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Get a Discounted Mower at a Lawn Mower Exchange

In San Diego the program that gives you a discounted electric mower for your old gas guzzler is so popular that the county prohibits residents from …

Consumer Reports

What's Missing From Your Heart-Attack Recovery Plan

Exercise is considered essential for any heart attack recovery, as well as for anyone who's had heart surgery or has congestive heart failure.<p>Yet …

Exercise

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Goes Small and High-Tech

The new, tidier proportioned 2018 Chevrolet Equinox aims straight at the white-hot small-SUV segment. To stand out, the redesigned Equinox brings …

Engineering

Best Tablets for $300 or Less

Apple created a stir this week by introducing a 9.7-inch iPad with an entry-level price of just $329. According to the company, the 32GB tablet …

Think GOP Health Insurance Overhaul Is Stalled? Some Changes Already Are Underway

Even though House Speaker Paul Ryan was forced Thursday to delay the vote on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, major changes …

Health Care

Senate Moves to Permanently Kill the FCC's Broadband Privacy Rules

The Senate Thursday voted to roll back the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) broadband privacy rules designed to give consumers greater …

Net Neutrality

How to Protect Kids from Household Poisons

Of the two million-plus calls to U.S. poison control centers in 2015, almost half concerned kids aged six and under, according to the latest data …

Consumer Reports

The Pros and Cons of Buying an iPhone Directly From Apple

Is it time for consumers to start buying their iPhones directly from Apple instead of their cell-phone carrier?<p>With the release Friday of a special …

iPhone

Best Used Cars for Teens

When choosing a car for a teen driver, it is important to look further down the road than just today's budget limitations to ensure you buy a good, …

Transportation

10 Small Kitchen Appliances for $100 or Less

With the prices of blenders, food processors, and coffee makers bubbling up, it can be difficult to find an affordable gift that you know will …

Consumer Reports

Why Are So Many Tech Telecom Companies Bad at Respecting Your Privacy?

The 21st century world is all about data: who has it, how they use it, when they share it, and how much they make from selling it. Despite the …

Why You Should Care About the Supreme Court Case on Toner Cartridges

A corporate squabble over printer toner cartridges doesn’t sound particularly glamorous, and the phrase “patent exhaustion” is probably already …

Consumer Reports

5 Streaming Sites for People Who Want More Than Netflix

When it comes to streaming video services, Netflix clearly looms large over its competitors, accounting for more than one-third of all peak-time …

Apple TV

6 Anti-Aging Foods You Should Try

Would you rather add years to your life or life to your years? There are anti-aging foods that may help you do both.<p>Diet appears to play a role in …

Nutrition

GOP Health Insurance Plan Hits Older People Hardest

Helen Bell, a 59-year-old former hospital worker, suffers from several chronic conditions that often land her in the hospital and require frequent …

Health Care

Online Tax Preparation Review: H&R Block, TurboTax, TaxAct

Are you among the intrepid tax filers who prepare their own returns online? Then you’re probably using tax preparation software from H&R Block, …

Taxes

Online Tax Preparation Software Review: H&R Block, TurboTax, TaxAct

Are you among the intrepid tax filers who prepare their own returns online? Then you’re probably using tax preparation software from H&R Block, …

Taxes

The Problem With Stowing Lithium-Ion Batteries on Planes

A ban on most electronics in the cabins of some U.S.-bound flights may be aimed at thwarting terrorist attacks, but it also raises questions about …

Batteries

Electric Lawn Mowers Finally Make the Cut

When Consumer Reports first put the Ego LM2101 electric lawn mower through its paces at our test facility in early 2016, we quickly noted that it …

Consumer Reports

Apple iPhone SE Upgrade Is Good News for Bargain Hunters

Apple just doubled the storage capacities of its "affordable" iPhone SE models, from 16G and 64GB to 32GB and 128GB. The move, which comes on the …

iPhone

15 Supplement Ingredients to Always Avoid

With the help of an expert panel of independent doctors and dietary-supplement researchers, Consumer Reports identified 15 supplement ingredients …

Consumer Reports

One Way to Avoid Getting Hooked on Prescription Painkillers

Taking prescription painkillers such as Percocet or Vicodin for more than a few days sharply increases your risk of getting hooked on the drugs, …

Addiction

How to Pick a Secure Messaging App

Secure messaging apps are in the news these days, following a WikiLeaks dump of alleged CIA documents that showed how hackers might be able to …

Security

Best Ways to Protect Kids From Accidental Drug Poisoning

Thousands of children accidentally ingest dangerous prescription drugs every year. Yet few people take the needed precautions that could protect kids …

Consumer Reports

Easy Steps for Getting Rid of Unused Medication

Today is National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day, and chances are you haven't given much thought to the unused medications taking up space in …

Addiction

Simple Steps to a Healthy Home This Spring

Giving your home a thorough spring cleaning can certainly make it shine. But a few other steps will help you make sure you're living in a healthy …

Consumer Reports

Snow Blower Storage Tip: Should You Drain the Gas?

A. That depends. If you've added fuel stabilizer—an additive sold by power-equipment dealers and home centers—to the gas in your snow blower, all you …

Updated Tesla Model S 60D Adds Features and Promises

Tesla’s updated Model S sedan looks a lot like its old Model S, until you look closely.<p>The popular electric car now features eight cameras, upgraded …

Tesla

What You Need to Know About the Heart Drug Repatha

There was good news and bad news Friday for people at very high risk of heart attack or stroke.<p>The good news: A study in the New England Journal of …

Who Really Needs Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Drugs

Experts agree that high blood pressure and high cholesterol increase the risk of having a heart attack. So you might think they also agree on when …

Cardiology