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Consumer Reports: 3.1 million smart phones were stolen in 2013, nearly double the year before[May 5, 2014]
Smart phone theft is on the rise. About 3.1 million Americans were the victims of smart phone theft in 2013, according to Consumer Reports’ Annual State of the Net survey. That’s nearly double the 1.6 million thefts that the company projected in 2012. At least 1.4 million smart phones were lost and not recovered last year, up slightly from the 1.2 million in 2012, Consumer Reports projects. On a positive note – the proportion of smart phone users who set a screen lock with a 4-digit pin increased by about 50 percent in 2013. Still, the vast majority of smart phone owners neglected to take more aggressive measures, such as using screen locks stronger than 4 digits or installing software that could locate their phone or remotely erase its contents.
Comcast and Time Warner Cable score low on latest Consumer Reports customer satisfaction survey[Apr. 29, 2014]
Comcast and Time Warner Cable earned low customer satisfaction scores in the latest Consumer Reports National Research Center’s survey of consumers about their experiences with television and Internet services. The low customer satisfaction scores should give the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice ample reason to be skeptical of a proposed merger between the two companies, according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports.
Sprint sinks to the bottom of latest Consumer Reports cell-phone service ratings[Dec. 9, 2013]
Sprint is now the lowest-Rated carrier in Consumer Reports’ latest annual cell-phone service Ratings, based on a survey of 58,399 subscribers by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. While it trailed only Verizon in overall customer satisfaction among the major carriers in last year’s ratings, Sprint received dismal marks this year for value, voice, text and 4G reliability.
Consumer Reports reveals eight big tech trends and gotta-have gadgets for summer[Jun. 21, 2013]
The trend to mobile electronics hasn’t crested yet; America is on track in 2013 to acquire a new gadget for roughly every man, woman, and child over the age of 12. A special “Gear to Go” section in the August issue of Consumer Reports outlines some key trends that cut across multiple categories of mobile devices, covers what each means for shoppers and users, and offers Ratings of over 175 CR Recommended models.
Consumer Reports reveals top gadgets of summer[Jul. 10, 2012]
Even as handheld devices have become more versatile, the average person will likely be carrying around more than one of them this summer. The August issue of Consumer Reports includes a special “tech to go” feature, which includes more than 150 CR Recommended tablets, smart phones, e-book readers, tablets, and other mobile devices, as well as a guide to keeping those gadgets from being damaged at the beach or near water.
Consumer Reports finds Verizon FiOS best overall of widely-available TV, Internet, and phone bundle providers[Jul. 2, 2012]
There are few TV, phone, and Internet providers that manage to please subscribers on all counts, and those that do don’t typically serve a lot of consumers. Verizon FiOS, which is available in portions of 12 mostly Eastern states, Washington, D.C., southern California and Texas, was cited as highly rated among providers offering all three services, based on the latest subscriber survey on telecom providers from the Consumer Reports National Research Center. However, WOW, a regional telecom provider serving four Midwestern states, was also top-rated.
Eight in 10 young drivers say texting behind the wheel is dangerous, yet nearly a third admit to doing it[May 12, 2012]
While the vast majority of young drivers aged 16-21 agree that texting, using smart-phone apps, or accessing the Internet while driving is very dangerous, nearly a third (29 percent) admitted in a Consumer Reports survey that they had, in fact, texted while behind the wheel in the past month. Forty-seven percent reported that they had made a phone call without a headset while behind the wheel, even though nearly two-thirds (63 percent) acknowledged that the behavior was perilous.
13 million US facebook users don’t use privacy controls and risk sharing updates beyond their “friends”[May 3, 2012]
Nearly 13 million U.S. Facebook users do not use, or are not aware of the site’s privacy controls, according to a new Consumer Reports investigation on Facebook and privacy, potentially exposing personal information beyond their network of Facebook friends. The report also revealed that a projected 4.8 million people have posted about where they planned to go on a certain day, a potential tip-off to burglars, while 4.7 million have “liked” a Facebook page about health conditions or treatments, details that insurers might use against them.
T-Mobile G2x tops Consumer Reports’ ratings of camera features on smart phones[Jun. 29, 2011]
Smart phones are quickly elbowing aside basic point-and-shoot cameras as the device of choice for sharing everyday experiences. In Consumer Reports recent tests of 45 smart phone cameras, the T-Mobile G2x, $250, stood out with very good still images overall and was among the best for video quality. The report is featured in the August issue of Consumer Reports and online at ConsumerReports.org and includes Ratings of stand-alone cameras and camcorders, advice on how to choose and solutions for tough photo problems.
Consumer Reports' five must-sees at CES 2011[Jan. 6, 2011]
The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show officially starts on Thursday and the electronics editors at Consumer Reports have identified five product categories they’re eager to see at this year’s show.
Consumer Reports finds that E-Tailers continue to dominate ratings of electronics stores[Nov. 7, 2010]
Electronics items are now as likely to be bought online as in walk-in stores according to the latest Consumer Reports Annual Electronics Buying Survey. And, for the third year in a row, websites received many of the top scores in the Ratings of electronics retailers. High-scoring sites included BHPhotoVideo.com, Crutchfield.com, Amazon.com and Newegg.com.
Elon Law Review's fall 2010 symposium to explore transparency, secrecy and the Internet[Sep. 26, 2010]
Several of the nation's top scholars in Intellectual Property law, technology and the Internet will gather on October 29 at Elon University School of Law to explore how the Internet impacts public access to information and how society balances the desire for increased access to information with the need for secrecy, privacy and control.
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