On Monday, July 9, hundreds of thousands of Internet users could lose Internet access because of DNS Changer malware from Rove Digital, an illicit online company shut down by police last year. And while global law enforcement agencies and Internet companies warn Web surfers to clean the malware off infected computers, Consumer Reports online experts also warn not to fall for online scams claiming to “disinfect” your PC from online risks. Last year, an Internet consortium established a stop-gap network of safe computer servers to deal with the illicit computer code, which modifies Domain Name Servers (DNS) to direct unsuspecting Internet users to Rove Digital’s computer servers rather than proper websites and Web search results.

Some HDTVs now have the smarts to connect to the Internet to stream video and keep users up to date with social-network sites like Facebook.

What a relief: We’re happy to see more lower-priced, smaller, decent-performing tablets appearing on the market. Samsung has a new entry for that group: the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, an update to its original 7-inch tablet. It’s the most inexpensive Galaxy Tab yet, at $250 with 8GB of storage

Packaging all your home services—telecommunications, Internet, and cable TV—into one plan from a single provider promises a big cash savings on monthly bills. But which provider offers the best plans for your limited bucks? Consumer Reports Electronics Editor Paul Reynolds stopped by the Into Tomorrow show to discuss the latest findings from our annual survey of Consumer Reports readers.

Sound Byte: The dual-screen Sony Tablet P


Consumer Reports recently posted new tablet Ratings, and among the tested products was the Sony Tablet P: Shaped somewhat like a large eyeglass case, the Tablet P is a foldable, dual-screen device, sort of like the Nintendo DS. We found that this design can work for some tasks, but it impedes others. The Sony Tablet P ($550) works for reading e-books in a more traditional, two-page “book” format.

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

Sound byte: The lowdown on new HDTV prices


If you’re shopping for a new HDTV, you may already know that one of the best times to shop for a new television set in the U.S. is from March to April

If you’re looking for a portable digital media player to enjoy your music and movies on the go, your choices aren’t limited to just an Apple iPod–or an even pricier devices such as a smart phone.

You’ve got a flat panel TV that delivers a stunning picture. And if you wish the audio from your HDTV wasn’t so flat, maybe it’s time to step up to a full-blown home theater system . But, which to choose?

Apple has sent out invitations to a March 7 event, which many tech enthusiasts suspect will be the announcement of the iPad 3 tablet computer . The invite taunts that its announcement next week will be “something…to see” as well as “touch,” leading much speculation of an unveiling of the successor to Apple’s iPad 2 —a Recommended model in Consumer Reports’ Ratings of tablets > But, could there be something more, such as a new Apple TV?