being at the Super Bowl, but this year those of us watching from home will get to see something those at the game will miss: a view from inside the players' hel...

  • Amazon Echo Voice Commands Offer Big Benefits to Users With Disabilities Consumer Reports - Fri, Jan 20, 2017 5:00 PM EST

    “It’s definitely not a toy,” says Nate Higgins. “I really depend on it a lot.” The “it” is his Alexa-powered Amazon Echo smart speaker, and Higgins, who lives in Chatsworth, Georgia, is a quadrip...

  • Why Healthy Food Doesn't Have to Cost More Consumer Reports - Fri, Jan 20, 2017 4:55 PM EST

    When shopping for groceries and trying to decide between two items—say, brands of granola bars—how do you determine which is healthier? A lot of us automatically assume that the more expensive pr...

  • Report: Battery Size Likely Led to Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Issues Consumer Reports - Fri, Jan 20, 2017 3:31 PM EST

    There will be answers: Samsung is set to reveal Monday the findings of an investigation into why the recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has the tendency to catch fire or explode, with the cause ce...

  • Student Debt Crisis Made Worse by Loan Servicers, Regulators Say Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 6:16 PM EST

    The student debt crisis in the U.S. is well documented. But a lawsuit filed by federal regulators charges that borrowers’ problems are made much worse by the companies that manage their payments....

  • Should You Apply for an Advance on Your Tax Refund? Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 6:01 PM EST

    The three major tax-preparation services—H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, and Liberty Tax—are all offering an unusual option this year: an advance on your federal tax refund, with no apparent strings a...

  • Low-Priced Smartphones With High-End Features Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 2:40 PM EST

    If you're holding your breath for the iPhone 8 or the next flagship phone from Samsung, you might want to take a gander at the new, low-priced smartphones from Asus, Huawei, and other little-guy ...

  • Eighteen months after Sallie Mae spin-off Navient revealed that its wholly-owned subsidiary Navient Solutions Inc could one day be on the receiving end of a federal lawsuit related to its student...

  • As Trump Takes Office, What's Top of Consumers' Minds? Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 6:00 AM EST

    As President Donald Trump takes office and a new Congress settles in, Consumer Reports asked Americans what their most pressing consumer concerns are for the coming year. Top of mind, according t...

  • Are Paid Dating Sites Better Than Free Ones? Consumer Reports - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 3:47 PM EST

    To pay or not to pay: That is the question. For every dating site or app that charges close to $40 per month, such as Match, eHarmony, or JDate, there are plenty of other popular ones like OkCupi...

  • 5 Doctors Most Likely to Stick You With Surprise Medical Bills Consumer Reports - Tue, Jan 17, 2017 7:21 PM EST

    It seems so unfair. You’re most likely to get hit with a big medical expense your insurance won’t cover when you’re most powerless to do anything to avoid it. These surprise medical bills usually...

  • Why You Should Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions Consumer Reports - Tue, Jan 17, 2017 2:15 PM EST

    Remember the optimism and enthusiasm you felt on Jan. 1.? The incredible motivation you had to make this the year you'll finally lose the extra weight, exercise more, get healthier or . . . (fill...

  • Digital Maintenance: 5 Ways to Spruce Up and Protect Your Gear Consumer Reports - Fri, Jan 13, 2017 4:13 PM EST

    It's time to treat your online accounts, laptops, and phones the way you handle a garage or a closet. Digital accounts and electronics need regular cleaning and maintenance, just like shelves ful...

  • Should You Sign Up for the New Amazon Credit Card? Consumer Reports - Fri, Jan 13, 2017 3:24 PM EST

    Amazon Prime loyalists and fans of the company's Alexa digital assistant will find a lot to like about the newly launched Amazon Prime Rewards Signature Visa card. But for those who aren't Prime ...

  • How to Prevent Gift-Card Problems Consumer Reports - Fri, Jan 13, 2017 3:04 PM EST

    Gift cards can be great to receive but they may also present you with a host of unexpected problems. If you received gift cards over the holidays, here are some steps you can take to minimize pot...

  • How to Lower Your Medical Bills Consumer Reports - Fri, Jan 13, 2017 2:15 PM EST

    If your healthcare costs are ballooning, you have plenty of company. About 25 percent of Americans reported having trouble paying their medical bills in the past year, according to a survey from ...

  • Cheaper Epinephrine: Spend Way Less With This EpiPen Alternative Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 12, 2017 7:43 PM EST
    Cheaper Epinephrine: Spend Way Less With This EpiPen Alternative

    CVS pharmacies around the U.S. are now offering generic Adrenaclick—the cheaper alternative to EpiPen—for just $110 per two-pack. That's a nearly $200 savings over the current cost for generic Ep...

  • How to Shop for a Wedding Dress Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 12, 2017 5:14 PM EST

    The January white sales are on, and we don't mean shopping for towels and sheets. Web searches for "wedding dress" and "wedding gown" tend to climb in January, which means lots of future ...

  • Consumer Reports Now Recommends MacBook Pros Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 12, 2017 5:00 PM EST

    Consumer Reports has now finished retesting the battery life on Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops, and our results show that a software update released by Apple on January 9 fixed problems we’d enc...

  • 6 Surprising Ways to Save Money in 2017 Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 12, 2017 4:47 PM EST

    When was the last time you took a close look at your expenses? If it’s been a while, the new year is a good time to figure out whether you’re wasting money on things you don't really need—or may ...

  • How to Break Up With Your Online Dating Website Consumer Reports - Tue, Jan 10, 2017 5:20 PM EST

    The good news: You've met someone terrific on a dating site such as Match or OkCupid and are officially off the market. Congratulations. It’s time to take down your profile. The bad news? Your on...

  • How to (Really) Stay Ahead of Your Credit Card Bills Consumer Reports - Tue, Jan 10, 2017 12:07 PM EST

    With each new year come new resolutions to finally stick to a budget, or gain control of those credit card bills. But managing your money so that you can get those bills paid on time isn't always...

  • How to save at Costco Consumer Reports - Tue, Jan 10, 2017 12:00 PM EST

    If you’re a Costco member, you probably know a thing or two about saving a buck. But there are ways to cut costs even further at the ubiquitous warehouse club, with its nearly 700 locations world...

  • (Update: Consumer Reports tested the new MacBook Pros after Apple issued the fix. We now recommend the laptops.) Apple has just issued a software fix through its Beta Software Program to address ...

  • New Data Can Help You Avoid Ineffective For-Profit Colleges Consumer Reports - Mon, Jan 9, 2017 7:20 PM EST

    Identifying for-profit schools that provide little return on investment just got easier. For the first time, the Department of Education is publishing data that compares student debt to actual ea...

  • iPhone Turns 10: How It Became a Cultural Icon Consumer Reports - Sun, Jan 8, 2017 10:26 PM EST

    “Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said as he introduced the first iPhone in San Francisco on January 9, 2007. Any number o......

  • Make Way for the Selfie Drones Consumer Reports - Fri, Jan 6, 2017 6:37 PM EST

    Drones have always appealed to photographers, but until very recently, they hovered beyond the reach of the average consumer. The outsize price tags and dizzying array of skills required to pilot...

  • Fitness Trackers Leave the Wrist Behind Consumer Reports - Fri, Jan 6, 2017 5:08 PM EST

    The year 2016 was not exactly a healthy one for wearable fitness gadgets. Sales tanked, hitting even highly praised products like the Pebble smartwatch and the Jawbone Up fitness tracker. While ...

  • What Consumers Need to Know About D-Link Routers Consumer Reports - Fri, Jan 6, 2017 1:21 AM EST

    The FTC filed a complaint about D-Link regarding security issues stemming from an alleged failure to protect its webcams and routers from hackers. According to the FTC, D-Link failed to adequatel...

  • Older Americans Are Sacrificing Retirement to Pay Off Student Debt Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 5, 2017 5:16 PM EST

    The student debt crisis is colliding with the retirement crisis in the U.S. New data shows that older Americans are the fastest-growing group of student loan borrowers, often taking on debt to he...

  • Coming Soon: OLED TV From Sony Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 5, 2017 5:01 PM EST

    TV enthusiasts love OLED TVs for their remarkable picture quality. But until now their high prices restricted them to the home-theater systems of well-heeled videophiles. Sony's announcement at C...

  • Feds Accuse D-Link of Failing to Properly Secure Routers & Webcams Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 5, 2017 4:53 PM EST

    Federal regulators have accused D-Link, a manufacturer of popular networking and smart-home products, of leaving its routers and webcam devices vulnerable to hackers. A lawsuit , filed this ...

  • More Headphone Users Will Cut the Cord in 2017 Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 5, 2017 4:53 PM EST

    The market research company NDP reported last July that more Bluetooth wireless headphones were sold than wired or non-Bluetooth models. And if the new headphone introductions at this year’s Cons...

  • Student Loan Servicing Issues Contribute to Older Borrowers' Defaults Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 5, 2017 3:15 PM EST

    In 2015, nearly 40% of all federal student loan borrowers over the age of 65 were in default, thanks in part to issues they faced when it came to the servicing of their debts, including problems ...

  • New LCD TVs Offer Impressive Features and Technology Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 5, 2017 9:56 AM EST

    Televisions with LED/LCD-lit screens have had some obvious drawbacks—limited viewing angles, blacks that often look gray, and brightness issues that sometimes make dark scenes look cloudy. Yet th...

  • Should You Ever Pay for Your FICO Credit Score? Consumer Reports - Thu, Jan 5, 2017 8:36 AM EST

    Paying for your credit score may not be worth it, especially since you often can get it for free. The question about whether you should pay rose again Tuesday after the Consumer Financial Protec...

  • Hey, New Routers are Cool! Yes, Routers Consumer Reports - Wed, Jan 4, 2017 10:41 PM EST

    For most consumers, routers remain mysterious little boxes that make the internet possible. In the past, routers have been ugly, confusing to set up, difficult to update with security patches, an...

  • Even Cheap TVs in 2017 Will Be Smart TVs Consumer Reports - Wed, Jan 4, 2017 6:00 PM EST

    Remember when smart TV capability was a step-up feature you had to pay extra for? Based on the announcements we've seen from a number of value-oriented brands here in Las Vegas at the Consumer El...

  • Hidden Credit Card Benefits You Might Be Missing Consumer Reports - Wed, Jan 4, 2017 3:28 PM EST

    Your credit card might offer more than cash back or hotel and airline rewards points. Often, hidden in the fine print of your cardholder agreement, these additional credit card benefits range fro...

  • Should You Get Identity-Theft Insurance? Consumer Reports - Mon, Jan 2, 2017 6:00 AM EST

    Q. My home insurer is offering identity-theft insurance. Is it worth buying? A. Certain insurance companies, including major insurers such as Allstate, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, and Travelers, ...

  • Products on Deep Discount in January Consumer Reports - Sun, Jan 1, 2017 6:00 AM EST

    With the wallet-draining month of December behind us, you may not be in the mood to spend money anytime soon. But for certain products, January is a good time to find great sales and deep discoun...

  • Your January Financial To-Do List Consumer Reports - Sun, Jan 1, 2017 6:00 AM EST

    Although it’s hard to predict what 2017 will bring, if you take the right steps, you can make your personal finances more secure this year. Getting organized is often the hardest part, but Januar...

  • Eat This! The Healthiest Food Trends for 2017 Consumer Reports - Sun, Jan 1, 2017 6:00 AM EST

    As we enter into each new year, various prognosticators present lists of trends that will be hot in the months ahead in a host of areas. Food is no exception. Not all of the predicted food trends...

  • What did 16-year-old Josh Joseph want for the holidays? The Melville, N.Y., high school junior wanted Apple AirPods. The same wireless earbuds that he'd been waiting patiently for since October. ...

  • Top Trends in Digital Cameras We Expect at CES 2017 Consumer Reports - Fri, Dec 30, 2016 10:52 AM EST

    While smartphones have become the cameras of choice for many people, camera companies are still innovating. And they’re introducing some really intriguing cameras. For example, in the past few ye...

  • New Trends in Digital Cameras Consumer Reports - Fri, Dec 30, 2016 10:52 AM EST

    Cameras, lenses, and photo accessories have never been big been news at CES. Yet camera manufacturers such as Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, and Sony have always set up mammoth booths, which generally ...

  • Top 5 Computer Trends We Expect at CES 2017 Consumer Reports - Fri, Dec 30, 2016 10:00 AM EST

    The Consumer Electronics Show, the annual trade show, often lays the foundation for the coming year in technology. CES 2017, which officially gets under way on January 5 in Las Vegas, will certai...

  • Trends to Watch in Audio at CES 2017 Consumer Reports - Thu, Dec 29, 2016 4:17 PM EST

    While advances in audio sometime seem to take a back seat to the hottest new televisions and the latest innovations in computers, the market is still huge. At the big Consumer Electronics Show in...

  • Top 5 TV Trends We Expect at CES 2017 Consumer Reports - Thu, Dec 29, 2016 3:52 PM EST

    One of the great things about the annual Consumer Electronics Show is that it helps set expectations for the technology you'll see in the coming year. At CES 2017, which kicks off January 5 in La...

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