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  • Guide to Streaming Video Services Consumer Reports - Sat, Feb 18, 2017 7:00 AM EST

    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...

  • Repair, Replace, Repeal: What's Really Happening With the ACA Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 6:24 PM EST

    The fate of the Affordable Care Act has been an open question as the GOP works on an alternative. But what that might look like is becoming a little more clear. Ahead of next week’s Congressional...

  • Best Laptops for Every Budget Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 6:08 PM EST

    Choosing a laptop can be difficult—the selection of models, sizes, and configurations is vast. It can help to first decide on a budget, and then consult Consumer Reports' test results. Here's a l...

  • Best Low-Cost Cell-Phone Plans Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 12:24 PM EST

    The Big Four carriers’ shell-game-like pricing practices have become so convoluted, you almost need an advanced degree in math to decipher them. They continually shift prices up or down on their ...

  • What to Do If Your Laptop Catches Fire Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 7:24 PM EST

    Your laptop is sitting on the couch next to you while you’re playing video games, and suddenly it starts smoking. What should you do? When their Dell laptop exploded into flames earlier this mont...

  • AT&T Updates Unlimited Plans in Wake Of Verizon, T-Mobile Changes Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 6:36 PM EST

    The unlimited data plan wars are heating up. Days after Verizon's surprise announcement that it was bringing back unlimited data options and T-Mobile's decision to boost its own plans, AT&T has l...

  • 3 Ways to Save Money on Printer Ink Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 5:37 PM EST

    Consumer technology keeps improving, but one thing stays constant: consumer complaints about the high cost of printer ink. In a 2015 Consumer Reports survey, almost half of printer owners said th...

  • Smart Ways to Finance Your Continuing Education Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 4:20 PM EST

    Whether you're a high school or college graduate, continuing-education courses can be a great way to boost your career—or start a new one. Adult classes can burnish your existing skills or help y...

  • Yahoo Warns Users Their Email Accounts May Have Been Hacked--Yes, Again Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 10:49 AM EST

    On the same day as a report that says Verizon is renegotiating its offer to buy Yahoo at a $250 million discount, the internet company is—for the third time in less than six months—warning users ...

  • Four months after a three-judge panel issued a 2-1 ruling that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional, the full Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ag...

  • Lawmakers Introduce Legislation That Would Abolish the CFPB Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 4:15 PM EST

    The future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to remain in question with yet another attack being lobbed at the Bureau this week as lawmakers introduced new legislation both in...

  • How to Sell a Used Smartphone Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 1:22 PM EST

    America’s junk drawers are overflowing with old smartphones, sitting right next to all of the old charging cords. But unlike those cables, the phones are worth money. If you’re buying a new smart...

  • How to Buy a Used Smartphone Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 1:22 PM EST

    The days of groundbreaking advances in smartphone performance and features are largely over. Today's smartphones may be the best ever, but they're not that much better than the models from a year...

  • How to Pick the Best Toys for Your Dog Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 3:08 PM EST

    Toys are vital to a dog's health. They help to ward off boredom, prevent poor behavior problems and strengthen jaws. They can also keep a dog's teeth clean. But if you get the wrong kinds of toys...

  • Decades-Old Drug Approved by FDA, Gets 7,300% Price Hike Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 2:49 PM EST

    Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that a drug previously not officially available to patients in the United States had been approved. Deflazacort, a corticosteroid, has been s...

  • Find Love for Less: Cheap Date Ideas Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 2:44 PM EST

    One thing you can say about being a part of the online dating scene today: It can cost some serious money. For starters, you have to consider the expense of the online dating membership itself. S...

  • Why It Doesn't Always Pay to Buy a Cheap TV Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:13 AM EST

    Everybody loves a bargain, but a cheaper TV doesn't always turn out to be a better deal. That's what we found in our analysis of three years of Consumer Reports TV ratings. Our crack team of stat...

  • The Financial Benefits of Marriage Consumer Reports - Mon, Feb 13, 2017 4:47 PM EST

    Valentine’s Day isn’t just about exchanging chocolate and flowers with a loved one. It’s also a day when many people consider getting engaged. According to a study by American Express, 1 in 12 un...

  • Watch Out for These Car Sales Tricks Consumer Reports - Mon, Feb 13, 2017 11:25 AM EST

    Once you’ve settled on the vehicle’s price with the salesperson, you will be passed along to the dealership’s Finance and Insurance manager, sometimes called the “F&I representative.” He or she i...

  • Are Airport Lounges Worth the Cost? Consumer Reports - Sat, Feb 11, 2017 5:54 AM EST

    Airport lounges can provide a haven of quiet amid evermore crowded airports, but they don’t come cheap. Lounges are privately operated hospitality clubs that typically cater to frequent flyers an...

  • Days May Be Numbered for the Consumer Complaint Database Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 7:30 PM EST

    A government complaint database that helps consumers resolve grievances with financial institutions is one of several services that could soon be eliminated, according to a memo by House Financia...

  • ZTE Blade V8 Pro First Look: Premium Features at a Low Price Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 7:28 PM EST

    The ZTE Blade V8 Pro is one of a growing number of Android smartphones that provide all of the qualities you'd find in top-shelf phones at very affordable prices. In this case, the phone costs an...

  • 4 Changes That Might Be Coming to Your Health Insurance Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 3:09 PM EST

    The Senate confirmation of Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services may provide the clearest look yet at the future of health insurance under the Trump administration. As a R...

  • When Your Doctor Joins a New Practice, Here's How Your Care Could Change Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 2:04 PM EST

    My gastroenterologist of seven years recently began working at a new practice, one owned by a large medical center. When I contacted her about a colonoscopy, we discussed my precolonoscopy prep a...

  • Dental Insurance That Will Save Your Smile Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 9, 2017 3:28 PM EST

    For many people, doling out the cash to get a toothache treated can hurt almost as much as the tooth itself. That’s because about 40 percent of Americans lack dental insurance, and most who have ...

  • 5 Financial Tips When Buying Jewelry Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 9, 2017 3:00 PM EST

    There may be nothing sweeter than giving jewelry on Valentine’s Day, but those feelings can be tarnished if it turns out you got a bad deal. That can be especially true if you are paying a lot of...

  • Best Laptops for $500 or Less Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 9, 2017 12:50 PM EST

    Hard as it is to imagine, it is possible to buy a decent laptop for $500. They do exist. These low-priced laptops might lack an ultra-high-definition screen or the gaming power of a $1,000 flagsh...

  • 6 Small Tech Upgrades for Your Home That Make a Big Difference Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 9, 2017 7:00 AM EST

    You don't need to be a gadget geek to take advantage of the latest smart-home technologies. Some of the tech upgrades for your home that impressed our testers the most are the easiest to install ...

  • As you're probably all too aware, the U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, meaning that some life-saving overdose treatments have become crucial tools for hospitals, law enforcement, first...

  • How to Avoid a Romance Scam When Using Online Dating Sites Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 1:11 PM EST

    In mid December the Department of Justice announced that seven men—six from Nigeria and one from South Africa—pled guilty to conning tens of millions of dollars from Americans via online dating s...

  • Preparing Your Cell Phone for the Next Storm | Consumer Reports News Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 11:50 AM EST

    Today's smart phones can do just about everything, but when a blizzard, hurricane, or other disruptive weather condition threatens to trap you without power, the device's most important job is to...

  • How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 11:22 AM EST

    We watch our televisions, and in many cases our televisions watch us back. That's the backdrop to the news this week that Vizio has agreed to settle charges that it violated the law by using soft...

  • Why Your Electric Mower Needs Attention in Winter Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 7, 2017 6:55 PM EST

    As temperatures remain frosty across much of the nation, such chores as cutting the grass and trimming hedges seem far off. But if you’ve invested in a cordless electric mower and other battery-p...

  • Great Valentine's Day Gifts for Music Lovers Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 7, 2017 5:43 PM EST

    Whether it’s the soulful sound of Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You," the poetic beauty of George Harrison's "Something," or the tender melody of Taylor Swift's “Love Story,” music ...

  • Great Valentine's Day Gifts for Music Lovers Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 7, 2017 5:43 PM EST

    Whether it’s the soulful sound of Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You," the poetic beauty of George Harrison's "Something," or the tender melody of Taylor Swift's “Love Story,” music ...

  • House Passes Bill Requiring Warrants for Searching Older Emails Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 7, 2017 11:34 AM EST

    The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a second attempt at new legislation that would update existing federal laws to require that law enforcement obtain a warrant in order to remote...

  • How to Improve Your Credit Score Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 7, 2017 10:02 AM EST

    While the holidays have been over for weeks, the impact on your credit score may just be starting. If you opened new credit cards to nab a discount at the register, or if you’re carrying a balanc...

  • Everything You Need to Know About Password Managers Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 7, 2017 9:23 AM EST

    If you haven’t gotten around to using a password manager yet—one of the top safety practices recommended by security experts—you’re not alone. Even Lorrie Cranor, the just-departed chief technolo...

  • Get More Value From Your Homeowners Insurance Policy Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 7, 2017 7:00 AM EST

    When was the last time you thought about your homeowners insurance? Most people shop around for an insurance policy once, and then file it away in a drawer—that is, until misfortune strikes. Unde...

  • How to Find Valentine's Day Deals Online Consumer Reports - Mon, Feb 6, 2017 10:07 AM EST

    According to a recent consumer spending survey released by the National Retail Federation, shoppers are expected to spend almost $18.2 billion this Valentine's Day. That works out to $136.57 wort...

  • Consumer Reports readers give most electronics retailers high marks for service and product quality, though people who use on-line retailers report even higher levels of satisfaction than people ...

  • Your Cable Bill Is Going Up More Than You Think This Year Consumer Reports - Sat, Feb 4, 2017 7:00 AM EST

    It’s probably no surprise that pay-TV packages are getting more expensive this year. It's an annual routine. But what's less obvious is that while providers have announced only modest increases—g...

  • How to Make Sure You Don't Buy Counterfeit Super Bowl Merchandise Consumer Reports - Sat, Feb 4, 2017 6:00 AM EST

    Last month, New England Patriots fan Rebecca Wyman searched online for a jersey bearing the name of the team's running back Dion Lewis. She planned to wear it during the Super Bowl as a way of ne...

  • If you want to make sure you're getting the best retirement investing advice, you're going to have to remain as vigilant as ever. Today, an important federal investor protection that would have e...

  • Find the Best Homeowners Insurance Company Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 3, 2017 3:18 PM EST

    You might not think much about homeowners insurance—at least not until something happens at your home. The 29 tornadoes that destroyed lives and property across the Deep South in January 2017, fo...

  • Making a Super Bowl Bet? You Might Owe Tax If You Win Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 3, 2017 2:33 PM EST

    Betting on the Super Bowl has become as much of a ritual as planning a major snack fest and getting the best view of the TV. But there's an even older American ritual: confronting the outstretche...

  • Think Twice Before Signing Up for Overdraft Protection Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 3, 2017 10:04 AM EST

    Overdraft protection on your bank account can be useful. When the bill comes at a restaurant, you won't be embarrassed if you don't have enough cash in your bank account. Or if you make an import...

  • The EpiPen Alternative That Costs Just $10 Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 2, 2017 8:46 PM EST

    Good news: Now you can get an EpiPen alternative known as generic Adrenaclick for as little as $10 for a two-pack at CVS—and you don't need insurance to get it. What's more, there are other alter...

  • A Balance Transfer Credit Card Can Help You Pay Down Your Debt Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 2, 2017 3:36 PM EST

    “Charge it” has once again taken hold as the national consumer rallying cry. The $747 billion in unpaid credit card balances through the third quarter of 2016 is 10 percent higher than it was ju...

  • Lawsuit Offers Reminder to Avoid Cable-Company Router Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 2, 2017 9:12 AM EST

    A lawsuit filed against Time Warner Cable is a reminder that buying a modem and router yourself is nearly always a better idea than renting the devices from your cable company. New York attorney ...

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