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Handy Pocket Camcorders

Posted: 12/08/2011 - When you think of pocket camcorders, Flip is still the biggest name. But it's been discontinued. Consumer Reports just tested more than a dozen newer ones - many that could make a great gift.

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Celebrity Headphones and More

Updated: 12/08/2011 - Headphones are expected to be a hot gift this year, according to Consumer Reports' holiday poll. One big trend - celebrity-endorsed headphones. But are they the best? Listen up to hear what Consumer Reports' tests turned up.

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Outsmarting the iPhone

Updated: 12/08/2011 - With all the hype surrounding the new iPhone 4-S, you might think it's the only game in town. But Consumer Reports' tests of dozens of smart phones shows there are plenty that get the job done, and more.

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Arsenic in Fruit Juice

Posted: 11/30/2011 - A few months ago Dr. Oz warned about arsenic... a poison that can contaminate drinking water. He was criticized for explaining that the government does not set limits on arsenic in juice... even though it does set limits for bottled water and municipal water. But now Consumer Reports says it, too is worried about arsenic levels. That's after testing apple and grape juice. In fact, it wants Uncle Sam to take action. The reason... so many children drink fruit juice.

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Terrific Toys

Updated: 11/29/2011 - Looking to put the 'Ho! Ho! Ho!' in your holidays? If there are children on your list longing for some of the season's hottest toys, Consumer Reports' ShopSmart found plenty that are sure to please.

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Kindle Fire and Nook vs. ipad

Updated: 11/29/2011 - Stuck on what to give that special someone this year? Consider a tablet. Almost one in five people are planning on giving an iPad, according to a Consumer Reports holiday survey. But two new tablets from Amazon and Barnes and Noble are giving the iPad serious competition. Consumer Reports just tested both.

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Consumer Reports' Naughty & Nice List

Posted: 11/21/2011 - Kids aren't the only ones on the naughty and nice list. Consumer Reports released its annual "Holiday Report Card." It names companies with consumer-friendly policies … and not-such-consumer-friendly policies. See who got a lump of coal this year.

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Long-Lasting AA Batteries

Updated: 11/18/2011 - Americans buy nearly three billion batteries a year, especially during the holiday season. If you go through a lot, Consumer Reports can help save you money and tell you which ones last the longest.

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Good Balance Transfer Credit Cards

Updated: 11/18/2011 - If you're thinking about getting a new credit card, now could be a good time. Fewer credit card applications are being turned down, according to a just-released Consumer Reports national survey. But you need to choose carefully because a lot of folks are unhappy with their credit cards.

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Online RX Drug Caution

Updated: 10/28/2011 - There are plenty of monthly bills that worry people these days. But a survey from Consumer Reports says not being able to cover medical bills, including the cost of prescription drugs, is consistently at the top of the list. If you're considering shopping online for drugs from other countries, Consumer Reports says don't do it!

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Mystery Fish

Posted: 10/28/2011 - According to the latest research, eating fish can help protect your heart and lower your blood pressure and risk of stroke. But Consumer Reports' just-released investigation shows people aren't always getting the fish they're paying for.

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Consumer Reports Says Ford's Quality Slips

Posted: 10/25/2011 - While Japanese automakers continued to dominate Consumer Reports' rankings of reliable auto manufacturers, the survey found that Ford's quality has slipped.

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Top Coffeemakers

Updated: 10/21/2011 - If you can't get moving without that first cup of coffee in the morning, then a great coffeemaker is a necessity. Today you have more and more options to choose from, including single-serve coffeemakers. Consumer Reports tested these and dozens of others to find the best brewing machine for the money.

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Be Wary of Penny Auctions

Updated: 10/21/2011 - Penny auction websites advertise big bargains with the lucky winners walking off with televisions, small kitchen appliances and other items for a fraction of their retail cost. Prices can start as low as zero and each bid increases the price only a penny or two, so the deals look amazing. Consumer Reports looked closely at this growing new industry.

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Accurate Fever Thermometers

Updated: 10/07/2011 - With cold and flu season upon us, having a thermometer that's easy to use can come in really handy - especially with a sick child. There are several different types of thermometers. Some take your temperature with just a sweep across the forehead. But most important - a thermometer has to be accurate. Consumer Reports just tested nearly a dozen in time for flu season.

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Sizing Up Outlet Bargains

Updated: 10/07/2011 - One industry that's thriving in this economic downturn is outlets. They racked up $30-billion in sales last year. But do outlets really give you a big bang for the buck? To find out, Consumer Reports surveyed its readers about their nearly 39,000 visits to outlet stores.

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Disappointing Dishwasher Detergents

Updated: 09/30/2011 - Most manufacturers have reformulated their dishwasher detergents after laws limiting phosphates went into effect last year. Now Consumer Reports' preliminary tests find some detergents can leave glassware coated with a white film when washed in very hard water.

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Consumer Reports Evaulates Health Care Plans

Updated: 09/30/2011 - When new provisions of health reform take effect next year, it will be much easier to compare health plans. Insurers will have to use a standard form that describes costs in plain English - costs like co-pays and deductibles. Until then choosing a health plan remains quite difficult. Consumer Reports just analyzed data on hundreds of plans and has advice on how to find a good one.

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As Seen on TV: Stirrers

Posted: 09/30/2011 - Most infomercial products claim to make our lives better or easier... maybe even fix a problem you never knew you had! Despite how silly some of them seem, we spend serious money on them. As-Seen-On-TV products are a 300-billion dollar industry! The latest infomercial gadgets to be tested at Consumer Reports - battery-operated stirrers for cooking!

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Is Your Home Underinsured?

Posted: 09/23/2011 - It's been a bad year for homeowners with hurricanes and wildfires. If disaster strikes and destroys your home, there could be another disaster lurking - your insurance company may not pay enough to rebuild. 64% of American homes are underinsured, according to a California company that tracks rebuilding costs. Consumer Reports Money Adviser has important advice to help guard against the unpredictable.

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Maximize Warehouse Club Savings

Updated: 09/16/2011 - Every penny counts these days. So warehouse clubs, even with annual membership fees, can offer big savings. But those savings can quickly evaporate if you're not careful. Consumer Reports has a number of moves you can make to guarantee saving - not overspending.

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Dashboard Distractions

Posted: 09/16/2011 - Update your Facebook status, find restaurant listings, check weather and stock reports -- it's easy on your computer or smart phone. But in your car? Yep - more and more carmakers are incorporating access to social media and the Web. Consumer Reports takes a closer look at this trend and other potential distractions behind the wheel.

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Money-Saving Moisturizers

Posted: 09/08/2011 - When it comes to keeping your skin moisturized on a daily basis, which drugstore lotion works best? Consumer Reports put more than a dozen lotions to the test to find which moisturize the most.

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Shattering Glass Update

Posted: 09/08/2011 - Late last year, Consumer Reports analyzed more than 150 reports to the government of glass baking dishes suddenly shattering. Most involved Pyrex and Anchor Hocking. Since then Consumer Reports has heard of more than one hundred new incidents. Though these reports represent only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of millions of pieces of glass bakeware in American kitchens, Consumer Reports is urging the government to investigate.

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