Buzz: Product News Roundup, No More Burnt Popcorn Edition

Kernel-caressing microwaves, awesome lighting tricks, paper houses, and other product news from around the web this week.

Whirlpool microwave• Office workers rejoice! A new microwave from Whirlpool has sound sensors that will adjust popcorn-cooking time for optimal results.

• When a simple sconce or spotlight just won’t do, try one of these 18 cool lighting tricks.

• 4 steps to squeak-free floors.*

Top 10 truck trends for 2014.

• From spiral stairs to fiberglass doors to insulating housewrap, here’s a look at 38 more products from the Builders’ Show.

7 tools made right here in the U.S. of A.

• Walk-in closets and low-E windows—expected. Laminate countertops? Not so much. See “what’s most likely to show up in single-family homes in 2014,” according to an NAHB survey.

• We’re feeling a distinct urge to doodle. Check out these 10 houses made with paper.

• Have a gorgeous project featuring Marvin Windows? The manufacturer has opened its sixth annual Architects Challenge design contest.

*Disclosure: The author of this article is a client of this blog’s parent company.

Buzz: Product News Roundup, Approach the Bench Edition

Product news from the past week, including stylish shower benches, finds from the Remodeling Show, smokin’ chimney caps, skyrocketing solar, and more.

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New: Products of the Week, 10.21.13

5 new products, including contemporary interior doors, gel knee pads, and innovative surfacing.

Masonite Hamel interior door

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New: Products of the Week, 10.14.13

5 new products, including eye-catching copper shower pans, an ultra-modern cube-like fireplace, and handy in-wall USB chargers.

Diamond Spas copper shower pan

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Products of the Week, 10.7.13

5 new product options, including classic-style faucets, modern entry doors, and high-performance recip saw blades.

Summit Appliance_Refrigerator
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Products of the Week, 9.23.13

Etched tiles, high-efficiency toilets, heated work jackets, and two other products that crossed our desks this week.

Bosch jacket

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Innovation: Panasonic Introduces Dual-Voltage Tools

The Dual Voltage-ready EY74A1LS2G 1/2" Drill/Driver Kit

The Dual Voltage-ready EY74A1LS2G 1/2″ Drill/Driver Kit

Panasonic’s Power Tool division is increasing the flexibility of its cordless tools with Dual Voltage Technology, an industry-first offering that allows users to switch between 18- and 14.4.-volt lithium-ion batteries on the same tool.

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