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
Throwing away food is a bad habit to get into. Unfortunately, it is easy to do because having a fridge and pantry overflowing with food strikes our fancy right at home; a cornucopia of comfort right in our own kitchen can only be a good thing, right? Except, even cornucopias go bad and then nobody gets to enjoy the bounty. Luckily, ways have been devised to slow food spoilage and keep that food fresh for a while longer. And now at least one of those solutions looks good while doing it.
Have a hankering for a Google Nexus 7 tablet along with LTE service? AT&T feels it has an offer you can't resist. The carrier has now partnered with Google to sell a 32GB version of the slate complete with AT&T LTE 4G data access for $349.
Of course you can also buy a 32GB Nexus 7 model for the same $349 direct from the Google Play store without having to commit to a lengthy two-year service contract. As someone who mainly uses tablets at home over Wi-Fi, or free-load off of friends and family's … Read more
The new Structure Sensor from startup company Occipital promises to convert iPads and iPhones into 3D scanners. The device, which launches today on Kickstarter, is designed to create accurate three-dimensional images of objects in the real world.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Occipital CEO Jeff Powers and some of the team behind the Structure Sensor to demo the gadget first hand. Essentially the Structure consists of a bracket-style clip that attaches to the camera side of Apple's iPad.
Connecting to the iPad via its Lightning cable, the Structure then works in unison with its own infrared sensor and black-and-white camera (for depth perception) along with the tablet's onboard imaging system. Commanded by mobile apps living on the iPad, this setup then has the power to "sense" a wide range of objects in real time. … Read more