What Is This "Connected Appliance" Stuff All About Anyway?

What Is This "Connected Appliance" Stuff All About Anyway?

While much of the buzz at any Consumer Electronics Show revolves around the sexier kids in school — TVs, computers, cell phones — there is a quiet rumble surrounding the impending release of a horde of “connected appliances,” which is a blanket term for fridges, washers, dryers, dishwashers, stoves and ovens that communicate in some way with each other and maybe with the outside world. [More]

Photos: Behind The Scenes At CES 2012

Photos: Behind The Scenes At CES 2012

In a few hours, the folks at the Consumer Electronics Show will fling open the doors to the Las Vegas Convention Center and a crowd the size of a small city will begin gawking and toying with the latest in doodads and whatsthats. But for the second year in a row, me and my trusty camera phone were able to convince someone I had a reason to be on the show floor so I could snap a handful of last-minute preparation pics before anyone caught on to my antics.






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Samsung Delighted To Announce Ads On Your Smart TV's Home Screen

Samsung Delighted To Announce Ads On Your Smart TV's Home Screen

Samsung was delighted to announce this morning at CES that they intend to place ads to the home screens of your fancy new Smart TVs. Does this annoy you? [More]

AT&T To Start Selling LG Thrive, Its First Prepaid Smartphone, Next Week

AT&T To Start Selling LG Thrive, Its First Prepaid Smartphone, Next Week

Starting Sunday, AT&T will get into the prepaid smartphone business when it begins selling the LG Thrive. [More]

Will Smart Appliances Save Me Money While Saving The World?

Will Smart Appliances Save Me Money While Saving The World?

Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, companies like GE and LG are showing off appliances that should be able to cut into your electric bill. But before you run out and pick one up, there are some things you’ll need to know first. [More]

Glasses-Free 3D Fails To Wow At CES 2011

Glasses-Free 3D Fails To Wow At CES 2011

If glasses-free 3D is truly the future of TV, you wouldn’t know by the handful of companies that are showing off the technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. [More]

Hold On To Your Wallets, 3D TVs Are Going To Be Getting Cheaper

Hold On To Your Wallets, 3D TVs Are Going To Be Getting Cheaper

A little bit of pricing news out of CES: LG told Dow Jones Newswires that their 3D TVs will be getting cheaper by 20% this year, as “production costs have been dropping with improved technology.” [More]

LG's Customer Service Reps Are Nice, But My Webcam Is Still Messed Up

LG's Customer Service Reps Are Nice, But My Webcam Is Still Messed Up

Ted really likes his new LG netbook, except for one problem: the self-focusing webcam focuses itself in the wrong spot. The company’s customer service representatives were extremely friendly but ultimately useless. Now Ted has to continue…just a bit out of focus. [More]

LG Shooting New Phone Ad With Fancy Carousel

LG Shooting New Phone Ad With Fancy Carousel

I stumbled across a shoot yesterday in Brookyln for a new LG phone commercial featuring a big ol’ carousel they stuffed into a warehouse in the Gowanus Canal area. [More]

LG Looking To Buy Back 5 Phones For $10k Each

LG Looking To Buy Back 5 Phones For $10k Each

If you bought an LG Chocolate phone, compare its serial number to the ones on this site—if it matches then you can sell it back to LG for $10,000. We’re not sure if this is just a fancy way to hold a contest, or if those 5 phones accidentally shipped with alien technology inside. Either way, it’s a bit more than you’d get through Craigslist. Hurry though; the offer/contest/coverup ends today.

Verizon Limits Handset Exclusivity To 6 Months

Verizon Limits Handset Exclusivity To 6 Months

Verizon announced it will limit handset exclusivity deals to 6 months, a bow to pleas by small wireless carriers, and in advance of possible Department of Justice action on its inquiries on the one-carrier deals for the iPhone, Pre and LG Voyager. In its announcement, Verizon noted 24 rural carriers had asked it to limit these anti-competitive deals. Yes, apparently there are that many small carriers still left.

LG Refrigerator Causes Flash Floods, Mini-Glaciers

LG Refrigerator Causes Flash Floods, Mini-Glaciers

Jason’s refrigerator wouldn’t work correctly, no matter how many times it was repaired. Eventually, Best Buy had to intervene. Yes, that Best Buy.

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Front Loading Washers Have A Love Affair With Mold

Front Loading Washers Have A Love Affair With Mold

Consumer Reports says that despite the fact that front-loading washers are more efficient than traditional top-loading washers, they do have one major drawback. Mold. And the problem is severe enough that there have been several class action lawsuits filed against LG, Whirlpool, and Sears, whose Kenmore front-loaders are made by Whirlpool.

Cellphone Battery Designed To Fail At First Drop Of Water?

Cellphone Battery Designed To Fail At First Drop Of Water?

Does one of the LG cellphone batteries have a sensor on it to cause cellphone failure after the first touch of water? Even though no significant amount of water has penetrated the actual battery or cellphone itself. That’s what Tim wonders after conducting a little experiment and paper hack following dropping his cell phone into a tiny bit of coffee.

Save A Wet Cellphone

There was a time when the best place to charge our cellphone was near an open window in our apartment. One day, it stopped working and we took it into the Verizon store to get it fixed. The first thing they did was open up the battery case. On top of the Verizon LG phone battery was a small dot, normally white, that changes color when the battery has been exposed to water. As such, they phone was no longer covered under warranty and we ended up signing a new contract just so we didn’t have to pay full retail for their phone. We wished that instead we had known about these neat tips (again, at WikiHow) on saving your wet cell phone.

LG Says Life’s Good in the Ghetto

LG Says Life’s Good in the Ghetto

This is an LG billboard in Caracas, Venezuela, shot from one of the city’s worst slums.