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Cook outside the box with these creative kitchen appliances

Innovative kitchen gadgets are nothing new, and as anyone who's seen an infomercial can attest, these kinds of small appliances often come with bold promises of revolutionizing the way we cook. However, with the occasional exception (I'm looking at you, Crock-Pot), that kind of ubiquity never quite seems to arrive.

But if you aren't getting a revolution, what are you getting? That all depends on the specific product, but more and more, we're seeing intriguing options that actually live up to their performance claims. Whether they're introducing powerful new cooking methods like steam baking and … Read more

Transcend curries 4K favor with faster SD cards

Memory card maker Transcend announced higher-speed SD cards on Friday that are geared for videographers shooting high-resolution 4K video.

Transcend's new SDHC and SDXC cards are graded UHS-1 Class 3 and come in two varieties. The "Extreme" models have read and write speeds of 95MBps and 85MBps, respectively.

The non-extreme models have read and write speeds of 95MBps and 60MBps, respectively.

The newer UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) Class 3 specification requires sustained write performance of 30MBps.

Yes, SD card categorization is a bottomless pit of acronyms. Here are two more: SDHC and SDXC, which govern maximum capacity. … Read more

Soft4Boost Video to Flash review

Soft4Boost Video to Flash takes your video files and converts them into Flash video format for ease of use on your blog or Web site. With this program, you'll have no trouble embedding your videos, and you can protect them from unauthorized reuse by watermarking them, as well.

During the installation process for this app, you'll be able to choose your preferred language from a list that includes English, French, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, French, and more. When the program is in place, you can customize its look further by selecting the skin that best suits your style. Options … Read more

SanDisk, Toshiba sue SK Hynix in trade secrets cases

Toshiba and SanDisk are seeking damages from SK Hynix in separately filed lawsuits, both of which allege that the company profited from the theft of data surrounding NAND flash memory technology.

Toshiba and SanDisk have partnered for years to produce the flash memory chip technology used in mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. Toshiba is currently the second-largest manufacturer of NAND memory chips in the world by revenue and market share.

On Thursday, Tokyo police arrested a former SanDisk engineer under suspicion of providing NAND flash memory technical data to Hynix in 2008. The engineer once worked at a joint … Read more

Adobe issues emergency patch -- again

Adobe Systems and Microsoft on Thursday issued patches with emergency measures for critical vulnerabilities in Flash and Internet Explorer.

Microsoft, which usually fixes security problems once a month on Tuesdays, distributed the off-calendar repair for Internet Explorer 9 and 10 because of the severity of the exploit. The fix is highly recommended for people who use those versions of IE since Microsoft described the previously unknown vulnerability in its security bulletin as actively being used in "limited, targeted attacks."

However, people who use those browsers must apply the fix manually with the FixIt shim tool. A permanent fix … Read more

Low Latency No. 87: #FrontFlashSelfie

Low Latency is a weekly comic on CNET's Crave blog written by CNET editor and podcast host Jeff Bakalar and illustrated by Blake Stevenson. Be sure to check Crave every Friday at 8 a.m. PT for new panels! Want more? Here's every Low Latency comic so far.… Read more

Adobe issues emergency Flash update for Windows and Mac

Adobe is recommending that users update their Flash Players immediately -- especially those who frequent Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. The company released an emergency security bulletin on Tuesday that addresses vulnerabilities in Flash, which could be exploited by hackers.

"This vulnerability could allow an attacker to remotely take control of the affected system," Adobe wrote in a blog post. "Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for this vulnerability exists in the wild, and recommends users apply the updates referenced in the security bulletin."

Adobe assigned a Priority 1 rating to the vulnerabilities being … Read more

Get a 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $23.99

Flash drives are little more than external solid-state drives. Consequently, they're awesome for expanding the available storage on devices like Ultrabooks, hybrid PCs, tablets, and even smartphones (by way of USB To Go).

For example, if you snagged one of those $169 or $179 Surface RT tablets the other day, you'll quickly find that only about half of its 32GB of storage is actually accessible. (Boo, Microsoft. Booooo!) Easy fix: pop in a flash drive.

Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Newegg has the Patriot Supersonic Pulse 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $23.99, … Read more

Review: Free Flash Card Maker helps you create custom sets of flashcards

Free Flash Card Maker streamlines the process of making and printing out physical flashcards on any topic and in any format you want. With this app, you don't have to worry about writing everything out by hand in order to have flashcards on paper to take with you wherever you go. And Free Flash Card Maker even includes folding and cutting guidelines, so you'll wind up with a set of standardized cards when you're done.

The interface of this app is straightforward and streamlined. As soon as you open it up, you're ready to start adding … Read more

Lexar joins CFast 2.0 party with 3333X flash-memory card

Lexar has joined rival SanDisk with support for the new CFast 2.0 format for high-end flash memory cards, announcing a very high-speed 3333X models with capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB at CES 2014 on Monday.

In addition, the company announced the CR-1, its CFast 2.0 reader with a USB 3.0 interface so that people can transfer files off the cards with their computers. A 3333X speed means cards will be able to transfer data up to 500MBps. Fast read and write speeds are useful for capturing high-resolution video reliably, shooting high-speed bursts of photos, and … Read more