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Consumers still warming up to idea of ‘smart’ homes

At this month’s International Consumer Electronics Show, LG unveiled a series of household appliances that can receive, interpret and send texts: a washing machine that, when asked, reports how much time is left in a cycle; or a refrigerator that alerts the owner when food is about to expire.

Start planning your 2015 decorating projects

Now that the holidays are over and hopefully the decorations tucked away, you can start planning — or get back on track with — your decorating projects. I’m sure there are some of you, including myself, who got sidetracked. Life happens and time slips away, but we now have a new calendar to fill.

Switch plans $1 billion Las Vegas expansion

Switch company blueprints to build a $1 billion, 3 million square-foot data center near Reno made a splash as part of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s State of the State speech on Thursday. Perhaps less heralded was Switch’s equally sizable re-investment in its hometown, where a new $1 billion data storage site is set to get underway.

Twist gets five diamond rating

Twist, the lofty realm of Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter, is the latest Las Vegas restaurant to receive a AAA Five Diamond Award. Twist joins repeat performers Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand, Le Cirque and Picasso at Bellagio and Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace.