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  • 4 tips for better underwater photos and video4 tips for better underwater photos and video

    If you’re interested in shooting photos or video underwater, you have a variety of equipment choices. The cheapest option is a waterproof point-and-shoot, such as the Nikon Coolpix AW120 or an ac...

  • 5 questions to ask before buying a Chromebook5 questions to ask before buying a Chromebook

    Do a search on Amazon for Chromebook, and you’ll find a surprisingly large selection of these laptops. Most sales had been to the education market early on, but research firm Gartner says this ye...

  • 7 products on deep discount in September7 products on deep discount in September

    Hurry up and grab these discounts! We've found seven products that are at their lowest prices in September, including gas grills. Our market research experts keep track of price fluctuations, and...

  • New Samsung Gear S smart watch can work without a phoneNew Samsung Gear S smart watch can work without a phone

    Samsung, the busiest smart-watch maker in the universe, today announced yet another new wearable, the Gear S. What’s new is that this smart watch offers 3G connectivity as well as Wi-Fi and Bluet...

  • Samsung's new Gear S smart watch can work without a phoneSamsung's new Gear S smart watch can work without a phone

    Samsung, the busiest smart-watch maker in the universe, today announced yet another new wearable, the Gear S. What’s new is that this smart watch offers 3G connectivity as well as Wi-Fi and Bluet...

  • 7 ways to save money on your electronics7 ways to save money on your electronics

    We love our gadgets, but they sometimes cost us more than we expected—even after we bring them home. Our experts have lots of tips on how to save money when it comes to buying, using, and eventua...

  • Apple iWatch Rumors: What We Know

    Ever since the first appearance of the smart watch, tech fans have speculated about what kind of wrist-wearable device Apple might create. The company is known for entering digital categories aft...

  • Why the iPhone 6 will be bigger: Battery life, data performance, fitness apps

    I don’t put much stock in most of the rumors about the iPhone 6—including the notion that it’s going to be called the iPhone 6. There was only one time that accurate details about a coming Apple ...

  • Watching out for the Apple iWatch

    Ever since the first appearance of the smart watch, tech fans have speculated about what kind of wrist-wearable device Apple might create. The company is known for entering digital categories aft...

  • 4 reasons why people object to Google Glass4 reasons why people object to Google Glass

    When you start using a convenient, new digital product, whether it’s Facebook or a shopping app, you often have to compromise your privacy. It’s a trade-off. But critics of Google Glass say that ...

  • Is Tivo's new Roamio OTA DVR a cord-cutter's dream?

    If you're a current or potential cord-cutter who's been lamenting the loss of Aereo's ability to record over-the-air TV signals, there's soon going to be another option: the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR, ...

  • The problem with passwordsThe problem with passwords

    Let’s be honest: You probably don’t have more than three unique passwords; you probably use one e-mail address to sign up for multiple services such as Facebook, Amazon, and online banking; and y...

  • What is wearable tech?What is wearable tech?

    Even if you’ve never heard of wearable technology, you may know someone who uses the most popular type of gadget in the category, an activity tracker that records fitness data and transmits it to...

  • Wireless 911 calls need an upgrade

    When it comes to cell phones and 911 calls, the news is a mixed bag. The good news: When you're outdoors and make a 911 call with your cell phone, the dispatcher should be able to tell precisely ...

  • Ask the CEO: W. Craig JelinekAsk the CEO: W. Craig Jelinek

    Hey, Costco fans . . . and everyone else. This is your opportunity to get the megastore's CEO to answer your questions. Ask the CEO, a new feature in Consumer Reports magazine, gives you a direc...

  • Do you post photos of your kids on Facebook?

    In 10 short years, Facebook has grown from being a niche site only for college students to an online juggernaut used by 57 percent of American adults. The social network has become the default wa...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 gets a Barnes & Noble Nook faceliftSamsung Galaxy Tab 4 gets a Barnes & Noble Nook facelift

    We haven’t seen a new Barnes & Noble Nook tablet in a couple of years—but today, at an event in New York City’s Union Square Barnes & Noble store, Samsung and B&N unveiled a new co-branded tablet...

  • Samsung and Barnes & Noble team up to create a new Nook tabletSamsung and Barnes & Noble team up to create a new Nook tablet

    We haven’t seen a new Barnes & Noble Nook tablet in a couple of years—but today, at an event in New York City’s Union Square Barnes & Noble store, Samsung and B&N unveiled a new co-branded tablet...

  • Erasing data isn't enough to prevent identity theft when recycling gadgets

    If you’re selling, recycling, or otherwise getting rid of an old smart phone or tablet and think simply deleting your data is enough, you could be exposing yourself to identify theft and other vi...

  • Roku takes over Hisense and TCL TV home screens

    We've seen Roku-ready TVs before, but upcoming models from Hisense and TCL take it to another level—they use the Roku operating system as the TVs' main interface. One of the coolest features of d...

  • 2 bargain sound bars that'll pump up a TV's sound

    Do you love your TV’s picture, but find its sound quality about as engaging as the acting in "Sharknado 2"? One of the quickest fixes for a TV with less-than-satisfying sound is to add a sound ba...

  • Computer problem? Why tech support often isn't the best place to start.Computer problem? Why tech support often isn't the best place to start.

    When it comes to computer tech support, Apple and its stores get top marks from our readers. Still, Apple isn’t perfect and is not without its own horror stories, though they are fewer than the s...

  • Pricey printer ink has consumers seeing red

    Although manufacturers continue to pack a variety of features into their inkjet printers, from the ability to print documents and photos faster and with better quality to allowing you to print wi...

  • LG G3 smart phone smokes Amazon Fire in Consumer Reports tests

    We’ve just completed our tests of Amazon’s first smart phone, the Fire, and LG’s latest flagship model, the G3. Both phones are outstanding in their own ways, with unique and compelling features ...

  • What is the Internet of Things, and why should you care?

    The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to the growing number of Internet-connected devices that can perceive their environment in some way, share data with one another—and, of course, communicate...

  • 7 ways to make the most money at your garage or yard sale

    Would you like to get rid of your clutter and make some money? Garage sales (or yard sales or tag sales) are big business, even if the average selling price of goods is only 85 cents. Just multip...

  • Are activity trackers a 'privacy nightmare'?

    Earlier this week, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made some headlines by calling out FitBit and other activity trackers for collecting user data that “can potentially be sold to third parties, suc...

  • 5 questions you should ask before buying headphones

    Shopping for a new set of headphones can be a daunting task, given the wide array of styles, types, and prices. But it doesn't have to be—and we're here to help. If you can answer these five ques...

  • Is PlayStation Now the Netflix of gaming?

    Sony’s PlayStation Now game-streaming service lets you play PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Network games over the Web without having to store them on your system’s hard drive—similar to movie stre...

  • Watch out for these impersonation scamsWatch out for these impersonation scams

    Judging from warnings we’ve seen online, impersonation fraud is rampant. Scammers are trying to get your money, your personal information or both by pretending to be a government worker, a utilit...

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  • Blu-ray players

    Blu-ray players give you lots of entertainment options. They'll play high-definition Blu-ray discs (including 3D movies, in some cases), regular DVDs, and CDs. And a growing number of players stream video from Internet sites such as Netflix, giving you access to the world of on-demand entertainment. With prices now starting as low as $100 or so, it's no surprise that Blu-ray players are pushing standard DVD players to the sidelines. It makes sense to consider a DVD player only if you have an older, standard-definition TV and don't expect to upgrade soon. (We no longer test standard DVD players, but you can get buying advice here.)

  • Security software

    Failing to protect your computer from online threats can shorten your machine's life and lead to the theft or corruption of data, including sensitive personal information. But you don't have to spend a lot on security software. We found that free programs are fine for most people.

  • E-book readers

    E-book readers are portable devices, usually with display screens optimized to show the electronic text of digital books. These electronic book readers are typically larger than cell phones and smaller than most tablet computers. Tablets with e-book apps, Web browsers and more robust processors typically offer more versatile than e-readers.

  • Tabletop humidifiersHumidifiers

    Who needs a humidifier? Anyone who has uncomfortably dry or itchy eyes, throat or skin, or whose asthma is a problem indoors during the heating season. In addition to the health benefits, a humidifier can also reduce static electricity, peeling wallpaper, and cracks in paint and furniture.

  • FoilElectric razors

    Electric shavers are popular on men's gift lists for several reasons: They let you shave without the muss and fuss of lather and water, a real plus when you're traveling or if you like an afternoon touch-up at the office. And unlike blade razors, they avoid nicks, since the blades don't touch your skin.

  • Computer monitors

    Like TV screens, computer monitors are continuing to go wider and bigger. The squarish 17-inch monitors are now almost obsolete, replaced by widescreen models. Their larger size allows for easier side-by-side page viewing or more spreadsheet columns with less scrolling.

  • Dishwashers

    When you're shopping for a dishwasher, there are a number of factors to consider. Besides determining how much you're able to spend, you'll need to decide how many and which options you want and really need, check the quietness and energy efficiency of the different dishwashers, and look at other aspects, including cycle time.

  • Top-freezer refrigeratorsRefrigerators

    Now is a great time to buy a new refrigerator as more brands pile on high-end features such as LED temperature displays and "theater lighting" for less. Our tests also show that even relatively basic, $500 refrigerators now offer glass shelves with rims to catch spills and enough storage in the door to hold gallon milk jugs.

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