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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


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


The undercover innovation of Apple's S phones

"S" phones have gotten a bad rap, but a closer look reveals their "incremental" features predict the success of future iPhones.

By September 22, 2015


Amazon phone: Forget the 3D gimmicks. It's all about the price

About to enter a brutally competitive field, the online retailer needs to be aggressive on price if it hopes to win consumers.

By April 12, 2014


Meet Wileyfox, an 'edgy' new mobile brand powered by Cyanogen

Launching in London today, the new company is set to take on the smartphone market with budget hardware and unusual Android software.

By August 25, 2015


Can this smartwatch help you be a hit with the ladies?

The Pick Up Girls Smartwatch, currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, claims it can help lonely men talk to women.

By August 18, 2015