Intel has slowly been rolling out its third-generation Core i5 and i7 processors, and Consumer Reports has rated several laptops and desktops that use this series. We’ve found that they boost performance up to 20 percent for certain tasks compared with the previous generation’s same speed Core processors

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

Consumers may be excited by the new Auto Hop ad-skipping feature in Dish Network’s new DVRs, but it appears the major networks aren’t as thrilled. Yesterday, CBS, Fox, and NBCUniversal each filed a lawsuit against the service, claiming it violates copyrights and breaches network transmission agreements. Dish, however, responded with a lawsuit suit of its own against all four major networks—including ABC—hoping to get its new service declared legal.

Are netbooks a dying breed? (audio)


Netbooks could be going the way of the rotary phone: We’ve seen very few new models in the past several months, and that’s not surprising. After all, the Apple iPad and some Android tablets are much more elegant solutions for most of the tasks you’d do on a netbook, and thin-and-light laptops such as Ultrabooks are squeezing netbooks from the other end. The Asus Eee PC Flare 1025C features a powerful processor, long battery life, and a low price

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

People want to control how and what they share on social network sites, and the number of users pruning information from our profiles has increased, a new study by the Pew Research Center shows. Some two-thirds of U.S.

Sound byte: Motorola Droid Razr smart phones


Motorola has been capitalizing on its Droid line of smart phones powered by the Google Android mobile operating system. And the company’s latest two models, the Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx, promise some interesting features for subscribers on the Verizon Wireless network. As seen at 2012 CES in Las Vegas last month, the Droid Razr Maxx promises to offer an outstanding battery life—nearly 22 hours—between charges

Sound byte: Sony Bloggie Live pocket camcorder


Digital cameras and camcorders were a big part of the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show .

Sound byte: Barnes & Noble Nook tablet computer


The Barnes & Noble Nook tablet is one of the best performers we’ve seen to date in the category of tablets that cost $250 and under, and it can be used for a wide variety of functions. On a recent Into Tomorrow radio show with Dave Graveline, Consumer Reports senior electronics editor Donna Tapellini discussed some highlights from the Nook tablet lab tests