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 »

Consumer Reports: Great Grills

Yonkers, N.J. — Consumer Reports has turned up the heat, to help you find the best gas grill, for your outdoor feasts. They tested more than 100 gas grills, from brands like Kenmore, Weber, Char-Broil and Broil-Mate to find the hottest choices. This test uses sensors to measure the temperature at various points on a … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Sunscreen SPF

YONKERS, N.J. — Consumer Reports tested 20 sprays and lotions that claim to be water resistant and provide “broad spectrum” protection. 18 of the 20 sunscreens Consumer Reports tested came in below the SPF they promise on their packages, although except for two they did provide adequate protection. Tester Jamie Kopf says “We can’t say … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Top Deck Stains

YONKERS, N.J. — A brand new deck looks great, but to keep it looking that way requires upkeep.  You need to protect it with a good deck stain. Rico De Paz with Consumer Reports tested 29 stains.  He says it’s important to use one, because untreated wood can crack and turn grey. To find which … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Smart Homes

YONKERS, NJ. — Consumer Reports has been testing Wi-Fi-connected devices, including lighting systems, electronic door locks, smart thermostats, generators, and smart ranges and wall ovens. Consumer Reports tester Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman says “What really gets your attention with these products is their cool features. So we’re testing those features, but we also want to make … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Insect Repellents

Yonkers, NJ. — Consumer Reports has some important advice on how to avoid bug bites and at the same time limit exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals in insect repellents. After testing repellents with DEET and plant-based ones without DEET, Consumer Reports Tester Sue Byrne says “We think that DEET is really an insect repellent that … Continue reading »

Local Hospitals Ranked on C-Sections

MEDFORD, Ore. – A study by Consumer Reports found hospitals are performing too many “unnecessary” caesarian sections on mothers, and ranked local hospitals near the top and near the bottom of the list in Oregon. But doctors at local hospitals say the results can be skewed. Consumer Reports rated 1,500 hospitals in 22 states, and … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Online Shopping Help

YONKERS, NY — Shopping for clothes online offers practically a limitless selection. But it’s hard to get the right size without trying an item on. Incorrect fit is the reason for 70 percent of online returns. But the May 2013 issue of Consumer Reports. ShopSmart magazine checks out some new tools that help you find … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Recycling Electronics

YONKERS, NY — You can clear out old electronics, like cell phones or computers, and make a little money at the same time. In ShopSmart’s search, a Samsung Galaxy S 2 fetched 94 dollars, and an Apple iPad 2 — 190 dollars. ShopSmart found the website “Glyde” often quoted the highest prices. Amazon proved best … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Smart Watches

YONKERS, NY — Consumer Reports says the next big technology trend will be smart watches, which are similar to smart phones. They connect wirelessly to your phone or tablet and run loads of apps that can monitor fitness … or control the music on your phone. They also notify you when calls, texts and instant … Continue reading »

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