Phil Maud

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Taste Beyond The Tongue

15 Christmas Breakfast Recipes to Make Ahead

Christmas morning is a flurry and flutter of joyful gift-giving and cozy family time. Unless, of course, you are the designated breakfast cook — in …

Breakfast

Why customers will bail on your chatbot … and your brand

Recently, I posted a notice to sell my lawn mower on craigslist with photos and information — addressing what most buyers want to know. Pretty soon, I got a bite with lots of questions. My prospect asked when I last changed the oil and sharpened the blades and if the wheels were original. Although …

Customers

The Salad From a Can I'd Eat Every Day

When you come across a dish you find to be the ultimate, how can you say it so without it sinking into the pool of "perfect," "best," "best ever" recipes? Let’s try reason:<p>-A perfect recipe would be be totally unfussy. One pan. Few minutes.<br>-It’d be made from the pantry. And adaptable to what isn’t …

Onions

Opec faces a mortal threat from electric cars

The oil cartel is living in a time-warp, seemingly unaware that global energy politics have changed forever<p>OPEC remains defiant. Global reliance on oil and gas will continue unchanged for another quarter century. Fossil fuels will make up 78pc of the world’s energy in 2040, barely less than …

Oil

Why Bread is the Best Vehicle for Sweet Potatoes

<i>Posie Harwood, who finds the best back-of-the-box recipes in the grocery store, discovers a better way to eat your mashed potatoes this year.</i><p>Let's talk about mashed potatoes. Specifically, let's talk about mashed <i>sweet</i> potatoes. What if, instead of eating your vegetables with a fork, you ate them in …

Mashed

It’s time to build foundations for a smarter UK housing market

The housing market is misfiring badly, and a failure to boost supply will compound widespread discontent<p>This isn’t the first Economic Agenda column I’ve written on the UK housing market – and it won’t be the last. Our national obsession with house prices is so ingrained that few economic issues …

The Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” If you’re starting a business, you should have a business plan regardless of whether you’re …

Lomo al Trapo: The Colombian Technique That Will Change the Way You Grill Beef

Remember that scene at the end of <i>Ghostbusters</i> when the boys in gray crack Sigourney Weaver out of the petrified remains of the ghost dog Zuul? Picture that scene at your next dinner party, but instead of a whip-smart and attractive actress emerging from the carbonized crust, it's a perfectly cooked …

User-friendly smart homes are coming to an Apple Store near you

My wife Brigitte designs and builds houses in Palo Alto, California. Over the years, she’s visited many high-end “semi-intelligent” homes where, ironically, you can find the server closets that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has taken out of most business offices. I’ve seen a few of these systems; …

Home Automation

Why have we yet to be enchanted by the internet of things?

One of the leading thinkers in the new computing sector known as the internet of things (IoT) can’t help but look at all the flashy, expensive, feature-packed gadgets on the market today – things like Google Glass or the Apple Watch – and keep coming away with the same thought: too many device …

Internet of Things

Tesla's CTO envisions a future in which low cost batteries change everything

Tesla’s CTO JB Straubel predicts that low cost batteries will transform transportation and access to electricity over the next decade. In a wide …

French renewables power grid pilot shows limits of batteries in Europe | Reuters

NICE, France (Reuters) - A major pilot project by Europe’s largest power network operator to integrate power from rooftop solar panels into the grid has shown that battery storage of renewable energy is not yet economically viable in Europe.<p>A technician demonstrates a utility-scale battery that can …

Clean Energy

Save photos you're tagged in on Facebook to a Dropbox folder

Save photos you're tagged in on Facebook to a Dropbox folder<p>No more scrolling through friends' feeds and albums to find those great pics. This will …

The smart home market is still young, but people are already clamoring for the devices

Homes around the world are going to become smarter and more connected over the next five years.<p>Devices like smart thermostats, smart smoke detectors, and smart temperature sensors are fairly cheap and easy to install, making them accessible to the average homeowner. While there's still plenty of …

Internet of Things

Charts: Renewable energy just had its best year ever

The world may have a turned a corner in terms of producing more and more of its energy cleanly.<p>The International Energy Agency last week sounded an unusually positive note, with one piece of data at the center: global growth is now possible without increased carbon emissions. In 2014, for the first …

Renewable Energy

Right-to-buy sales hit seven-year high

More than 12,000 social homes sold off in 2014-15 and fewer than 2,000 set to replace them, official figures show<p>More than 12,300 social homes were sold off by councils in England through right-to-buy in 2014-15, official figures show, the highest number in seven years.<p>Over the same period, the …

Housing

Rockchip RKi6000 processor for IoT reduces WiFi power consumption by 80%

Wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) aim to bring us small, capable products that can enhance our experience far beyond what smartphones, tablets and the like can do. One of the main problems still haunting the industry is battery life. Rockchip plans to tackle this issue with their latest …

Wi-Fi

Home Automation is Collapsing Into a Trough of Disillusionment

When a new technology first emerges, corporations have no choice but to hype their products in the hopes of becoming a leader, collecting all the …

Come Meet 'America's Greenest Hotel' (and its 100 Solar Panels)

With an intense focus on conservation and sustainability, the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina touts itself as the "greenest" hotel in …

Solar Panels

The $3.2 billion that Google paid for Nest is starting to make a lot more sense

Earlier this week, Nest launched a new smart camera called "Nest Cam," a device that will let users see what's going on inside their home with their smartphones when they're away. Nest Cam takes Nest beyond its core smart thermostat and smoke detector markets, potentially making it a strong home …

Nest Cam Embodies Stale Innovation In “Connected Home” Space

After years of hype and unfulfilled promises, the concept of the smart home looks to be losing the attention of consumers. This is due in no small part to the lackluster innovation emerging from major device makers like Nest, which has prioritized the safe and repetitive over the revolutionary.<p>A …

The Coming Smart Home Shakeout

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I think we're in for a little turbulence in the smart home market.<p>Not because the market isn't growing. It …

Wink partners with Pro.com to simplify the smart-home installation process

Think setting up a smart home is hopelessly difficult? Wink, the company dedicated to creating smart-home devices, wants to make it easier. It …

Cube Concept Is Designed To Control Your Smart Home (Video)

Cube is a new concept device that is designed to control your smart home, the device is designed to control all of your smart appliances around your …

How To Negotiate With Chinese Companies

This is the first in a four-part series on negotiating with Chinese companies.<p>In this post, part one, I describe common negotiating tactics the China lawyers at my firm often see from Chinese companies, and how to counter those tactics. Though my focus will be on service sector licensing deals, the …

China

38 Rubs, Brines, and Marinades to Add More Flavor to Your Life

Tired of cooking and eating the same old thing? Add new life and monster flavor to your favorite recipes with these 38 rubs, brines, and marinades.<p><b>Sometimes we need to shake things up a little bit</b>. And what better way to spice things up in the kitchen than to spice up our favorite meat, fish, and …

Cooking

15 Smart Home Safety Gadgets For Travelers.

Collection of 'Smart Home Safety Gadgets For Travelers' from all over the world to keep your home secure and safe while you travel around the</b> …