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Free App 'Reverb' Brings Amazon's Alexa to Mac Desktops, iPhones, and iPads

Developers at U.S. digital consultancy Rain have created a little-known app called Reverb that allows users to access Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant from their Mac desktop or iOS device.<p>Launching the free Mac app prompts users to sign in to their Amazon account, after which a window opens showing …

Basic French Toast Recipe - Chowhound

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How to make the *PERFECT* chocolate chip cookie (no matter how you like 'em)

While we’re always in search of the perfect chocolate chip cookie, most of the time we settle for whatever kind we can find fastest. Let’s be real …

12 baking hacks that will seriously improve your next batch of cookies

<b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>• The internet is filled with cookie baking hacks.</b><b><br>• Some of the best ones include using unsalted, room-temperature butter, and reducing the flour to make tender cookies.</b><b><br>• Also, don't forget to add a little sea salt to chocolate chip cookies.</b><p>It's the happiest time of the year — …

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Turn any hard drive into networked storage with Raspberry Pi

A NAS solution can cost several hundred dollars. If you have an unused Raspberry Pi and a few hard drives lying around, you can make one yourself without spending a dime.<p>Networked hard drives are super convenient. You can access files no matter what computer you're on -- and even remotely.<p>But …

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How to Build Depth in Your Draft

You might think drafting depth is simply taking an extra QB, a few WRs, an extra tight end or two, and maybe even a few defenses. If you do, you’re …

Any.do For Mac Brings The To-Do List App To The Desktop

When we last heard from productivity app maker Any.do, it had just launched freemium features for its Android, iOS, Web and Chrome apps. Today it’s announced Any.do for Mac.<p>The latest version of the to-do list app syncs your tasks from the other platforms and brings them to a native desktop client. …

Here's Why The Do-It-Yourself Smart Home Market Will Reach $7.8 Billion By 2019

Back in January of this year, Google shocked the smart home world when it announced days after CES that they would acquire Nest, the fast-growing smart thermostat and connected device company started by Tony Fadell.<p>While the $3 billion plus the company paid was an eye-popping sum to many, there’s a …

15 Insanely Great Pearl Jam Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know

Listen to lesser-known gems from the band's catalog<p>15<p>Pearl Jam are back this month with their 10th album, <i>Lightning Bolt</i>, and an American arena tour. …

Livr is my most fav app 4va LOL im drunk (update: sober up, it's fake)

If you've heard one too many gripes about your boozy postings, don't fret -- there'll soon be a like-minded social app for you. It's called "Livr," and you won't even be able to log in without a smartphone breathalyzer confirming you've tippled <i>enough</i>. In fact, the higher your BAC, the more app …

Over 2,500 American Breweries, On One Enormous Map

Continuing its excellent graphic beer coverage, Pop Chart Lab has put together a wall map of over 2,500 breweries across the United States. There are …

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5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …

Sportvision Wants To Take You (Home) To The Ballgame

These days, you'd be forgiven if you're more excited about watching the "big game" — whether that's football, basketball, hockey — on TV rather than from inside a sports arena. At least, that's a trend that the Chicago-based sports graphics company Sportvision is banking on.<p>"With wide-screen TVs …

15 Insanely Great Pearl Jam Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know

Listen to lesser-known gems from the band's catalog<p>8. 'In Hiding'<p>This stand-out track from <i>Yield</i> was inspired by the work of Charles Bukowski, who …

Controlling Your Home With The Touch Of An iPad

When you step off the elevator into the 8,000-square foot Savant Experience Center, it feels less like a showroom and more like a swanky Manhattan abode. “We wanted to develop a space where technology blended in with the environment,” says Robert Madonna, chief executive of Savant Systems, a …

10 Cloud Startups Changing The Data Landscape

While the term “cloud computing” has become trendy and perhaps overused, what many people don’t realize is that it is because of cloud startups that our experience of data has become intuitive and effortless. Below are 10 startups which have had significant impact on the data landscape:<p><b>1)</b> …

Reports of ZigBee on handsets would be a big deal for the connected home (and ZigBee)

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / alexmillos<p>Could ZigBee gain some real ground when it comes to the connected home? Pocket-lint is …

ZigBee smart-home tech on its way to Samsung handsets -- report

Samsung's next Galaxy reportedly will pack ZigBee wireless technology to let users to control everything from lighting switches to heating controls.<p>Home-automation technology found in the ZigBee wireless spec will be coming to Samsung's next line of handsets, a new report claims.<p>The company plans …

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With Blue Waters, supercomputing goes national

In March, the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications unveiled Blue Waters. CNET Road Trip 2013 checked out our new national supercomputer.<p>CHAMPAIGN, Ill.--If you are a scientist, engineer, or academic in need of time on a supercomputer, March 28, 2013 was a very big …

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Valta lets you turn off gadgets from your smartphone

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>It’s safe to say that we’re entering the age of the smart home. With smart doors, smart appliances and smart thermostats to …

Braintree now processing $10B in payments with deeper expansion into Europe

Braintree is now processing $10 billion in annual payments and continuing to expand its footprint in Europe.<p>Braintree is a payments startup that powers online and mobile credit card transactions for e-commerce vendors. It provides a full-stack payments platform that makes issuing and accepting …

More bad news for server makers

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Oleksiy Mark<p><b>Updated:</b> The big server makers cannot buy a break these days. The latest IDC research …

Thomson Reuters Transforms Big Data Into Big Business

Thomson Reuters chief operating officer for Technology Rick King says his company’s mission is simple—not easy, but simple: create intelligent information for businesspeople and get it to them faster and within richer context than anyone else can offer.<p>The key, King says, is to be able to identify, …