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  • When it comes to streaming video services, Netflix clearly looms large over its competitors, accounting for more than one-third of all peak-time downstream traffic, according to research firm San...

  • Helen Bell, a 59-year-old former hospital worker, suffers from several chronic conditions that often land her in the hospital and require frequent doctor visits and expensive medications. But hea...

  • Are you among the intrepid tax filers who prepare their own returns online? Then you’re probably using tax preparation software from H&R Block, TaxAct, or TurboTax, the three leading do-it-yourse...

  • A ban on most electronics in the cabins of some U.S.-bound flights may be aimed at thwarting terrorist attacks, but it also raises questions about the safest place to stow devices with lithium-io...

  • Guide to Streaming Video Services Consumer Reports - 22 hours ago

    In the early days of video streaming services, your choice was simple: Get Netflix. It's more complicated now, with Netflix battling other well-known subscription services, such as Amazon Prime a...

  • Apple iPhone SE Upgrade Is Good News for Bargain Hunters Consumer Reports - Tue, Mar 21, 2017 3:22 PM EDT

    Apple just doubled the storage capacities of its "affordable" iPhone SE models, from 16G and 64GB to 32GB and 128GB. The move, which comes on the one-year anniversary of the original iPhone SE ...

  • How to Pick a Secure Messaging App Consumer Reports - Tue, Mar 21, 2017 10:18 AM EDT

    Secure messaging apps are in the news these days, following a WikiLeaks dump of alleged CIA documents that showed how hackers might be able to circumvent smartphone privacy protections. The leak ...

  • Easy Steps for Getting Rid of Unused Medication Consumer Reports - Mon, Mar 20, 2017 6:00 AM EDT

    Today is National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day, and chances are you haven't given much thought to the unused medications taking up space in your medicine cabinet. A new Consumer Reports Be...

  • Best Ways to Protect Kids From Accidental Drug Poisoning Consumer Reports - Mon, Mar 20, 2017 6:00 AM EDT

    Thousands of children accidentally ingest dangerous prescription drugs every year. Yet few people take the needed precautions that could protect kids from drug poisoning. A new Consumer Reports B...

  • Get Better CD Rates Right Now Consumer Reports - Fri, Mar 17, 2017 3:53 PM EDT

    Wednesday’s quarter point increase in the federal funds rate won’t set any CD rates or bond yields on fire, but it's still long-awaited good news for frugal savers who put their money and trust i...

  • LeEco 55-Inch TV Offers Promise and Problems Consumer Reports - Fri, Mar 17, 2017 3:34 PM EDT

    When LeEco started selling televisions in the U.S. last fall, it became the latest Chinese company to target American TV shoppers. Predecessors include Hisense and TCL, once little-known brands t...

  • Best and Worst Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 16, 2017 5:52 PM EDT

    Every year Consumer Reports tests a new batch of gas and electric walk-behind mowers at its test lawn in Fort Myers, Fla. This year we bagged more than 5,000 pounds of grass clippings as part of ...

  • Best Music Streaming Services Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 16, 2017 5:32 PM EDT

    Last year, members of the Recording Industry Association of America reported that music streaming services now represented their biggest source of revenue, edging ahead of digital downloads, CDs,...

  • Don't Miss Out on These Federal Energy Tax Credits Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 16, 2017 3:05 PM EDT

    Over the past few years, federal tax credits for homeowners who make energy-efficient upgrades have been extended from year to year. But that ended Dec. 31, when all but one energy tax credit exp...

  • Back in September, Yahoo confirmed a massive data breach that affected at least 500 million users that dated back to 2014. At the time, the company said it suspected a “state-sponsored” actor did...

  • How the Fed's Interest-Rate Hike Affects Consumers Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 15, 2017 2:04 PM EDT

    The Federal Reserve's latest increase in short-term interest rates will have only a modest impact on consumer borrowing costs. But if the central bank continues to push up rates, which seems like...

  • How to Limit Your Kid's Screen Time Consumer Reports - Tue, Mar 14, 2017 11:37 AM EDT

    Kids who spend too much time watching TV or playing video games could face an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to new research from the University of London and the University of Glas...

  • Airline Travelers Have Few Rights When Things Go Wrong Consumer Reports - Tue, Mar 14, 2017 10:35 AM EDT

    Nothing can ruin a vacation or a business trip faster than getting caught up in airline delays or cancellations. More than 6,000 flights have been canceled today due to the intense late-winter st...

  • It's even clearer now how much the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will change health insurance for just about everyone.  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office Monday released i...

  • What Recent Stock Market Gains Mean for Your Retirement Account Consumer Reports - Mon, Mar 13, 2017 6:26 PM EDT

    If you’ve checked your retirement account recently, you probably liked what you saw. Both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average have posted double-digit returns over the past few month...

  • Setting Standards for Digital Privacy Consumer Reports - Mon, Mar 13, 2017 5:54 PM EDT

    When it’s not even obvious which kids’ toy happens to contain a networked computer, how are you supposed to know if the code running on it is secure? That’s one question that comes free of charge...

  • Watch What You Say When Posting Online Reviews Consumer Reports - Mon, Mar 13, 2017 10:35 AM EDT

    It may surprise you to know that being honest in an online review about your disappointing experience with a product or service could have spelled financial trouble for you. But freedom of speech...

  • Why the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Is in Danger Consumer Reports - Mon, Mar 13, 2017 6:00 AM EDT

    It's not just the Obama healthcare law that's under siege. The federal agency that protects consumers from financial wrongdoing is also facing the strongest opposition yet to its existence. The C...

  • Two Congressional committees have already passed their legislative efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without waiting for feedback from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on how t...

  • Best Unlocked Smartphones That Work With Any Cellular Network Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 9, 2017 5:57 PM EST

    Smartphone reviews often ignore an increasingly important feature: the ability to switch from one cellular carrier to another. Here's why that capability matters. The decline of long-term cellula...

  • FBI Director Re-Enters the Encryption Debate Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 8, 2017 10:54 PM EST

    FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday again called for an “adult conversation” about encryption, saying its growing use is making it increasingly hard for law enforcement officials to investigate...

  • A Closer Look at the TVs From the CIA 'Vault 7' Hack Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 8, 2017 10:02 PM EST

    Yesterday, those of us already concerned about the amount of personal data being collected by smart TVs and other devices got a bit of a jolt when a dump of new documents by WikiLeaks claimed tha...

  • People are still dissecting and deciding where they come down in response to the recently proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, two of the largest groups ...

  • How to Decode Your College Financial Aid Offer Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 8, 2017 5:36 PM EST

    You just got accepted into college. Now it's time for you—and often your family—to figure how to pay for it. That means wading through college offers of financial aid, which usually arrive the sa...

  • Has Fitbit Discovered the Secret to Sleep Tracking? Consumer Reports - Tue, Mar 7, 2017 9:46 PM EST

    Who needs a better night's sleep? Fitbit’s betting that you do. The fitness tracker company on Monday announced new tracking tools designed to give users greater insights into not just how much s...

  • How to Give Yourself a Home Insurance Checkup Consumer Reports - Tue, Mar 7, 2017 4:46 PM EST

    Last week's deadly outbreak of 34 tornadoes in eight states is a warning to all consumers: Now's the time to check whether you're fully covered by your homeowners insurance. The period between Ma...

  • Earlier today, WikiLeaks unleashed a trove of what it claims are thousands of pages of CIA documents containing details on the intelligence agency’s abilities to breach a variety of consumer prod...

  • WikiLeaks Says the CIA Listened in on Samsung Smart TVs Consumer Reports - Tue, Mar 7, 2017 2:00 PM EST

    We've been reporting on the personal information being collected and shared on smart TVs for several years now. But if a new WikiLeaks revelation is indeed true, the CIA may have been hacking int...

  • Most Americans Don't Think Self-Driving Cars Are Safe Consumer Reports - Tue, Mar 7, 2017 1:47 PM EST

    Automakers are feeling bullish about the future of self-driving cars. But most Americans aren’t so sure.    Three-quarters of U.S. drivers would be afraid to ride in an autonomous vehicle, accor...

  • How Republicans Want to Transform Health Insurance Consumer Reports - Tue, Mar 7, 2017 12:05 AM EST

    Early Monday evening, legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act was unveiled by House Republicans. While some features of the replacement have been trickling out for weeks, the legislation f...

  • How to Avoid a Tax Scam Consumer Reports - Mon, Mar 6, 2017 12:04 PM EST

    With tax season here, the Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers to be aware of scams that could target your money or identity. Though tax scams are a problem all year, consumers can be es...

  • One day in August 2015, Jared Denman got a frightened phone call at work from his wife, who was home with their 2-year-old daughter. A song was playing through the couple’s baby monitor—the Polic...

  • Best Lightweight Laptops Consumer Reports - Fri, Mar 3, 2017 9:02 PM EST

    Computer portability has changed dramatically over the years. When I was a boy, I once wheeled my desktop PC to a friend's house in a rolling suitcase. Today, I carry a laptop that slides neatly ...

  • 4 Ways Tax Credits Could Change How You Pay For Health Insurance Consumer Reports - Fri, Mar 3, 2017 6:21 PM EST

    When it comes to replacing the Affordable Care Act, one of the stickiest questions is how consumers will get help to pay for their health insurance premiums. Under the ACA, that's now done throug...

  • Nest Becomes First Smart Thermostat to Get Energy Star Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 2, 2017 5:30 PM EST

    Of all the energy-saving devices in your home, the thermostat has the most potential to save you money. Yet for years, programmable thermostats weren’t eligible for Energy Star certification—the ...

  • Southerners More Likely to Be Saddled with Medical Debt, Study Shows Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 2, 2017 4:46 PM EST
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    While expensive medical emergencies can hit anyone, anywhere in the U.S., a new report finds that one region of the country has a higher level of medical debt than the rest of the states. The stu...

  • The New YouTube TV Service Looks Like a Great Deal Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 2, 2017 4:13 PM EST

    The recently announced YouTube TV service appears to offer a lot for $35 per month.  The plan grants you access to live TV from more than 40 providers, including all the major networks. It has a ...

  • Best Smartphone Tech of 2017 Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 2, 2017 2:30 PM EST

    Many of the smartphones coming out in 2017 are moving in similar technical directions—more fingerprint scanners, more USB Type-C connections, and so on.  All this smartphone tech was on display t...

  • FCC Votes to Block New Internet Privacy Rule Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 1, 2017 5:55 PM EST

    The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 Wednesday to block one of several broadband privacy rules the agency approved last year to protect consumers' online activities. The new rule, whic...

  • How to Protect Children's Online Privacy Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 1, 2017 2:12 PM EST

    The digital lives of many children are born shortly after they are, when their parents start posting baby pictures on social media. Over the years a child's digital trail lengthens, as the child ...

  • Your March Financial To-Do List Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 1, 2017 11:04 AM EST

    March is the perfect month to do some financial spring cleaning. You're already going through your financial documents for tax reasons. So now is a good time to review your entire financial situa...

  • 6 Products on Deep Discount in March Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 1, 2017 6:00 AM EST

    The first day of spring, which falls on March 20 this year, typically serves as a reminder to clean out closets rather than add more to them. But if you’ve been meaning to upgrade your digital ca...

  • Selling It Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 12:42 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...

  • Almost every automaker has entered the race to develop self-driving car technology, but they're not the only ones. Tech giants including Apple and Google are in the mix, as are big auto-parts sup...

  • With Autonomous Cars, How Safe Is Safe Enough? Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 12:42 PM EST

    When it comes to autonomous vehicles, the fundamental question the auto industry is asking and government regulators and safety advocates are now mulling is this: “How safe is safe enough?” But t...

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