It's all over the news. A major analysis published this week of more than a dozen studies in North America, Italy, Scotland, and Ireland designed to determine the effect of smoking bans on heart attack rates shows a 17 percent reduction in heart attacks in places where bans were in effect for one year. That rate more than doubles to 36 percent in places where bans have been in effect for three years.
WhiteSmoke analyzes users' writing and provides suggestions for improved grammar, style, and spelling. Although the program looks nice and is easy to use, there are a lot of errors that it doesn't catch.
The program's interface is intuitive and attractive, and the program's built-in Help file does an adequate job of explaining its functions. Users type or paste their writing into a box, and the program analyzes the text and provides suggestions for improvement. While WhiteSmoke did easily catch spelling errors, it had a harder time with grammar. Comma splices in particular don't seem to bother … Read more
There is an endless amount of variety when it comes to cooking outdoors. Before you even decide what to cook, you have to decide how to cook it. There are choices galore all vying for your cookout attentions. Outdoor fryers exist, along with smokers, ovens, and other means. Most of us tend to fall into the grill category, but even then, the choices don't stop. Between charcoal and gas is where most of us fall. Charcoal adds a dimension of flavor, but can be quite messy. Gas offers convenience without sacrificing quality results. Sometimes, however, the gas grillers out … Read more
Free Fire Screensave sets users' monitors ablaze, igniting each window and icon in translucent flames. It's a cool effect, and the intuitive interface allows for just the right amount of customization; users can personalize their settings without being overwhelmed by options.
The features that users can tweak include the speed of the flames' flickering, whether the screensaver fades out or ends immediately upon exit, and the program's sounds and music. Users can choose between two built-in pieces of music (Romantic and Melancholic), set the program to use other music from the computer, or turn the music off entirely. … Read more
Spring has almost sprung, and soon we will all be spending a great deal more time outside. If it's finally time to replace your aged and rusted grill, maybe you should try something new this grilling season. The Grill Dome is a ceramic grill based on an Indian tandoor clay oven. It is available in three sizes, with the largest and newest Infinity Seriescoming out this month.
If you need a constant supply of smoked food nearby (and really, who doesn't?) the SmokinTex Model 1100 Pro Series Smoker might be just the thing you never knew you were looking for.
About the size of a small refrigerator, the smoker fits just about anywhere. It weighs less than 50 pounds, so with the optional set of wheels you can easily move the smoker exactly where you want. Which is something you are going to want to do. It is a smoker, after all. For the first two hours of the smoking process, "you will want the … Read more
Personally, I am very much against smoking, possibly more than I should be for my own good.
However, having known many smokers in my life, I also understand that smoking is probably the hardest, among human being's bad habits, to get rid off. And in the meantime, when you smoke, you're harming your health and that of those around you, while smelling really bad. There I go again!
The point is you hate to see your dad smoke his life away but you wouldn't want to see him suffer when he needs a fix, either. So how about getting him a pack of electronic cigarette?… Read more
Today marks the first official day of the CES show here in Las Vegas, and the entire showroom floor is buzzing about the 404! Okay, not exactly, but we're here anyway to give you our unique perspective on the goings-on. Today, we ask Crave Editor Erica Ogg to join us for the first half and speak on the Palm Pre announcement.
One thing we've noticed this year is the popularity of electronic devices targeted toward the geriatric-age bracket. We're all for helping out Grandma, but does she really need a Bluetooth diabetes monitor? She's got … Read more
It's been way too long since we've had Caroline McCarthy on the show! She makes a very attractive Jeff Bakalar replacement, and it's a trade that we'll take any day of the week. On today's show, we solve the mystery of the Natural History Museum whale, touch on virtual iBoobs, join the British Secret Service, and Wilson reads a very heinous headline about (what else?) butts. We also treat ourselves to a very steamy call from the public, over and over and over again...
I must admit that in Jeff's absence, Wilson and I are super stoked to welcome CNET News reporter Caroline McCarthy to the show today. Caroline is an expert in social media and even started her own Internet meme: the tale of the Twittering Natural History whale. For those of you who aren't familiar, the Natural History Museum in New York is home to a gigantic, life-size blue whale. The museum completed the construction of the whale in 1938, and the big boy somehow managed to sign up for a Twitter account. Check out his page and follow his tweets, the tongue-in-cheek humor is on par with DeadBigFoot. While you're at it, follow The404 and Caroline McCarthy as well!EPISODE 196 Download today's podcast … Read more
Want to annoy the nicotine addiction out of your smoking friend or family member? A battery-operated gadget named the "Screaming Coughing Ashtray" might just do it.
Though it's sold as a "fun" way to help people quit smoking, the gift giver might be the only one laughing. The $11 lung-shaped ashtray not only reminds smokers which body part is most adversely affect by smoking, but whenever a cigarette sits in it, it starts coughing and screaming.
Though the annoying ashtray could simply be thrown out a window, those who are sincerely trying to quit smoking … Read more