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Help. My Cell Phone Battery Died

Posted: 08/18/2014 - You’re on the road and your phone goes dead. Sound familiar? Nearly half of vacationers say dead phone batteries are a problem, according to a Consumer Reports’ survey. For those times when you can’t plug in, Consumer Reports checked out some smart new ways to keep your phone alive.

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Best Greek Yogurt

Posted: 08/11/2014 - Yogurt continues to grow in popularity. Sales now top 7 billion dollars a year. A lot of the latest growth is propelled by Greek-style yogurt. Consumer Reports just tested more than two dozen Greek yogurts to find the best.

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Blender may Pose Safety Risk

Posted: 08/10/2014 - Makers of the popular “As Seen on TV” product — the “NutriBullet” — have come out with a new version. It’s supposed to be even more powerful for creating healthy drinks, but Consumer Reports says it could pose a safety risk.

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Ultra HD TV's

Posted: 08/05/2014 - Just when you thought you had the sharpest picture possible on your high-definition television … manufacturers are promoting ultra high-definition, also called ultra H-D, U-H-D or 4-K. It takes picture detail to the next level. Should you buy an ultra high-def TV? Consumer Reports just tested some of the latest sets.

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Appliances For Back To College

Posted: 08/03/2014 - Heading back to college? Consumer Reports tests loads of appliances that can help stock your new digs — everything from toaster ovens to coffeemakers.

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Back To School Laptops

Posted: 08/03/2014 - Back-to-school shopping is the second biggest spending spree of the year, according to the National Retail Federation. And these days, students need a lot more than pencils and paper. If a new computer is on your must-have list, Consumer Reports has suggestions for kids of all ages.

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Phony Landlord Scams Deposit Money From Two Victims

Posted: 07/20/2014 - The excitement of finding a new place to live turns to anger and tears for three renters. A craiglist ad brought a couple to a rental house in Council Bluffs where a man claiming to be the landlord showed them around. "He said he owned this house," said Julia Blanchard, victim. "It was haunted and built back in 1972. And he grew up in it." After leaving with their $900 deposit, the women realized his two receipts had different last names

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Best Ice Cream

Posted: 07/20/2014 - Who doesn’t love ice cream? More than 90 percent of the ice cream we eat, we scoop out at home. So Consumer Reports set out to find the best-tasting ice cream in the supermarket. They focused on America’s top-selling flavor. One hint — it’s NOT chocolate.

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Choosing The Right Carry-On Luggage

Posted: 07/20/2014 - Flying with a carry-on bag can save you fifty dollars or more per trip. No wonder sales are up. Before you buy, Consumer Reports has advice on what features are most important.

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What To Buy At Costco

Posted: 07/20/2014 - Looking to load up on bargains at a warehouse store? Costco is the largest national warehouse chain. It has a great reputation for delivering quality goods at great prices. But you need to shop strategically, or that oversized shopping cart can fill up with things that might not be a good value. Here’s some things Consumer Reports says are worth buying at Costco.

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Gadgets For Your Grill

Posted: 07/13/2014 - With grilling season heating up, all kinds of gadgets promise to take your grill to a new level. Consumer Reports tested several to see how well they work.

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Natrual Foods...Not

Posted: 07/13/2014 - One of the latest lures in the grocery aisle — food labeled “natural.” It sounds like a better choice, right? In fact, a just-released Consumer Reports’ survey found that 59 percent of people look for foods labeled “natural” when they shop. But Consumer Reports says it’s essentially meaningless claim.

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Effective, Non-Toxic Drain Cleaner

Posted: 07/06/2014 - Clogged drains are big business. We spend 288 million dollars a year on drain cleaners and plenty more on plumbers. Consumer Reports tested a 20-dollar device that promises to work without caustic chemicals or a costly plumber visit.

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Best & Worst Fast Foods

Posted: 07/06/2014 - Hitting the road this summer? You may want to drive past big national chains like McDonald’s and Taco Bell. A Consumer Reports survey of more than 30-thousand of its readers turned up lots of other choices that they say are much tastier.

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No-Contract Cell Service

Posted: 06/23/2014 - Verizon, A-T-and-T, and T-Mobile now all offer cell-phone service without a two-year service contract. It may sound like a good deal, but Consumer Reports studied 78 options — offered by 12 different carriers –– and finds that being contract-free is not always a bargain.

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Tasty Salad Dressings

Posted: 06/23/2014 - Summer is salad time, and supermarkets have shelf after shelf of salad dressings. How to choose? The biggest sellers are Hidden Valley and Kraft, but Consumer Reports found tastier options.

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How To Get Free Stuff

Posted: 06/22/2014 - If you think there’s no such thing as free lunch, think again. There are lots of products you can get online without having to pay a cent. Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine has found the best freebies — everything from cosmetics to pet food.

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Fact Finders: Tree Dispute

Posted: 06/16/2014 - A tree crashes into a home, but who is at fault remains in the air.

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Long-Lasting Nail Polish

Posted: 06/12/2014 - The nail-color industry has enjoyed stellar growth in the past few years, as women head to salons for specialty services like gel manicures and pedicures. But for a simple nail-color change, women prefer to do it themselves. Consumer Reports tested polishes for its ShopSmart magazine to find the longest-lasting nail polishes.

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Lawn Mowers That Make The Cut

Posted: 06/12/2014 - Consumer Reports has tested more than 100 lawn mowers from companies like Craftsman, Toro, and Troy-Bilt. It has some recommendations so you’ll get a great cut.

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Getting Passwords Under Control

Posted: 06/12/2014 - EBay is the latest in a growing list of companies whose data has been hacked. Last year, one in seven of us were notified that our personal data had been breached, according to a Consumer Reports’ survey. That’s a 56 percent increase over the year before. Consumer Reports has tested ways to help you keep your private info private.

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Best Buy Sunscreens

Posted: 06/11/2014 - When you shop for sunscreen, what do you look for? A Consumer Reports survey finds half of sunscreen wearers say what’s most important is the SPF or sun protection factor. But Consumer Reports’ lab tests reveal you can’t always rely on that claim.

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Tracking Teen Drivers

Posted: 05/27/2014 - Car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers. Teens are inexperienced drivers, and they tend to speed. Consumer Reports has tested devices you can install in the car to keep tabs on your teenage driver and help prevent a tragic accident.

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Top Grills

Posted: 05/27/2014 - Sizzling burgers on the grill can set the stage for happy summer memories. But for manufacturers, these have not been the happiest of times. Sales and prices have mostly stalled. That, as Consumer Reports points out, can be great news if you’re in the market for a new gas grill.

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