H&R Block's 2013 Basic online service offers reliable no-frills income tax preparation at a bargain price. As the least expensive of H&R Block's 2013 filing options, Basic offers everything in the free service, like free tax preparation and filing, expert advice, and support if audited -- plus free tech support, online returns storage for three years, and the ability to import tax documents and data from most popular tax software. For an additional fee, you can file your state taxes at the same time. Best of all, you can start for free and see … Read more
Over the last week especially, the world came to know a lot more about the executive, after the news was leaked that Nadella was the expected choice for the company's top job. But still, a dark horse he was, beating out splashier choices like former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Ford CEO Alan Mulally. So we've still got a lot to learn about the new leader in Redmond.
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The ratings haven't been that bad, but the buzz has. I know hardly anyone who admits to watching and liking "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Well, building a TV show around a beloved but essentially one-joke character and his army of men in black was never going to be easy. Agent Coulson has been a surprise standout of the Marvel movie series, but he'd always been effective in small doses. For this they had to figure out how to make him and S.H.I.E.L.D. into a full meal. Still, Clark Gregg is great, and Joss Whedon was involved -- so what went wrong?
Mostly, the writers of the ABC show did what you'd expect. They came up with some more character traits for Agent Coulson; gave him a cute supporting cast; tried to flesh out S.H.I.E.L.D. a bit without killing its mystique; and threw in an audience identification character to ground it all. But now that character's been revealed as so much more than that. … Read more
Instead of going for more pixels, medium-format digital camera maker Hasselblad is going for better ones.
Over the last decade, much of the camera world has switched image sensors from the older CCD (charge-coupled device) technology to CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor), the same manufacturing process used to build conventional microprocessors. Now the high-end digital camera maker is making the same shift -- something its primary rival, Phase One, has so far chosen not to do.
Hasselblad is planning a new flagship camera, its H5D-50c, that aside from the sensor looks like its existing 50-megapixel H5D-50. The company hasn't … Read more
A patent licensing group has revealed many names of the corporate muscle behind an important next-generation video compression technology -- but the license itself remains elusive even as the technology arrives in the marketplace.
The technology, called HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) or H.265, is a codec used to encode and decode video for more economical storage and transmission across networks. It's designed to make a transition to 4K Ultra HD video more feasible on today's network connections.
HEVC/H.265 is the sequel to today's dominant technology, AVC/H.264 -- and it's at … Read more
Samsung debuted its new "Chef Collection" suite of kitchen appliances this week at CES, including the DW80H9970 dishwasher. With a sleek, stainless steel finish and reinvented washing mechanics, it's looking like a dishwasher worth keeping an eye on in 2014.
The Chef Collection dishwasher's marquee feature is "WaterWall," which Samsung is hailing as an entirely new approach to cleaning. Instead of a revolving circle of jets, WaterWall uses -- you guessed it -- a linear wall of water which sweeps back and forth during the wash cycle. Samsung calls this corner-to-corner cleaning, and claims … Read more
When Andy Davies, founder of Sci-Fi Hotel, decided to move forward with plans to build a "cat tree for geeks" (his words), it seemed a no-brainer that he would have to include an out-of-this-world bar to toast his accomplishment.
The H.R. Giger Bar is a work of art in itself, boasting a comprehensive "Alien" biomechanical environment -- from floor to ceiling to furniture -- all designed by the artist.… Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Today at CES, Samsung announced the Chef Collection suite of premium, "professional chef-level" kitchen appliances designed to meet the needs of even the most discerning home cook. Developed with the input of culinary experts through Samsung's Club des Chefs initiative, these appliances promise to help consumers manage and master the entire cooking process, all while boasting state-of-the-art tech and premium style.
First and foremost is the fridge. With its unique, modern appearance, the Chef Collection 4-Door Refrigerator certainly looks luxurious, and its 33.3-cubic-foot capacity is about as roomy as you'll find. Samsung … Read more
Clothing retailer H&M plans to boost its sales with help from so-called "t-commerce" company Delivery Agent.
The companies on Monday announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that during this year's Super Bowl, H&M will air an ad promoting the spring collection for David Beckham Bodywear. During the ad, H&M will utilize Delivery Agent's technology to allow viewers to buy the products they see on screen via a special app.
Delivery Agent has coined the term "t-commerce," for television commerce. The company essentially provides a … Read more
With a sticker price of $499, the Moneual Rydis H68 Pro sits within the middle of the price spectrum in terms of robot vacuum cleaners, especially compared with the $799 LG Hom-Bot Square, the $699 iRobot Roomba 790, or the $449 Neato XV Signature Pro. Versatility, however, might make it a better value.
We’ve written about other Rydis models, like the U60 Pro or the H67 Hybrid. The H68 Pro seems to be Moneual’s attempt to up the ante. Where the H67 was a vacuum and dry mop in one, the H68 combines a dry mop, a wet … Read more