With the increase in texting, apps, sophisticated cameras, and more, improving smart-phone voice quality has been a low priority for manufacturers and carriers, as demonstrated by the generally ho-hum scores for that attribute in our Ratings.

Turn your old electronics into cash (video)


You shouldn’t throw your old electronics items out with the trash for two reasons.

Asus yesterday released the latest in its line of tablets, the Transformer Pad TF300. At $400, it’s $100 cheaper than Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer Prime. But beyond the price and the name, most of the features remain the same

Social networking is playing an ever-bigger part in our lives, both at work and at home. So it’s no surprise that some new computers are getting more built-in features to help you stay in touch

Some postal customers are getting bogus e-mails about a package delivery or online postage charges that contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a virus that can steal personal information.

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.

The HTC One S, available on T-Mobile for $200 on April 25th, is the carrier’s new flagship phone.

Recent studies suggest that there are 25 million homes in the U.S with a TV connected to the Web, a figure that could quadruple by 2016. And a security expert says that those Web-connected TVs and other home entertainment gear could be tempting and easy targets for computer hackers.

Camera manufacturers continue to push the envelope in developing long zoom lenses for point-and-shoots. Case in point is the pricey but feature-packed 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P510 (about $430), a basic camera with the longest zoom lens on the market: a 42x optical zoom lens, which goes from 24mm wide angle to 1,000mm telephoto. To see how this looks through the lens, check out my test shots of my son playing baseball (below)

Good news from the Consumer Electronics Association: Last year electronics companies increased their recycling efforts by a large margin. The CEA reports that in 2011, 460 million pounds of consumer electronics were recycled, a 53-percent increase over 300 million pounds that were recycled in 2010. Manufacturers and sellers also increased the number of recycling drop-off locations in the U.S.