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"There is a lot of information about food culture on Hittite tablets . Considering the conditions at the time, we understood that the Hittites were highly successful in the kitchen. This quote comes from a story in the Daily Sabah (dailysabah. com), an English-language Turkish newspaper. The article told about a group of archaeologists preparing a meal based upon recipes and other documentation found on ancient Hittite tablets discovered at an excavation site in Alacahöyük, Turkey. The cuisine dates back to 4,000 years ago. The menu included a variety of breads prepared without yeast – some made from barley, others with cheese and figs. There was a beruwa (mashed food) with cucumber and another with chickpeas. A casserole of meat with olive oil and honey, grilled lamb innards, apricot butter, and sandwiches comprised of meat and onions rounded out the feast. Every part of this story was fascinating to me. What struck me, in particular, though, was this: Those preparing the meal “did not use kitchenware other than a knife. ” They also didn’t use modern finely-ground flour. Instead, the buckwheat “was crushed on stones. They used tools, not toys. One of my friends at work recently told me that he doesn’t like going to the mall with his wife, because he knows there will be the inevitable trip through a kitchen supply store to look at all the shiny, pretty things. He said it rather makes his head spin, as he sees contraptions such as a unit for storing four rolling pins. “Who needs four rolling pins. ” he wonders. Professional bakers, yes. And I could see a home cook having a few if one were long and lightweight (I have one of those), another was sturdy marble (I have one of those, too), a third had a pattern cut into it for making springerle with raised images (I don’t have one), and. I’ve got nothing. I am admittedly not a gadget girl. I have no Kitchen-Aid mixer, and no desperate desire for one. I have no food processor, only a cheap $20 blender for making the occasional milk shake. I rant about bread machines and ovens that have a special setting for baking frozen pizzas. I like chopping and stirring, kneading, actually preparing my food myself. Professionals cook in quantity, such that equipment is immensely helpful. But I just don’t understand home kitchens filled with gizmos. And yet, I get p. r. pitches every day (all day long, it seems). Source: www.toledoblade.com
Smartphones have transformed the way we navigate our world. They combine built-in GPS with a cellular data connection so that they know precisely where we are and can instantly download maps, driving (or walking) directions, and traffic information from the Internet. But your phone can do much more than simply guide you from point A to point B. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS can use your location and information from your calendar, to-do list, and other sources to warn you to leave early for an appointment... They can even organize photos based on where you shot them. It’s like having an executive assistant, concierge, and psychic in your pocket. Navigation apps that run on smartphones, such as Google Maps and Waze, put many in-dash units from car manufacturers to shame with their impressive voice control and real-time info on accidents, public transportation, and speed traps. Many carmakers are surrendering part of their in-car interfaces in new vehicles to ones designed by Apple and Google. Those systems can access the Internet and your contacts, making them much smarter than traditional built-in navigation systems. Drivers of older cars routinely mount a phone onto the dash for similar reasons. Read on to learn about how the road ahead is changing. Google Now ( Android, iPhone) What it is: Google Now works in the background, tracking your travels (even when you’re not using Maps), your calendar appointments, Google searches, and other sources. Getting it: It’s installed on most Android phones, but you have to activate it. Got an iPhone. Download the Google app. What it can do for you:. Keep you on time. If there’s an accident on the route to your dental appointment, for example, Google Now will warn you to leave early and give you directions for faster routes. You can also get updates for flights, including terminal and gate numbers, and info on delays. Suggest destinations. New in town. Google Now will call your attention to museums, restaurants, and other attractions nearby. Remind you to do errands. Google Now can prompt you to buy milk once you’re at the supermarket—or just driving by—or to defrost a steak once you get home. Reminders ( iPhone) What it is: The iPhone Reminders app allows you to. Source: www.consumerreports.org
Sharp's announcement last week that it would exit the U. S. television business, licensing its brand name to Chinese TV maker Hisense, wasn't exactly shocking, given the very public financial difficulties it's recently experienced. But what does that mean for those of us who already own a Sharp TV, or who plan to buy one this year before the hand-off to Hisense is finalized. In the short term not very much, as the switch won't happen until January of next year. Sharp has pledged to continue to support the TVs it's sold with parts and service for several years. So if you already own a Sharp TV, you should continue to contact Sharp for any service-related questions. And the Sharp TVs you buy this year will be made by Sharp. In a statement sent to Consumer Reports, the company said that it would continue to provide both in- and out-of-warranty service, as well as parts, for all Sharp-made TVs for years to come. But starting next year Sharp-branded sets will be made by Hisense, which will presumably take over parts- and service-related issues on these TVs. As part of the deal, Hisense bought Sharp's TV manufacturing plant in Mexico, where many of the sets will likely be made. Hisense also acquired the Sharp Aquos sub-brand, as well as the Quattron name for the technology it uses that includes an extra yellow sub-pixel. The other question, of course, is how good the new Sharp-branded TVs will be when Hisense takes over the name. We don't currently have any Hisense TVs in our Ratings, but we have tested these sets over the past few years, and most have been so-so performers, rarely rising above the bottom half of the Ratings for TVs at their screen size. But like some other Chinese brands, including TCL, Hisense has ambitious plans for growing its market share in the U. S. , something it thinks the Sharp brand will help it accomplish. At CES this past January, the company showed off 4K TVs with higher brightness and quantum-dot-based wider color gamuts, OLED TVs, and even a laser-based short-throw front projector that can produce a 100-inch image from an 18-inch distance. Like TCL, Hisense was one of the early adopters of the Roku smart TV platform , building that company's online interface into a line of Roku TVs. TCL, you may remember, gained its entry in the U. S. by licensing the RCA brand, though it's now building its own brand here and elsewhere. A decade ago, Sharp was one of the leading LCD TV brands. Source: www.consumerreports.org
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Smartphones have transformed the way we navigate our world. They combine built-in GPS with a cellular data connection so that they know precisely where we are and can instantly download maps, driving (or walking) directions, and traffic information
Sharp's announcement last week that it would exit the U.S. television business, licensing its brand name to Chinese TV maker Hisense, wasn't exactly shocking, given the very public financial difficulties it's recently experienced. But what does that
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