January 15, 2014 |
Google is hoping to lure mobile users to its Chrome browser by rolling out a new feature that reduces the amount of data they waste when they surf the Web. The Silicon Valley-based tech giant announced Wednesday that it is rolling out an update to the Apple iOS and Android versions of Chrome that will come with a data-compression feature. When turned on, users will be able to reduce their data by as much as 50%, Google said. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 After downloading the app update, users can turn the feature on by going into the app's settings, which are accessed by tapping on the three-line icon on the top left of the screen and scrolling down.
HOME & GARDEN
November 21, 1992 |
Simple trouble-shooting of gas and electric water heaters is not difficult and can save you money as well as preventing potentially dangerous situations. A gas heater must have enough air to burn efficiently. If the heater shares space with the furnace and clothes dryer, then an ample air supply is even more important. When a burner is starved for air, it fires with an inefficient orange flame that jumps and pops.
November 4, 2006 |
A new study on genetically engineered mice appears to offer a novel way to live as much as 20% longer: Chill out. Scientists engineered mice to have body temperatures 0.5 to 0.9 degrees lower than normal mice. Female experimental mice lived a median of 662 days, about 112 days longer than normal female mice. Male experimental mice survived a median of 805 days, 89 days longer than their normal counterparts.
July 23, 2006
I wouldn't exactly lump the community of Hidden Hills in with the rest of the Valley ("Provence in the Valley," by Barbara Thornburg, Style, July 2). I can do without the 10,000-square-foot house and all the energy it takes to heat, cool and maintain it, the built-in outdoor pizza oven and the private chef. Instead I will do my best to reduce my energy consumption, turn my thermostat down and fire up the grill in the backyard of my home. Get real. Carey Okrand Via the Internet
HOME & GARDEN
December 10, 1994 |
Who doesn't like to be waited on? Occasional tables with personality can hold snacks or reading material in small spaces and may be just the right piece to complete a playful setting or to lighten up a serious room. For those with sport in mind, Reginald is a caddie of wood, hand-painted and waiting to serve you.
September 11, 2011 |
You won't believe the stuff that Jay Markanich has seen on his rounds as a home inspector in northern Virginia. Among other things: exhaust fans that vent to nowhere, faulty drain line connections, drywall screws used for everything but their intended purpose, insulation thrown into wall cavities but not stapled to the studs, decks so riddled with nails shot from power guns that they cause the wood to split. The kicker? This is new construction. Not remodeling projects but brand-new houses that have never been lived in. Markanich blames the shoddy workmanship he is seeing these days on subcontractors who hire workers from the groups of unemployed people hanging around local stores.
June 28, 1998 |
QUESTION: Most hot-water tanks have a dial for water temperatures at the bottom. They read hot, warm and normal. What would be the minimum temperature, the next temperature and then the hot temperature? I have heard of a code in most places that the minimum temperatures should be 120 degrees Fahrenheit and the maximum 140 degrees. ANSWER: Not all water heater manufacturers use the same names for the thermostat settings. Nevertheless, the settings are basically hot, medium and warm.
January 13, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- For years, Google has been the search engine that connects people to all points on the Internet. Now it also wants to be the company that connects people's homes to the Internet. The search giant said Monday that it agreed to buy Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. The Palo Alto start-up founded in 2010 by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, two former iPhone and iPod engineers at Apple, makes slick Internet-connected home devices. The first two offerings were a thermostat and a smoke alarm.
January 15, 2014 |
How unpopular has Facebook become among teenagers and young adults? So much so that even the president knows. President Obama recently sat down with a handful of young adults to talk about how the administration can get more 18-to-34-year-olds to sign for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. At the restaurant where they met was Atlantic writer Robinson Meyer, who was within earshot of the president's conversation with the group....