The Buzz About Subscription Boxes

These are only a few of the many sample boxes you can subscribe to in categories ranging from food to fashion.

These are only a few of the many sample boxes you can subscribe to in categories ranging from food to fashion.

It seems that monthly sampling services have grown like wildfire over the past year or so. You can now find anything from makeup to gourmet coffee beans delivered right to your mailbox alongside your monthly magazine and electric bill.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5

What's the most innovative smartphone?

Find out why one tech expert is betting on Apple, not Samsung, in the battle for smartphone supremacy.

It seems that everyone is anxiously awaiting for the next big thing, and looking for someone to knock off Apple and the iPhone. But what so many people forget is that while the iPhone has its flaws, it defined the smartphone category and continues to lead innovation in so many ways.

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Calphalon XL 9-Speed Blender: A Housewares Design Award Finalist

New blender gets design award

This Calphalon blender is a contender in the fiercely competitive blender market.

Since 2003, the Housewares Design Awards have acknowledged the most innovative household products designed with the goal of improving everyday living.  These products are recognized for exceptional performance, function and style.  This year, the Calphalon XL Blender was among the top 5 contenders in the category of Countertop Food Prep Appliances.

This blender is a relative newcomer to the scene as it was introduced in the fall of 2012.  And, as a finalist for a Housewares Design Award, it’s worth taking a closer look at all of the features.

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Robots That Do the Dirty Work for You

Robotic appliances

It’s a trend we spotted from our four days of walking around this year’s International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago (March 2-5). Engineers around the world are clearly working overtime to design appliances that will take over the chores around the house that are most unpleasant, i.e. vacuuming, window cleaning and grill scrubbing. With proper set-up, all you do is push a button.

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New Products, Trends at 2013 Housewares Show

2013 Housewares show

Lifestyle and product trends are the focus of the yearly housewares show in Chicago.

The sprawling McCormick Place in Chicago is the setting of the International Home and Housewares Show, held yearly by the International Housewares Association. Rows and rows of product displays are the centerpiece, with much networking between inventors and buyers. From March 2 – 5, 2013, this trade show (closed to the general public) will be buzzing with talk of color and design forecasts, product trends, lifestyle changes, green technology and innovations. Heavy on kitchen gadgets, there are also scheduled to be many, many small appliances unveiled.

I am most looking forward to seeing the Laundry Pod – a washing machine that uses very little water and no electricity.

Eco Washing Machine

The Laundry Pod is a ‘new age’ washing machine to be showcased at this year’s housewares show.

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HEPA Vacuums Fight Allergies, Asthma

Why HEPA filters are important

Sneezing and other respiratory ailments could be related to your vacuum cleaner.

The type of vacuum you have in your home can make a huge difference in how you feel. Our home expert explains why using a HEPA filter is essential if you are prone to sinus or respiratory problems.

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Printer Reviews: Ink Is Most Important

All in one printers

All-in-one printers can be great space and money savers at home or in the office.

The biggest complaints and lavish praises for printers are surprisingly not about print speed, capabilities or quality. Instead, both the highest and lowest reviews are about how expensive ink is and how quickly a printer eats through that ink. Considering that a milliliter of black printer ink reportedly costs twice as much as a milliliter of human blood costs the Red Cross, it is no surprise that people are concerned. But believe it or not, there are other features to printers than ink consumption. Some of the top-rated all-in-one printers on Viewpoints are touted for their wireless capability, their low ink consumption and the overall ease of use. The worst rated are those that seem to tear through ink cartridges, jam often, consume the most ink and did I mention ink? Quite surprisingly, the other functions of an all-in-one printer are the least discussed features in printer reviews.

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