The Sweethome: The Best Dutch Oven

You could spend a lot more on a Dutch oven, but for $75 the 6-quart Lodge Color Enamel Dutch Oven offers everything you need to make great braises and stews, and even bake no-knead bread. This durable, well-designed pot kept pace with ovens four times the price from well-known French manufacturers. It seared, braised, steamed, … Read more


The Wirecutter: A Realist’s Guide to CES 2015

It’s obvious that streaming is the new black (or whatever), and Google is hoping to piggyback on the success of Chromecast with Google Cast for audio, baking in Google-flavored music streaming into a variety of audio hardware. There will be no shortage of content to stream—Google has already announced compatibility with Google Play Music, NPR One, … Read more

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The Wirecutter: The Best Hand Warmer

Whether you’re commuting to an office, or your “office” is the great outdoors itself, you may occasionally need a little help to keep the winter chill at bay. A hand warmer does exactly that. After spending more than 48 hours on new research and testing this year to compare eight different hand warmers (including those … Read more


Macworld: Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home

Harmony’s biggest flaw continues to be the setup process. Logitech attempts to simplify it with an iOS app, but the setup options are too limited to allow you to make all the tweaks necessary to perfect all of your activities. For that, you’ll still need to dip into the clunky desktop application. When you get … Read more


Gadgetsteria: Bowers & Wilkins Z2

For it’s size, the Z2 offers remarkably big sound, but that’s what you get for four bills. It’s lacking some of the bass punch of larger siblings the A7 and Zeppelin, but the pair of 3.5-inch full-range drivers easily fill a living room or bedroom, with plenty of volume to spare.

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Record Club #2: The Lemonheads, It’s a Shame About Ray

I got in the car, and slid in the CD that was hanging out of the dash. As we screeched out of the parking lot, the guitars kicked in, Evan Dando’s voice came pouring out of the speakers, and my life changed ever-so-slightly.


Mac|Life: Dropcam HD Review

The webcam on your Mac is great for FaceTime, but sometimes you need to keep tabs on something besides your desk. For keeping track of pets & babies, or that annoying kid down the street who keeps knocking over your garbage cans, Dropcam HD offers streaming video and sound to the internet, or your iPhone or iPad.