Can Wi-Fi Make You a Better Cook?

Kitchen appliances with Wi-Fi capability are the sort of thing that sound really neat until you try to work out what you are actually going to do with them.

Your coffee does not need Wi-Fi.

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A few years back, someone sent me a news release about a Wi-Fi-enabled slow cooker. I was intrigued, but I ultimately declined the offer to test it, for one simple reason: I couldn't figure out what I'd do with a Wi-Fi-enabled slow cooker that I wouldn't be able to do with a regular one. A slow cooker is a really simple piece of gear, and higher-end models already have timers that let you program them to automatically switch "cook" to "warm." Because that's the only thing I could imagine using a wired appliance to do, I gave it a pass.

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