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'Water-Resistant' Samsung Phone Isn't: Consumer Reports

S7 Active failed immersion test—twice

(Newser) - Samsung claims its "water-resistant" S7 phones can spend 30 minutes in five feet of water and still be usable. To prove its point, it has Lil Wayne douse an S7 Edge in champagne, then drop it in a fish tank in a commercial . But Consumer Reports says Samsung's... More »

Consumer Reports Yanks Tesla Recommendation

Model S has too many maintenance problems

(Newser) - The ultra hip Tesla Model S tests great, but it seems it might not hold up in the long run, according to a new report published Tuesday by Consumer Reports . The publication gave the electric vehicle its best performance rating ever —a seemingly mathematically impossible 103 out of 100—... More »

EPA Allegations Are Already Costing VW

Consumer Reports pulls recommendations of Volkswagen vehicles

(Newser) - "Buying bible" Consumer Reports has yanked its favorable ratings of diesel Jettas and Passats in the wake of the EPA's allegations that Volkswagen installed software in its vehicles to skirt federal emissions laws, USA Today reports. "These recommendations will be suspended until Consumer Reports can re-test these... More »

America's Worst Burgers Found At...

McDonald's, per 'Consumer Reports' subscribers

(Newser) - Love biting a McDonald's burger? Then you're likely not a Consumer Reports subscriber. Some 32,405 subscribers weighed in on their experiences at 65 fast-food and fast-casual chains, and they handed McDonald's the title of worst-tasting burger (on a scale of 1 to 10, the chain's... More »

Consumer Reports Names Best Vehicles

Tesla Model S takes top honors, with Chrysler's Ram 1500 best pickup

(Newser) - Consumer Reports is out with its top picks for 2014 vehicles, with Tesla's Model S taking top honors as "best overall." The pricey Tesla is among four new winners this year, with the others in the categories of midsize SUVs, small SUVs, and pickups, notes USA ... More »

Consumer Reports Yanks Approval From 3 Toyotas

Meanwhile, Toyota reports winning sales figures

(Newser) - It was a good news/bad news kind of day for Toyota. The good news? The Japanese automaker beat GM in sales for the second straight quarter, moving 2.5 million vehicles between July and September, it announced today, according to Bloomberg . The bad news? Consumer Reports yanked its recommendation of... More »

Consumer Reports Gives Tesla Model S Highest Score Ever

Pricey plug-in vehicle gets 99 out of 100

(Newser) - The hype around Tesla's Model S got a big shot in the arm today courtesy of Consumer Reports , which is giving the car a whopping 99 out of 100, tied for the highest score the famously demanding magazine has ever given. In fact, CR director Jake Fisher tells Jalopnik... More »

Consumer Reports Finds Widespread Pork Threat

Study cites bacteria, antibiotic danger

(Newser) - Much of the US pork supply is tainted with dangerous bacteria, and the antibiotics given to pigs could be boosting drug-resistant germs, a Consumer Reports study finds. Some 69% of 198 tested pork samples contained bacteria called yersinia enterocolitica, which can cause fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Some 3% to... More »

And America's Best Bagels Are...

Consumer Reports likes Dunkin' Donuts, Lender's, and CostCo

(Newser) - You don't have to be in New York to get a good bagel, Consumer Reports finds: Three big brands offer decent alternatives. In a comparison of eight plain and four "everything" bagels, testers found Dunkin' Donuts, Lender's Original, and Costco to be the best options. Each scored... More »

20 Worst Used Cars

Compiled by Consumer Reports

(Newser) - The only thing worse than buying a lemon is buying a used lemon. Here's a list of 2012's worst used cars compiled by Consumer Reports and courtesy of ABC News . More »

Consumer Reports: New iPad Runs Hotter

Thermal imaging pegs it at 116 degrees

(Newser) - In its few days on the market, the new iPad has been drawing complaints from worried customers that it runs awfully hot. A Dutch site says its tests have shown that it runs 10 degrees hotter than its iPad 2 predecessor. Now Consumer Reports testing has shown that it's... More »

Consumer Reports Warns of Arsenic in Fruit Juices

It wants FDA to tighten standards

(Newser) - Apple juice and grape juice have levels of arsenic that could raise kids' risk of cancer, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports . The study of 88 samples of fruit juice bought in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut found that 10% had arsenic levels that exceeded standards set for... More »

Why It Might Pay to Skip Black Friday

Better deals on high-quality goods come later: Study

(Newser) - If you’re in the market for cheap stuff—not just inexpensive, but cheap—you’ll find plenty of good deals on Black Friday. But if you want low prices on better-quality electronics, you’re better off waiting, a Consumer Reports study finds. Researchers examined the changing prices of CR-recommended... More »

Nook Beats Out Kindle

Barnes & Noble e-reader boasts touch screen, lighter weight, two-month battery

(Newser) - If you’re looking to do some e-reading on the beach this summer, Consumer Reports is advocating something other than the Kindle for the first time: Barnes & Noble’s Simple Touch Nook finally has beat Amazon's offering. Unlike the Kindle, the Nook has a touch screen; it’s... More »

Consumer Reports: Volt Doesn't Make Much Sense

Mag's tester says it's not too efficient as electric car ... or as gas vehicle

(Newser) - The Chevy Volt may be the cover girl of April’s issue of Consumer Reports, but the magazine doesn’t have a lot of glowing things to say about it. Economically, the car “doesn’t really make a lot of sense,” the magazine’s director of auto testing... More »

AT&T's Network Is Worst in US: Consumer Reports

It's not just dead last in general—last in every city, almost every category

(Newser) - AT&T may claim to have the largest and fastest wireless network … but it also has the worst one, according to the latest Consumer Reports survey. When it comes to wireless providers, AT&T ranked dead last in general—as well as in every city. Last year, it came... More »

PR Experts: Apple Must Recall iPhone

Consumer Reports criticism puts company in a bind

(Newser) - Apple must recall the iPhone 4 or risk tarnishing its reputation, PR experts tell the Cult of Mac . The company's explanation that the handset's reception problems are the result of a software problem has been undermined by Consumer Reports, which blamed a hardware issue in deciding not to recommend the... More »

Consumer Reports 'Can't Recommend' iPhone 4

Test proves there's an antenna problem

(Newser) - Consumer Reports says its testing confirms that the iPhone 4 has a reception defect. Put your finger over a spot on the bottom left side of the phone—“an easy thing, especially for lefties”—and you’ll get either a dropped call or a drastically degraded connection, according... More »

Toyota Recalls Problem Lexus SUV

'Consumer Reports' warned of porential problems with 2010 GX460

(Newser) - In the wake of a Consumer Reports warning, Toyota is recalling the 2010 Lexus GX 460. The automaker had already suspended sales of the SUV, which the magazine rated "don't buy" because of concerns the vehicle was prone to tipping over. Toyota confirmed the problem and said today the... More »

Toyota Stops Sales of SUV Over Safety Concerns

Consumer Reports gives Lexus GX 460 a 'don't buy' rating

(Newser) - Looks like Toyota's learned a lesson about responding quickly to bad press. The same day that Consumer Reports issued a rare "Don't Buy" recommendation for the Lexus GX 460, parent company Toyota said it would stop selling the vehicle until it resolves safety concerns, reports the Wall Street Journal... More »

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