Microwave ovens are overrated. Oh, sure, they can do some things really well, but for other tasks, they fall quite short. Personally, I like an appliance that is capable of doing more than softening butter and popping popcorn. (OK, I know that's an understatement, but bear with me.) Considering how manufacturers love to integrate several appliances into one (usually with toasters, it would seem), it should come as no surprise that the ubiquitous microwave oven is finally starting to diversify.
Rafe and Molly take over the show today (because of travels by Tom and Natali) and, not surprisingly, geek out and argue a lot about things like FM radio transmitters. In the actual news, it's cell phone Monday with lots of talk about the spread of Android, the future of smartphone Internet apps, and the stupidity of illegally pirating a movie and reviewing it on Fox News. Oops.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 946
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Meet the British Steam Car, which looks a bit like the love child of the Batmobile and an F-15 fighter jet. The goal for this sleek, modern-day automotive design is to break the 127 mph land speed record set by a Stanley Steamer in 1906.
The vehicle, which uses superheated steam as its driving force, this week passed a milestone with a run of better than 80 mph on a test track in England. Next month, the British Steam Car will be shipped from England to the U.S. The goal is to make the record attempt in a dry … Read more
If you enjoy (legally) downloading PC game content over the Internet, then you're most likely familiar with Valve Software's Steam, a platform for the delivery and management of PC games.
On Tuesday, Valve announced an upgrade to "Steamworks," a suite of publishing and development tools available to, well, publishers and developers for free.
The first of the new notable features include Custom Executable Generation (CEG) technology. According to Valve, CEG makes unique copies of games for each user, allowing them to access the application on multiple machines without install limits and without having to install root … Read more
We're all looking for ways to stretch our dollars these days. I don't know about your house, but a huge proportion of our budget goes to feeding our family of six. We buy wisely, shop sales, and use coupons, but I'm still always on the lookout for even more tips and tricks to keep my pantry well-stocked without emptying my wallet.
The Back to Basics 400A Steam Canner looks like it might make a nice addition to a budget-conscious kitchen. This $40 appliance makes the work of canning easier and faster, letting you preserve high-acid fruits and … Read more
A bat hitched a ride on the space shuttle Discovery and I think it's going to be a long long time till touchdown brings it down again. Of course, IBM apparently wants to buy Sun too. We also cover the hot new features in the latest software update for the Nokia 5800. Oh, and the iPhone too.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 933
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To do this, it uses a new in-game purchasing system built off of the in-software Web browser. The first title to feature this is The Maw, which now includes two additional levels that can be purchased for $1.25 each, then played immediately. Previously, all add-on content was sold as a separate purchase from Steam's game store.
The new feature is available to all developers as part of Valve's Steamworks publishing platform. For games … Read more
It's March Madness time again, and you know what that means: I'm spending a lot of time fighting for the right to watch a little "24" instead of basketball. But for those of you who actually care about the NCAA college basketball tournament, Whirlpool wants to make sure the only surprises are on the court--not in the kitchen.
You've seen the Amana Jot refrigerator, with its dry-erase finish on the door panel. Use the fridge to manage brackets, track game times, or display correct picks.
And even though the magic of DVRs lets you pause … Read more
Have any plans for the weekend? Yeah, I'm talking to you. If not, here's a suggestion: how's about some online Capture-the-Flag action (or Deathmatch action, whatever floats your boat) on Unreal Tournament III Black. Oh, and it's free. OK, so it's for the PC only and doesn't apply to the PlayStation 3, but it's still a pretty cool deal and it's something to do.
Whether or not you have the game, it's all good. The free weekend includes the game, the Titan Pack expansion, and the 2.0 patch. Now, all … Read more
Earlier this week, Amazon announced a new program for customers to trade in used video game titles in return for credit at Amazon.com.
This program should be able to work for Amazon thanks to their superior inventory and distribution system. Expanding into a realm such as used games is probably a relatively low-cost endeavor that should will squeak enough profit to be worth it.
"I give the probability of this working at zero," DeMatteo told … Read more