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Entertaining Home Technologies

Ever since the advent of the first radios and TVs, home entertainment has been a relatively high-tech enterprise, but in the past few years, there has been a revolution in the quality of sights and sounds available. This arena continues to be an experimental space for new and improved technologies t...

The Tech-Adept Kitchen: A Home’s Heart – and Brain

We might never get to the point of having a Jetsons-like kitchen that prepares our meals for us, but some recent advances in kitchen technology are getting close to that. Programmable ovens and stoves with pre-set recipes and instructions for various dishes, for instance, take much of the guesswork ...

Home Smart Home

Tim Shriver likes to talk to his house. "Turn the porch light on at 3 p.m.," he says through an intercom to the female voice that belongs to his house. She confirms that she will make sure the light comes on as instructed. "Open my shopping list, and add apples, bananas and bread," he continues. Sh...

Cleaning Up With High-Tech Housekeeping Tools

Marla Cilley, aka the FlyLady, knows a thing or two about housecleaning. One of those things is that it's hard to get motivated to do it. To address this problem, she created an empire around inspiring others to step up their housecleaning game. "We do behavior modification through email, Facebook a...

The Smarter, Safer Tech-Adept Home

Forget to turn on your security system at your home in Denver, and you're on a business trip in Chicago? No problem: With the tap of a finger on a touchscreen, you can switch it on. And while you're at it, you can adjust your home's temperature and flip on a few lights as well. In the converging wor...

Mean and Green: Next-Gen Turbochargers

Turbochargers once were associated more with high performance than with efficiency. New turbocharging systems, however, tell a different story. By using otherwise wasted exhaust to provide a power boost, they allow car manufacturers to create smaller engines that act more like larger ones. "Turbocha...

What’s New in the Electric Car Boutiques

In 2003, a group of engineers got together in Menlo Park, Calif., and began developing an all-new electric vehicle -- what would become the world's first highway-capable electric car. "[They] wanted to show the world that electric vehicles could be awesome," said Khobi Brooklyn, a spokesperson for t...

Driving Into the Future: Autonomous Cars

Self-driving cars are no longer just the stuff of science fiction. Increasingly, they're becoming a reality. For the last several years, Google has been testing self-driving, autonomous vehicles in California -- and if they ever become mainstream, their promise is better controlled and less deadly r...

Big Biker Hangout: The Web

When biker Robert Swidersky learned about BikerOrNot.com from his son a few years ago, he decided he'd give it a shot. "The more I used it, the more I found things I liked," said Swidersky. "I was informed about rides and events around me, and I could also inform others about rides and events, meet ...

Keeping a Lid on It: New Motorcycle Helmet Technologies

It's extremely important to wear helmets when riding motorcycles, according to Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, but that's not just her personal opinion -- it's based on clear facts about what happens in the case of a crash. "We know from research that every time a ...

Riding on Electricity

They don't make any noise. They don't vibrate. They don't rely on the many tiny controlled explosions of internal combustion. Electric motorcycles, in short, are completely different beasts from their gasoline cousins. "It's the magic carpet ride," said Abe Askenazi, chief technology officer for ele...

Online Medical Resources: The Doctor Is Always In

Online medical resources are improving healthcare, access to information and communication between patients and physicians. Patients -- and even doctors -- who want more information about a health topic are more likely to turn to the Web than any other source, and that trend is only increasing. This...

Eating Right: There Are Apps – and More – for That

One day, Hemi Weingarten's wife brought home some glow-in-the-dark yogurt for their three young children. He read the ingredient list to find out how the strawberries could be so red, and finding "Red #40," looked it up online. He was surprised to discover that it was a controversial chemical banned...

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Finding Your Place in the Sun: Solar Industry Jobs

Solar is no longer on the back burner; it's right there at the front of the stove, demanding that economists and job seekers alike take notice. "It's a tough environment, but I think it will continue to grow," said Gerald Kelly, communications director for Third Sun Solar. "As we move forward as a...

Mobile Apps to Keep Your Mind on Your Money

Managing personal finances once involved lots of paper. Then computer programs came along that helped simplify the process. Now a multitude of mobile apps are available to help people attend to money matters on the go. "It's very convenient to have it in your pocket on your phone," said Garth Scrivn...

The Reading Revolution

Books, writing and text aren't going away, but with the proliferation of digital devices, tablets and smartphones, along with the apps that serve them, the written word is evolving in new and intriguing ways. In fact, the evolution of digital books is, in some ways, making reading cool again. "With ...

Adventures in Invention: Printing Objects

Maybe the "printer" part of "3D printer" is not exactly the right word, since printing has so long been thought of as a two-dimensional process of applying ink to paper. But the term, like the 3D printing process itself, seems to be here to stay. 3D printers, which use a wide range of technologies ...

The New Digitally Driven Generation of Artists

Our world has gone digital, so it makes sense that the worlds created by artists are going digital as well. A new generation of artists is blending creativity, art and technology in innovative and unpredictable ways -- a process of testing limits and pushing boundaries that artists have always done....

Mixed Messages: If a Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words, What’s a Video Worth?

Say you're a real estate agent, and you want to show a new listing to your client. You don't want to just email a link to information about the house, however; you want to personalize it somehow. Like, perhaps, with a video of yourself describing and selling the good points of that property to your...

Figuring Out Your Carbon Footprint’s Shoe Size

It's not easy going green. There are, however, software programs and online assessment tools that can measure a business's carbon footprint and help make it smaller. Every technology in business uses energy and has a carbon footprint -- from the lights in the ceiling to the data center they illumina...

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