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  • The Department of Education recently advised companies that collect debt on billions of dollars in outstanding federal student loans that they can once again charge a large penalty fee to default...

  • There may be no clearer sign of a computer novice than the failure to use keyboard shortcuts. My mom, for instance, has been using a computer regularly for only a few years, and it can be painful...

  • Best Small Flat-Screen TVs to Buy Right Now Consumer Reports - 9 hours ago

    Nothing wows a crowd like a giant-screen television, but sometimes a modest-sized flat-screen TV is a more realistic choice, especially in a bedroom, an office, or an apartment. The good news is ...

  • Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 29, 2017 6:03 PM EDT

    Once a high-tech novelty, electric cars are becoming increasingly common. In fact, several models from mainstream brands have now been sold for years. But many consumers have limited exposure to ...

  • Where to Find Free Tax Preparation Online Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 29, 2017 3:03 PM EDT

    If you haven't finished your taxes yet, there's still time before the April 18 deadline. And if your return isn't too complicated, you can take advantage of some low-cost or free tax preparation ...

  • Wells Fargo is currently facing—and trying to get out of—a dozen class action lawsuits involving a fake account fiasco that saw bank employees opening millions of bogus, unauthorized accounts in ...

  • First Look: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Are Thin, Tall, and Talented Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 29, 2017 11:00 AM EDT

    Samsung’s sleek new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, unveiled today, have an unusual shape, a proprietary new digital assistant, improved cameras, and a clear mission: To replace the successful S7 ...

  • The new Federal Communications Commission’s rules intended to limit how companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and Charter can use internet customers’ sensitive personal information are effective...

  • Complaints About Student Loan Servicing Increased 429% in Past Year Consumer Reports - Tue, Mar 28, 2017 4:32 PM EDT

    In the past year, federal regulators and consumer advocates have highlighted issues with student loans and the servicing of these often crippling debts: from finding that educational loans contin...

  • Protect Your Cat or Dog From These Common Pet Poisons Consumer Reports - Tue, Mar 28, 2017 3:28 PM EDT

    Most pet owners have heard they should keep dogs away from chocolate and cats away from lilies. But did you know that just a few sticks of sugar-free gum could cause liver failure in your dog? Or...

  • Why You Might Want to Consider a Netflix Recommended TV Consumer Reports - Mon, Mar 27, 2017 5:14 PM EDT

    Does a television bearing a logo that says "Netflix Recommended TV" have better smart TV performance than sets that don't? It's an interesting question, because only a smattering of sets have ...

  • Samsung has millions of recalled Note7 smartphones sitting around gathering dust (and hopefully not exploding), and now the company says it may sell refurbished versions of the device (which, aga...

  • Most Reliable Gas Grill Brands Consumer Reports - Mon, Mar 27, 2017 12:04 PM EDT

    Some online user reviews lament a grill's short life with comments like "Great while it lasts!" So for the first time, Consumer Reports surveyed nearly 16,000 subscribers to learn what they had ...

  • 5 Tips for Selling Your Home Without an Agent Consumer Reports - Sun, Mar 26, 2017 6:00 AM EDT

    Thinking about how to sell your house while minimizing the cost? One way is to eliminate the real estate agent from the picture. If you sell the house yourself, you can save as much as 6 percent ...

  • 8 Answers to Key Questions After the GOP Pulls Its ACA Replacement Plan Consumer Reports - Fri, Mar 24, 2017 9:48 PM EDT

    All the concerns about what would happen if GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act became law have been replaced by a new one: What happens now that Republicans have scrapped the legislation...

  • Best Headphones for Under $100 Consumer Reports - Fri, Mar 24, 2017 6:06 PM EDT

    These days it's easy to find low-cost headphones in a broad range of styles and colors. But what distinguishes the models on our list of the best headphones for less than $100 is that they also d...

  • Even though the GOP for the second day in row decided against putting its health insurance plan up for a vote in the House, major changes to health insurance already are afoot. “The Trump adminis...

  • 4 Free Video-Editing Apps for Your Smartphone Consumer Reports - Fri, Mar 24, 2017 3:57 PM EDT

    Once upon a time, the only way to master the fine art of video editing was to pack your things and move to Hollywood. And then computer software such as Final Cut Pro opened the door for young fi...

  • Best Tablets for $300 or Less Consumer Reports - Fri, Mar 24, 2017 10:54 AM EDT

    Apple created a stir this week by introducing a 9.7-inch iPad with an entry-level price of just $329. According to the company, the 32GB tablet compares favorably to the $399 iPad Air 2, but it f...

  • Senate Moves to Permanently Kill the FCC's Broadband Privacy Rules Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 23, 2017 6:53 PM EDT

    The Senate Thursday voted to roll back the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) broadband privacy rules designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers (ISPs) c...

  • The Pros and Cons of Buying an iPhone Directly From Apple Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 23, 2017 2:50 PM EDT

    Is it time for consumers to start buying their iPhones directly from Apple instead of their cell-phone carrier? With the release Friday of a special edition of the iPhone 7—and expectations for t...

  • Why Are So Many Tech & Telecom Companies Bad at Respecting Your Privacy? Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 23, 2017 12:15 PM EDT

    The 21st century world is all about data: who has it, how they use it, when they share it, and how much they make from selling it. Despite the proliferation of terms of service and privacy polici...

  • Why Healthy Food Doesn't Have to Cost More Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 23, 2017 12:02 PM EDT

    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...

  • Why You Should Care About the Supreme Court Case on Toner Cartridges Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 23, 2017 11:53 AM EDT

    A corporate squabble over printer toner cartridges doesn’t sound particularly glamorous, and the phrase “patent exhaustion” is probably already causing your eyes to glaze over. However, these oth...

  • Why You Should Care About the Supreme Court Case on Toner Cartridges Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 23, 2017 11:53 AM EDT

    A corporate squabble over printer toner cartridges doesn’t sound particularly glamorous, and the phrase “patent exhaustion” is probably already causing your eyes to glaze over. However, these oth...

  • Why You Should Care About the Supreme Court Case on Toner Cartridges Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 23, 2017 11:53 AM EDT

    A corporate squabble over printer toner cartridges doesn’t sound particularly glamorous, and the phrase “patent exhaustion” is probably already causing your eyes to glaze over. However, these oth...

  • 5 Streaming Sites for People Who Want More Than Netflix Consumer Reports - Thu, Mar 23, 2017 7:00 AM EDT

    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...

  • GOP Health Insurance Plan Hits Older People Hardest Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 22, 2017 6:18 PM EDT

    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...

  • Online Tax Preparation Review: H&R Block, TurboTax, TaxAct Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 22, 2017 4:05 PM EDT

    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...

  • Online Tax Preparation Software Review: H&R Block, TurboTax, TaxAct Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 22, 2017 4:05 PM EDT

    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...

  • The Problem With Stowing Lithium-Ion Batteries on Planes Consumer Reports - Wed, Mar 22, 2017 4:01 PM EDT

    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 - Wed, Mar 22, 2017 12:08 PM EDT

    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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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