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13 appliance gimmicks we secretly love (pictures)

A fridge that makes coffee? A color-coded washing machine? A Cylon-inspired wall oven? Call them gimmicks if you must, but we see legitimate appeal in these feature-rich appliances.

14 Images By September 8, 2015


Kazam's James Atkins: 'Consumers don't want smartphone gimmicks'

Kazam is a tiny British company taking on the might of Samsung and HTC. Chief Marketing Officer James Atkins tells us what it's like to lead an insurgency.

By February 26, 2014


Samsung UNHU9000: Curved TV a flat-out gimmick

Although it does help reduce reflections somewhat, the curved shape of Samsung's UNHU9000 4K TV does nothing else to improve image quality, and in some subtle ways actually impairs it. And it costs a whole lot more than a flat TV.

By July 3, 2014


You'll actually want to read Hyundai's augmented-reality owner's manual

New Hyundai cars bring the owner's manual into the digital world with some very cool augmented-reality features.

By November 17, 2015


Why you should watch 'Longmire,' a love letter to Luddites with a cowboy twist

Commentary: Now that Netflix has renewed "Longmire," CNET's Bonnie Burton tells you why you'll want to start binge-watching a crime drama about a sheriff who refuses to get a cell phone.

By November 3, 2015


High-end LG V10 and midrange G Vista 2 arrive in the US

LG's latest smartphones enter the pre-holiday frenzy of phones.

By October 26, 2015


We're living in the future with shiny tech -- and plenty of duds

On Back to the Future Day, we can truly say the future is now. We have technology at our fingertips that would blow Marty McFly's mind. Look behind the glitz, though, and you'll see a pile of castoff failures.

By October 21, 2015


Qualcomm retracts 'gimmick' comment on Apple 64-bit chip

Qualcomm says a statement made by an executive panning Apple's 64-bit A7 chip is "inaccurate."

By October 8, 2013


Qualcomm gambit: Apple 64-bit A7 is a 'gimmick'

A top exec takes a risk by dismissing the new 64-bit A7 too quickly. The chip supplier will likely have a different message if it brings out its own 64-bit design.

By October 2, 2013


Uber boosts driver pay in China as war with local rival revs up, report says

It can't sit still as Chinese competitor Didi Kuaidi makes bold moves. One way for Uber to get drivers' attention: Pay them big bonuses.

By September 28, 2015