Staring at the coffee maker as it performs its daily duty is a tradition long held not-so-dear to the precaffeinated; waiting for the coffee to finish brewing is no fun. However, that doesn't mean it has to be dull. Just because a traditional drip coffee maker hides the action behind an opaque filter holder doesn't mean that something exciting isn't happening behind the scenes, right?
Usually, it does mean just that. Hot water drips into ground coffee beans and out comes coffee. Bo-ring. Considering the lack of caffeine for the viewer, it is probably better to watch … Read more
The carrier just unveiled a new promotion, which offers all three heavy-hitting Android smartphones for no money at time of purchase. Billed as "Zero Dollars Down," this special deal promises that customers will be able to sign up, then walk out of the store holding one of these powerful mobile devices without cracking open their wallets.
Sounds great, but shoppers aren't … Read more
Every day has to start somewhere. For millions of Americans, nothing happens until the coffeemaker kicks into action. The dark elixir that is coffee fuels us forward with the all-important first caffeine jolt of the day. Others prefer a bite before heading into action; for them, perhaps the toaster is the first appliance of the day. Then, of course, there are those who must attend to more practical matters first: recharging the phone because of forgetting to plug it in.
Craft beer and microbreweries have exploded in popularity over the last decade, prompting many enthusiasts to try making their own suds.
I've never done that, but it sounds like a lot of trouble. Not to mention a lot of time that could be better spent drinking craft beer.
Generally speaking, slow cookers do not need a lot of attention. The basic idea is for the average home cook to throw a bunch of stuff in the pot and let it cook for a long time. Not only does this process bring out a lot of flavor in foods, but it also allows for less expensive cuts of meat to be used in a variety of recipes thanks to a long cook time. This tried-and-true method of cooking has been successful for generations. But just because slow cookers are slow doesn't mean the innovation has to stop.
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We can't all have a personal trainer standing over us at all times reminding us to stay hydrated during exercise. If the BluFit smart water bottle reaches its Indiegogo funding goal, then we might all have an app-powered hydration expert keeping us full of water.
The BluFit consists of an LED-equipped water bottle and an app for Android and iOS devices that support Bluetooth LE (also known as Bluetooth Smart). The hardware is built into the glass bottle's lid. There is a water sensor, USB port, rechargeable battery, and speaker.… Read more
A fully stocked liquor collection can be intimidating. Whether it's at the liquor store, the neighborhood watering hole, or just on the kitchen counter, whenever a bunch of bottles come together, it's only a matter of time before someone tries to mix the contents. And that's where things get murky. If staring at a wall of booze results in a blank stare and an empty glass, there are plenty of helpers out there designed to inspire.
According to Motorola, the update will improve overall photo quality, such as white-balance and color accuracy. Specifically the phone should exhibit better exposures in outdoor and strongly backlit environments. That sounds like a tweak to the Moto X's HDR mode and BSI sensor to me.
Additionally, Motorola says the improved Moto X should snap photos faster and have a more nimble autofocus, especially in low light. … Read more