It's hard to ignore Valentine's Day whether you're excited about it or absolutely loathe it. The supermarket aisles are full of pink and red things. Cupids dangle from unexpected places. Shelves buckle under heaps of heart-shaped candy. Whether this is your first or your fiftieth Valentines Day with your sweetie, or if you plan to spend the evening with your pals, these apps can turn it into a fun time. Now playing: Watch this: Gifts for your 'foodie' Valentine 1:08 Get the food rightIf you're confident in your cooking abilities and want to impress your date, check out BigOven (download for iOS or Android). The app has more than 350,000 recipes and seasonal collections that are sure to impress. Mark and organize your recipes under Favorite or Try and create folders and categories. BigOven can also create grocery lists, take pantry inventory, and sort items by store department or recipe. As you shop, you can check the items off or remove them from your list.If you'd rather … [Read more...] about 8 apps to help plan your best Valentine’s Day
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Vuzix, the long-enduring company behind the Blade AR Smart Glasses, is continuing its slow-but-steady global expansion into Japan, where it has received certification for sale. Though growth has been modest, the company has demonstrated surprising resilience in a turbulent technology market long dogged by hype and misplaced expectations.Vuzix has been around since 1997, making it the elder statesman of AR wearables, but 2019 is looking to be a benchmark year. After more than two decades suffering the roller coaster of market expectations in the smart glasses sector, the company is getting positive buzz following a strong showing of its new Blade Smart Glasses at CES 2019, where it won an Innovation Award. The new Blade, which actually looks like a regular (if beefy) pair of sunglasses, is getting high marks in tech media as the most practical AR glasses available for consumer and enterprise use. must read Augmented and virtual reality mean business: Everything you need to … [Read more...] about Smart Glasses: AR stalwart has staying power thanks to slow growth and old school economics
It was a humid, overcast day in Miami, and I needed to get from the city’s crowded downtown to the trendy, mural-splashed neighborhood of Wynwood. I pulled out my phone, tapped an app, and hailed a self-driving car. A few minutes later, a Ford Fusion crowned with cameras and high-powered sensors crawled up to the curb. The street sign above me read “No Parking: Autonomous Vehicles Only.” Good thing: I got in, buckled up, and away we went. Of course, none of it was real. The app, the sign, my destinations… all of it was part of a day-long, intricately choreographed pageant put on by Ford to offer a glimpse of its autonomous future. It was like Ford carved out a mini-Westworld in the middle of downtown Miami to show off what was possible. But weirdly enough, the only thing that was real was the self-driving cars. On Wednesday, Ford summoned myself and about two dozen other reporters to Miami to show off the progress it has made over the last year of testing in … [Read more...] about Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?
How invested should we be in Moe’s happiness? Springfield’s worst barkeep and intermittent stalker creepo is traditionally played for a joke, specifically as a collection of disreputable businessman tropes and depressive, lonely guy dark comedy. “Looks like it’s suicide again for me,” might be Moe’s motto, going back as far as anyone can remember, with season 24's “Whiskey Business” being the most recent—and most sustained—reemergence of the idea that Moe Szyslak is The Simpsons’ walking embodiment of the phrase “better off dead.” As with nearly every character in The Simpsons’ teeming population of recurring stereotypes, however, 30 seasons have seen the writers turning to Moe often enough that the poor schlub has developed sufficient layers to qualify as something of a tragic hero in his own, very occasional A-story. While never losing sight of his innate creepiness, venality, and general lack of … [Read more...] about Moe gets his heart broken again, but
When Google released the Pixel last year, it was taking a stand. No longer would Google hardware be tainted with the brands and logos of other companies, even if behind the scenes, Google still needed help from those same companies to actually build its phones. And despite designs that were almost offensively ugly, a lack of standard flagship features such as water-resistance and expandable storage, and massive supply chain problems that made it hard to actually buy one months after its initial release, there were bright spots like the Pixel’s excellent HDR photo mode and an untainted Android experience. But now, 12 months down the road and with $1 billion of newly acquired tech and personnel, it’s imperative for Google to take the next steps in maturing as a device maker if it wants to makes those bets on homegrown hardware actually pay off. And at first glance, it seems like Google is delivering. Both the 5-inch Pixel 2 and 6-inch Pixel 2 XL come with IP67 … [Read more...] about Pixel 2 Review: Google Sticks to What It Does Best