Gadgets

Get hypnotized by this LED rotating ice bucket

Finding the perfect beverage is a goal worth striving for. After all, nothing gets better than perfect. Why settle for a lukewarm drink when a crisp, cool, refreshing one could be had instead? Unfortunately, like all good things in life, obtaining top-level drink enlightenment requires some amount of planning. Luckily, there is a quality shortcut.

The Vinotemp Epicureanist Quick Chill Ice Bucket ($89) chills bottles of booze, wine and soda quickly and easily at a moment's notice. The efficient bottle chiller outpaces that other quick chilling option (but saves freezer interiors from burst bottles). By rotating the bottle in … Read more

Food-gnashing compost container tops Grommet awards

The Ecotonix Green Cycler is a compost container for a new age. It doesn't just sit around in your kitchen, silently holding your vegetable scraps. It takes those scraps and eats them up, grinding them into little bits for faster, more convenient composting in your compost bin. The Green Cycler was just honored as a winner of product-launch platform The Grommet's product-pitch showdown, taking top honors in the ready-for-market category.

The $99 Green Cycler first launched in 2012 and has gone through some updates since then. It features a crank-powered set of shredder blades that grind food waste down into a size that composts much more quickly than big chunks.… Read more

A standalone Samsung Gear could be a sign of things to come

Samsung may be setting its Gear free.

The Korean electronics giant is reportedly working on a version of the Gear with its own cellular connection, according to the Korea Herald. The publication reported that Samsung and SK Telecom, Korea's biggest wireless company, are in talks to release a variant of the wearable in South Korea with a universal subscriber identity module, or USIM, that allows it to connect to a wireless network. Indeed, Samsung has been working on a standalone Gear for some time, people familiar with the company's plans have told CNET.

Samsung, for its part, declined … Read more

Get a smartphone-controlled RC race car for $39.99

I've never met a kid who didn't love radio-controlled cars, and I know plenty of adults who dig 'em as well.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, StackSocial has the Griffin Moto TC Rally RC car for $39.99, shipped. It normally sells for $99.99, and the best price I've seen elsewhere is around $60.

First things first: This is no wimpy little racer. The Moto TC Rally measures around 10 inches long and sits on big rubber tires atop an independent shock-absorbing suspension. It's far more substantial than you'd expect, and … Read more

Lunch on the go with Crock-Pot to go

The lunchtime conundrum is a troublesome question. As the meal that falls squarely in the middle of the day, it requires a certain amount of planning. One could choose to go out for lunch, visiting some place in a familiar radius when the lunchtime hour hits, or one could brown bag it from home with a cold sandwich. Perhaps neither of these well-traveled choices sounds appetizing. There is a third choice and no, it doesn't involve a microwave burrito in the break room.

Hot lunch is never far away with the Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer ( in various colors, regularly $29.99).Read more

Five-deal Friday: Desktops, drones, downloads, and more!

Happy Friday! Nothing kicks off a weekend like a wheelbarrow-full of deals, and today I couldn't settle on just one. In fact, I'm pretty bad at math; there may actually be more than five here. Can't bother counting; I'm too busy buying stuff!

Droning on and on I've always wanted one of these, but couldn't (wouldn't!) pay the $299 list price. Now I'm sorely tempted.

Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the refurbished Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Wi-Fi quadricopter for $169.99, plus $5 for shipping. Controlled by your … Read more

Have VinGardeValise, will travel

Packing for a trip can be a stressful exercise. Not only do all the travel plans and accommodations have to be attended to, but also the question of what to bring along must be considered. And then considered again. And then double and triple checked. Finally, our lives are compressed down into a suitcase, and somehow everything important and necessary must fit into a travel bag. Luckily, when traveling with wine that means getting to choose up to a dozen bottles to bring along.

The VinGardeValise ($169.99) is a wine suitcase. When packed with a full case of wine, … Read more

Level up with Weber Elevations Tiered Cooking System

The fight for prominence on the grill can be a vicious one. The steak mauls the chicken while the vegetables argue on. And who knows what the pork is planning. How is such troublesome behavior ever to be overcome? The first answer, of course, is to give them their space. Even though everything gets all mixed up in your tummy anyway, that doesn't stop us from overcrowding the grill -- especially those first few grill sessions of the season, as we reacquaint ourselves with outdoor cooking.

There is a second solution. Look up. And skewer.

The Weber Elevations Tiered Cooking System grill rack and skewer set ($54.99) (… Read more

Sony tempts Xperia smartphone owners with snazzy themes

Love your new Xperia phone's waterproof design but not so much its software UI? Apparently Sony feels your pain. The company has been at it again, touting the virtues of its Xperia Theme Android skins. First announced as part of Sony's Xperia phone upgrade to Android 4.3, the device maker used its official blog today to drum up buzz around the Xperia Theme engine. … Read more