March 9, 2013 |
Many high-quality electric shavers adapt to different electrical currents for charging during international travel, but they usually require adapters for different-shaped wall outlets. The diminutive new ShaveTech shaver doesn't need any of that rigmarole because it charges with a standard USB port. The shaver, which is about the size of a cellphone, has a flip-open USB plug so you can charge it anywhere using your computer (although the computer itself may need an adapter). Many hotel rooms contain desks with built-in USB ports, and of course some have ports for U.S. appliances, though wattage is usually restricted.
February 14, 2013 |
Jail couldn't keep Israel Keyes out of trouble, not even with himself. The prolific serial killer had already been caught and jailed by authorities months ago for his final butchery -- the kidnapping and slaying of 18-year-old Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig, one of the eight people he'd alluded to killing over years of attacks across the country. But a new report released this week by the Alaska Department of Corrections detailed the extent to which the 34-year-old construction worker continued to cause trouble with his captors even as he cooperated with investigators working to discover whom he'd killed.
January 31, 2013 |
We can put men on the moon. We can make computers small enough to carry around in our pockets. But we can't make a razor blade that stays sharp longer than a week? It sounds trivial. But the utter lack of progress on the razor front raises fundamental questions about America's industrial might. Has the sun set on the age of innovation in this country? Is it possible that American ingenuity has met its match in a relatively modest personal-hygiene product used by millions of consumers?
November 16, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A few hours before Superstorm Sandy struck two weeks ago, Stefano Barbagallo locked up Barbarini, the red-brick cafe he co-owns in Lower Manhattan's South Street Seaport. By the time he returned, the place was finished. Floodwaters had reached to nearly 6 feet, wiping clear the chalkboard that marked the specials. A refrigerator had floated down the block. Tens of thousands of dollars in inventory - meats, cheeses, wines and olive oil - were destroyed. Seven years of work and an investment of $1 million seemed to have vanished.
November 13, 2012 |
Menfolk around the world are growing out their facial hair this month to raise awareness for prostate cancer efforts - a hirsute affair known as Movember . This is fantastic news for men's health advocates, some of whom participate in a similar effort dubbed No Shave November, but notably less awesome for companies such as razor makers and barbershops that deal in scruff removal. During the month, such businesses have the tricky task of marketing products and services that much of their target audience has sworn not to use. Gillette is facing the month full on, launching the eMO'ge ncy Styler Tour to offer free mustache fine-tuning in select cities.
November 2, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Even as the lion's share of attention in the presidential campaign goes to the battleground of Ohio and the storm-battered states of the Mid-Atlantic, the outcome to the south, in the nation's largest swing state, now seems very much in doubt. Mitt Romney moved into a lead here after the first presidential debate, and since then, aides have insisted that Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, sat solidly in their column. But with several polls showing President Obama's fortunes improving here and Democrats performing well in early voting - as of Thursday morning, they led by about 59,000 out of more than 3 million absentee and in-person early votes - Romney has had to devote precious hours to defending his position in the state.