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  • Regulators Urged to End Surprise Medical Bills Consumer Reports - 2 hours 28 minutes ago

    Pressure is growing on regulators—as well as insurance companies and healthcare providers—to make sure a trip to the emergency room doesn't result in a bad case of sticker shock. Under current pr...

  • When AT&T announced in October that it would spend $85 billion to acquire Time Warner, the plan was met with strong headwinds right out of the gate. A surprisingly broad array of lawmakers, from ...

  • Great Online Deals for Holiday Photos Consumer Reports - 8 hours ago

    At this time of year, you'll often find me on websites such as Shutterfly and Snapfish looking for ways to turn favorite holiday photos into greeting cards, calendars, books, and other novelty it...

  • Sign-Up Bonuses Make Credit Card Offers Tempting Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 6, 2016 5:48 PM EST

    Signing up for a credit card can come with all kinds of benefits, from earning rewards—such as cash back—to perks such as access to airline lounges. But as banks increasingly compete for new cust...

  • First Look: Google WiFi Router Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 6, 2016 5:13 PM EST

    Google's new wireless router arrives in stores today. Like the eero and Luma routers, the Google WiFi router is sold in a pack of three units that link together to create what's called a "mesh ne......

  • Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Budget Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 6, 2016 2:54 PM EST

    Love knows no limits, but the same can't always be said for your budget. That's why we put together a list of some of the year's best holiday gift ideas, organized by price (with shopping links t...

  • Student Loan Repayment Plans Might Be Costlier Than Expected Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 6, 2016 1:31 PM EST

    It’s hard to argue against making student loan payments more affordable. Millions of people who struggle to pay their loans have found relief by signing up for student loan repayment plans that a...

  • Give a Memorable Experience Gift for the Holidays Consumer Reports - Sun, Dec 4, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    For every handful of gift recipients on your list who would be thrilled to get a new tablet, smartwatch, or cookware set for the holidays, there's probably one who would love to get the gift of a...

  • What to Do with Your Old Laptop Consumer Reports - Sat, Dec 3, 2016 10:53 AM EST

    If you've got a few outdated laptops collecting dust in your home, you're not alone. In a survey conducted last spring by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, more than half of the subs...

  • 5 Ways to Save on Last-Minute Holiday Travel Consumer Reports - Sat, Dec 3, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    The last few weeks of the year tend to race by. Planning an affordable vacation or booking flights and hotels to join family and friends over the holidays might seem impossible now. But there is ...

  • Save Money by Choosing the Right Medicare Drug Plan Consumer Reports - Fri, Dec 2, 2016 4:15 PM EST

    You need to sign up for a new Medicare Part D plan by Dec. 7, so now is the time to make sure you're getting the best plan for your needs. The reason: You could end up paying hundreds, or possibl...

  • 10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Consumer Reports - Fri, Dec 2, 2016 3:00 PM EST

    This time of year it's almost impossible to avoid parties with buffets of tasty food and drink. But all of that indulging can have a downside: holiday weight gain. The average person gains 1.7 po...

  • How to Make a Year-End Cash Bonus Pay Off Consumer Reports - Fri, Dec 2, 2016 11:08 AM EST

    Employers are gearing up to spread some holiday cheer. According to a survey by Accounting Principals, three-quarters of human resources managers say their firm will be giving out year-end cash b...

  • How to Check iPhone 6s for Battery Shutdown Problem Consumer Reports - Thu, Dec 1, 2016 9:09 PM EST

    Apple has introduced a new tool to help iPhone 6s owners find out if their phones are eligible for a program designed to address recent battery issues. As we reported, a growing number of iPhone ...

  • Take Your Required Minimum Distribution Before the End of the Year Consumer Reports - Thu, Dec 1, 2016 4:20 PM EST

    Fidelity Investments recently reported that about half of its clients who were older than 70½—and required to take an annual distribution from their retirement account—had not yet done so for 201...

  • AT&T DirecTV Now Service Gets off to a Rocky Start Consumer Reports - Thu, Dec 1, 2016 2:48 PM EST

    DirecTV Now, AT&T's new online streaming service, got off to a somewhat rocky start. People trying to sign up for DirecTV Now's free trial, which was launched yesterday, initially weren't able to...

  • 8 Products on Deep Discount in December Consumer Reports - Thu, Dec 1, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    Some of the best deals you’ll find this month are on electronics, according to our analysts who monitor prices year-round. This is the time of year to get good prices on everything from TVs and h...

  • Your December Financial To-Do List Consumer Reports - Thu, Dec 1, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    December is one of those months that flies by quickly because of vacations and all of the planning and preparation that goes into holiday celebrations. But if you take out some time early in the ...

  • Use Virtual Reality to Visualize Your Home Renovation Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 30, 2016 3:50 PM EST

    It doesn't matter whether you're looking at a back-of-the-napkin sketch, architectural floor plans, or even a fancy HGTV-style 3D rendering. The dilemma is the same for any homeowner trying to vi...

  • 'Tis the Season to Get Deals on Airline Tickets Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 30, 2016 3:33 PM EST

    If buying airline tickets isn’t on your holiday shopping list, you may be missing out on some of the best travel deals of the year. While most Americans are busy with family and buying gifts this...

  • How Internet of Things Companies Can Fix Their Security Mess Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 30, 2016 3:33 PM EST

    They were supposed to be smart. But it turns out that smart devices—the web-connected gadgets that can monitor and control our lights, our locks, our boilers, and even our cars—have a lot to lear...

  • Netflix Will Finally Let Users Download Some Content for Offline Viewing Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 30, 2016 1:31 PM EST

    It’s been whispered and buzzed about for a long time now, but it’s happening at last: Netflix says it will allow users to download select TV shows and movies to their mobile devices so they can w...

  • iPhone 6s Battery Problem: What You Need to Know Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:26 AM EST

    Since early November, a growing number of iPhone 6s owners around the world have been complaining about their phones shutting down unexpectedly, even when there was significant charge left accord...

  • How to Download and Watch Movies and TV Offline Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 30, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Holiday season is prime time for offline viewing. As Americans get ready to travel, millions will be looking to download movies, TV shows, and other video content to their mobile devices to keep ...

  • Getting Health Insurance Help in New York Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 30, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    Health insurance is one of life’s necessities—but it's full of pitfalls for consumers. It can be difficult to know whether a particular doctor accepts your insurance or is taking new patients. Ke...

  • Compact Washers and Dryers Solve Tight-Fit Needs Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 29, 2016 6:22 PM EST

    The luxury of living laundromat-free isn’t just for house dwellers: Small-footprint compact washers and dryers can fit into even the tiniest living space. And as baby boomers downsize and millenn...

  • Selling It Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 29, 2016 3:40 PM EST

    Marketers want their products and services to be noticed and applauded, but sometimes the attempt backfires. When it does, our eagle-eyed readers let us know, submitting examples of ripoffs, poor...

  • DirecTV Now Might Not Be a Game Changer for Cord-Cutters Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 29, 2016 2:02 PM EST

    AT&T is finally rolling out its DirecTV Now streaming service, which offers 100-plus channels of TV programming for an initial price of $35 per month. The service, which becomes available Nov. 30...

  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines for 2016 Consumer Reports - Mon, Nov 28, 2016 5:20 PM EST

    If want all of your holiday gifts to arrive by Hanukkah (starts on Dec. 24) or Christmas this year, you'd better finish your gift shopping soon. Check out the year-end gift-shipping deadline info...

  • 5 Budget-Busting Holiday Fees to Avoid Consumer Reports - Mon, Nov 28, 2016 3:25 PM EST

    The holiday season is a time to celebrate, but it’s also a time to pay close attention to your budget. Extra expenses, such as travel costs, gift purchases, and party preparations can add up quic...

  • Could Your Insurance Go Up After a Colon Cancer Genetic Test? Consumer Reports - Sun, Nov 27, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Q. Colon cancer runs in my family: Should I get a genetic test? I worry that it will affect my insurance. A. Under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, most people are protected against...

  • Top Gifts for Teens and Tweens Consumer Reports - Sun, Nov 27, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    Anyone who has ever tried to buy for a teen or tween knows what a monumental task it can be. We're here to help. We put together a list of some of the top-rated products that will have your kids ...

  • How to Maximize Your Smartphone Battery Life Consumer Reports - Sat, Nov 26, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Q. I just got a new smartphone. How can I make sure the battery lasts a long time? A. Many smartphones now have the ability to quick-charge, meaning they can recharge faster than other smartphone...

  • Top Gifts for Grandparents Consumer Reports - Sat, Nov 26, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    You put a lot of time and energy into finding that perfect gift for your loved ones, but shopping for grandparents isn't always easy. That's why we put together this list of recommended products ...

  • Top Gifts for Dads Consumer Reports - Fri, Nov 25, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    He's been your go-to guy for as long as you can remember. We know the importance of giving a great gift to the man who has given you so much over the years. That's why we put together a list of s...

  • Buyer Beware: Layaway Plans Can Have Added Costs Consumer Reports - Fri, Nov 25, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    When you go holiday shopping this year, you might be tempted to pay for major purchases using one of the layaway plans promoted by major retailers such as Burlington Coat Factory, Kmart, Toys "R"......

  • Top Gifts for Moms Consumer Reports - Thu, Nov 24, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    There's no doubt that moms do so much for us, from keeping us healthy as kids to giving the best advice well after we leave the nest. Most of us would be lost without them. This holiday season, l...

  • 10 Ways Drones Are Changing Your World Consumer Reports - Thu, Nov 24, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    Drones have been a hot topic in the news for some time. Depending on what you’ve read, they’re devastatingly effective weapons of war, the next big threat to personal privacy, a revolutionary lea...

  • Building a Better World, Together Consumer Reports - Thu, Nov 24, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    Get Educated on Energy Do you know what you’re paying for your electricity? If you said no, you have a lot of company. When Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization arm of Consumer Reports, ...

  • Best Travel Gifts for the Holidays Consumer Reports - Thu, Nov 24, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    Research shows that experiences satisfy far longer than things. So if you really want to make an impression this holiday season, don’t give stuff—give travel. These three tips will help you navig...

  • Healthy Fall Foods to Add to Your Diet Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 23, 2016 6:16 PM EST

    While you might have shed a tear at the last farm fresh tomato of the summer, don't despair: This time of year there are plenty of healthy, tasty fall foods to enjoy, too. And with citrus, potato...

  • Safety Agency’s New Guidelines Aim to Curb Distracted Driving Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 23, 2016 4:32 PM EST

    On the heels of some alarming reports about spiking traffic fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced new guidelines Wednesday on ways to make hand-held devices lik...

  • Last-Minute Black Friday TV Sales Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 23, 2016 1:03 PM EST

    Our list of the Top Black Friday TV Deals is limited to 10 sets, but we've seen so many great offers this year, especially on 4K TVs, that we've come up with this additional list. As you scan the...

  • Apple Computer Sales: Black Friday Deals on iPads and MacBooks Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 23, 2016 11:18 AM EST

    Apple is well-known for its premium pricing and its reluctance to discount products, but shoppers can find a few choice Apple deals on Black Friday. The company's website is teasing a shopping ev...

  • Holiday Gifts for the Gadget Geek Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 23, 2016 10:50 AM EST

    For those who go gaga for gizmos, these gifts are as much fun to use as they are useful. Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the December 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine. Epson E...

  • Holiday Gifts for the Home Entertainment Aficionado Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 23, 2016 10:49 AM EST

    Video gamers, movie and music lovers, and couch potatoes of every stripe will be turned on by our experts' picks of the best televisions, speakers, and other entertainment gear of the season. Edi...

  • Give the Gift of a Roth IRA for the Holidays Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 23, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    Rather than giving a child or grandchild a gift card this holiday season, you might want to consider a gift that keeps on giving for decades. “Helping a child contribute to a Roth IRA is a wonder...

  • Best Black Friday Game Console Sales: Xbox One S and PS4 Slim Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 22, 2016 6:07 PM EST

    Many shoppers will find new, slimmed-down versions of the Xbox and PlayStation consoles at the top of their loved ones' wish lists this year. And Black Friday is shaping up to be a great time to ...

  • Free Shopping Apps for Black Friday Deals Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 22, 2016 5:33 PM EST

    Getting the best deals on Black Friday used to be simpler. You'd just check your local retailers' ads in the Sunday circulars, then march yourself down to the store to score that $100 TV or $5 to...

  • Sound Advice: Top Black Friday Deals on Audio Equipment Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 22, 2016 3:21 PM EST

    The holidays are a great time to give the gift of music—to friends, family, or just yourself. And this year's Black Friday audio deals let you save money on headphones, wireless speakers, and eve...

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