Consumer Reports: Amazon Fire

(CONSUMER REPORTS) – Consumer Reports tested Amazon’s first smart phone, the Amazon Fire. It did earn a rating of “very good,” however, experts were not wowed. The Fire boasts a 3-D display and FireFly technology, which identifies objects by scanning them and recognizing songs and movies. A series of tests were run on the phone … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Tuna and Mercury

(CONSUMER REPORTS) – For pregnant women who eat seafood, it would be wise to note that not all fish is safe. This includes canned tuna and even sushi. These products contain high levels of mercury, which can damage the baby’s brain and nervous system. Many varieties have been known to contain high levels of mercury. … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Laptops for Students

YONKERS, N.J. — As the school year approaches, even the youngest students can expect some keyboard time in the classroom. For first through fifth graders, Consumer Reports says a good choice is a  low-cost Chromebook because they are lightweight laptops that run Google’s Chrome operating system. Parents can set up supervised user accounts that restrict  … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Kids and Hot Cars

(CONSUMER REPORTS) –  44 children died last year from heat stroke inside cars. One of them was the 9 month old son of Lyn Balfour.  She says a change in routine and an emergency phone call from work led to the unthinkable. She didn’t realize, instead of dropping Bryce off with his babysitter, she’d left … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: What to Buy at Costco

YONKERS, Many people often load up on bargains at a warehouse store. In our area, and across the country, Costco is the place to go. It has a great reputation for delivering quality goods at great prices, but as Consumer Reports shows us, there is still the need to shop strategically. Otherwise that oversized shopping … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Best & Worst Fast Food

YONKERS, N.J. — If you are hitting the road this holiday weekend, you may want to reconsider where you stop for a meal on the road. Based on a Consumer Reports survey of more than 30-thousand of its readers, there are a lot of food choices that they say are much tastier than some of … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Top Lawn Mowers

FORT MYERS, Fla. — When buying a lawn mower, Consumer Reports’ Peter Sawchuk says the “most important (thing) is to consider the size of your property. If you have a larger property, that is it takes you more than a half an hour to mow your lawn, then you should consider a self-propelled mower.” Consumer … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: “Natural” or Not?

YONKERS, N.J. — Food labeled “natural” is one of the latest lures in the grocery aisle. A just-released Consumer Report’s survey found that 59 percent of people look for foods labeled “natural” when they shop. But Consumer Reports says it’s essentially meaningless claim. Consumer Reports expert, Urvashi Rangan, says “The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: No-Touch Screens

YONKERS, N. J. — Computer technology has come a long way; touch screens are now just about everywhere. Now, there are some you don’t even have to touch. Already in today’s living rooms there are games you can control by moving your hands, TVs that work with a wave and some smart phones you can … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Hotel Credit Security

YONKERS, N.J. — When you arrive at a hotel and hand over your plastic, most guests assume there are  stringent safeguards in place to protect that information. Margot Gilman with Consumer Reports says “The major credit card companies require businesses to have standard data protections if they want to accept credit and debit cards. It’s … Continue reading »

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