The thinnest and lightest small tablets

In the beginning, tablets looked more like the televisions that strap onto the back of a car's seat more than something out of "2001: A Space Odyssey." However, I'm happy to report that the times have changed and so have tablet designs.

After Apple released the iPad (let's give credit where credit is due), aesthetics and design became a more prominent selling-point for the emerging portable devices. Overall, tablet girth has declined, ushering in the new era of thin slates, and we've gathered the ones so sleek, their predecessors wouldn't even recognize them … Read more

The Gtech AirRam: not enough vacuum for the price

Don't let the Gtech AirRam's sleek looks and data gathering feature fool you, this rechargeable stick vacuum isn't worth $349. Its price isn't so shocking when you consider the fact that the Dyson DC59 Animal retails for $499. The DC59, however, is a champion performer and with its detachable handheld unit and assortment of attachments offers lots of flexiblity.

The AirRam, on the other hand, offers no attachments, and had a mediocre showing in our lab, coming in last among other stick vacs on our pet hair and fine debris tests. Its Data Bridge feature, which … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is a premium pixel-dense tablet for a premium price

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 may not be one of the most affordable tablets around, but you get what you pay for in the best way possible. The 8.4-inch slate offers a comfortable design, a bounty of software features, solid hardware with smooth performance, and one of the most pixel-dense screens to date.

In addition to Samsung's new Magazine UX, the tablet introduces a new standard with its 2,560x1,600-pixel-resolution screen. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is the smallest tablet to rock that high a resolution, a title once held by the slightly … Read more

CNET on Cars: The how and why of new BMW 4 Series (CNET On Cars, Episode 35)


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The BMW 4 Series explained Why small cars can be more dangerous -- but less so than you think. Using today's high tech automatic transmissions. Top 5 ways technology is reducing driving

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Make it to go with Crock-Pot's Cook & Carry slow cooker

The $59.99 Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Digital Slow Cooker is a reasonably priced slow cooker that held up well in our performance tests. You can find cheaper models, some for as little as $20, but the Crock-Pot's ability to transport food securely and in a relatively tidy fashion makes it worth the extra investment.

It didn't necessarily wow us in any of the tests, but it's a steady, predictable cooker for which the expression "slow and steady wins the race" seems especially applicable. It excels at low, slow cooking and, while it won't … Read more

Coca-Cola brings soda-making home with Keurig partnership

Responding to the growing popularity of home soda maker SodaStream, Coca-Cola announced that it will purchase a 10 percent stake, worth a cool $1.25 billion, in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the parent company of Keurig.

With its single-serve coffee makers and K-Cups, Keurig has become a household name in home-brewed hot beverages. An odd bedfellow for a soda company? Not when you consider that Keurig is developing a cold-beverage maker, the Keurig Cold, due in the fall.

Keurig says the new cold brewer will make everything from sodas to sports drinks, all with the same sort of pod system … Read more

Real woman to quit job during Super Bowl for GoDaddy

Everyone's loved GoDaddy's Super Bowl spots over the years.

Well, everyone except most women and most people of moderate taste, of course.

The barefaced baring of female bodies hasn't exactly suggested a company that views women as anything other than chattels of flesh.

This Sunday, it's about to change. Because GoDaddy has allegedly persuaded an unnamed female employee of an unnamed company to quit her job in its Super Bowl spot.

The company has already released a teaser, in which John Turturro insists that this is a real story of a woman who wants to quit … Read more

Crock-Pot and Mr. Coffee log on (hands-on)

LAS VEGAS -- Belkin has had some success with its WeMo line of home automation power plugs and light switches, but neither WeMo nor arguably Belkin has the brand clout to stand out from the likes of Lowe's, GE, Staples, and Philips when it comes to mass market home products.

You might not recognize Jarden, either, but its family of brands -- Oster, Sunbeam, Mr. Coffee, Crock-Pot, GrillMaster -- makes it a perfect candidate to help shepherd Belkin and WeMo into greater consumer awareness.

The Jarden-branded WeMo products Belkin is announcing here at CES include the Crock-Pot Smart Slow … Read more

This Panasonic JetForce isn't as awesome as we'd hoped

A name like JetForce inspires high expectations. It conveys power, performance, and excellence, at least in my mind. Unfortunately, the Panasonic MC-UL429 JetForce Bagless Upright vacuum falls short of the mark.

Priced at $148, the MC-UL429 is the newest member of Panasonic’s line of MC-UL vacuums, all of which boast the same JetForce technology and hourglass-shaped bin. This particular model, available exclusively at Walmart, failed to wow me the way I’d hoped it would.

Performing in the bottom half of six of the nine tests we scored, the Panasonic failed to impress, even for its budget-friendly price. It’… Read more

The Hoover WindTunnel 3 is great for allergy sufferers

According to the company history, the Hoover vacuum cleaner brand began in 1907 when Murray Spangler, an asthmatic inventor/night janitor, invented a primitive suction sweeper to help him breathe while he did his work. W.H. Hoover bought the patent soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. Full story here.

It seems that, true to Spangler's original intent, the Hoover vacuum's strong suit is fine particulate carpet debris. In our sand/sawdust tests, the $179 Hoover performed admirably, picking up the most particulate weight on low-pile carpet, coming in a close second on mid-pile, … Read more