Some tips on shopping for smartphone service
The cellphone industry's traditional way of doing business - locking customers into pricey two-year contracts - has been upended thanks to upstart major carriers T-Mobile and Sprint and a bunch of smaller providers that are ...
US law has helped limit 'conflict minerals', study says
A US law, and efforts by technology firms, have helped limit the use of "conflict minerals" from Africa for consumer electronics, according to a report released Tuesday.
4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in US in 2013
A report released Thursday said 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in the U.S. last year, up from 2.8 million in 2012.
Save money and energy by replacing, adjusting home appliances
Want to save some money and help the planet at the same time? Then take a look at some of the gadgets and appliances in your house. By turning off, adjusting or swapping out some of the devices in your house, you can potentially ...
Natural disaster relief: How does psychological distance affect donations?
When natural disasters occur, news reports can tug on our hearts and influence how we react to relief efforts. According to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers are more likely to make a fina ...
Growing mobile phone bill cramming concerns attorneys general
Take a close look at your cellphone bill, line by line. If you see charges that don't make sense, such as "Web hosting" or "member fee," chances are you've been crammed.
Car quality dinged by tech glitches, survey finds
Car buyers increasingly want high-tech features like voice recognition and navigation. But they're not very forgiving of the car company when those systems fail.
Tesla Model S gets Consumer Reports' top score
The Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine's automotive testing.
Putting a human face on a product: When brand humanization goes wrong
(Phys.org) —When companies put a human face on their brand, the public usually responds positively. This advertising approach has brought us alarm clocks with sleepy faces and color-coated chocolate candies ...
Ignorance may be bliss for consumers, economist says
Would having more information about the value of a product—say, a new camera—help potential buyers? Not necessarily, according to a Cornell economist.
Ford talking to gov't about hybrids' fuel economy
Ford said Friday that it is talking to the government about the fuel economy of its hybrid cars after a report suggested they are falling short of targets.
Toyota on top in latest Consumer Reports survey
(AP)—And the winner is ... Japan. Japanese brands took the top seven spots in Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings, pushing aside their U.S. and European rivals. Toyota Motor Corp.'s Scion, Lexus and Toyota brands ...
New paper addresses causes of shattering glass cookware; Margin of safety described as 'borderline'
A new paper appearing in the September 2012 edition of the Bulletin of The American Ceramic Society for the first time provides a scientific explanation of why some glass cookware sold in the United States ...
Consumer Reports: Special 'eco' car models don't pay off
The special "eco" versions of small cars such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Honda Civic don't improve fuel economy enough to be worth the extra money, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports.