October 4, 2013 |
Samsung is fighting negative reviews of its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch the best way it knows how: massive amounts of marketing. The South Korean tech giant ran 10 full-page ads -- yes, you read that right -- in the Friday editions of the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, promoting the $299.99 Galaxy Gear and its companion smartphone, the new Galaxy Note 3. [Updated 11:24 a.m. Oct. 4: Samsung said the ads also ran...
September 28, 2013 |
Crayola has kept children artistically engaged for 110 years. The company's signature colored crayons still abound, but Crayola has also evolved with the times to satisfy kids' wow-factor yearnings. Enter the Crayola Wild Notes Black Journal , a 5-by-7-inch wirebound book with 70 wide-ruled pages of “magic” black paper. When Junior expounds on his travel adventures using the included metallic color-changing pen, the words and doodles manifest in neon hues. Crayola also makes a 75-page 8-by-10 1/2-inch Wild Notes Black Notebook, letting your little artist create even larger masterpieces.
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September 26, 2013 |
In the wake of a Dodger fan's slaying just blocks away from AT&T Park in San Francisco, police and Giants officials are unrolling heavier than normal security for Thursday night's game, officials said. The Giants-Dodgers games, as well as football games between the Cowboys and 49ers, trigger what San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr referred to Thursday as a "rivalry package" of enhanced police staffing. The same package was in effect Wednesday when 24-year-old Jonathan Denver was stabbed to death a few blocks away from the ballpark.
September 26, 2013 |
Late Tuesday, the chatty Sen. Ted Cruz read Dr. Seuss to his kids at home: “Green Eggs and Ham.” On Thursday, House Republicans took a page from another Seuss classic: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Frustrated by the obvious -- the Senate (even many fellow Republicans) won't go along with their lame-brain effort to “defund Obamacare” -- GOP leaders in the House have switched gears. Proving that today's teenagers aren't the only ones with short attention spans, they've moved on from healthcare to the fight over the debt ceiling.
September 22, 2013 |
This could be the start of something big. Or it could just cause for football fans to wonder why so many players are suddenly such big supporters of the Kwik-E-Mart clerk on "The Simpsons. " Some players from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Northwestern marked their gear with the letters APU -- standing for All Players United -- for their teams' games Saturday in what they hope might become a national movement for NCAA reform. The advocacy group National College Players Assn., which launched the campaign, seeks changes to benefit college athletes, including better healthcare, more scholarship money and the end of restrictions on legitimate employment and players' ability to take advantage of commercial opportunities.
September 21, 2013 |
Think of the Mobile Meditator as cushioning your journey. Besides its use in meditation, it works great as a backrest or pillow. The sueded plastic pillow from BriteSpot Solutions has three independent inflatable chambers, which rise at a higher angle at the back than at the front. Adjust the center chamber for spine support and pelvic tilt and the two sides for hip and thigh support. (Your back and head can benefit from these adjustable angles as well.) You can blow up each chamber by blowing into it as you would with any inflatable.
September 14, 2013 |
Have you ever forgotten the code to one of those little combination locks? Or maybe one of the numbers mysteriously shifted, and you couldn't get the lock to lock or you couldn't get it to open? Finally, here's backup for what fails you. The Dual Combi/Key Lock opens and locks with a three-digit combination mechanism on the bottom or a keyhole on the front (two keys included). Either method can override the other. Then you can reconfigure the lock so it can serve another day instead of getting trashed.
September 14, 2013 |
Gears may seem like a purely human invention. And yet the basic interlocking mechanism found inside grandfather clocks and car steering systems has now turned up in the remarkably powerful legs of young planthopper insects. The discovery, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, provides the first known example of working gears that evolved in a living being. "It's a wonderful example of the clever solutions that nature comes up with," said Robert Full, a biomechanist at UC Berkeley who was not involved in the study.
September 12, 2013 |
Unruly Seattle Seahawks may want to think twice before picking on somebody wearing San Francisco 49ers gear during Sunday's game at CenturyLink Field. Those people who are your sworn enemies because they dared to don scarlet and gold on Seahawks territory might actually be cops out looking for the likes of you. That's right. Someone had the rather brilliant idea of having undercover law enforcement officers dressed in the opposing team's apparel patrol the stadium for "fans exhibiting unruly and inconsiderate behavior," the Seahawks announced Wednesday.
September 7, 2013 |
Here's a classy wheeled bag that not only eases the schlep factor but does so without adding burdensome weight or extra bulk that can make lifting or stashing a challenge. The Lipault Two-Wheeled Satchel is a soft-sided nylon twill bag with an integrated mono-tube retractable handle for rolling and double-padded carry handles for lifting (or carrying the old-fashioned way). The spacious zippered main compartment opens wild-mouth style for easy access. The satchel is available in a 20-inch carry-on size weighing 4.3 pounds, or a 5.1-pound, 24-inch bag that would probably need to be checked.