Refrigerators have long been thought of as the boxy, boring behemoths of the kitchen, and buying one used to be as simple as choosing between eggshell and off-white. But times have changed, with manufacturers increasingly thinking outside of the icebox to try to redefine what the modern refrigerator is really capable of. Today's shopper will find an ever-increasing range of color and style options, cleverly-designed units designed to disappear into your decor, and a wide variety of new smart features, including ones aimed at transforming your kitchen itself into an entertainment hub. It's enough to make you wonder … Read more
Dryers have come a long way from the noisy, ugly, cubes of laundry days past. These days, you'll find bigger, bolder, more energy-efficient machines boasting game-changing smart features, entirely new levels of functionality, and designs so attractive, you'll feel guilty stashing them in the basement.
In other words, it's a great time to upgrade, or even purchase your very first dryer (I'm looking at you, laundromat junkies.) Armed with the right information, you'll be able to make a purchase that feels even better than putting on a pair of socks straight out of the high … Read more
Know your needs Ask yourself the important questions about your usage. All washers will clean your clothes, but it's the additional options that can make a huge difference. Do you wash a lot of heavily soiled laundry? (i.e. do you have an athlete at home?) Do you wash large quantities and therefore need a large wash capacity? Will you be needing a gas dryer or an electric one? Knowing your particular needs will help you to narrow down the selection significantly, making your ultimate decision less stressful.
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For those eager to get their grubby mitts on Sony or Microsoft's newest, next-gen consoles the very second they're available, Best Buy is opening a little earlier than usual.
The retailer on Wednesday announced plans to run a midnight release event for Microsoft's Xbox One console, which earlier today got a November 22 release date. That sale joins another, announced late last month, for Sony's PlayStation 4, which goes on sale November 15.
It's not unusual for Best Buy to run a midnight sale for big game releases, though major, next-generation console runs happen less … Read more
With the news that Microsoft is acquiring Nokia's mobile business unit still fresh, we take a look back at the relationship between the two companies over the years.
If you want to get specific, Nokia and Microsoft first teamed up in 2005 to help transfer Windows Media Audio files to Nokia phones. But the relationship that led to the recent acquisition started just a few years ago.
August 2009 Microsoft, Nokia ink mobile Office deal One the earliest partnerships between Nokia and Microsoft had nothing to do with Windows Phone. Instead, the two companies got together to build a … Read more
Last month I asked readers to submit essays for my "You can be the Audiophiliac for a day" contest. I received a lot of thought-provoking pieces, and I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to write. You guys are a smart bunch, but there can be only one winner, and I selected John O.'s "Chasing the Ultimate Sound System." His perceptive examination of the audiophile quest for great sound will reverberate with a lot of folks. The only thing I'd like to add is that the only person you need to … Read more
Congrats to Ramzi E. of Davis, Calif., for scoring a free 42-inch LG PA4500 plasma TV in last week's giveaway. This week's prize is of the pick-your-own variety.
We're giving away a $250 gift certificate from online retailer Rakuten.com Shopping. The site, formerly Buy.com, sells millions upon millions of products -- from clothes, shoes, jewelry, and toys to televisions, laptops, printers, hard drives, routers, and video games. The winner's free to buy anything, but let's not kid ourselves: we know any CNET reader will probably head straight to the Electronics tab. … Read more