28 May 2016
Best Buy washing machines leave laundry spotless
Best Buy washing machines need to earn top marks in our tough cleaning tests, and we’ve just found not one, but five new washing machines that do just that.
Models from Samsung, Beko, Indesit, Miele, Hoover and Siemens were on test this time around. Our new reviews include a Miele machine that will set you back more than 1,500, as well as three models for less than 300, plus the Samsung WW90K6414QX smart washing machine that you can control via an app. As nobody wants to deal with a dripping pile of laundry, you ll be glad to hear that the new top performers are effective at wringing water from clothes. So you won t be waiting too long for your clothes to dry whether that s in a tumble dryer or on the washing line. Our latest tests also revealed washing machines that are poor at the basic task of washing your clothes, so it s worth reading our reviews to avoid disappointment.
Pricey vs cheap washing machines
The Miele WKR571WPS (right) is pricier than the Indesit EWD81482W (left). Which is best? There s a 1,380 price difference between the priciest and cheapest washing machines in our latest group test. The Indesit EWD81482W has a very reasonable 219 price tag, and has a range of programs to choose from including cycles specifically for gym kit, duvets and woollen clothes.
On the other end of the price spectrum, the Miele WKR571WPS will set you back by an eye-watering 1,599. Its wash programs include cycles specifically for silk fabric, woollen items and delicates. It has also an automatic detergent and fabric conditioner dispenser, which you prefill it s then designed to release the right amount at the right time of a cycle for the best results. Previous tests have shown no direct link between price and quality so head to our Indesit EWD81482W2 and Miele WKR571WPS3 reviews to see how they compare.
Should you consider a smart washing machine?
We also tested the Samsung WW90K6414QX, a smart washing machine that you can control and monitor through an app. Unfortunately, you can t remotely add clothes to the washing machine but you can start/pause the machine, check how long you ll be waiting for a program to finish, and find out when it has finished.
You can also detect and diagnose any problems you re having with the washing machine, instead of ploughing through the instruction manual.
New washing machine reviews
The full list of washing machines we ve most recently tested are listed below click on the links to read full reviews.
Freestanding washing machines
Beko WMB91233LW5, 9kg capacity, 199
Hoover DXCC49B36, 9kg capacity, 307
Indesit EWD81482W7, 8kg capacity, 209
Miele WKF1218, 8kg capacity, 1,099
Miele WKR571WPS9, 9kg capacity, 1,599
Samsung WW70K5410UW10, 7kg capacity, 470
Samsung WW90K5410UW11, 9kg capacity, 580
Samsung WW90K6414QX12, 9kg capacity, 650
Siemens WM14Q361GB13, 8kg capacity, 349
Integrated washing machines
Prices are correct as of 26 May 2016, and are subject to change.
- ^ Best Buy washing machines (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Indesit EWD81482W (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Miele WKR571WPS (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ smart washing machines explained (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Beko WMB91233LW (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Hoover DXCC49B3 (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Indesit EWD81482W (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Miele WKF121 (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Miele WKR571WPS (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Samsung WW70K5410UW (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Samsung WW90K5410UW (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Samsung WW90K6414QX (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Siemens WM14Q361GB (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ John Lewis JLBIWM1403 (www.which.co.uk)
There is a link between mobile phones and cancer: Radio waves emitted by devices ‘increase the risk of brain and …
- Rats exposed to the type of radio waves emitted by mobile phones were more likely to develop tumours in their brains and hearts
- Critics: Extensive research on humans has found no evidence phones pose health risks – and new research not strong enough to raise concerns
A major trial backed by the US Government has found a link between mobile phones and cancer. The peer-reviewed study found rats exposed to the type of radio waves emitted by mobile phones were more likely to develop tumours in their brains and hearts. British scientists today stressed that extensive research on humans has found no evidence mobile phones pose health risks – and said the new research is not strong enough to raise concerns.
The study found that rats exposed to the type of radio waves emitted by mobile phones were more likely to develop tumours in their brains and hearts
But the authors of the study, led by the US National Toxicology Program, said: ‘Given the widespread global usage of mobile communications among users of all ages, even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to radiofrequency radiation could have broad implications for public health.’
The 17million trial involved exposing 2,500 rats to radio waves for nine hours a day, every day for two years. The researchers found ‘low incidences’ of tumours in rats exposed to the radiation. Ron Melnick, a former National Toxicology Program researcher who worked on early stages of the study before his retirement, told the Wall Street Journal: ‘Where people were saying there’s no risk, I think this ends that kind of statement.’
But Professor Kevin McConway, an expert in applied statistics at The Open University, said: ‘It’s good that the US National Toxicology Program is researching these issues.
Other scientists stressed extensive research on humans has found no evidence mobile phones pose health risks
‘But these partial findings don’t cause me any real concern about health risks from mobile phone use.
‘There has been much previous research on this topic, some of which has found no evidence of any risk, and some of which has found limited evidence of a small risk with heavy phone use.
‘I don’t think that these results have moved us on from that yet.’
He said the rats had been exposed to levels of radiation far in excess of that seen by people who use mobile phones.
‘I’m not going to stop using my mobile phone in the light of this,’ he added. Dr Rodney Croft, director of the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research, said: ‘At present, and particularly given a range of uncertainties regarding its results, the report does not provide reason to move from the current scientific consensus that mobile phone-like exposure does not impact health.’
Mobile phones emit radiation energy in the form of radio waves. Tissues closest to the phone can absorb this energy but despite many studies investigating the issue, none have found evidence that this contributes to cancer risk.
The closest scientists have come to highlighting a link was when the International Agency for Research on Cancer said, in 2011, that the devices could ‘possibly’ cause cancer in humans.
But even then they said there was not enough evidence to come to a clear conclusion.
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- Amy Asker, 36, ploughed into Seth Dixon, 7, as he was crossing the road
- She was speaking to a friend on her mobile phone when she hit schoolboy
- Was one of seven calls made as she journeyed home from mother’s home
- Denied it was a factor but coroner concluded it contributed to Seth’s death
- Despite that she was fined just 90 and given five points on her licence
Amy Asker (pictured), 36, ploughed into schoolboy Seth Dixon – known as Smiler – as he was crossing the road near his home in Tydd Gote, Lincolnshire
A woman was fined just 90 and given five points on her licence for killing a seven-year-old boy she knocked down when she was driving while using her mobile phone. Amy Asker, 36, ploughed into schoolboy Seth Dixon – known as Smiler – as he was crossing the road near his home in Tydd Gote, Lincolnshire. She was speaking to a friend on her phone at the time – one of seven calls she made during the short journey from her mother’s home in her green Ford Mondeo.
The device was sitting in a pocket on the driver’s door and on loudspeaker at the time. Fighting back tears during an inquest into the boy’s death, Asker said she did not see Seth as she drove towards him, and only became aware of his presence on impact. She denied that speaking on her phone had in any way distracted her.
However, coroner Paul Cooper stressed that he was convinced it was a factor in the young boy’s death. He said: ‘Amy Asker was charged with dangerous driving. If she was not using her phone she may have seen Seth earlier.
‘I believe her using the phone while driving contributed to the child’s death.’
The hearing in Boston, Lincolnshire, heard how Seth was crossing Station Road, Tydd Gote, when he was mowed down on December 5, 2014, about 4pm. He was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge, where he died on December 19 as a result of head injuries sustained in the accident.
The inquest heard that Asker had been on her phone to friend Katy Wheals, with the mobile placed in the pocket of the driver’s door on loud speaker when the collision happened. She said: ‘I was driving at about 27mph. I did not see him. I could not do anything. I had my side lights on as it was beginning to get dark.
‘My phone was on speakerphone as I had no hands free in the car.
‘I do not think my driving was impaired by being on the phone. It would have been no different to a passenger sat next to me talking.’
The inquest heard how a number of calls made in Amy’s phone had been deleted after the crash but she had no idea how that had happened. PC Mark Brown, in giving evidence, said the weather was fine and the road lit with street lights when Seth was struck.
Ms Asker, 33, was fined 90 after admitting a charge of careless driving rather than the more serious offence of causing death by dangerous driving when she appeared before magistrates.
The hearing in Boston, Lincolnshire, heard how Seth was crossing Station Road, Tydd Gote, when he was mowed down on December 5, 2014, about 4pm. He was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge, where he died on December 19 as a result of head injuries sustained in the accident
She was also ordered to pay a 20 victims’ surcharge and 80 costs. Speaking after the inquest, Seth’s mother Alice Husband, 42, said of Asker: ‘She will be serving a sentence in her own mind for the rest of her life.
‘No prison sentence would change that or make her feel any worse.
‘All it would do is separate another mother from her children and those children should not be the ones to suffer.’
She added: ‘I don’t blame her for what happened. It was an innocent mistake that led to tragic circumstances.
‘She didn’t get in her car that day and mean for what happened to happen. It was devastating and it’s ruined her life as well as ours. But it won’t help anyone or anything to go around blaming her.
Seth’s mother Alice, who is also mother to Oliver, 16, and Jake, 12, said the seven-year-old (pictured) had crossed the road almost every day of his life
‘I’ve forgiven her and I want to remember Seth for the smiley, happy, much loved little boy that he was.’
Alice, who is also mother to Oliver, 16, and Jake, 12, said Seth had crossed the road almost every day of his life. She said: ‘He’d grown up in that house where the postbox was directly opposite.
‘Of course I taught him the important of stopping, looking and listening but it was in the lead up to Christmas and he was excited.
‘He popped out to post a letter for me, it was getting dark and he was small for his age so she may not have seen him.
‘I don’t believe she wouldn’t have done everything in her power to stop if she had have done.’
She continued: ‘It was the worst day of my life and I will never forget my amazing son. He didn’t deserve to lose his life in such a tragic way.
‘He was loved by everyone who met him, and nicknamed “Smiler” because he always had a grin on his face.
‘He was a classic little boy who loved building fires and getting dirty in the mud. He was kind and generous and loved his brothers.
‘Life will never be the same without him.’
Road safety campaigners branded that an ‘insult’ to Seth’s family. Alice Bailey, campaigns adviser for road safety charity Brake, condemned the sentence handed to her. She said: ‘The driver’s explanation and the subsequent fine and penalty points are an insult to the family.
‘This tragic story illustrates why driving when distracted can be deadly. We’re calling on the Government to make all phone use in vehicles, illegal.
‘Even when speaking on a hands free unit, your reaction times are 30 per cent slower than if you were at the current drink-drive limit in England and Wales.
‘Having a conversation with a passenger in a car is very different, they can perceive hazards and understand the road conditions and behave accordingly.’
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The future of Apple, a company known for its secrecy, is always a little unclear. That makes new product announcements very exciting, but it also leads to plenty of rumors around the web. CEO Tim Cook, however, recently gave a little insight into the future of Apple, debunking some of the rumors that have been floating around of late. In particular, Cook debunked the rumor that the company would one day cut out mobile carriers and launch a mobile network1 of its own.
Our expertise doesn t extend to the network. We ve worked with AT&T in the U.S., O2 in the U.K., as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But generally, the things Apple likes to do, are things we can do globally, said Cook in an interview with the former commissioner for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes. We don t have the network skill. We ll do some things with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do.
Basically, we probably shouldn t expect to be able to get around using standard mobile carriers any time soon. The e-SIM mention is a reference to a 2011 patent for a SIM card that s embedded in the phone and allows customers to switch carriers whenever they want without the need for another SIM card. Cook also talked about the future of the Apple Watch, saying that people s health will be an important aspect of how the Apple Watch develops over time. In fact, Cook talked about the fact that smartwatches in general could play a very important role in our health, while also helping transform how we pay for items.
Clearly, Cook is very confident about the future of the smartwatch which likely means that Apple will put a lot of effort into developing and refining the watch.
- ^ launch a mobile network (www.digitaltrends.com)
- ^ Tim Cook lines up meetings with Chinese government to discuss issues (www.digitaltrends.com)
Hope it comes to their tablets too.
2. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1555; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)2
I had the feature on my 1520 on 8.1 and with every W10 Insider build. I don’t know what the big deal is.
3. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 798; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)3
It’s available on WP 8.1 on lumia 420.. what’s the big deal? What’s wrong with WP? Why Microsoft removed features from existing OS? This is called being stupid.
Everytime I read an article of WP it seems I travelled 3yrs back in time
Beyond belief. Unprecedented Space technology.
5. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 288; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)5
it was already there in my Lumia820