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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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Food Fake-Out

Posted: 12/16/2013 - Looks can be deceiving. And when it comes to food packaging, that means you might not always be eating what you think you are. Consumer Reports takes the lid off what’s included –– and what’s missing –– from supermarket products.

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Unsafe Strollers

Posted: 12/16/2013 - Strollers are a must-have for new parents, but they can be dangerous. Over the years Consumer Reports and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have found several strollers that could pose a risk of strangulation. The latest figures from the CPSC include reports of five deaths between 2006 and 2009. So it is very important to be careful which stroller you buy and to use it properly.

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Top AA Batteries

Posted: 12/15/2013 - This time of year you need plenty of batteries on hand to power up new toys and other devices. Consumer Reports just tested 15 of the most popular size, double-A’s, and found big differences.

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Avoiding Jewelry Rip-Offs

Posted: 12/15/2013 - In the market for some jewelry this holiday season? Unless you’re a gemologist, you probably can’t tell what’s real from a fabulous fake. But Consumer Reports Money Adviser says knowing how to shop can help you avoid getting swindled.

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Super Cell Phones

Posted: 12/15/2013 - Smart phones are getting smarter and smarter and they’ve added a long list of features, like wireless sharing and advanced cameras. Consumer Reports has tested more than 100 phones and can help you focus in on the features you really need.

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Top Cell Services & Savings

Posted: 12/15/2013 - Consumer Cellular, a small company, was the top-rated provider in Consumer Reports’ just-published survey of its subscribers. Among the big-name providers, Verizon Wireless earned the highest score. Sprint has fallen to the bottom of the ratings, with low marks for value, voice, text, and 4G reliability. Looking for ways to save on your cell bill? Consumer Reports has advice.

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Gift-Card Pitfalls

Posted: 12/08/2013 - When you’re stuck for a gift idea for someone who has everything, giving a gift card might seem just the thing. But consider this —many of those receiving gift cards never use them, according to Consumer Reports ShopSmart. And even when they are used, fees can chip away at the value of the card.

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Handheld Gaming Devices

Posted: 12/05/2013 - Video gamers who like to play on the go will have their eyes set on a handheld gaming device for the holidays. Consumer Reports checked out the latest options.

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Kids' Tablets

Posted: 12/05/2013 - The market for kids’ tablets is growing dramatically. Just two years ago, only eight percent of children had access to a tablet at home. Today it’s 40 percent! Consumer Reports tested six tablets especially designed for children costing between 70 and 230.

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Tablets, Tablets Everywhere

Posted: 12/02/2013 - This holiday season, tablets are bound to be a top gift item. Chances are there’s someone on your holiday list who’s been dropping hints that they want one. Just in time for Black Friday, Consumer Reports has released its ratings of close to 100 tablets.

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Playstation 4 vs. XBox One

Posted: 12/02/2013 - There’s been plenty of buzz from Sony and Microsoft about their new video gaming consoles — the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Consumer Reports has put both through rigorous testing, and has what you need to know before buying one for the gamer on your holiday list.

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Electronics For Everyone

Posted: 11/25/2013 - Consumer Reports’ survey finds 44 percent of us plan to shop Black Friday weekend — the weekend starting on Thanksgiving. Once again, electronics are likely to be hot sellers. Consumer Reports has some great electronic gift ideas based on its recent tests.

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Naughty & Nice Company Policies

Posted: 11/25/2013 - As holiday shopping and travel season move into full swing, Consumer Reports is out with its fourth annual Naughty and Nice list. It highlights companies with good policies … and with bad ones.

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Surviving The Mall's Food Court

Posted: 11/24/2013 - As you head to the malls to do your holiday shopping, be careful! There’s lots of damage to be done, and we’re not talking about your wallet. Consumer Reports tells us about the dangerous temptations lurking in the food court.

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Top Stores For Electronics

Posted: 11/24/2013 - Electronics are likely to be some of the hottest gifts again this holiday season. To find the best places to shop, Consumer Reports surveyed more than 21-thousand of its subscribers and can tell you where to buy everything from a tablet to a big-screen TV.

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Real Deal On Supplements & Vitamins

Posted: 11/17/2013 - A Consumer Reports survey finds that more than two-thirds of American adults take a multivitamin or other dietary supplement. In fact, we spent more than 32 billion dollars on dietary supplements last year alone — and celebrities are pushing them.

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