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Great everyday products from Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble announced today that it was planning to drop up to 100 brands that don’t contribute much to the bottom line so it can focus more on those that do.

Contact-lens pricing-policy shift is a bad prescription for consumers

New tactics by the contact-lens makers might soon leave consumers seeing red. Major manufacturers have recently begun shifting to a new pricing policy that requires retailers and eye doctors to sell lenses at or above a manufacturer-dictated price.

Harley-Davidson Road Glide touring bike returns meaner, more modern

At the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally mega-event in South Dakota, Harley-Davidson revealed an updated Road Glide and Road Glide Special, continuing the dramatic freshening of the storied brand’s motorcycle line up.

Best drugs to treat heart failure

Heart failure is a chronic disease where the heart weakens and loses some of its ability to pump blood.

Lytro Illum light-field camera lets you refocus images after you shoot

When the first Lytro camera came out two years ago, it promised to eliminate a fear almost every photographer has experienced: that a once-in-a-lifetime shot will be out of focus.

5 things you can negotiate in an early retirement package

During the recent economic downturn, cost-cutting, restructuring, and downsizing were the norm. Microsoft’s recent announcement that it will lay off 18,000 workers over the next year shows that it can still happen today, and in a big way.

How fun is the 2015 BMW M3?

Think of a race track like those fenced-off dog parks. They let you take a performance car off its electronic-stability-controlled leash, because like your excited dog, you really just can’t let it run wild and loose down the street.

Best everyday products for college students

When children are in elementary school, teachers typically send home a list of school supplies that parents should buy.

10 best cars for older drivers

It is a simple fact of life: Many seniors begin having limitations long before they lose their driving ability.

New Malware Attacks 600 Merchants

Retailers, restaurants, and other businesses have a new form of malware to fight, called Backoff. This latest form of cybercrime attacks remote-desktop applications that are used by point-of-sale systems, picking up credit cards and other consumer information along the way.

When to scrimp and when to splurge on everyday products

Years of testing has taught us that price and quality don’t always go hand in hand. But how do you know when it’s worth paying more for staples such as coffee, paper towels, and dishwasher detergents?

Raven retools hybrid tractor that had been recalled

After Consumer Reports tested the problem-plagued Raven hybrid lawn tractor last year, we didn’t expect to see it in Lowe’s stores again.

Pint-sized Porsche Macan SUV proves agile, quick, and lustworthy

If the name Cayenne wasn’t already taken by Porsche’s midsized luxo-SUV, it would suit the Macan very well, because this new compact crossover may be the hottest, sportiest-driving SUV to date.

How safe are lithium-ion batteries?

You may have read a recent news story about a teenage girl whose Samsung Galaxy S 4 smart phone slipped under her pillow and began to smolder as she slept.

'Fly With Any US Airline' is an offer you should refuse

Maybe the scammers are just trying to keep us on our toes. That's the only reasonable explanation for the trifold mailing I just received: a letter marked "PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL" with the headline of "Fly With Any US Airline." After all, who would fall for such a come-on?

Well-dressed Lincoln MKC faces tough competition at our track

“This is a $46,000 Ford Escape!” exclaimed a friend as I drove to lunch in Consumer Reports’ new 2015 Lincoln MKC test car.

5 ways a thermostat can save you money

Thermostats control nearly 10 percent of the nation’s energy use. In your home, it's probably closer to 50 percent, since heating and cooling account for roughly half of the energy consumption of the average residence.

Fitness face-off: Nintendo Wii U vs. Xbox One

Sure, your kids (or you!) could camp out on the couch and play video games all day on either of these consoles.

5 products on deep discount in August

If you're wondering what products are typically at their lowest price this month, wonder no more. Consumer Reports product research experts, who track prices all year long, have compiled a list of items that are typically discounted most deeply in August.

Your guide to end-of-summer sales season

Back-to-school isn’t just for kids anymore. Some of the hottest deals of the year happen in the final weeks of summer.