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26
Mar

After Math: Money, monie, moné


It’s been a stellar week for sales. Under Armor has a new 3D printed sneaker coming out, Adidas will knit you a sweater in 4 hours or less and Twitter is could soon be hawking premium Tweetdeck accounts. Numbers, because something something dollar bill, y’all.

26
Mar

The best hair dryer


By Shannon Palus

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer’s guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome’s independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.

After more than 20 hours of research and interviews, more than five hours of putting seven dryers to speed, heat, and time tests, and a holiday season’s worth of hair styling, we worked our way through all the marketing claims to find out that no hair dryer is going to make your hair look better or dry faster than the leading competition. The Xtava Peony tied for second-lightest of all the dryers we tested, has a curved handle and a long cord, and will make your hair look just as good as a dryer that costs 10 times the price. We’ve now used our top two picks for a year, and even after pitting them against a $400 luxury dryer, we still like them just as much.

Who should get this

If you have a hair dryer that’s 1,800 or more watts, not too heavy, and in possession of a long-enough cord, and—if you prefer a curly or wavy hairstyle—a diffuser attachment, you can stick with what you have now.

However, if you have a cheaper hair dryer that tires your wrists or is slowing down in its old age and you blow-dry your hair frequently, you might consider switching to our pick before your current one bites the dust. A good hair dryer isn’t just competent at getting the water off your hair: It’s light enough for you to hold above your head for several minutes, the buttons are easy to push without getting in your way, the handle fits easily in your hand, and the plastic’s finish feels nice.

How we picked and tested

An armful of the dryers we considered. Photo: Michael Hession

Most of the buzzwords and specs on hair dryer boxes are useless at best and pseudoscience at worst. No clinical studies say one type of hair dryer is better for your hair than another—at least, none that we, nor the dermatologists that we interviewed, could find. After speaking to experts, I looked for hair dryers that were hot and fast. A few qualities that don’t have anything to do with speed or heat helped us narrow down what to test: multiple heat settings, a cool-shot button, a nozzle that’s compatible with attachments, and an intake filter that’s removable so that you can clean out debris. I also considered cord length, diffuser attachments, and how a dryer felt to hold. See more about hair dryer claims and the features that matter in our full guide.

To test, I looked at the basic stats of seven hair dryers (plus the Dyson Supersonic, a luxury dryer released after the initial round of testing), using a weather meter to test speed and heat, an iPhone app to test volume in decibels, and a postage scale to weigh them.

Next, I timed them drying a swatch of hair wetted with five grams of water with the dryers on their highest setting. With a few dryers eliminated, I put my four favorites to a few more time tests with the hair swatch and took them home for a couple weeks to use daily. I found few differences in drying time, but I did learn that a number of other features, like button placement and size, cord length, and weight are rarely discussed but are very important to the overall experience of using a hair dryer.

Our pick

The Xtava Peony, our top pick. Photo: Michael Hession

This dryer is as inexpensive as a dryer you’d find at a drugstore, but it will dry your hair just as well as a luxury device. It’s lighter than most we tested, smaller, and by far the easiest one to hold, and has a nicely curved handle. The buttons on this one are all located in a logical position. (Sounds like a small thing, but we disqualified one dryer from our favorites for having buttons that would poke your hand.)

Most important, it gets the job done just as quickly as every other dryer we tested: The Xtava Peony took about the same amount of time to blow-dry a hair swatch in testing trials as the rest, and the same amount of time to blow-dry my head of hair during my morning routine, as nearly every other dryer I tested. It made my hair look just as nice as the $300 dryer I tested did.

This dryer’s housing is shiny and sleek. Sure, that’s superficial, but the way the housing looks was the only difference that I noticed between the drugstore dryers and the stuff on sale at Sephora. With its sleek design, this one won’t look cheap sitting in a fancy bathroom.

Runner-up

Our runner-up pick, the Rusk CTC Lite. The cool-shot button is the wide blue one near the top of the handle. Photo: Michael Hession

The Rusk CTC Lite is lighter than almost all dryers we looked at. The buttons were all nicely placed—easy to push but hard to push accidentally—and the cord is long enough (8 feet, 7 inches) to reach distant outlets. The housing is nice: It’s glossy, the logo is understated, and the nozzle is on the shorter side. The sound of the air is smooth. It comes with both a concentrator and a diffuser.

At 0.95 pounds, the Rusk CTC Lite is very, very light. Of the seven dryers we tested, it was second lightest by only 0.04 pounds. Like the Xtava, the buttons are easy to reach. Unlike other dryers, the cool-shot button is wide, so holding it down for several seconds won’t be uncomfortable.

The CTC Lite was originally our top pick, until it doubled in price, making it more expensive than the Xtava. We like the sleek black design and lighter weight a little better than the Xtava’s—but because they do the same thing for your hair, we don’t feel the CTC Lite is worth the extra cost for most people.

Budget pick

The Conair Comfort Touch Tourmaline Ceramic dryer, our budget pick. Photo: Michael Hession

Our pick is already on the inexpensive side for a dryer, but another one we liked is about the same price and includes a diffuser. If you don’t dry your hair often or our top pick is sold out and you want a dryer that comes with a diffuser and you have an outlet near your mirror, the Conair Comfort Touch dryer will do a good job and doesn’t have any hugely annoying design features. What makes this dryer less desirable than our other picks is the clunky and cheap casing: it has a thicker handle and a shorter cord that make it harder to maneuver.

This guide may have been updated by The Sweethome. To see the current recommendation, please go here.

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26
Mar

Cut the cord: Three easy ways to add Bluetooth to your car


In-vehicle technology has changed drastically over the past few years, leading many people to wonder whether they need to upgrade their rides for the latest and greatest convenience features. If they don’t, they might be stuck with outdated equipment.

Fortunately, there’s another option. Some of the most useful connectivity and convenience technologies can be added to older cars with nearly the same ease-of-use and functionality as OE (original equipment) systems. Among these add-ons, the most popular and essential feature is Bluetooth. And since Bluetooth has been around for years, it’s dead simple to integrate and is extraordinarily versatile.

Within your vehicle, Bluetooth can be used for voice calls (channeling the phone’s audio through your car’s speakers) or to stream music from your smartphone. Some systems are limited to calls, but the majority of aftermarket units can connect both voice and music. As you can imagine, Bluetooth integration can significantly reduce driver distraction, making it a fundamental tool for just about anyone. In fact, most states have laws that require hands-free calling while driving.

With this in mind, let’s review the three ways you can quickly, easily, and affordably add Bluetooth functionality to your vehicle.

Option 1: Universal systems

iClever Himbox HB01

iClever Himbox HB01

If pulling wires apart just isn’t your cup of tea, by far the easiest way to add Bluetooth is with a universal kit. As the name implies, these standalone units work in just about any car thanks to a built-in speaker and microphone. Many of these systems clip onto your sun visor or can be mounted wherever you’d like with suction cups or tape.

More: The 5 Best Head-up Displays

There are pros and cons to these systems. On the plus side, many universal kits can be easily moved from vehicle to vehicle, so if you do a lot of car swapping and don’t want to pay for multiple units, you can just take the device with you. Unfortunately, systems that don’t wire into your factory audio unit won’t be able to integrate with your phone’s music apps.

There are a few universal devices that will wire into your head unit and can add music streaming to the list of functionalities, but that makes the installation process a bit more complicated. These devices usually range in price from $40 to $200.

Option 2: Aftermarket audio units

Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

Pioneer AVH-X4500BT

Replacing your vehicle’s head unit is a great option for those that want the greatest range of audio functionality. This process does require some labor, and you’ll need to embrace the “aftermarket” look of your new system, but most devices come with easy-to-follow instructions. With patience, common tools, and a couple hours, most people can replace their stereo system. Don’t want the hassle? Many electronics stores offer installation for around $100.

There’s a broad range of replacement stereo systems on the market. Fortunately, even the most affordable units feature Bluetooth integration for hands-free calling. As you work up the price ladder, other features like Bluetooth music streaming, complete smartphone integration (so you can access your phone’s apps through the car stereo), text messaging (reading your messages out loud so you keep your eyes on the road), and voice commands become available.

The sheer number of devices on the market also means you’re likely to find a unit that closely matches your stock setup in color and design. Prices for these devices start as low as $40 and swing up to several hundred dollars.

Option 3: Vehicle-specific adapters

Audiovox Carstream Bluetooth Interface

Audiovox Carstream Bluetooth Interface

If you love the look of your vehicle’s stock stereo system and don’t mind getting your wires crossed (bad pun, sorry), then a vehicle-specific adapter with Bluetooth functionality may be perfect for you.

The best part of a factory adapter is that it has been specifically engineered for your make and model vehicle, so you’ll have the best possible audio quality and vehicle-specific installation instructions. If you just want Bluetooth for hands-free calling and possibly music streaming (some systems are restricted to phone audio), then there’s no need to replace your entire head unit.

Installation time and difficulty will depend on the manufacturer, but most systems require you to remove the factory stereo, wire in the adapter, then route a wired microphone to the back of the head unit. When all’s said and done, you’ll be able to make and answer calls via Bluetooth through your factory system. In addition to maintaining the stock aesthetic, these adapters are usually pretty cheap, with the average setup costing less than $100. Luxury automakers generally charge more for their devices, but hey, what else is new.

26
Mar

How to not suck at darts? Get a motion-tracking dartboard


Why it matters to you

Forget about practice or a steady hand — with this dartboard you can’t miss.

Ever wonder what former NASA engineers do for fun? If they’re like Mark Rober, they spend their time inventing awesome techy gadgets and making YouTube videos about them. Rober’s last effort, spotted by Gizmodo, should be in every bar, pub, and club: a motion-tracking dartboard that guarantees bullseyes.

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Your dart has to reach the same wall the dartboard is hanging on, so there are some limitations, but for most players, it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.

More: Here are the 14 most ridiculous Rube Goldberg Machines ever built, in no particular order

According to Rober, it took him and another former rocket scientist named John more than three years to design, build, and get the kinks out of the dartboard.

There were two major problems to solve. The first challenge was to predict where the trajectory of a dart thrown from the regulation distance would land. The throw occurs in about 200 milliseconds or one-fifth of a second. Apparently, that’s loads of time from a NASA perspective.

Rober and his buddy positioned six Vicon motion-tracking cameras with infrared sensors between the throwing line and the dark board. The cameras coordinate to determine the parabola of the thrown dart and a linked computer does the math to determine the exact two-dimensional coordinates of the spot where the dart will hit.

The darts are regulation models fitted with infrared reflectors so the cameras can track them regardless of what else is in the background.

The second challenge was to figure out how to get the dartboard to move so the bullseye would be in the location where the dark landed. This positioning also has to happen within 200 milliseconds.

Six stepper motors attached to the back of the dartboard with fishing line move it into position. The cameras keep running and the trajectory tracking continues throughout so within the last fifth of a second the board can be repositioned up to 100 times to be in the exact spot.

The final result, as you can see, works perfectly. When Rober took the setup to a local bar for testing “in the wild” the reception was enthusiastic — to the point that one participant hollered, “I used to suck at darts!”

Obviously, they gave that guy the correct dart. Rober also has a dart that will move the board in the opposite direction so no matter how great your shot, you’re guaranteed to miss.

26
Mar

How to install Microsoft Edge Extensions


While Microsoft Edge has now supported extensions for months, the number of extensions remains relatively limited in comparison to the competition. Nonetheless, there are several useful offerings currently available. How does one go about installing these extensions in Microsoft Edge? Check out the step-by-step instructions below for all the details.

Step 1

The first step is a rather obvious one: Launch Microsoft Edge. You will notice an ellipses in the upper-right corner of the browser window. Click the icon, which will open a drop-down menu. Then, click Extensions in the resulting menu to open the Extensions window.

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Step 2

Here, you can see which (if any) extensions you’ve previously installed, and access their respective settings. In order to find new extensions to install, you’ll need to download them from the Windows Store. You can browse all available extensions by clicking the blue Get extensions from the Store link.

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Step 3

Once you’ve launched the Windows Store, you should see a list of all available extensions for Microsoft Edge. Scroll through, and find whichever app you’d like to install. Once you’ve picked one, click its icon, which will open up the extension’s page. If it’s available as a free download, you can click the blue Free button to begin installation; if it’s paid, the button will list the download price. Either way, Windows will notify you once the extension has been downloaded and installed successfully.

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Step 4

If you wish to locate an extension in your browser’s navigation bar, you’ll need to enable this separately — and it only works for certain extensions. To do so, click the ellipses in the upper-right corner to open the extensions window again, and select Extensions. Then, click the settings icon for the extension in question and toggle Show button next to address bar so that it is set to on. If you wish to hide any extensions, you can do so in the same way — just make sure the option is set to off instead of on.

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Conclusion

Edge extensions can significantly enhance your browser’s functionality, while letting you clip webpages to OneNote, block ads, send webpages to Pocket, and carry out a host other useful actions. As previously mentioned, Microsoft’s browser is also gaining new extensions with every passing day. They’re developed in a similar way to Chrome extensions, and so as Edge gains market share, it’s likely that more developers will begin porting their extensions. In the meantime, keep checking the Windows Store for your favorite extension, and don’t hesitate to ask the developer when their Edge extension will arrive.

26
Mar

Huawei P9 vs. P10: Which stylish Huawei phone is best for you?


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Chinese smartphone giant Huawei unveiled the newest addition to its flagship smartphone lineup, the P-series. The new P10 is laden with new features and improvements over last year’s model. The P9, however, was largely well received and universally praised. Does the P10 live up to the standards set by its predecessor? Read on to find out how the P9 and P10 stack up against one another in the spec department.

More: GoPro’s Quik video editor is now a native app for Huawei P10 smartphones

Specs

Huawei P10

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Huawei P9

Size
145.3 x 69.3 x 7 millimeters (5.72 x 2.73 x 0.28 inches)
145 x 70.9 x 7 millimeters (5.71 x 2.79 x 0.28 inches)
Weight
5.11 ounces (145 grams)
5 ounces (144 grams)
Screen
5.1-inch IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen
5.2-inch IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen
Resolution
1,080 x 1,920 pixels (432 ppi)
1,080 x 1,920 pixels (423 ppi)
OS
Android 7.0 Nougat (EMUI 5.1)
Android 6.0 Marshmallow (EMUI 4.1), upgradable to 7.0
Storage
64GB
32/64GB
MicroSD card slot
Yes
Yes
NFC support
Yes
Yes, EVA-L09 only
Processor
Kirin 960 2.4 GHz Octa-core
Kirin 955 2.5GHz Octa-core
RAM
4GB
3/4GB
Connectivity
LTE, GSM, HSPA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, GALILEO GPS
LTE, GSM, HSPA, a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Camera
20-megapixel monochrome + 12-megapixel color rear cameras with OIS, 8-megapixel front
Dual 12-megapixel rear, 8-megapixel front
Video
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps
1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps
Bluetooth
Yes, version 4.2
Yes, version 4.2
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Yes
Other sensors
Gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity, compass
Gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity, compass
Water resistant
No
No
Battery
3,200mAh (TYP)
3,000mAh
Ports
USB-C, headphone
USB-C, headphone
Marketplace
Google Play Store
Google Play Store
Color offerings
Ceramic White, Dazzling Blue, Dazzling Gold, Prestige Gold, Graphite Black, Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, Greenery
Ceramic White, Haze Gold, Rose Gold, Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver, Prestige Gold, Red, Blue
Availability
None in USA
Amazon
Price
€650
$429
DT review
Hands-on
4 out of 5 stars

Power and productivity

Huawei P9
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Assuming there aren’t any unforeseen problems with the P10, it promises to be more powerful than the P9 in nearly every way. The P10 is equipped with a Huawei Kirin 960 processor, which is simply a newer iteration of the Kirin 955 chip that runs the P9. This translates to quicker performance overall, allowing apps to load quicker, games to perform better, and video to play without pause. Both phones are also available with 64GB of onboard storage — and both can be upgraded via an SD card — though there’s a cheaper model of the P9 that comes with 32GB.

More: 6 pro tips to taking amazing portrait photos with the Huawei P10

Each phone runs on 4GB of RAM — the cheaper models of the P9 have 3GB — and in terms of connectivity, there’s very little separating the two. In fact, the only notable difference here is the P10’s inclusion of the superior GALILEO GPS system, which provides a higher degree of location accuracy than the traditional GPS systems installed in the P9.

Winner: Huawei P10

Design and display

In comparison to most smartphone lineup, the P-series is practically bursting with personality. Each phone is available in a bevy of cool colors, so you won’t get stuck with drab blacks and grays that might otherwise cramp your style. The unique “hyper diamond cut” technique used on the body of the P10 also gives it a reflective sheen (especially in the dazzling blue color) and promises to reduce fingerprint visibility. Don’t sleep on the P9, though. The P9 is a handsome phone in its own right, even if it’s not quite as vibrant.

Both phones are nearly the exact same size, though the P9 is a bit lighter than its younger sibling. Their screens are basically identical, boasting the same 1,080 x 1,920-pixel resolution, and they’re both wrapped in Cornish Gorilla Glass 3 for maximum protection. While the P9’s fingerprint sensor was located on its rear, Huawei decided to relocate the feature on the P10, bringing the gesture-sensitive sensor to the front of the phone, directly below the screen.

While the P9’s touch sensor allowed users to access the notifications menu and perform other actions related to the camera, the front-mounted sensor on the P10 supports several different gestures, replacing the traditional “Home,” “Back,” and “Multi-task” buttons. It’s a cool idea, but we’re not sure if the change will make for any practical use. Really, Huawei didn’t introduce anything groundbreaking in terms of design. The P9 was a well-designed phone to begin with, and we expect the P10 to be more of the same.

Winner: Tie

Software

Huawei P9
Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

From the outside, it doesn’t look like Huawei changed much with the P10. Taking a deeper look, though, they’re not as similar as they might seem. While the P9 runs natively on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and uses Huawei’s custom EMUI 4.1, the P10 easily outstrips it. On top of Android OS 7.0 Nougat, EMUI 5.1 — the skin that introduced machine learning capability to Huawei’s phones — makes the user interface and experience much simpler and more enjoyable. Both configurations are based upon Huawei’s Emotion UI, which is similar to the iPhone.

More: If bokeh effect selfies are your thing, you’ll love the new Huawei P10 Lite

With the P10, apps are quicker to open and close, and the interface is set up in such a way that nearly all functions can be accessed in less than three taps. The new EMUI’s “learning” ability automatically manages resources based on recently-used apps, thus ensuring that your phone performs best while you’re using your favorite apps and functions.

Winner: Huawei P10

Camera

Last year’s P9 was well-received, namely because of its photo-taking and video-recording capabilities. Dual 12-megapixel Leica cameras with F/2.2 apertures adorn the phone’s rear, along with a back-illuminated CMOS sensor. The front camera isn’t too shabby either, clocking in at a more-than-respectable 8 megapixels. At the time of the P9’s release, few smartphones boasted cameras this sharp.

Nearly a year later, however, Huawei has improved upon its winning formula. The P10 is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to photography, featuring dual Leica cameras — this time, one 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and one 12-megapixel color sensor — in the rear, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Also, while the P9’s camera and camera software focused largely on landscapes, the P10 boasts unique, 190-point facial mapping to improve visibility and clarity in all types of lighting.

In addition, Huawei took the popular bokeh mode and added it to both rear lenses, and the front camera (also a Leica collaboration) has improved brightness and a wider dynamic range. The P10 is simply a superior shooter.

Winner: Huawei P10

Pricing and availability

So far, Huawei hasn’t announced any plans to bring the P10 to America, though it’s not out of the question. At CES 2017, the Mate 9 was released domestically, several months after its international release. The P9 can now be purchased anywhere — though, some colors are restricted — and costs an upwards of $400.

The P10 is set to release internationally sometime in March, but we’re not sure exactly when. It’ll cost 650 euros, which translates to roughly $700, but we have no idea when (or if) it’ll show up in the states. If you want one of these phones right now, the P9 is your only option.

Winner: Huawei P9

Overall winner: Huawei P10

Despite the fact that you can’t currently purchase the Huawei P10 (and we don’t know if that’ll ever be a possibility in the U.S.), it’s still clearly a superior phone. Generally speaking, when it comes to flagship phone lines, a higher number means a better phone, and the P-series is no exception.

Camera fiends — especially Leica enthusiasts — will love both phones, but the P10 is simply more powerful and features a better, more efficient UI. If at some point, you have the opportunity (and the funds) to acquire either the P9 or P10, your decision should be an easy one.

26
Mar

Anonymously surf the web across all your devices for only $60


Privacy is everything nowadays. It’s hotly debated online, in political forums, and huge corporations are regularly selling our information so that other corporations can, in turn, make money off of us as well. A lot of folks are OK with that and view it as “just the way the world works” and other folks are tinfoil and don’t even have a landline telephone. But you don’t have to belong to either extreme camp — you can meet privacy and online freedom right in the middle.

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What you need is a VPN or “virtual private network”. A VPN helps you browse the web anonymously by masking your online identity, thus preventing data mining, blocking ads and malware, cloaks your IP address, and more. In an age where identity theft, cloud leaks, and more are made easier thanks to the internet, you can protect yourself and feel at ease online.

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The Private Internet Access VPN allows you to use up to five devices at once without limiting bandwidth so that you and the rest of your family can browse the internet in anonymity. This type of service is usually $166 for a two-year subscription, but through Android Central Digital Offers, you can subscribe for $59.95, a savings of 63%. This VPN is perfect if you worry about your online privacy or if you like to view content from all over the world, since it bypasses censorship filters, freeing your from geographic filters. And, if the VPN connection is unexpectedly terminated, you can flip off your internet connection with a killswitch, so that you’re not left open to any type of online attack.

If you hate online ads and you prefer your online identity and personal information to remain a secret, then a VPN is just what you need. Viewing unrestricted content from around the world is a bonus! You could end up spending hundreds on a VPN, especially if you’re signing up for a multi-year period, but at Android Central Digital Offers, you can subscribe to Private Internet Access for only $59.95 and browse safely, securely, and most importantly: anonymously.

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26
Mar

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Self-cleaning gym bags and coffee table Pong


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At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion crowdfunding campaigns on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. In this column, we cut through all the worthless wearables and Oculus Rift ripoffs to round up the week’s most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects. But don’t grab your wallet just yet. Keep in mind that any crowdfunded project can fail — even the most well-intentioned. Do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

Z Grills Elite 900: wood pellet grill

When it comes to grilling, some people prefer the simplicity of propane, whereas others are die hard charcoal advocates. But no matter what side you’re on, there’s no denying that when it comes to flavor, nothing holds a candle to wood fire grills.

As fuel, wood pellets are inherently more complex and flavorful than propane gas or charcoal briquettes, so they naturally impart your food with more complex and enjoyable flavors. The only downside, however, is that they’re notoriously needy. Making sure your grill is at the correct temperature requires a level of attention that most grill enthusiasts simply can’t commit to.

The Z Grills wants to change that with its new Elite 900. This pellet-powered beast is designed to alleviate all the usability issues typically associated with wood-fired grills. The key to the system is a Z Grills’ digital temperature control system, which automatically adds pellets as needed to regulate the temperature. while convection heat distribution technology ensures food gets cooked evenly. Put simply, this grill gets you wood fire flavor with a level of simplicity usually only enjoyed by propane users.

Read more here

26
Mar

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Self-cleaning gym bags and coffee table Pong


awesome-tech-you-cant-buy-yet-280x75.png

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion crowdfunding campaigns on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. In this column, we cut through all the worthless wearables and Oculus Rift ripoffs to round up the week’s most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects. But don’t grab your wallet just yet. Keep in mind that any crowdfunded project can fail — even the most well-intentioned. Do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

Z Grills Elite 900: wood pellet grill

When it comes to grilling, some people prefer the simplicity of propane, whereas others are die hard charcoal advocates. But no matter what side you’re on, there’s no denying that when it comes to flavor, nothing holds a candle to wood fire grills.

As fuel, wood pellets are inherently more complex and flavorful than propane gas or charcoal briquettes, so they naturally impart your food with more complex and enjoyable flavors. The only downside, however, is that they’re notoriously needy. Making sure your grill is at the correct temperature requires a level of attention that most grill enthusiasts simply can’t commit to.

The Z Grills wants to change that with its new Elite 900. This pellet-powered beast is designed to alleviate all the usability issues typically associated with wood-fired grills. The key to the system is a Z Grills’ digital temperature control system, which automatically adds pellets as needed to regulate the temperature. while convection heat distribution technology ensures food gets cooked evenly. Put simply, this grill gets you wood fire flavor with a level of simplicity usually only enjoyed by propane users.

Read more here

26
Mar

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Self-cleaning gym bags and coffee table Pong


awesome-tech-you-cant-buy-yet-280x75.png

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion crowdfunding campaigns on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. In this column, we cut through all the worthless wearables and Oculus Rift ripoffs to round up the week’s most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects. But don’t grab your wallet just yet. Keep in mind that any crowdfunded project can fail — even the most well-intentioned. Do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

Z Grills Elite 900: wood pellet grill

When it comes to grilling, some people prefer the simplicity of propane, whereas others are die hard charcoal advocates. But no matter what side you’re on, there’s no denying that when it comes to flavor, nothing holds a candle to wood fire grills.

As fuel, wood pellets are inherently more complex and flavorful than propane gas or charcoal briquettes, so they naturally impart your food with more complex and enjoyable flavors. The only downside, however, is that they’re notoriously needy. Making sure your grill is at the correct temperature requires a level of attention that most grill enthusiasts simply can’t commit to.

The Z Grills wants to change that with its new Elite 900. This pellet-powered beast is designed to alleviate all the usability issues typically associated with wood-fired grills. The key to the system is a Z Grills’ digital temperature control system, which automatically adds pellets as needed to regulate the temperature. while convection heat distribution technology ensures food gets cooked evenly. Put simply, this grill gets you wood fire flavor with a level of simplicity usually only enjoyed by propane users.

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