Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Phone

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IKEA, those clever Swedish furniture makers who have convinced us all to make our own furniture, are getting creative again. Their latest invention: A table that somehow cooks soup via your smartphone. Well, not your smartphone. Not unless you live in Taiwan and frequent the IKEA store there. And, of course, you’ve got to be […]

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You May Never Run Out of Toner Again

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We’ve all been there. You need to wash clothes for work the next day, but you discover all too late that you’re all out of detergent. Or you need to print out an important document, and—wouldn’t you know it?—the toner’s gone! Drat! Admittedly, these are first-world problems, not honest-to-goodness existential crises. Still, these are the […]

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The Joy of CES 2016’s Gadgets and Gizmos

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There was a time when the yearly Consumer Electronics Show was all about computers and TVs. You know, the big dogs that used to sit on top of the electronics heap and casually glimmer at us with brushed stainless steel or piano-black perfection. But that was yesterday. Today, the power-player pecking order seems to be […]

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Resolving to Change Our Media Habits

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Editor’s Note: It’s nearly the dawn of a new year, and with the turn of the calendar many of us take stock of our lives and decide to make a change or two. Sometimes that can take the form of the standard New Year’s resolution. Sometimes we simply want to improve on what we’re already […]

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The State of Teens, Tweens and Screens

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It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice how screen and media time continues to grow for so many of us, young and old, these days. Televisions, computers, e-readers, tablets and smartphones offer unprecedented opportunities to engage in all manner of entertainment media. But just how much of this entertainment do our teens and tweens […]

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The Clock Ticks, The Tech Pile Grows

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One pleasant advantage of having a few years under my belt, is the ability to drone on endlessly about my phenomenal, life-changing adventures in the ’70s and ’80s. And as I pontificate about my collected memories, I can watch happily as Millennial listeners sigh and consider their own meager experiences. They may have youth and […]

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Emojis Leave Me Feeling (Insert Confused Face Here)

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In an effort to give users a little more flexibility with how they respond to their friends’ missives, Facebook is testing a small set of emojis. The little smiling/laughing/crying/fuming faces will roll out only in Spain and Ireland at first, but could come to the rest of Facebook’s 1.2 billion users in the near future. […]

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Hang Up and … Walk?

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By now, most of us know that texting while driving is a seriously bad idea. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving is actually six times more dangerous than drunk driving. But did you know that texting while walking can be deadly, too? And I’m not just talking about deadly to […]

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

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The smartphone’s ascent from novelty to convenience to necessity has been swift. And as these handy little Dick Tracy-like devices have graduated to the latter category for so many of us, culture and commerce have evolved to accommodate our perceived need never to be far from our beloved phones. Even so, I was still caught […]

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The Robo-Future is Here … With Your Turn-Down Service

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Are you one of those who’ve been staunchly steering clear of all those techy thingamajigs and touch-tablet whiz-bangs? You know, maybe holing up in your grandmother’s Wi-Fi-free basement because you fear all those Hollywood future-apocalypse movies might just be right and someday robots will indeed take over the world? Well, if so, your biggest nightmare […]

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