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Reworked Hyundai Sonata hits all the right marks


Now in its eighth generation, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata gets a whole lot of new. It’s been completely redesigned this year, with new technology, sheet metal, suspension components and transmission. For 2018 the Sonata gets a new “cascading grille” in the front. Not sure what waterfall the manufacturer has been looking at, but it’s a pretty aggressive look.  The Sonata is...

Wave your hand to open this Sharp microwave drawer


A new microwave drawer from Sharp wants to give you a hand if yours are too messy to press a button. With the $1,750 Sharp Micro-Wave Drawer, you wave your hand in front of the microwave, and it opens automatically. The microwave began shipping to customers this month. The wave-to-open feature on Sharp’s microwave would be a welcome addition to the kitchen, the one place where you really...

DJI Mavic Air: Folding 4K mini drone coming Jan. 28 for $800


DJI’s colorful little Spark is enough camera drone for most people and starts around $400. But if you want more — longer range, a better camera, more flight time — you had to step all the way up to the company’s Mavic Pro ($999.00 at Dell Home). And that’s where the new Mavic Air comes in.    Announced Tuesday, the Air is essentially an upgraded Spark that folds like...

Livin Shower gives you all of the smarts without a remodel


The main pieces of Livin attach to your showerhead and replace your faucet. The Livin Shower could significantly lower the barrier to entry of the smart bathroom. Like competing smart showers from Moen and Kohler, the Livin offers app controls and voice controls via Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Turn on your shower with a voice command, and it’ll warm up the water for you and...

Acer announces new affordable Chromebook duo


Two new budget-friendly laptops are on the way. One affordable Chromebook. Fresh off the heels of a successful CES 2018, Acer unveiled a new duo of modest Chromebooks. First up is the Acer Chromebook 11 C732. It’s a simple, fan-less notebook with a durable build and features a spill-resistant keyboard. It has two USB-C ports, 4G LTE connectivity and an estimated 12-hour battery life. It...

2018 Hyundai Sonata review:


Way back when I was a teenager, I went to prom in a Hyundai. I got a little bit of flak from some of my friends for not joining them in a fancy-pants limo, but my date and I decided to splurge on a nice dinner and share the embarrassment of showing up at the social event of the year in a cheap Korean import. Oh how times have changed. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is something my 17-year-old self would...

Belkin WeMo HomeKit Bridge review:


The Good Belkin’s WeMo Bridge works as promised, instantly bringing your existing devices on board with Apple HomeKit and bringing Siri controls into play, too. It’s easy to use, it’s fairly priced and it supports first-gen WeMo devices that aren’t even sold anymore. The Bad You’ll still need an Apple TV, a HomePod or a dedicated iPad in order to use WeMo’s new...

Bonavita’s new coffee maker brews well for a budget price


The Bonavita Metropolitan has a similar design to the Connoisseur but has an all-plastic exterior. The filter basket accepts flat bottom paper filters, 8 to 12 cups in size. You slide the filter basket into its slot on the coffee maker. It’s positioned above the glass carafe. The Metropolitan’s water tank has a large opening that makes it easy to fill.  The ripple pattern on the...

Logitech Circle 2 review:


The Good Logitech’s $180 Circle 2 wired security camera is easy to set up and works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant for a wide variety of smart home/voice control applications. The Bad While this camera can be used indoors or out, it relies on an adapter for power (rather than a rechargeable battery). Logitech does sell a wire-free Circle 2 camera separately for $200...

Bonavita Metropolitan 8-Cup brewer review:


The Good The Bonavita Metropolitan brews excellent coffee for a very reasonable price. It’s simple to use, compact and easy to clean. The Bad It doesn’t have a thermal carafe. Coffee in its glass carafe cools quickly. Its body is all plastic. The Bottom Line Buy the Bonavita Metropolitan coffee maker for its low price and excellent drip but slow drinkers should save up for a thermal...

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