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46 Percent of Streaming Media Accountholders Share Their Login Credentials according to Consumer Reports

 

Not all companies explicitly prohibit password sharing outside the household

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Streaming media services are quite popular: 51 percent of American households say they subscribe to Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and/or WatchESPN, according to a December 2014 survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

However, the reach of streaming video services extends beyond that, as 46 percent of account holders admitted to sharing their log-in credentials with someone outside their home.

Consumer Report poll shows Streaming Media Accountholders share their login information.

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Consumer Report Experts show you ways to improve your Home’s Value

 

Exclusive CR survey of real estate pros reveals which upgrades can boost a home’s selling price by up to 10 percent; Plus, money-wasting mistakes sellers should avoid

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – With housing prices at recent highs, it’s a great time to sell; and still-low interest rates also makes it a good time to buy a home.

Findings from a new, exclusive survey of more than 300 licensed residential real estate agents by the Consumer Reports National Research Center point to certain factors, such as smart pre-sale fix-ups and negotiable agent fees, that can financially benefit both sellers and buyers. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Warns Against the Risks of Radiation Overexposure from Unnecessary CT Scans

 

Researchers Estimate at Least Two Percent of All Future Cancers in the U.S. Will Stem from CT Scans Alone – That’s Approximately 29,000 Cases and 15,000 Deaths Per Year

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – X-rays have been used for almost 120 years and computed tomography, or CT scans, were introduced in the 1970’s. These newer scans allow doctors to see with unprecedented precision the inner workings of the human body through the use of multiple X-ray images.  Their use has grown from fewer than 3 million per year in 1980 to more than 80 million today.

CT scans emit a powerful dose of radiation, in some cases equivalent to about 200 chest X-rays, or the amount most people would be exposed to from natural sources over seven years.  «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Car Repair Satisfaction Survey shows Independent Shops Outshine Dealership Repair Centers

 

Over Three-quarters of customers that haggled were successful in negotiating a discount.

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Consumer Reports latest survey of repair service satisfaction found the odds are consumers will be more satisfied with an independent repair shop than with a franchised new-car dealership.

The one automaker that outscored the independent shops was the electric carmaker Tesla, which earned high praise for its on-time repairs, courtesy, price, quality, and overall satisfaction. But part of Tesla’s current success might be because it’s new to the market, and it has a relatively small number of customers to satisfy compared with the established luxury brands. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tests by Consumer Reports reveal Faster Appliances that can Save Consumers more than Two Hours a Day

 

CR survey reveals some consumers willing to pay more for speed

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Time is a precious commodity—so much so, it seems, that Americans are willing to spend a little more on faster household appliances, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey of more than 4,000 readers.

The survey found that about one-quarter of dishwasher, washer, and dryer owners said they’d pay extra for speedier appliances, and about one-third of that group said they would pay an extra $100.00 or more. The full report, “Life in the Fast Lane,” is featured in the February 2015 issue of Consumer Reports and is available at ConsumerReports.org «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports’ Survey shows Americans Mistaken About Safety and Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Supplements

 

New Test Results for Treadmills and Ellipticals Finds Many Home Machines Add Features and Connectivity Trying to Replicate a Personal Trainer

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – With the New Year many Americans use this milestone to start a new diet or exercise regimen.

But a new survey from Consumer Reports finds that as many as one in four consumers try to shortcut the process with the use of weight-loss supplements. «Read the rest of this article»

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ShopSmart gives tips on Spending Smart when Organizing

 

Decluttering essentials to splurge or skimp on and ones to skip

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY – With so many organizers on the market, deciding which ones to splurge or skimp on, or those to skip entirely, can be more challenging than actually organizing.

The March 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, highlights 21 essentials to help declutter every room – and identifies organizing items worth spending on, when to save, and six money-wasting products to avoid. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Names Toyota Camry Hybrid Best New-Car Value in Annual Rankings

 

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Fiat 500L, Mercedes-Benz S500 ranked lowest

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The Toyota Camry Hybrid is the best overall value for the automotive dollar according to Consumer Reports’ 2014 Annual New-Car Value Rankings.

Consumer Reports calculated that the Camry Hybrid earned the highest value score of 2.01, which indicates consumer dollars go about twice as far with this car than they do with the average-value car.

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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ShopSmart releases their Best and Worst Products of 2014

 

The winners and losers from the products tested in 2014

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY – Not every product lives up to its claims, and others sometimes exceed expectations.

The January 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, spotlights the best of the best tested this year which includes more than 45 products in these seven categories: food and wine; cooking, food prep & storage; cleaning; home improvement; beauty, health, and fitness; electronics; and cars.

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ShopSmart gives Guide to Saving Big with Beauty Product Swaps

 

Tips for buying primo makeup and skin-care products at drugstore prices

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY – The price of beauty products can get ugly, but ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, found that shoppers don’t always have to shell out big bucks for products comparable to brand-name items

In its December 2014 issue, ShopSmart experts scoured the beauty aisles of department stores, drugstores and boutiques to find high-priced products shoppers can swap out to save big. «Read the rest of this article»

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