It's no secret that Android smartphones are on the rise, having eclipsed Apple's mighty iPhone in terms of total market share. But there are more reasons for Android fans to cheer. First, Google's buyout of Motorola is finally beginning to bear tasty fruit, in the form of sweet devices such as the Moto X and insanely affordable Moto G. … Read more
If you're looking for another way to purchase the supremely affordable Motorola Moto G Android smartphone, then consider Boost Mobile's version of the budget handset. Priced at a low $129.99, the wireless carrier has just announced it will sell the device online starting January 14 online. The Moto G is then scheduled to hit select Boost Mobile retail stores on January 20. … Read more
Family, friends and food. These three things tend to come together this time of year. Now, as we close out 2013, we can look back at the last couple of months and reflect calmly upon the flurry of excitement and activity that so often defines the season -- as well as all those incredible messes that were made in the kitchen.
Before the platters of cookies, cakes, and sweets get set out for all to enjoy, they must of course, be made. That entails a lot of mixing, chopping, and all-around messiness. At least for one common kitchen task, the … Read more
The time has come to retire your trusty old smartphone in favor of something shiny and new, but just don't toss it away blindly. Today's cell phones are more than powerful communication tools. They serve as vaults for all kinds of precious digital entertainment and sensitive personal data, the sort you don't want disappearing or falling into the wrong hands.
Yes, chances are good that tucked away inside your handset are the audio tracks, movies, photos, and apps you took time and effort to gather and tweak. The same goes for vital e-mail, text messages, and calendar … Read more
Some kitchen chores are so tedious they defy description. In fact, they transcend the kitchen and become synonymous with boring, menial tasks. Peeling potatoes is a prime example. Peeling garlic is another. The tiny, powerful cloves may house a deliciousness unlike any other, but getting to the goodness can be a chore. Tricks abound with ways to peel a garlic clove, all with varying success. And now, an electrical contraption has gotten into the mix. Well, make that mix and chop.
Google today released a mobile app for its Android Device Manager service. Available for free in the Google Play store, the app lets users manage and secure an Android tablet or phone associated with their Google account from another Android device (running Gingerbread and up).
The app gives access to all Android Device Manager features, including locating a tablet or phone on a map, resetting its lock code, and erasing it completely. Just note that your missing device must be connected to the cellular network or to Wi-Fi for it to perform the commands.
Though Google released Android Device Manager … Read more
Small things can make a big difference. Obviously this is true with coffee. The little bean transforms easily into a robust popular beverage that shows no sign of slowing down. If anything, coffee is gaining steam; new ways to brew the dark elixir of life seem to sprout up every day. Sometimes, like coffee itself, all it takes is a little change to make a big difference.
The Immerset Kickstarter campaign takes two traditional methods for brewing coffee and gives them a twist. Literally. A small, helical valve is the secret to what inventor Chic Kelty thinks will make a … Read more
This is an update of a deal I wrote about earlier this year.
Given how utterly indispensable our mobile phones have become, it's no understatement to say that everyone needs a good travel charger. Of course, many of them can be kind of a hassle, in part because charging the charger itself often requires a USB port, and you usually have to pack along USB cables to charge your device(s).
That's why I've loved the MyCharge Summit ever since I first laid eyes on it at last year's CES. Since then it has become my … Read more
Water is the most abundant substance on Earth. It might also be the most powerful; given enough time it can move mountains. (Or at least whittle them down.) However, just because about 71 percent of the Earth is covered with water, that doesn't mean a small quantity of it cannot do big things. Specifically, 46 ounces of the stuff.
The PowerPot is a small portable cooking pot that debuted last year. Except unlike most cooking vessels, this one generates electricity when used. The thermoelectric generator converts a temperature difference into energy; fill it with water and place it over … Read more
Wherever there is fire, we shall seek to tame it. This is especially true in the kitchen, where fire equals deliciousness. But as time has gone on we have traded flame for electricity, in the names of both safety and convenience. But just because our kitchens are populated with safe stovetops and convenient microwave ovens doesn't mean we have to give up the quest for flavor. Or even fire.
One common kitchen item is a culinary torch. The little butane-powered gadgets are used for tasks such as finishing sous vide food, or caramelizing sugar for creme brulee. But the … Read more