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Confusing Hotel Ratings

Posted: 12/07/2010 - It's high season for holiday travel, and if you need to find a hotel, no doubt you find it to be confusing. Hotel ratings can vary significantly depending on which travel site or guide book you use. Consumer Reports wanted to know why.

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Impressive Video Games

Posted: 12/07/2010 - Long gone are the days when playing a video game meant having to push buttons and use a joystick! The newly released Xbox game, Kinect, is totally hands-free.

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Best Blu-Ray Players

Posted: 12/07/2010 - "Tis the season when people are buying all sorts of electronics. If you're looking to give...or get...a Blu-ray player, your timing is very good. Prices have fallen dramatically.

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Top 3D TVS

Posted: 11/11/2010 - If you're considering a 3D TV this holiday, or if you're just curious as to how well the new sets stack up, you've got to see Consumer Reports' latest test results.

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Pocket Camcorders For Easy Videos

Posted: 11/11/2010 - When it comes to shooting home videos, the choices are ever-expanding. You can now use smart phones and digital cameras to make quick videos, but Consumer Reports' tests show a better option is a pocket video camera.

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Mashed Potatoes In A Pinch

Posted: 11/11/2010 - Nothing says a home-cooked meal like mashed potatoes-the ultimate comfort food and a staple of a Thanksgiving feast. But getting the meal together can be a feat.

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GM Cars Getting More Reliable

Posted: 11/11/2010 - General Motors cars are getting more reliable. And Ford has kept its top spot as the most reliable American carmaker. Those are key findings in Consumer Reports' latest annual auto reliability survey, which covers more than one million vehicles owned or leased by Consumer Reports' subscribers.

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Electronic Money Saving Moves

Posted: 11/11/2010 - You always see a flurry of electronic sales around Black Friday. Often you can snag a deal, but not always.

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Best Store For Eyeglasses

Posted: 11/09/2010 - More than 60% of people wear glasses. And once you hit 45, the percentage goes even higher. If you're in the market for a new pair of glasses, Consumer Reports can help you save plenty.

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Best GPS

Posted: 11/09/2010 - With most new cars, you can get GPS built in, but you'll pay a premium. Portable GPS units cost far less. Consumer Reports has tested the latest units to find the best.

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Best E-Book Readers

Posted: 11/09/2010 - If you've been tempted to switch to electronic books, this may be the right time. Consumer Reports says e-book readers have improved and prices are dropping.

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Best Buy Coffeemaker

Posted: 11/08/2010 - People are cutting back on all sorts of things these days, but coffee doesn't appear to be one of them. In the past year, we spent more than three billion dollars on ground coffee and beans.

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Safer Turkey Fryer

Posted: 11/08/2010 - If you're roasting the turkey this Thanksgiving, this could be the year to break with tradition. A lot of people swear deep-fried turkey is better.

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Top-Rated Smart Phones

Posted: 11/08/2010 - Smart phones are expected to be a hot gift this holiday season. And there are a lot more to choose from, with new Android and BlackBerry phones, along with the iPhone.

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Holiday Spending 2010

Updated: 11/08/2010 - Consumer Reports survey says that 28% of adults have already begun their holiday shopping. The survey, taken a little over a week ago, offers a snapshot of what gifts people are planning to give and where they hope to save.

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Great Holiday Wines For Less

Posted: 11/08/2010 - This holiday season, whether you've got a crowd coming or you're the invited guest, a nice wine can complement the meal. Consumer Reports' tests turn up some wines that are sure to please without breaking the bank.

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Top Vacuums For Pet Hair

Posted: 10/18/2010 - About 84-million households have a dog, cat, or both. Consumer Reports just put dozens of vacuums through a tough, new test to find which are up to the challenge.

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Steering Clear Of A Used Car Lemon

Posted: 10/18/2010 - Sales of used cars are way up. So far almost four million more have been sold this year than last. But buying a used car is never a good deal if you end up with someone else's headaches.

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Tougher Flooring

Posted: 10/18/2010 - Looking to freshen up the look of your home? A new floor can be a quick way to brighten any space. But you need to choose carefully, depending on the amount of traffic the room gets.

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Secure Moves At Wi-Fi Hotspots

Posted: 10/14/2010 - Nearly 70,000 businesses from coffeehouses to hotels now offer public Internet connections, or Wi-Fi hotspots-and the number keeps climbing. Consumer Reports says taking certain precautions can help guarantee you're surfing securely in public places.

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Pill Splitting Pros & Cons

Posted: 10/14/2010 - Prescription drugs often cost the same whether they're an 80-milligram dose, a 40-milligram dose, or even 20-milligrams. That's why splitting pills can cut your costs significantly.

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New Energy-Saving Lightbulbs

Posted: 10/14/2010 - When it comes to buying energy-efficient lightbulbs, you've got new choices. LED bulbs are just hitting store shelves right now.

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Post-Reform Credit Card Gotchas

Posted: 10/14/2010 - Newly enacted credit-card reforms were supposed to protect people against certain abusive practices by card issuers, like gouging you with unfair fees. Consumer Reports warns that despite the regulations, plastic can still be perilous.

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

Posted: 10/07/2010 - Pet owners spend more than 12-billion dollars a year at the vet. Companies that offer pet insurance say they can help cut your costs. Consumer Reports Money Adviser analyzed pet insurance to see if it's really worth it.

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Waterproof Bandages That Leak

Posted: 10/07/2010 - Bandages help keep germs out of cuts and scrapes, and some claim to keep out water and other bacteria-carrying liquids, too. Consumer Reports just put waterproof bandages to the test and found the results disappointing.

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