Archos takes an Android tablet and ruggedizes it for the kitchen while offering up a curated selection of top cooking apps. [Read more]
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Esther Schindler writes “If you’re looking for technology to improve kitchen connectivity and home automation, you might be surprised at how little is available today. Turns out, that’s a good thing. Our industry has a long history of trying to sell a solution in search of a problem. Maybe we can get away with that occasionally, when the solution is inherently fun, or when there are enough of us geeks to buy an cool-looking automated gizmo with blinking lights where a cheaper hand-held “solution” is just as good for the masses. But when it comes to home appliances, which cost a pretty penny by anyone’s measure, nobody wants to invest big bucks in a “connected” device — however cool the home automation seems — where the technology platform goes away (my washing machine is 8 years old; I sure wouldn’t use a PC or phone that age) or where the benefits are murky. That is, just what is it we want the kitchen automation to do? It’s one thing to say, “The fridge could order food when I run out” but none of us want to scan every potato as we unload the groceries. Yet, as I wrote in Cooking up the connected kitchen, the manufacturers are paying attention to home automation and connectivity and giving your oven an app. And some of it, as I hope the article makes clear, is really cool. ‘The manufacturers want to sell us technology, and we want to buy cool capabilities that actually improve the quality of our lives. What I found surprising, in my own hands-on evaluations, is how often I had a dual-stage response: “That’s the dumbest thing I ever saw. (beat) Wait, I want that!”‘ The manufacturers are being thoughtful about both what we’d want and what we’d buy… which is something to appreciate. So what would you want from kitchen connectivity?”
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Skype is no longer just for keeping in touch with your grandparents — many people are using it to get the everyday done better.
Twitter’s cooking up a way for you to archive your old tweets, relive your Bieber fever again and again
Frustrated by a lack of access to your thoughts and feelings about world events and sandwiches circa 2008? Twitter’s working on a way to let users export and download old tweets into a file, according to CEO Dick Costolo. As far a service for search all users, the exec doesn’t see such a solution coming any time soon, telling reporters, “It’s a different way of architecting search, going through all tweets of all time. You can’t just put three engineers on it.”
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“You guys might want to cover this before he resigns tomorrow,” one hardcore reader emailed in this evening. And yes indeed, newish Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson’s “inadvertent error” about which degree he got in college is looking like it could cost him his new job. It should.
After a day of TechCrunch covering companies who are busy pushing the world forward — like Facebook and its big IPO plans — here’s our obligatory late-night story about the guy who is, uh, suing the massive social network over some old patents that are supposedly infringing on the aging web portal.