October 5, 2012 |
The day after the first presidential debate, it wasn't Barack Obama or Mitt Romney getting the most attention. It was the maker of colorful kitchen appliances. KitchenAid spent much of Thursday trying to repair the damage from a wayward tweet about President Obama that whipped up social media outrage faster than one of its signature blenders can spit out a smoothie. The tweet, put out by a member of the company's social media team during the Obama-Romney faceoff Wednesday in Denver, attacked the president in a particularly personal way. As Obama reminisced about his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who died shortly before Obama was elected president in 2008, the tweet appeared on KitchenAid's official Twitter account, @KitchenAidUSA: "Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad!
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August 29, 2012 |
In her four decades as America's cooking teacher, Julia Child had a hard-and-fast rule about commercial endorsements: She didn't do them. It didn't matter whether it was the butter that made her beurre blanc sauce sing, the pot in which she slow-cooked her cassoulet or even the cookbooks penned by chef friends — her praise was not for sale. "It was sort of a life philosophy that she had," said her great-nephew, Alex Prud'homme, who recalled how she frequently remarked: "Your name is your most valuable asset and you should be very careful how it's used.
January 20, 2012 |
The remote control has never been much beloved. If it's not getting lost or running out of batteries, the device — and its inscrutable buttons — is confusing some family member or acting as a totem in an argument about what to watch. Wouldn't it be nice to wave your hand, say a magic word and make the clicker disappear for good? With a new generation of gesture- and voice-controlled televisions, that's exactly what may happen. Viewers can control a new line of TV sets simply by speaking or gesturing at them, eliminating the need for clunky pointing devices and opening up a range of new ways people can use and interact with their televisions.
January 8, 2012 |
Question: When I moved into my apartment, I knew the refrigerator was old. One weekend I filled it with food for a family barbecue and it broke down. I was at work all day and didn't realize this until a number of hours later. I called my property manager but it was the weekend and a new unit wasn't installed for two more days. By then, the food was ruined. I have asked the manager to pay the cost of the lost food, but she has refused. I was thinking about deducting the cost from next month's rent, but I don't want to get into trouble.
July 20, 2011 |
At the turn of the last century, as the robber barons' first gilded age lingered on, many Californians came to regard one powerful enterprise as the symbol of oppressive avarice and of big money's corrupt appropriation of the political process. That company was the Southern Pacific, whose railways kept a stranglehold on commerce and whose operatives dominated state government. The firm's malevolent influence was the inspiration for one of California's first literary classics, Frank Norris' "The Octopus," which — along with Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" — helped usher in a period of progressive reforms.
June 17, 2011 |
Sears Holdings Corp. is letting go about 700 Kmart appliance salespeople as the retailer struggles to turn around its slumping appliance business. The move will eliminate jobs at 225 Kmart stores as those outlets transition to a new cash register system that makes additional salespeople unnecessary, a Sears spokesman said. When Hoffman States, Ill.-based Sears first put appliances in Kmart stores in 2005, the spokesman said, Kmart point-of-sale systems weren't set up for appliance sales.