Be prepared. Today's column on air fryers may remind you of an infomercial you've seen on late night TV.Health-minded and easy to use, an air fryer roasts, fries, bakes, and broils! Also feeds the cat and takes out the trash! (Just kidding on the latter two.)
No other electronics brand grabs headlines and moves markets quite like Apple, for which Gizmo Guy is grateful. Apple points gazillions of consumers toward new or "emerging" categories of products (such as streaming music). And it keeps rivals cranking out their own innovations with a produce-or-perish fury.
There's no rest for the die-hard gizmo tracker who takes off in August. It's a hyperactive time for product releases in New York, segueing into the giant IFA electronics show in Berlin where even more are unveiled. Consider these finds from my (sigh) "busman's holiday."
These days, we take it for granted that a big outdoor show such as this weekend's Made in America Festival or an arena spectacle such as Barbra Streisand's recent "The Music . . . The Mem'ries . . . The Magic" will land with lots of high-tech eye candy.
We love our four-legged pals to pieces, crave time with them, feel terrible when we're apart. Thank heaven (for little girl and boy animals) that a growing crop of innovators is working in the pet-tronics and pet-care space, helping to reassure us that Fifi and Fido are doing well even when we're many miles from home.
College life used to be so spartan. Residents couldn't even hang pictures on their dorm room walls. Now it's easier than ever for scholars to stay connected, with variants on the smart gadgets they've grown accustomed to having at home. Some even keep parents and friends plugged in . . . at a distance.
Looking for a small wireless speaker to play nicely with the music streaming from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop? Compact, battery-operated Bluetooth (BT) speakers are blooming as brightly as the flowers this season, skinned in summery tones of yellow, aqua, rose red, and sky blue, as well as the ever popular black.
Jonathan Takiff writes about technology for the Inquirer.