• Sonos speaker to have multiple digital assistants

    Oct. 5, 2017—Lost in the introduction of an array of Google products that rely on the Google Assistant digital assistant, Sonos announced a smart speaker that eventually will give you access to multiple digital assistants.

  • Google shows off latest smartphones, other products

    Oct. 4, 2017—Google unveiled its latest smartphones and a large batch of other smart products that take advantage of the Google Assistant digital personal assistant.

  • Apple unveils iPhone’s ‘future’

    Sept. 12, 2017—Apple’s annual September product unveiling went as expected by technology forecasters almost to the letter. If anything, the surprise was at how many models of iPhone will be available for the holiday season.

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  • Craftsman brand sold to Stanley Black & Decker

    Jan. 5, 2017—Typically, to buy a Craftsman product, you have to go to a Sears store. Soon, you’ll be able to buy Craftsman-branded products anywhere.

  • DOE proposes changes to furnace standards

    Sept. 6, 2016—Department of Energy (DOE) finally proposed a new minimum-efficiency standard for gas furnaces, its first since 1992, and our prediction about the shape of the standard proved to be on the mark.

  • Brita unveils smart water filter

    Feb. 29, 2016—It appears that no limit exists for the types of products that can become “smart.” Now, you can buy a smart water filter.

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Travel & Recreation

  • United to restrict carry-on luggage

    Nov. 17, 2016—Further evidence that no matter how bad that it gets when it comes to air travel, it always could get worse comes to us through United Airlines’ announcement of a reduced-fare class that comes with restrictions attached—the biggest being a limit on the size of carry-on luggage.

  • Dunkin’ Donuts to bring out bottled coffee

    Sept. 29, 2016—Dunkin’ Donuts is ready to get into bottled coffee, and its partner in the venture is none other Coca-Cola.

  • DraftKings joins FanDuel in providing league play

    Aug. 15, 2016—As more states move to regulate rather than ban daily fantasy sports (DFS) websites, the websites themselves are going traditional, sort of.

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Lawn & Garden