The question at hand with LG's WT6001HV Smart ThinQ Washer: Just how smart is it? On paper, it appears to stack up pretty evenly with its nearest rivals, the Samsung WF457 and the Whirlpool WFL98HEBU. LG's washer has a 7-inch LCD touchscreen, while Samsung's has an 8-inch LCD touchscreen. LG boasts a sanitizing cycle, as does Whirlpool. The Smart ThinQ offers smartphone controls and remote alerts - so do both the Samsung and the Whirlpool. All three are similarly priced, with the Smart ThinQ coming in at $1,599, compared with $1,499 for the Samsung and $… Read more
Samsung is looking to make your laundry room a lot smarter with the WF457, a washing machine that boasts Wi-Fi connectivity with your smartphone, not to mention an 8-inch LCD touch screen. At $1,499, the WF457 certainly isn’t cheap -- a midrange, nonconnected washer costs half as much -- but it still comes in at a lower price than competitors like LG’s Smart ThinQ Washer, or Whirlpool’s smart washing machine.
Our full review of the WF457, along with the other smart washers in its class, is coming soon. For now, let’s take an early look … Read more
With a competitive $199 retail price, the Cuisinart SS-700 is a handsome-looking kitchen appliance with thoughtful design and durable-feeling construction. It is designed to make single servings of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate in less than a minute by way of a K-Cup brewer design licensed from Keurig. If you're environmentally conscious, using the nonrecyclable K-Cups will likely not appeal to you, but unlike three of the five other brewers we tested, the SS-700 includes a reusable coffee filter. That fact, along with its sturdy construction and a generous three-year limited warranty make the Cuisinart SS-700 a sound choice … Read more
Both Parallels and VMware, the two frontrunners in virtualization software for OS X, have released updated versions of their VM software, including not only speed improvements, but also support for the latest version of OS X, Mavericks, which is expected to be released by the end of September.
Virtualization packages allow you to run a secondary OS directly on the hardware of your current system, without any emulation to mimic hardware functionality. As a result, virtualization offers a much faster means of running a secondary operating system, with many programs and services running at full native speeds or even faster … Read more
Quick housekeeping note: I'll be taking the day off tomorrow (Thursday) in observance of Rosh Hashanah. See you back here on Friday!
I've always preferred laser printers to inkjets. Typically they're faster, quieter, and cheaper to operate. Plus, unless you're printing photos, who needs color? And replacing four pricey ink or toner cartridges at a time?! No thank you.
Give me a monochrome laser any day. Like this one: Today only, and while supplies last, Dell has the B1165nfw multifunction laser printer for $99.99 shipped (plus sales tax in some states). It regularly sells for $… Read more
If you can post to Twitter using Morse Code, you should darn well be able to get tweets via ticker tape.
"This astounding device will print a permanent copy of all tweets yet requires no ink or computer," reads the site for the standalone contraption, which British Web developer Adam Vaughan built from scratch with used parts from clocks and other objects. … Read more
Apple's Time Machine feature in OS X is a convenient way to maintain a fully recoverable backup of your system. But sometimes you might wish to upgrade your Time Machine drive, either because you suspect a problem with your current one or simply wish to have a larger drive.
Unfortunately Apple does not provide much instruction for doing this, and for the most part the recommended approach is to start a new set of backups on the new drive. In doing this, you can leave your prior backups intact on the old drive and access them if needed, but … Read more
Facebook has agreed to purchase 12-year-old Mobile Technologies, maker of cross-lingual communication tools like Jibbigo, a mobile application for speech-to-speech translation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Facebook, with its mission to make the world more open and connected, provides the perfect platform to apply our technology at a truly global scale," Mobile Technologies said in an announcement on the company's Web site.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the purchase to CNET. Product Management Director Tom Stocky wrote publicly, in a Facebook update, that the social network is interested in exploring voice-based navigation, meaning that the company'… Read more
The latest trend in product publicity stunts involves the use of high-tech vending machines. Pepsi created a soda machine that gives out sugary beverages in exchange for social-media love. Coffee company Douwe Egberts built a machine that pours a hot cup when people yawn. Now, beer company Amstel has created the Amstel Pause, a beer vending machine that requires a lot of standing around.
Amstel Bulgaria used marketing agency Next-DC to build the machine. Anybody who wanted a beer had to stand in a designated spot in front of the Pause, push a button to start a timer, and wait for three minutes before it would cough up a can from its precious inventory.… Read more
Apple's Time Machine feature is a full-system backup routine that will maintain hourly backups for the past day, daily backups for the past week, and weekly backups for as long as there is space in the drive to store them, and uses a feature called "hard linking" to share unchanged data of previous backup files with new files copied to the backups. This routine should ensure that even with a relatively small backup drive (at least the size of the collective data you are backing up), you will have ample system restore points and access to prior … Read more