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  • Consumer Reports refuses to recommend Microsoft Surface Book 2 (before they evaluate it!?!?)

    10/20/2017 1:19:57 PM PDT · by dayglored · 33 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Oct 20, 2017 | Mark Wycislik-Wilson
    Just a few days ago, Microsoft revealed details of the Surface Book 2 which is due to launch in November. But before the device is even available, it has been dealt a blow by Consumer Reports.Earlier in the year, the review group said that problems with reliability meant that it was impossible for it to recommend any Microsoft laptop or tablet. Now Consumer Reports says that this extends to the Surface Book 2, meaning that the device will not be recommended. While hardly the end of the world for Microsoft, this will still come as bad news. The company expressed...
  • Consumer Reports Now Recommends MacBook Pros

    01/12/2017 10:10:30 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    Consumer Reports ^ | January 12, 2017 | By Consumer Reports
    New Apple software fixes a battery issue found in CR tests. The software, now in beta, will be part of a broad update soon. Consumer Reports has now finished retesting the battery life on Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops, and our results show that a software update released by Apple on January 9 fixed problems we’d encountered in earlier testing. With the updated software, the three MacBook Pros in our labs all performed well, with one model running 18.75 hours on a charge. We tested each model multiple times using the new software, following the same protocol we apply to...
  • Consumer Reports Deck Stacking — or Incompetence — Exposed

    01/11/2017 9:47:26 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    Technical Night Owl ^ | January 11th, 2017 | Gene Steinberg
    Macs tend to fare second best in Consumer Reports testing, partly because the magazine lives in ignorance of the differences between Apple’s computers and Windows boxes. But they’ve always been recommended, until recently. I can quibble about the way the tests appear to emphasize features over performance, usability and reliability. In fact, I have. But it took a poor rating by CR to trigger a dialogue that revealed a serious flaw in their testing. The tests also triggered an obscure bug in Safari for macOS Sierra that might otherwise have remained undiscovered and unfixed. It all started when CR reported...
  • Tesla shares dive after Consumer Reports yanks recommendation for Model S

    10/20/2015 1:44:53 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 44 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10-20-15 | Jerry Hirsch
    Consumer Reports withdrew its recommendation for the Tesla Model S — a car the magazine previously raved about — because of poor reliability for the sporty electric sedan. The turnabout comes after the influential consumer magazine handed the luxury car a “worse-than-average” rating in its annual report on the predicted reliability of new vehicles issued Tuesday. The news sent Tesla Motors stock down as much as $23.77, more than 10%, to $204.33 in mid-day trading. See the most-read stories this hour >> Consumer Reports surveyed 1,400 Model S owners “who chronicled an array of detailed and complicated maladies” with the...
  • Consumer Reports' Tesla Model S P85D breaks—before testing begins

    05/18/2015 7:06:09 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 39 replies
    Consumer Reports ^ | May 18, 2015 | Eric Evart
    A new car shouldn't have problems when you’ve owned it for less than a month. Yet Consumer Reports' brand-new $127,000 Tesla Model S P85 D, with the fancy retractable door handles refused to let us in, effectively rendering the car undriveable. After we’d owned the P85 D for a mere 27 days, with just over 2,300 miles on the odometer, the driver-side door handle failed. The door handles in the Model S retract electrically so they rest flush with the sides of the car when they’re not in use. Walk up to the car with the key fob in your...
  • ‘Superbug’ bacteria widespread in U.S. chicken: consumer group

    12/21/2013 1:04:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:03am EST | Charles Abbott
    About half of the raw chicken breasts in a nationwide sampling carried antibiotic-resistant “superbug” bacteria, a U.S. consumer group said on Thursday, calling for stricter limits on use of the medicines on livestock. It could be more difficult to treat people if they became ill after eating chicken with the antibiotic-resistant bacteria, said Consumer Reports, which describes itself as the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. […] Consumers should cook poultry to 165 degrees F (73.8°C) to kill bacteria and take steps, such as using a separate cutting board for raw meat, to avoid cross-contamination of other foods, Consumer Reports said....
  • HHS Predicted Obamacare Exchange Sign Up Would Take 28 Minutes

    10/24/2013 12:31:09 PM PDT · by library user · 15 replies
    free beacon ^ | Oct. 24, 2013 | by Elizabeth Harrington
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimated consumers would take an average of 28 minutes to sign up for Obamacare, according to a notice the agency sent to the White House in February. The American Action Forum revealed Thursday that HHS earlier this year predicted consumers would need less than 30 minutes to complete online applications for the health care insurance marketplace. HHS reported those projections to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Healthcare.gov process has not proven so easy in practice. Since its rollout on Oct. 1, the Obamacare exchange has been plagued with technical...
  • Consumer Reports: ‘Stay Away From HealthCare.gov’

    10/21/2013 8:59:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/21/2013 | Alec Torres
    Consumer Reports, which publishes reviews of consumer products and services, advised its readers to avoid the federal healthcare exchange “for at least another month if you can.” “Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made,” the magazine said, having tested the site themselves over the course of the past three weeks.Noting that only 271,000 of the 9.47 million people who tried signing up in the first week managed to create an account, Consumer Reports then provided a few tips to those attempting to slog through the application process. From attempting...
  • ‘Karma’: $107k plug-in hybrid dies on test track, automaker got $528m US loan guarantee

    03/11/2012 4:13:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-9-12 | David Martosko
    The Fisker Karma is a plug-in hybrid car that seems to have everything the rich and famous — and environmentally correct — look for in a set of wheels. Sleek silhouette? Check. Green cred? Check. Six-figure price tag? Check. Reliable battery? Not so fast. In a test conducted Wednesday by Consumer Reports magazine, the niche-market $107,850 sports car conked out completely, after a short ride at 65 miles per hour on a Connecticut test track. “Our Fisker Karma … is super sleek, high-tech — and now it’s broken,” Consumer Reports wrote on its website late Thursday. “We have owned our...
  • Fisker, the car of the future, not quite electrifying at Consumer Reports

    03/09/2012 2:13:55 PM PST · by landsbaum · 14 replies
    Electric cars, which wouldn’t even be an option if taxpayers’ money wasn’t propping them up, don’t ultimately save money or cut down pollution. They aren’t reliable to get from here to there. But they can look nice, like the Fisker Karma. Speaking of which, we have this shall we say not entirely unexpected news, courtesy Reuters:...
  • Bad Karma: Our Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid Breaks Down

    03/09/2012 7:03:51 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 27 replies
    Consumer Reports, via Yahoo ^ | March 8, 2012 | Consumer Reports Staff
    Our Fisker Karma cost us $107,850. It is super sleek, high-tech—and now it’s broken. We have owned our car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer. While doing speedometer calibration runs on our test track (a procedure we do for every test car before putting it in service by driving the car at a constant 65 mph between two measured points), the dashboard flashed a message and sounded a “bing“ showing a major fault. Our technician got the car off the track and put it into Park to go through the owner’s manual...
  • Fisker Karma car dies in Consumer Reports testing [Another green machine bites the dust]

    03/08/2012 11:17:18 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ben Klayman
    A $100,000-plus Fisker Automotive luxury sports car died during Consumer Reports speed testing this week for reasons that are still unknown, leaving the struggling electric car startup with another blow to its image. "It is a little disconcerting that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters, on Thursday. In a statement, Fisker said it was assessing the source of the problem that caused its Karma plug-in hybrid to fail. Fisker dispatched two engineers Wednesday night to...
  • Karma Comedian: Obama's 'Undriveable' Electric Car

    03/12/2012 6:02:22 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | IBD editorials
    Industrial Policy: A leading consumer product testing firm takes one of the administration's dream green cars for a spin and had to call a gasoline-powered flatbed truck to tow the lemon away. At least it can go from zero to $529 million in stimulus dollars in nothing flat. When the testers at Consumer Reports took it for a test drive, not only was the $107,850 dream car unable to complete the evaluation, but also it had to be towed away, a visible metaphor for the Obama administration's green energy failures. In a test conducted last Wednesday by Consumer Reports magazine,...
  • Consumer Reports’ Chevy Volt Safety Double Standard

    12/12/2011 9:27:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 12, 2011 | Mark Modica
    In January of 2010 USA Today reported that Consumer Reports (CR) temporarily suspended its recommended rating for eight Toyota models. This was in response to the possibility of Toyota models being unsafe as accusations were made that the vehicles had sudden acceleration problems and NHTSA investigated the alleged incidents. In CRs' words, "Although incidents of sudden acceleration are rare, we are taking this action because the vehicles have been identified as potentially unsafe without a fix yet being available to consumers." CRs' response to the Chevy Volt NHTSA fires is quite different from the Toyota response. Change a few...
  • Is Consumer Reports’ Pulling Punches on Chevy Volt Reliability?

    11/08/2011 9:08:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 8, 2011 | Mark Modica
    General Motors has gotten much attention on its controversial Chevy Volt tax-subsidized vehicle. The hype for the Volt started over two years ago as GM was trying to put a positive face on the future green potential of a plug-in vehicle that was to be a game changer for the industry as Washington was lobbied for a taxpayer funded bailout. While the final verdict on the success of the Volt has not been reached, the initial performance is underwhelming; especially considering the amount of hype and marketing money (supplied by taxpayers) emanating from GM. Many of the claims regarding...
  • Consumer Reports Puts GM, Chrysler at Bottom; Chevy Volt 'Doesn't Make Sense'

    03/01/2011 12:45:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 1, 2011 | Mark Modica
    The media may want to take a break from its rooting for General Motors, not to mention its hype surrounding the Chevy Volt. USA Today recently summarized Consumer Reports' ranking of automakers based on performance and reliability. Of the 13 automakers receiving report cards, GM and Chrysler received the worst rankings. The number one performer according to CR was Honda, followed by Subaru. Strong reliability contributed to the high overall scores. GM was number 12 on the list with only Chrysler receiving a lower score. It should not come as a surprise that the bottom two performers were the...
  • Consumer Reports says GM Volt falls short on range

    02/28/2011 5:40:23 PM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 91 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 28, 2011 | John Crawley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co's mostly electric Chevy Volt turned in a lackluster performance for efficiency in its first series of road tests by product raters at Consumer Reports. "We would have really liked to have loved it," David Champion, director of Consumer Reports auto test center told Reuters on Monday after announcing the organization's top picks for 2011. "It was fun to drive and the ride quality was pretty good. But when you look at the finances, for us it doesn't make any sense," Champion said. He said consumers seeking value and top fuel efficiency would be better...
  • Consumer Reports: Verizon iPhone 4: Mind the gap, our tests show

    02/25/2011 3:53:47 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    Consumers Reports ^ | February 25, 2011 | Paul Reynolds, with reporting by Mike Gikas
    The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls, or be unable to place calls, in weak signal conditions, Consumer Reports engineers have found in lab tests.The problem is similar to the one we confirmed in July with the AT&T version of Apple's newest smart phone. It can occur when you hold either version of the phone in a specific but quite natural way in which a gap in the phone's external casing is covered. The phone performs superbly in most other respects, and using the iPhone 4 with a case can alleviate...
  • Welcome to AT&T! (Consumer Reports has rated AT&T as the worst of all major cell phone carriers)

    12/11/2010 1:59:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/11/2010 | Paul Schlicta
    I'm pleased to inform you that Consumer Reports has rated AT&T as the worst of all major cell phone carriers.  I can assure you that they deserve the honor, at least with regard to their customer service telephone line. A few months ago, I had some trouble with my broadband connection.  I was told to call the AT&T customer service number for technical support.  Half an hour later, I wearily hung up the phone after having endured something like this: (1) Welcome to the American Thinker! Si Usted lee sola en español, por favor vaya al (14).  If this...
  • Feds Blame Obese Motorists for Wasting Gas and Causing Accidents

    08/12/2010 7:38:36 PM PDT · by H8LIBERALS · 32 replies
    Nanny State Liberation Front ^ | 08/12/2010 | Nanny State Liberation Front
    Driving While Fat' (DWF) increases the risk of automobile accidents and is taking a heavy toll on our nation's oil stockpiles as well, according to government reports. It's just another reason for nanny state bureaucrats to force plump Americans to slim down in the name of defeating the so-called obesity 'epidemic.' "Obesity has caused more people to buy larger vehicles, which increases gasoline consumption in the U.S. and fuel consumption increases with more weight in cars either from people or cargo," warns ConsumerReports.org. "One other result of the obesity problem is the increase risk of crashes as noted in a recent...