The airline loyalty program for pets

Korean Air’s Skypets loyalty program for pet passengers has made some aviation experts wonder whether U.S. airlines will provide such a program of their own.

Mowing your lawn with ease

Some consumers prefer to not have to disengage and re-engage the transmission on an all-wheel-drive walk-behind lawnmower when they make a turn at the end of a cutting path, so they might be satisfied with the new Troy-Bilt 4x4 XP Series ($340). 

Hone sweet hone

Those who are familiar with the process of sharpening a knife blade might balk at the thought of a knife sharpener that carries out the task via a flexible-abrasive belt. 

Tepid sea of progress

Toyota’s pseudo-concep-tual Ponam-28V cruiser boat’s hybrid propulsion system combines a 256-hp engine with a 36-kilowatt (kW) electric motor and an 11-kW lithium-ion battery pack, reports say.

The evolution of gift registries

Myregistry.com didn’t create something unique by making partnerships with large retailers so gift registries that were filled out at those retailers could be combined into one list at its website.

For the Jacques Cousteau in all of us

In our March/April 2016 report, “Recreational Drones: Out of Control,” we told you that 1.6 million of the remote-controlled flying machines were sold in the United States in 2015.

‘Hey, Google, save me electricity’

Merkury Innovations’ Geeni Surge surge protector is touted as being the first smart surge-protecting power strip that’s compatible with Google Assistant, so you can turn on and off each device that’s plugged into the outlets of the power strip. That seems notable to us.

Ford says, OK, cranky baby: Let’s go for a ‘ride’

It’s dangerous for an infant to fall asleep in a car seat unattended, because, until his/her neck is strong enough to hold up his/her head, a risk of injury exists from the head flopping forward and causing the airway to be blocked. 

Batten down the hatches

From rides to bicycles to homes, the sharing economy has burst onto the scene as a way for people to make money via the so-called side hustle.

Tuning in older generations to tech

Senior citizens’ disinterest in technology, which often is prompted by their apprehension about it, prevents them from benefiting from advanced devices and services.

Eyes on the road

When a search of the internet uncovers numerous reviews of a new product category, it’s a good indication that the category has advanced from its niche beginnings to where several manufacturers have joined the game.

Nokia back from the dead?

Nokia returned to the smartphone market in December 2016 under new leadership from Finnish company HMD Global.

MacBook Air: A touching story

In January 2017, optical-sensors specialist Neonode revealed that it updated its AirBar device to function with Apple’s MacBook Air notebook computer, which will allow for touch-screen and gesture-based operation.

Smartphone features stagnate in 2017

Although we can expect Apple and Samsung to release the next versions of their smartphones like clockwork in the spring and fall of 2017, experts tell us that we shouldn’t look for companies to add any game-changing features for another 2–3 years.

HIV test on USB drive

Researchers at Imperial College London, who worked with DNA Electronics, developed a chip that fits on the end of a USB flash drive for a test to determine the level of HIV that’s in the blood of a person who is receiving treatment.