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Beware Of Tax Scams

Posted: 03/09/2014 - As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the scam artists. Tactics range from promises of a faster or bigger refund to threats of arrest or prosecution. The government estimates scams will cost taxpayers 21-billion dollars this year. Consumer Reports tells you how to avoid them.

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Nest Smoke Alarm & CO Detector

Posted: 03/02/2014 - You know the problem — you’ve burnt the toast and the smoke alarm won’t quit, so you rip it from the wall or pull out the batteries. Consumer Reports tested a new combo smoke alarm and CO detector that offers a better solution. It’s from Nest Labs, the company that Google bought recently for more than three billion dollars.

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Bad News Appliances

Posted: 03/02/2014 - Consumer Reports tests more than three-thousand products a year. Plenty of them work just fine, and Consumer Reports finds appliances are generally getting more reliable. But some products are far from perfect.

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Skip Extended Car Warranties

Posted: 03/02/2014 - It’s any car owner’s fear — needing a costly repair just after the warranty has run out. Extended warranties promise peace of mind. But they’re expensive, typically more than a thousand dollars. The Consumer Reports National Research Center checked to see if they’re worth it.

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Complicated Car Controls

Posted: 02/23/2014 - If you’re having trouble working your car radio or can’t get your Bluetooth to function, you’re not alone. In Consumer Reports National Research Center’s survey, drivers of recent model cars reported the high-tech controls were giving them lots of trouble.

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E-Cigarettes Under The Microscope

Posted: 02/23/2014 - E-cigarette sales have exploded, from 500-million dollars in 2012 to an estimated one-and-a-half billion dollars in 2013. With that kind of money up for grabs, Big Tobacco has created its own brands of e-cigarettes and is spending big bucks on commercials. Consumer Reports has been watching this new product closely.

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T-Mobile's New Offer Analyzed

Posted: 02/23/2014 - If you’re a Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T customer, T-Mobile is trying to entice you to break your contract and jump ship. As an incentive, T-Mobile is offering to pay the penalty fee, up to 350 dollars for every line you switch. Consumer Reports checks out the offer.

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Trans Fat Hasn't Disappeared

Posted: 02/17/2014 - Artificial trans fat may be on the way out. The Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to essentially ban it, saying partially hydrogenated oils — the main source of trans fat — are no longer generally recognized as safe. But Consumer Reports says at this point you can still find trans fat in many products.

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Dyson VS. Swiffer

Posted: 02/16/2014 - The new Dyson Hard promises to make cleanups a snap. It vacuums and wet wipes at the same time. Consumer Reports tested to see if it’s worth its hefty price tag.

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Stopping Robocalls

Posted: 02/09/2014 - You’re probably all too familiar those irritating sales calls that come just as you’re sitting down to dinner. Robocalls — with their annoying pre-recorded messages — have been limited by law in recent years, but unscrupulous telemarketers are continuing the onslaught. Consumer Reports has advice on how to get rid of these unwanted phone solicitations.

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Hazards Of Hot Yoga

Posted: 02/09/2014 - Hot yoga classes are soaring in popularity. Lady Gaga, Madonna and other celebrities swear by it. So do legions of yoga practitioners. But is exercising in extreme heat and humidity healthful? Consumer Reports medical experts have a caution.

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Valentine's Day Chocolate Boxes

Posted: 02/09/2014 - What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? But what’s the perfect box to give to your love? Consumer Reports did some tasting and shares their sweet secret.

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Supermarket Choice Overload

Posted: 01/29/2014 - Shoppers like choice, and manufacturers are responding. Back in 1975, the average supermarket carried around 9-thousand products. In 30 years, that’s swelled to nearly 47-thousand. Consumer Reports checked in to see if it’s leading to supermarket overload.

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Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery

Updated: 01/29/2014 - Nearly half a million Americans get hip replacements each year, and hundreds of thousands more receive artificial knees.

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Popcorn For The Big Game

Posted: 01/28/2014 - Many football fans feel strongly about their roster of snacks for Super Bowl Sunday. A Consumer Reports survey found that popcorn is a top pick for many watching the big game! Taste testers have several good choices for tackling game-day munchies.

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Is Pricey Paint Worth It?

Posted: 01/22/2014 - Designers showcase paint from the British company Farrow and Ball because of its luscious colors. But Farrow and Ball costs two to three times more than other paints. Consumer Reports included it in its tests of more than 60 paints to see what you get paying top dollar.

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Caramel Color: Health Risk In Soda

Updated: 01/23/2014 - If you drink soda, we have some information about a possible health risk you need to know. Recent tests by Consumer Reports show some soft drinks contain a potential carcinogen — a couple with relatively high levels. The culprit? A chemical in the coloring that makes the drinks an enticing shade of brown.

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Latest Camera Phones

Posted: 01/16/2014 - Cameras on smart phones are getting more advanced. Consumer Reports just tested two new phones that promise much better pictures to see how close they come to top-of-the-line cameras.

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Beautiful Shoes/Painful Feet

Posted: 01/14/2014 - More than half of us suffer from foot problems, and often those problems are directly related to our shoes. That according to a study from the Institute for Preventive Foot Health. Consumer Reports on Health did some legwork and tells us what to watch out for.

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Where Did I Put That?

Posted: 01/13/2014 - Have trouble keeping tabs on all your stuff? New devices promise to help you locate whatever you're missing.

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Top Mattresses

Posted: 01/12/2014 - A mattress can be one of the toughest purchases to make. So many choices. So many prices. And there always seems to be a blowout sale going on somewhere. Consumer Reports put two dozen mattresses through rigorous tests to help you find the right one.

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Repair Or Replace?

Posted: 01/07/2014 - To repair or not to repair? That’s frequently a question with appliances and electronics. Consumer Reports surveyed more than 29 thousand of its subscribers and can tell you what types of products break most often and how to decide whether to fix them or buy new.

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Terrific Home Exercise Equipment

Posted: 01/05/2014 - So you’ve made that resolution to get in shape, but not sure you want to drag yourself to the gym everyday? Having an exercise machine at home can make it easier. The latest Consumer Reports tests of exercise machines helps you choose just the right one.

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Best & Worst Value Cars

Posted: 12/29/2013 - Car sales are moving at a brisk pace. Last month was the best November in more than six years. But before you consider a new car, it’s important to know how much it costs to operate and if it’s likely to wind up in the repair shop. Consumer Reports is just out with its annual list of Best and Worst New-Car Values.

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Save On Gym Membership

Posted: 12/29/2013 - It’s that time of year again … resolutions to get in shape mean that health clubs sign up more new members in January than at any other time of the year. And they’re all competing for your business. Consumer Reports Money Adviser says that could leave you poised to save big.

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