HTC recently unveiled the ultra-slim One line of smart phones, and Consumer Reports senior editor Mike Gikas was there to get some hands-on time with two of these models: the One X and One S (the One V wasn’t quite ready for prime time). His initial impression

Today’s electronics deals, courtesy of The Consumerist : Best Buy : Samsung Vitality 3G Android Phone for $40 + pickup at Best Buy Dell Home : Dell Home: 15% off refurb Dell laptops, $125 off Inspiron ONE AIO Desktops Entertainment Toys R Us : Final Fantasy XIII-2 Xbox 360, PS3 $34.99 + $5.14 ship Amazon : $2 Amazon MP3 Store Credit for free Neither Consumer Reports nor The Consumerist receive anything in exchange for featuring these deals; the posts are intended to be purely informational. These deals are often fleeting, with prices changing or products becoming unavailable as the day progresses.

Today’s electronics deals, courtesy of The Consumerist : Logitech : Logitech Driving Force GT Racing Wheel $90 TigerDirect : 23.6-inch Acer G245HQABD 1080p LCD Monitor $130 Newegg : OCZ Vertex 3 2.5-inch” 240GB SATA III SSD with Free 64GB SSD $299.99 after $10 Rebate with Free Shipping Tanga.com : Logitech 6-Piece Surround Sound Black Speaker System for $49.99 Entertainment Amazon : Buy 2 Video Games, Get a 3rd Game Free. 1,063 titles available Walmart : Buy 2 Nintendo Wii Video Games for $20, Get 2 Games Free. 23 titles available Neither Consumer Reports nor The Consumerist receive anything in exchange for featuring these deals; the posts are intended to be purely informational

If you’ve been thinking about grabbing a tablet, here’s a deal for you: Amazon today is offering refurbished Kindle Fire tablets at $139 “while supplies last.” That’s $30 cheaper than the usual price of $169.

5 tips for safer online income tax filing

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Tens of millions of Americans will file their federal income tax returns online this year. If you’re among them, the experts who put together Consumer Reports’ Guide to online security have these suggestions: Perform a clean sweep Use an anti-malware software product to scan for and eliminate any keylogger or other security loophole on the computer you’ll be using to prepare your taxes. Browse the Consumer Reports Security software suite Ratings to find the best anti-malware tool for your needs.

The promise of bendable electronic paper displays for e-book readers is a lot closer at hand—at least for European consumers. Korean giant LG announced it has ramped up production of its 6-inch flexible plastic e-paper display components and expects them to be featured in consumer devices for Europe at the beginning of next month. According to LG’s press release, the display features a high-definition XGA (1024×768 pixel) set-up of black-and-white electronic ink.

Following up on its earlier announcement of some of its 2012 HDTV lineup, Panasonic has released details on its other sets, such as its flagship VT-series plasmas, as well as new larger-sized LCD TVs. More TVs this year get its Viera Connect Internet service, which includes an open apps market, access to cloud-based content, and a full Web browser. All new LCD TVs offer edge LED backlights, and for the first some, some LCD 3D sets will use passive 3D technology .

A Federal Trade Commission settlement announced today bans SBN Peripherals, doing business as Asia Pacific Telecom, from telemarketing and also requires the company give up roughly $3 million in assets. The settlement resolves FTC charges that the company bombarded consumers with more than two billion calls pitching various services, including extended automotive warranties and credit card interest rate-reduction programs

A Federal Trade Commission settlement announced today bans SBN Peripherals, doing business as Asia Pacific Telecom, from telemarketing and also requires the company give up roughly $3 million in assets. The settlement resolves FTC charges that the company bombarded consumers with more than two billion calls pitching various services, including extended automotive warranties and credit card interest rate-reduction programs.

Earlier this month, Google launched a new approach to its user policy, in which it links data from all the Google accounts that you sign in to use—and launched a firestorm of privacy concerns as well.