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October 17, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Residents of a Bay Area apartment building rushed to escape a six-alarm fire Thursday morning, some using rock climbing gear to lower themselves to safety. Four people suffered moderate and minor injuries in the fire, which was reported about 5:15 a.m. at the 75-unit Redwood City apartment building, according to KTVU. No major injuries or deaths were reported. Roommates Matt Fisher and Adam Carpenter went for their rock climbing gear when the blaze began and were able to escape injury, NBC Bay Area reported.
October 14, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - After a decade of stalemate, diplomats from Iran, the U.S. and five other nations are about to meet for talks that will provide the clearest evidence yet of whether recent signs of a thaw in relations presage an agreement over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Iran wants assurances at the talks Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva that if it plunges into serious negotiations, it might win international approval to enrich uranium. Although uranium enriched at low levels is used to fuel civilian power plants, many nations fear that Iran, despite denials, wants to enrich it to high levels for use in bombs.
October 12, 2013 | By Judi Dash
The folks at Clever Travel Companion came up with the smart idea of making underwear with built-in zippered pockets to keep cash, credit cards, keys and other valuables safely undercover. They are a sensible alternative to cumbersome money belts. The clothing is available in shorts, long johns and tank tops in multiple colors and patterns. Perhaps the most versatile garment is the company's plain white or gray unisex T-shirt, which has a roomy zippered pocket in front large enough for a passport.
October 11, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you see someone speaking into their watch, they're not crazy or pretending to be a spy. They probably own a Samsung Galaxy Gear. The South Korean tech giant released its $299 smartwatch in the U.S. earlier this month and has been spending some big bucks marketing the device, running dozens of full-page ads in numerous newspapers and multiple TV commercials, including one with soccer super star Lionel Messi . You might have seen these...
October 9, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Two blocks of Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way in Beverly Hills claim to contain the largest concentration of luxury timepieces on the West Coast -- and maybe even outside of Switzerland. For connoisseurs and novices alike, the city of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive Committee are sponsoring the Rodeo Drive Festival of Watches on Thursday through Sunday, kicking off with a street-wide open house from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Almost 20 boutiques are participating, with product launches, watchmaker appearances, demonstrations and other special promotions.
October 8, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Craftsman Weekend 2013 yet again sets out to prove that Pasadena's Arts and Crafts heritage goes beyond well known landmarks such as the Gamble House. This year Craftsman Weekend , run by the preservation group Pasadena Heritage from Oct. 18 to 20, will include an architectural bus tour in Altadena, a Craftsman furnishings exposition and receptions at historic sites not regularly open to the public. Although tickets to several workshops have sold out, many other events during the three-day celebration are still available to Arts and Crafts fans: Oct. 18 The Historic Churches Walking Tour covers Pasadena's Gothic Mission Revival and contemporary churches, long a hit with film crews.
October 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New Samsung commercials featuring such characters as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Dick Tracy show off numerous telephone watches from popular TV shows to promote the company's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear is a $300 device by Samsung that launched this month in the U.S. The gadget looks like a wristwatch but has a touchscreen, a camera and can run apps as well as send text messages. And as Samsung likes to point out in its commercials, the Galaxy Gear can also be used to make and receive voice calls.  PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 In one of its new ads, the South Korean tech giant shows clips of popular TV show characters like George Jetson from "The Jetsons" and Michael Knight from "Knight Rider" talking into their wristwatches.
October 5, 2013 | By Judi Dash
We've fallen in like with the Mophie Powerstand for iPad. This lightweight aluminum stand is the first I've seen that has a built-in iPad charging port as well as gripper arms that let you rotate the tablet for vertical or horizontal operation. The stand can even be used as a stabilizer for the iPad's rear-facing camera. The dual-hinge neck lets you adjust your tablet to just the right height, and the stand folds down for storage and transport. The base integrates LED power indicators.
October 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
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 | By Judi Dash
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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