ninjas

Clumsy Ninja review

Clumsy Ninja charges you with training a hapless ninja and helping to guide him on his quest to rescue his kidnapped friend. With a fully interactive interface, this game gives you full control of your ninja's body and actions, so you can train him just the way you want to, and have plenty of fun along the way.

Pros

Cool controls: To control your ninja, you just have to move the part of his body that you want wherever you want it to go. You can even pick him up, dangle him upside down, tie balloons to his arms … Read more

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

The 404 1,435: Where we reach the big reveal with Screen Rant's Kofi Outlaw (podcast)

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These five slow cookers have ambitions for your kitchen

Reviewing slow cookers almost seems unnecessary. The core function of the category is so simple, and the fundamentals have changed so little over the electrified version's 80-ish years of existence, we didn't expect to see much differentiation between products.

It's for that reason that we stuck with the higher-end models in this roundup. We saw some variation in cooking performance between models, at least between the ceramic-crock and the metal-crock-based units, but the real differences came down to peripheral features, design, and usability. How many cooking modes do you get, how well do they work, are they … Read more

This Breville slow cooker cooks a bit too fast

The attractive $129.99 Breville Slow Cooker with EasySear gives a good first impression, but it falls short on features. It's completely missing a timer and a warm mode -- two crucial slow cooker options. It also cooks hotter and faster than the other models we tested, so following recipe-prescribed cooking times is futile. Skip this Breville slow cooker and get the $199.80 Ninja Cooking System if you want something high-end. And if you're looking for a more traditional slow cooker, the $59.99 Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Digital Slow Cooker and the $59.99 Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker with Spoon/LidRead more

A classic slow cooker with a few welcome extras

The $59.99 Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is a very straightforward slow cooker. It isn't full of innovative tech, and it doesn't appeal to modern design sensibilities, but this is one of those rare times when I don't think that's a terribly bad thing. It offers the basics and a handful of special features, like a thermometer probe for cooking to temperature and lid clips for safe and easy transport. I strongly recommend this slow cooker to anyone looking for a uncomplicated, traditional approach to cooking slowly.

A classic slow cooker … Read more

This 3-in-1 slow cooker promises to cook just about anything

Slow cookers are renowned for their ease of use. Just dump your ingredients in, choose between low and high for your cooking temp, and go about your day. Set it and forget it. How do you improve upon that without compromising the simplicity?

With its three-in-one "cooking system," Ninja claims to have found the answer. As a slow cooker, it still boasts those familiar preset controls, but like any good ninja, it's ready to adapt to new situations, too. Turn the knob over to stovetop mode, and you'll be able to use it like a pot … Read more

From smoothies to pesto: Seven blenders reviewed

Blenders are fun, but buying the wrong one is anything but. With countless models available at a wide range of price points, it can be hard to tell the upgrades from the downgrades. Are more watts always better? How much does the shape of the jar matter? Could a top-of-the-line blender be the smartest upgrade you'll ever make? The dumbest?

If your head spins just thinking about it, don't worry -- our handy blender roundup will help you find the perfect machine for your needs, whether you're looking to spend $50 or $500.

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The Ninja Ultima blender makes blending easier

My knowledge of actual ninjas is limited to obscure pop-culture references, but I generally think of them as being two things: quiet and lethal. The Ninja Ultima BL810 blender is hardly quiet, but as far as the other goes, if "lethal" means "ridiculously effective" in blender-speak, the Ninja is aptly named. It was a consistent top performer and kept pace with its more expensive competitors like the Vitamix 7500 and Blendtec Designer Series WildSide Blender, for half the price.

I own the Ninja Kitchen System 1100, which retails for $159. The 1100 features different accessories than … Read more

We take the Vitamix 7500 for a test-drive

William Grover Barnard, the founder of Vita-Mix, released his company's first blender in 1937, but it wasn't until television came around that Vita-Mix was able to introduce blenders into the American vernacular. Buying 30 minutes of airtime on WEWS-TV in Cleveland, in 1949, Vita-Mix ran what the company says was the first-ever infomercial -- before long, blenders were flying off of the shelves, and Vita-Mix was rerunning the ad in markets across the country.

Today, the Vitamix craze continues, with a small army of brand loyalists who swear by the things, insisting that they're worth every penny. … Read more