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The ‘Baby’ that ushered in modern computer age

Seventy years ago was arguably the start of the modern computer age. A machine that took up an entire room at a laboratory in Manchester University ran its first programme at 11am on 21 June 1948. The prototype completed the task in 52 minutes,

Four things that are dumb about so-called “smart” appliances

Gone are the days when a refrigerator’s only function was to keep your food cool. These days, that fridge and just about every other appliance is “smart.” But, what does that really mean? Sure, smart devices are connected to Wi-Fi, allowing us to control some

The Dining Room Setup That Keeps Conversation Flowing

YOU DON’T want people to walk into a room and think they know what it’s going to look like,” said interior designer Ray Booth, whose new book, “Evocative Interiors” (Rizzoli), features two examples of the unexpected: curving banquettes that hug dining tables in a way

How to design a bathroom that adds opulence to your lifestyle

People can spend a great deal of time in the bathroom. The average Brit spends three hours and nine minutes sitting on the throne every week, according to research carried out by UKactive, a non-profit organisation. That doesn’t factor in the time they spend

7 kitchen appliances that will make you give cooking a try

It can be scary when you finally decide to take cooking seriously, especially if you’re more of a ramen-noodles-and-pizza-rolls type of chef. Fortunately, companies have made products that have made cooking more approachable by getting rid of some of the guesswork, addressing safety concerns

Towson residents might have little recourse for power outage that fried appliances

  Mary Munoz woke up in the wee hours of Sept. 23 after hearing a loud crack. After realizing the power was out in her Rich Hill Road home, in Stoneleigh, she went to check on her son, Tomas, before returning to bed. In

5 Daily appliances that can be hacked

Refrigerators Smart refrigerators are one category that could see wide acceptance in the future.  One Digital security has claimed that a fridge can be hacked and send malicious emails to others. In the past, we’ve seen instances of smart fridge hacks. For instance, a

Jason Isbell on Modern Country: ‘Most of That Stuff Is Real Bad Music’

A few years ago, Jason Isbell was an ex-member of Drive-By Truckers, playing clubs and drinking way too much whiskey. Now, the Alabama native is headlining venues like Baltimore’s 19,000-seat Merriweather Post Pavilion while turning out sharp country-rock story-songs. (John Mayer has called him

Plywood: The underrated material that shaped our modern world

London (CNN)Christopher Wilk, curator of a new exhibition dedicated to the eclectic history of plywood at the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, is singing the material’s praises. “It really is strong and stable,” he says, stood under a plywood airplane that hangs from the

6 do’s and don’ts for decorating a bathroom that won’t embarrass you in front of guests

Whether your bathroom is your own personal spa or a tiny space shared with three roommates, it should be a place of order, freshness and calm. Take a good, hard look around, says designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors in Alexandria. “The perfect look and feel