In a recent survey, we asked subscribers about how they use their mobile devices. One finding: Twenty-eight percent of tablet owners said children 17 or younger also used their tablet. Some portion of parents who share their tablets with their kids surely must long to get the kids their own devices.
BMW has announced upgrades to its ConnectedDrive suite of telematics safety and convenience features for 2014 models, including the ability to access Apple's Siri or Android S-Voice interactive features through a button on the steering wheel.
With all the hubbub around the end of school, graduations, and plans for the summer, Father's Day can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. (Psst. It's June 16.) To ensure that the dads in your life get the recognition they deserve, plan a family celebration and check our gift suggestions here. They're ideal for the dad who:
For the two of you unfamiliar with the term, "showrooming" is the practice of going to a brick-and-mortar retailer to get an eyes-on experience with a product before ultimately buying it online. A new study confirms what many of us had already assumed—that the practice isn't relegated to holiday shopping, that price-matching is probably the only way to curb it, and that many showroomers just don't like dealing with retail employees.
Redbox Instant, the fledgling streaming-media service from Redbox (Coinstar) and Verizon, will get a boost this summer when it becomes available on several of Roku's streaming set-top boxes.
When's the last time you checked your privacy settings on Facebook? If it was more than a few months ago, you might want to check again: Facebook frequently updates how its settings work, so you may inadvertently be sharing information you'd rather keep private, or at least restricted to a smaller group.
If you've checked through our most recent TV Ratings and don't see a model or series you're considering, we might be checking it out right now. Here are the HDTVs currently being tested in our labs.
Based on our latest nationally representative survey of adult Internet users, Consumer Reports projected that 1.6 million American consumers were victims of smart phone theft in 2012. A variety of possible solutions are being proposed by law enforcement and industry experts.
The Canon EOS Rebel series of entry-level DSLRs has always performed well in our Ratings. I've recently spent some time with the new 18-megapixel Canon EOS Rebel T5i with the 18-55mm kit lens, which we'll be testing soon in our lab. Here are my impressions:
Q: Is it possible to overcharge a laptop? —James Maxim Cuba, NY
More than 18 months ago, Google Wallet was launched on the Sprint cellular network amid hoopla that payment-by-smart-phone technology at cashiers nationwide would replace your plastic debit and credit cards. Since then, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless have begun testing their own Isis Mobile Wallet, and other companies have also jumped on the bandwagon.
The fact that Google Glass is months away from launch hasn't dimmed speculation about what the most-anticipated tech product of 2013 will be like to use when it actually lands in stores (late this year, a Google spokesperson confirmed to us). Meantime, a group of "Glass Explorers," 2,000 consumers invited to buy Glass early, received their gadget two weeks ago. That's long enough, I thought, to interview one of them about their experiences so far.
The lighting was perfect, you employed the best settings and features and composed the shot carefully—but your photos or videos are blurry. The culprit may well be a dirty or scratched lens. Here are simple ways to keep crud from messing with your photography:
The first Ultra HD TVs we saw cost $18,000 to $40,000, so it was hard not to notice when a lesser-known company called Seiki blew the doors off Ultra HD TV pricing when it recently started selling a 50-inch set (model SE50UY04) for just under $1,500.
Headphones are great for private listening, but sometimes you just want to kick out the jams with friends. That's where a portable Bluetooth wireless speaker can come in handy, since they're small enough to take along but hopefully powerful enough to deliver satisfying sound in smaller-sized rooms. Also, they run on batteries instead of AC power, and most can be used as a cell-phone speakerphone, adding to their flexibility.
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