For those who have been patiently waiting for a sous vide cooker to come down to the realm of the everyday budget, a quickly funded Kickstarter project might just be the answer. The Sansaire is an affordable solution for those looking to dive into the relatively new method of sous vide cooking. Judging by the campaign reaching 4.5 times its funding goal only about halfway through the period, it's probably safe to say that many have been waiting for just this opportunity.
Don't expect to be blown away by Moto Maker, the fresh online tool for creating unique Moto X phones with built-to-order designs. While its personal customization skills are a very cool differentiator and definitely help the handset stand out in a sea of smartphones, Moto Maker's tweaking options are somewhat limited.
To be clear, I did get access to a beta version of Moto Maker well ahead of the Moto X launch slated for late August/early September. Motorola explained from the outset that the beta Moto Maker lacks some of the features and abilities customers can expect in the officially sanctioned solution. Additionally, AT&T has locked down exclusive rights to offer the Moto Maker service (at least for now).
Even so, outside of relatively minor annoyances like an underwhelming selection of colors and surface textures, I ran into fundamental weaknesses with the Web site. These include presentation and virtual manipulation of your master mobile work. Read on to find out how my test-drive of Moto Maker went. … Read more
Kitchen appliances that overachieve are always welcome on the countertop. It hasn't quite gotten to the point where one appliance can cook absolutely anything and everything in any type of way (microwaves don't count), but when it comes time to properly prepare a meal, one can only ask for any particular appliance or gadget to do so much. And maybe perhaps a bit more.
The Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe ($159) offers the ability to cook up a batch of practically anything. Building upon the popular Cuisinart Griddler name, the countertop appliance combines an indoor grill with a griddle … Read more
Kitchen gadgets are usually handy helpers geared toward the preparation of food. But as we all know, there is a darker, murkier side of the kitchen: the trash. An endless procession of trash bags march through our everyday lives: from the box to the can to the bin outside, eventually disappearing off into the sunset (and the landfill). With all this activity, it seems a ripe place to dig a little deeper to find some gadgetry.
The first details of LG's next generation of Vu smartphone have started to bubble up, pointing to a possible September release. … Read more
North Korea has introduced its own smartphone in the form of an Android-powered AS1201 Arirang. Named after a Korean folk song, the phone is reported to be manufactured in North Korea using "indigenous technology".
The Arirang made its debut on state-controlled KCNA TV when the government mouthpiece showed images of Kim Jong-un visiting a "cell phone factory".
As one might expect, not everyone buys the claims of a phone being built in North Korea. For example, the tech site North Korea Tech Blog posits that the Arirang is likely manufactured in China before being boxed up … 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
It's happening quickly; our in-hand homes are getting out of hand. The growing availability of connected appliances and gadgets may bring convenience that is always at our fingertips, but it also brings clutter. Not necessarily physical clutter, but the kind of clutter that dominates tablets and smartphones everywhere: app clutter.
Whether we're talking about entry systems, lighting, or thermostats, smart connected appliances require an app to control them. This of course is what makes them convenient; being able to control everything by tapping on a few icons has been a dream since at least the first remote control … Read more
For $30, AT&T wants to give me a whopping 120MB of data when I'm traveling outside the U.S. Thanks, but no thanks, AT&T.
The same it true for any of the U.S. carriers, who want to charge a huge amount for their various "global" plans. Me, I go local and save.
Right now, I'm enjoying unlimited data, 300 minutes of talk time, and 3,000 text messages on my Nexus 4, as I travel through Britain. Cost? The same $30 AT&T would charge me for so little.
How'… Read more
The ability of the kitchen to be able to transform one set of ingredients into something else is a remarkable happenstance that occurs on a regular basis every day. This in no way makes the processes any less remarkable. With a simple motion, oil and vinegar can become salad dressing or egg, oil, and a touch of acidity can combine to create homemade mayonnaise. And of course, for those with the sweet teeth, heavy cream whips up quickly and easily into whipped cream (before turning into butter, that is).
It is series of events like these that make exploring the … Read more