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Pork Contamination Concerns

Posted: 11/30/2012 - It used to be trichinosis was the big fear when eating pork, but the risk of getting that disease has been largely eliminated. However, Consumer Reports' latest tests of pork find there are new reasons to take precautions when eating pork.

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Exceptional E-Book Readers

Posted: 11/30/2012 - If you're looking to give someone an e-book reader this holiday season, listen up! There are plenty to choose from, and prices are lower than ever. Consumer Reports' tests single out the best.

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Top Tablets

Posted: 11/26/2012 - If you're shopping for a tablet this holiday season, you've got a ton of choices. Consumer Reports helps you wade through them.

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Fun Tech Toys for Kids

Posted: 11/09/2012 - Toys with a technology twist can be a good bet this holiday season. ShopSmart's electronics experts played with the latest games and gadgets to find some terrific choices.

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Maddening Packaging Tricks

Updated: 11/09/2012 - Product packaging - boxes, blister packs, and fancy packaging - can add up to a mountain of frustration. Consumer Reports gets a raft of complaints about all sorts of packaging problems.

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Waste of Money Warranties

Updated: 10/26/2012 - Holiday shopping is just around the corner, and so are the hard sells for extended warranties and service plans. Consumer Reports says that's because stores make a lot more profit on these than the actual product.

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Longest Lasting AA Batteries

Updated: 10/26/2012 - We burn through a staggering amount of batteries - several million a year. Double-A batteries are the most popular. Consumer Reports tells you which last the longest.

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Caffeine Count in Energy Drinks

Updated: 10/24/2012 - Health concerns about energy drinks were heightened this week with reports of five deaths possibly linked to Monster Energy drink. Caffeine is one of the key ingredients in energy drinks. But it can be hard to tell how much they contain. Consumer Reports has just conducted lab tests on dozens of them.

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Best Credit Cards for Big Debt

Posted: 09/26/2012 - Consumer Reports just analyzed more than 50 credit cards, including ones that are good for those struggling to pay off their credit-card debt. Here's what experts found.

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Safer Tattoos

Updated: 09/25/2012 - More than one in five adults in the U.S. has a tattoo. But recent outbreaks of tattoo-related infections are cause for concern. Consumer Reports' medical experts have important safety advice.

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Best Shopping Sites

Updated: 09/25/2012 - More people are shopping online than ever. But which sites are the best? Consumer Reports surveyed more than 28,000 of its subscribers to find out.

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Getting Good Health Care

Updated: 09/24/2012 - Finding a good health-insurance plan is one of the most important decisions you can make. And it's just gotten a lot easier. Insurers are now required to use a new form that describes in plain English deductibles, co-pays, and other costs. Consumer Reports' just-released analysis of almost a thousand health care plans can also help you make better choices.

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Arsenic in Rice

Updated: 09/18/2012 - A Consumer Reports' investigation found troubling levels of arsenic in apple and grape juice a year ago. Now new tests by the organization have uncovered worrisome levels of arsenic in rice and in many products made from rice.

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Inexpensive Bathroom Makeovers

Updated: 08/23/2012 - Bathrooms are one of the most expensive rooms to remodel, but you can do it without breaking the bank.

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Central Air Conditioning You Can Count On

Updated: 08/23/2012 - Consumer Reports says you have to shop carefully for a central air conditioning system. Its survey reveals some systems have been much better at keeping their cool than others.

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Improved Bulbs

Updated: 08/22/2012 - When it comes to lightbulbs, nearly 75% of Americans are now using CFLs, according to a Consumer Reports survey. Far fewer have tried LEDs. They're expensive, but Consumer Reports tests show they're well worth considering.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Updated: 08/17/2012 - Sales of olive oil have risen substantially over the last five years - thanks to its heart-healthy benefits. Consumer Reports just tested nearly two dozen extra-virgin olive oils to see if they make the grade.

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Add On Smart Phone Lenses

Updated: 08/17/2012 - Shooting a photo with your smart phone is incredibly convenient. But smart phones don't take close-ups or wide-angle shots. New add-on lenses aim to change that. Consumer Reports wanted to see if they're picture-perfect.

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Bumbo Baby Seats Recalled To Add Safety Belt And Warning

Updated: 08/15/2012 - Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled by the manufacturer to install a restraint belt and add new warnings. Until that is complete, parents are advised to stop using the seats immediately.

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Improved TV Remotes?

Updated: 08/10/2012 - The latest remotes go far beyond the push of a button. Consumer Reports wanted to see if they actually make watching TV any easier.

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Best Homeowners Insurance

Updated: 08/10/2012 - Homeowners insurance premiums keep going up. So can you count on your insurance company if disaster strikes? Consumer Reports says maybe, maybe not.

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Feds Sue To Take Zen Magnet Toys Off Market

Posted: 08/07/2012 - Federal consumer safety officials are filing a complaint against a second company over desktop magnet toys for adults that pose a danger to children and teenagers.

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