November 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - On the website for Jim Fulner's U.S. Senate campaign, 34 letters and numbers appear in a string above the "Donate Now!" button. They are the code for his campaign's bitcoin wallet, where holders of the so-called digital currency can send it to the Libertarian from Michigan - without a bank acting as an intermediary. "It's an exciting new technology," said Jeff Wood, the campaign treasurer and a self-described early adopter of bitcoin. But as with any budding technology, federal agencies must examine how its use fits in with the law, including rules for campaign donations.
November 20, 2013 |
LG's curved smartphone, the G Flex, has a lot of cool specs -- a 6-inch screen, a flexible plastic body that can be pushed flat without breaking and an ultra-thin, high-resolution display. But the feature we're most excited and curious about? LG's claim that its new phone is made with a "self-healing" coating that protects the device from surface damage and can actually erase signs of scratches after they occur. Although the notion of a self-healing phone seems implausible, YouTube personality and video producer Marques Brownlee posted a video online in which he runs the G Flex through a series of scratch tests and the phone appears to emerge relatively unscathed.
November 10, 2013 |
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was scratched from Sunday night's home game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury, with the team announcing the move seconds after the Ducks began warming up on the Honda Center ice. Center Mathieu Perreault (five goals, nine assists) started in Getzlaf's place Sunday. Getzlaf slipped on the ice at Friday's morning skate and was said by Coach Bruce Boudreau to have been iffy to play that night. He did, producing his first career hat trick with three first-period goals, adding an assist.
October 31, 2013 |
The $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic suffered a major defection Thursday when trainer Bill Mott announced that Ron The Greek, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, would be scratched from Saturday's race at Santa Anita because of a quarter crack. Ron The Greek won the 2012 Santa Anita Handicap. His morning-line odds for the Classic were 8-1 and his departure leaves a field of 11 in the 1 1/4-mile race. "He had an abscess that broke open in his foot," Mott said. The trainer said the abscess was discovered Wednesday during the feed time.
October 21, 2013 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + If Sidney Crosby can be said to do anything quietly, he is quietly having a sensational start. Through Sunday he led the NHL in scoring with 17 points, including at least one point in all eight games the Penguins had played. That's a personal best to start a season for Crosby. + St. Louis forward David Backes scored six goals in the Blues' first seven games, matching his total in last season's 48-game schedule.
October 18, 2013 |
Wine books make you tremble in your boots? All that jargon. All those names to learn. All the erudition to wade through? Well, here's one that your inner 3-year-old should enjoy: “ The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert .” The author is Richard Betts, a master sommelier but no snob, whose Twitter feed boasts the motto “Wine is a grocery, not a luxury.” The book, which premieres this week, is just 22 pages....