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Close Look at E-Cigarettes

Posted: 02/13/2014 - E-cigarette sales are exploding. It's gone from $500-million in 2012 to an estimated $1.5 Billion 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 takes a look.

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Beware of Tax Scams

Updated: 02/13/2014 - As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the crooks. They promise faster or bigger refunds or threaten you with arrest or prosecution. The government estimates scams will cost taxpayers 21-billion dollars this year. Here's how to avoid them.

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Hazards of Hot Yoga

Posted: 02/13/2014 - Hot yoga classes are soaring in popularity. But is exercising in extreme heat and humidity healthful? Consumer Reports medical experts have a caution.

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Trans Fat Hasn't Disappeared

Posted: 01/31/2014 - 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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Slashing Monthly TV Bills

Posted: 01/31/2014 - Are you fed up paying high bills to watch TV or find you don't use all the channels you pay for? Consumer Reports says there are ways to cut out cable or satellite and still be able to watch television.

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Apps to Prevent Texting and Driving

Updated: 01/31/2014 - The latest figures show more than 400,000 people were injured in car accidents in 2012 because their phones distracted them. More than 3,000 people died. Consumer Reports just tested new free apps designed to keep those kinds of accidents from happening.

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Chemical Found in Caramel Sodas

Posted: 01/31/2014 - 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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Terrific Home Exercise Equipment

Posted: 01/20/2014 - If you don't want to head to the gym everyday, consider some exercise equipment you can use at home. The latest Consumer Reports tests helps you choose the right one.

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Wiping Old Electronics Clean

Updated: 01/20/2014 - Before you recycle that old tablet our laptop make sure all the information is erased. Here's what you need to know.

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Is Pricey Paint Worth It?

Posted: 01/20/2014 - 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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Chicken Safety

Updated: 01/08/2014 - If you eat chicken, heads up! Consumer Reports' tests of more than 300 raw chicken breasts revealed 97% harbored bacteria that can potentially make you sick.

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Best and Worst Car Values

Posted: 01/08/2014 - 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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Top AA Batteries

Posted: 12/13/2013 - 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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Handheld Gaming Devices

Updated: 12/13/2013 - 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: 11/29/2013 - The market for kids' tablets is growing dramatically. Just two years ago, only 8% of children had access to a tablet at home. Today it's 40%!

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PlayStation 4 Vs. XBox 1

Posted: 11/29/2013 - 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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Naughty and Nice Company Policies

Posted: 11/29/2013 - Santa's not the only one checking who's been naughty and nice this year. Consumer Reports is out with its third annual Naughty and Nice list highlighting company policies that deserve a thumbs up … or raspberries.

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Avoiding Jewelry Ripoffs

Posted: 11/29/2013 - Unless you're a gemologist, you probably can't tell the difference between a real piece of fine jewelry and a fabulous fake. But Consumer Reports Money Adviser has some advice to help you from getting ripped off.

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Deferred Interest Gotchas

Updated: 11/22/2013 - Buy now, pay later offers on big purchases sound great. You can often get on-the-spot approval for a loan you might not have to pay off for years. But Consumer Reports says beware. Miss a bill deadline by just one day or carry a balance past the no-interest promotion period, and you could get slammed with mountains of interest.

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Vitamin & Supplement Lowdown

Posted: 11/22/2013 - A Consumer Reports survey finds that more than 2/3rds of Americans take a multivitamin or other dietary supplement. In fact, we spent more than $32 billion on dietary supplements last year alone - and celebrities are pushing them.

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Wearable Technology

Updated: 11/22/2013 - Is wearable technology the next big thing? Several companies now have smart watches on the market. Consumer Reports just took a look at two to see if they deliver.

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Super Cell Phones

Updated: 11/22/2013 - 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 and Savings

Posted: 11/21/2013 - Consumer Cellular, a small company, was the top-rated provider in Consumer Reports' just-published survey of its subscribers. 'Among big-name providers, Verizon Wireless earned the highest score, Sprint fell to the bottom of the ratings. Consumer Reports has advice on how to save on your bill.

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