What the 1950s ‘kitchen of the future’ got right (and what was just plain crazy)

Alice Doner was tall, prone to accidents, and “all thumbs in the kitchen.” So when her husband, industrial designer H. Creston Doner had a chance to build the “Kitchen of Tomorrow” for the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company, he did so with her in mind. The resultant kitchen was profiled in a 1943 issue of Life magazine . With sliding cabinet doors, plentiful glass and working-height counters, it suggested relative tame, attainable improvements...
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New study shows how age affects your social network of choice

The social networking app you spend most time in can give away your age, according to a new survey carried out by analytics firm ComScore. Snapchat is the biggest hit with younger people, say the figures, with 71 percent of its users in the U.S. aged between 18-34 years old. Facebook, meanwhile, has the lowest user percentage in the 18-34 year-old age range at 38 percent, narrowly behind Twitter at 41 percent. Facebook also registered the h...
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Pebble Time Kickstarter closes with $20m in funding

The clever folks at Pebble certainly know how to run a Kickstarter: The new Pebble Time (and Pebble Time Steel) crowdfunding campaign has just drawn to a close, with the final total standing at $20,338,986. That’s almost double the $10.2m the original Pebble pulled in back in 2012. It’s officially the most well-funded campaign in Kickstarter history, though not the most popular by number of backers — earlier this year the Exploding Kittens ...
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DT Giveaway: Turn your rock cachet to 11 by winning these Marshall Monitor headphones

It’s that time of week! We’ve got another great giveaway item for you. This week, we’re giving away a pair of black Marshall Monitor headphones, valued at $200. With a gorgeous metal and leather finish, and a coiled cable that calls to mind a 1970s-style guitar cord, Marshall’s Monitor cans have the looks to accompany their rock-tuned sound. “The Monitor offers cool styling, good sound isolation, and two ways to listen,” commented DT review...
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Cut the size and not the sound with our 6 favorite in-ear headphones

In-ear headphones are often an underlooked segment of the massive earphone market. Yet, while those big, powerful over-ears might be your pride and joy, the portability of in-ears makes them a much more indispensable part of your daily routine — especially if you’ve got a daily commute on the bus or train. As your go-to sonic companion, a quality pair of in-ears can be your best friend through good days and bad. And trading out those muffle...
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Subaru is hard at work on a range-topping seven-seater crossover

Subaru is developing a successor to the defunct Tribeca crossover in a bid to continue setting sales records in the United States. Tentatively scheduled to go on sale late next year, the yet-unnamed crossover will be bigger in all directions than the unpopular Tribeca that was axed over a year ago. The extra sheet metal will allow it to offer ample space for up to seven passengers, positioning it against the Toyota Highlander , the all-new ...
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The Fast and the Furious review

“It was crappy yesterday, it was crappy the day before, and guess what? It hasn’t changed.” You could say those words about a lot of movies that came out at the turn of the century, but not The Fast and the Furious. The only way those words apply to the 2001 Paul Walker and Vin Diesel vehicle is if you’re discussing the crustless tunafish sandwiches that brought undercover cop Brian O’Connor to Toretto’s Market & Cafe every single day f...
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Zuckerberg is spreading the Internet across the globe, but is it only for Facebook’s gain?

In the 20 or so years the world has enjoyed public Internet (ever since the days of dialup, in fact), there has always been free Internet in one form another. Usually, though, these so-called “free” providers forgo the monthly fee in lieu of the subscribers allowing the company to subject (bombard) them with advertising—in the form of banner ads or some other, usually more distracting, type of message. For these providers and their subscrib...
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Adjust the noise with Parrot’s Zik 2.0 wireless noise-cancelling cans

When Parrot moved from creating drones to headphones, the company didn’t lose any of its technological design prowess. That is extremely evident in the new Parrot Zik 2.0, a noise-cancelling pair of wireless cans that combine a sleek, minimalist design with advanced features, and a loaded-to-the-gills app that makes them one of the most advanced pair of headphones we’ve come across. You won’t see the uber-tech coming at first glance, as the...
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Kids spend 6.5 hours a day in front of a TV, gaming console, smartphone, computer, tablet

If it seems like you’re seeing more and more children staring at a smartphone or tablet, that’s because you are. A new report from a U.K.-based research agency specializing in children and young people finds that children ages 5-16 spend an average of 6 1/2 hours a day in front of a TV, video game console, mobile phone, computer or tablet. Back in 1995, children spent an average of 3 hours a day in front of a screen, according to Childwise ...
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Soak cool: The biggest trends in bathroom renovation

Those remodeling their bathrooms might wish to get a peek inside other newly redone lavatories. While it’s not polite to go peeping on your neighbors, you can get an idea for what’s trending in toilets with a recent survey from Houzz . The online resource for everything architectural and interior design recently polled almost 3,200 of its community members who were knee-deep in the middle of a bathroom renovation, as well as those who had j...
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Hearthstone players charge into Blackrock Mountain on April 2

Earlier this month we reported  that the next adventure add-on for Hearthstone would be Blackrock Mountain, which is based on the World of Warcraft raid of the same game. Now it has been revealed that eager Hearthstone fans won’t have long to wait, as Blizzard has announced that the adventure is coming on April 2. The adventure is also introducing 31 new cards to the game, including numerous villains and two new class cards for each of the ...
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Windows updates led to 25-minute delay of German basketball game

Even though they can be annoying, Windows updates are pretty harmless in and of themselves. Unfortunately, there are moments when they become more than just an annoyance — just ask German basketball squad the Paderborn Baskets, as reported by Softpedia . Tip-off was supposed to be at 7:30 p.m. local time against the visitors, the Chemnitz Niners, for this March 13 game. Controlling the scoreboard was a Windows-powered laptop, which felt the...
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This guy’s experience with Comcast was so bad, he’s selling his house

It’s no secret that dealing with Comcast’s customer service can be a little tricky. From  rude name changes on bills , to refusals to cancel service , and even cashing a check that was mistakenly sent to them , there’s a lot that can go wrong when you’re dealing with the massive service provider. Even taking into account their less-than-stellar track record, one potential customer has had so many problems that it looks like he’s going to ha...
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Like Uber for private jets, Victor makes the old way to book look like coach

Clive James didn’t set out to change the private jet industry as an aviation executive. Three-and-a-half years ago, he was just a passenger searching for an alternative way to reach his second home in Spain, after the airline he flies decided to cancel the route from London. Speaking to fellow passengers, the idea of chartering a private jet came to mind. But it was in researching for flights that he saw how broken this sector is: a system ...
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Fighting fire with bass? Sounds crazy, but these college students are making it happen

You’ve probably heard of fighting fire with water, and even fighting fire with fire — but what about fighting fire with sound? It might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but a pair of enterprising students from  George Mason University have built a machine that does just that. Believe it or not, scientists have been tinkering with sonic fire extinguishing for years now. It’s already been proven effective in controlled situations — but...
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Thunderbolts are (not) go! Aston Martin is not pleased with Fisker’s Vanquish ‘Interpretation’

Remember the Thunderbolt prototype  Henrik Fisker brought to this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance? The one that was his “personal interpretation” of the Aston Martin Vanquish? Well, Aston Martin doesn’t feel that it was personal enough, and claim the Thunderbolt is a Thunder-ripoff. According to Automotive News , Aston states the $400,000 prototype is an unauthorized copy of its Vanquish coupe, featuring only minor variations to it...
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Getting hot in here? Dyson’s fan heater spreads its cool factor around

Believe it or not, winter is over. That means it’s nearly time to pack up the space heater and pull out the fan, unless of course you have a machine that tackles both heating and cool. Designed for all-season usability, the new model has some updates from the old . In the nick of time for the warmer months, the new AM09 Hot + Cool machine from Dyson can switch from personal comfort control to a flow wide enough to cool or heat an entire roo...
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Brace yourselves for Fear the Walking Dead, the officially titled spin-off

Gear up, The Walking Dead fans. While you may be huddled in a ball right now wondering what to watch every Sunday night following this week’s season finale, get ready for the spin-off, which has now been given an official name – Fear the Walking Dead. The series, which  Variety  reports is set to debut some time this summer (yes!) on AMC, will follow what’s going on in the world of walkers/biters/roamers in another part of the U.S.: Los Ang...
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Speed up Chrome and save bandwidth with Google’s new Data Saver extension

Next time you’re saddled with a data cap or have to suffer through poor Wi-Fi, connecting to the Internet might not be as much of a chore if you browse with Chrome and the proper add-on. Earlier this week, Google quietly released Data Saver (Beta), an extension that routes traffic through the cloud to improve connectivity. As on Android , Data Saver for Chrome reduces bandwidth usage by compressing the pages you visit. Google servers act as...
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Ford’s 2015 Everest is the off-roading SUV we wish would come Stateside

Ford has done an amazing job unifying its lineup across a global market in the past couple years. Still, there are some very tantalizing vehicles that remain out of reach for us here in the U.S. One such vehicle is the Ford Everest, a mid-size SUV that does all the rough-and-tumble stuff a proper SUV should do. The Everest is a body-on-frame SUV based off of the Ranger mid-size pickup, which ceased being offered in the U.S. in 2011. Its mai...
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Watch muscle-bound Jake Gyllenhaal’s dramatic Southpaw trailer

Rocky reincarnated? Not quite. But if the trailer is any indication, Jake Gyllenhaal’s upcoming film Southpaw is poised to add another stellar notch in the actor’s growing belt of great films. Also starring Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Clare Foley, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, the trailer starts out looking like any other typical boxing flick. But it quickly morphs into an edge-of-your-seat look at a hot-headed boxer struggling with tr...
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Trends with Benefits: Nintendo nostalgia, forcefields, zapping pain with sound

Everyone of a certain age has fond memories of mashing buttons on a Nintendo controller as a kid, but is anyone anxiously awaiting a new console from Nintendo? If our panel is any indication, not really. But we’re all pretty ready to hand out cash for some classic characters on our smartphones, which Nintendo is also ready to embrace . Facebook doesn’t just want to link to articles anymore, it wants to publish them. And while they might loa...
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Spotify sees streaming ‘spike of sadness’ after One Direction shake-up

Over the past week, the world has heard collective teenage sobs from One Direction fans everywhere mourning the loss of member Zayn Malik, who confirmed he’d be leaving the boy band for an undisclosed reason. But despite the shake-up, the band of British/Irish 20-somethings is already cashing in on their fans’ misery: Spotify reports seeing a “spike of sadness” in streams of the band’s music, reports the LA Times , with massive increases in...
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DT Daily: DJI Phantom 2 Vision drone review

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