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Beyond the Cronut: 15 Frankenpastries to Make at Home

Cupcakes are old news. The newest sugary sensation to sweep our fair city is the Cronut -- the croissant-doughnut hybrid created by Dominque Ansel at his SoHo bakery last month. With production of the pastry limited to 300 a day, Cronut mania has created long lines and even given rise to a seedy …

Doughnuts

10 sharp-witted quotes from Jon Stewart

After 16 years behind the <i>Daily Show</i> news desk, Jon Stewart announced Tuesday that he will step down later this year.<p>While Comedy Central reportedly …

Autumn Avocado Toast with Gorgonzola, Pears, Toasted Walnuts and Honey

Autumn Avocado Toast.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> October 9, 2014 107<p>This is what you eat when you want to fill a red solo cup full of champagne and toast to the …

D-Link launches a smart plug and it plans to invade the smart home

D-Link, the maker of routers, cameras and other Wi-Fi gear is following rival Belkin into the smart home with a $50 connected plug. The smart plug …

Tado unveils Cooling system for smartening up air conditioning systems

Want to stick some smarts into your old non-connected air conditioning system rather than buying some fancy-pants new unit? Tado, the German Nest(s …

Microsoft's Cortana could soon control your mood lighting

​Microsoft's Cortana may be younger than counterparts such as Google Now and Apple's Siri, but the virtual assistant already stands out thanks to some unique features. One prime example is Notebook, which the service uses to learn about your habits and keep track of your preferences. Another is the …

Microsoft gets into the home automation game with Insteon partnership

Microsoft announced a partnership with Insteon today, along with some big plans to fully incorporate the popular home automation network into its ecosystem. Starting June 1, an enhanced version of the Insteon app with exclusive features will be made available for Windows Phone 8 devices, along with …

How to get started with home automation through Z-Wave

For many of us, smart homes seem like a far off concept from a science fiction novel set hundreds of years in the future. Imagine things like appliances that learn our schedules, lights that turn off after we leave a room, locks that can be remotely triggered to let yourself (or others) into your …

SAM Smart Home Automation System And Monitoring Device (video)

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to add a little home automation system to your appliances you might be interested in a new system called …

Home Automation

Nest's Incentive Programs Significantly Cut Peak Energy Use

The Google division's Rush Hour Rewards and Seasonal Savings seem to pay off.<p>Last spring, Nest Labs rolled out “Rush Hour Rewards,” offering owners of its smart thermostat rebates of $20 to $60 for cutting back their air conditioning use. And it turns out it worked.<p>On Thursday, the Palo Alto, …

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How The Noun Project Is Turning Icons Into Profit

The Noun Project, the online dictionary of universal symbols, has had 10 million downloads and expects to turn a profit this year. But it wasn’t an instant success story.<p>In the business world, it isn’t enough to just create a smart product. You also need a super-smart business model. Case in point: …

New Fitbit Force Wristband Monitors Your Activity (and the Time)

Fitbit today unveiled its latest fitness gadget, the Fitbit Force, which, in addition to keeping tabs on your activity, also incorporates some …

FitBit Zip In-Depth Review

Here’s a fun fact to start out with: The FitBit Zip is actually probably the only product where I’ve written the review after over a <i>year</i> of use with …

CubeSensors Brings Health And Comfort Monitoring To The Whole Home

In the future, your home will know you just as well as your smartphone does. The era of the connected smart home is upon us, and that all starts with sensors.<p>CubeSensors, a competitor in our CES 2014 Hardware Battlefield, is looking to help you track the health and comfort levels in your home the …

Sensoria Is A New Smart Sock That Coaches Runners In Real Time

Hardware maker, Heapsylon, debuted two new fitness products at CES 2014: a smart fitness sock that coaches users on their running techniques in real time and a heart rate monitor built into a T-shirt and bra. I got a hands-on demo with Sensoria Sock’s smartphone application that alerts users to …

The best fitness trackers

The line between fitness trackers and smartwatches continues to blur, as more companies introduce full-featured wearables dedicated to both health …

Rashes, blisters and peeling skin: Users of $130 Fitbit fitness gadget complain it causes sores and leaves permanent scarring

• People using the Fitbit Force are complaining that the fitness device is causing a rash to develop on their skin underneath it<br>• Since the $130 device …

Wearable Tech

Do Google's Smart Contact Lenses Portend A Glassless Future?

Google's new smart contact lens project that acts as a non-invasive glucose monitor could be a godsend to the millions of sufferers of Type I …

26 Fitness Trackers Ranked from Worst to First

Fine. You didn’t buy a smartwatch. You were never going to anyway. Meet the fitness tracker: a less expensive, more immediately useful tech product …

5 Ways To Eat Healthy This Holiday

The holiday season is officially on the fast track. And with deliciously tempting treats and minimal time to burn off extra calories in your near future, what you do—and don't—eat for the weeks leading up, can have a major impact on your waistline.<p><b>1) DITCH THE DIET DRINKS</b><p>Yes, you know that from a …

This Book Will Change the Way You Eat

One ingredient at a time, Edward Behr will change the way you eat for the better, but you have to be willing to sit up, take notes, and take your …

24 Smart Ways To Reduce Tech-Induced Stress

Illustrated by Sydney Hass.<p><i>Full disclosure: sometimes, we're lazy girls. So, whether it's seven ways to simplify our morning routine or how to make</i> …

5 Fitness Moves To Take on The Road

Stay fit with these hotel-room friendly exercises.<p>Founder of the SLVRBK mat and C.H.E.K certified holistic health practitioner, Steve Macari specializes in digestive health, detoxification and stress management, as well as customized nutrition and holistic lifestyle programs for people of all ages. …

30 Insanely Easy Ways To Improve Your Kitchen

So you'll spend less time cleaning, organizing, and searching, and more time nomming.

Shaving 101 – Confused By All The Varieties Of Double Edge Safety Razors? This Should Help

New to the idea of shaving with an old-school safety razor with a single blade? You may have discovered that there are actually a dizzying variety of …

Ric Flair's Son Died From Heroin Overdose ... Autopsy Shows

<b>Reid Flair</b> -- son of wrestling legend <b>Ric Flair</b> -- died from an accidental overdose of heroin and other drugs ... this according to an official …