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Bridging The Gap
Stand on the wing of air-bound plane in 'VRtually There' Stand on the wing of air-bound plane in 'VRtually There'
Stand atop the wing of barreling airplane and peer down at the lush farmland below. Get lost in the stars with the expansive views over Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Then, go airborne alongside top skateboarders as they string together gutsy tricks at the Vans Pro Skate Park Series. Experience it all in this week’s VRtually There, the new 360-degree VR series from USA TODAY NETWORK and YouTube. Ea...
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Biggest Carnival ship ever to call Texas home Biggest Carnival ship ever to call Texas home
Cruise giant Carnival's newest and biggest ship soon will be moving to Texas. Carnival on Thursday announced the eight-month Carnival Vista will re-position to Galveston, Texas in the fall of 2018. The 3,954-passenger vessel currently sails out of Miami. Carnival said Vista will operate seven-day western Caribbean itineraries out of Galveston every Sunday starting on Sept. 23, 2018. Two d...
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Want to help Gatlinburg? Come visit, biz owners say Want to help Gatlinburg? Come visit, biz owners say
GATLINBURG, Tenn. — While this Smoky Mountain tourist destination is open for business after a devastating wildfire last month, many visitors are gawking at the damage instead of shopping or visiting attractions, people who make their livelihood in the town said. Most of downtown reopened Dec. 9, taking less than two weeks to repair and clean up after the fire that killed 14 people and destroye...
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Disneyland brings new spirits to the holidays Disneyland brings new spirits to the holidays
Disney didn't invent the holidays. But the season's characters, myths (shh! Don't tell the kids), songs, and other trappings fit The Mouse like a four-fingered glove. That's why the original Disneyland Resort goes all out making spirits bright this time of year. Its two theme parks have added Christmas overlays to rides and shows, are displaying miles of garland throughout its storied lands, an...
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Bill Gates: The 5 must-reads this year Bill Gates: The 5 must-reads this year
When a billionaire hands out free advice, it's probably a good idea to listen, and in this case, read. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft (MSFT), just released his favorite books of the year including gems on everything from business to tennis and leadership. Gates, who founded Microsoft when he was just 20-years-old and currently serves as the company's technology adviser, is best known for his ...
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Alibaba's huge global sale sells $1B in first 5 minutes Alibaba's huge global sale sells $1B in first 5 minutes
SAN FRANCISCO — The world’s biggest sale began at midnight Beijing time on Friday when Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba launched its Singles' Day shopping festival. But perhaps more importantly, this year Smucker's is using the event to introduce China's more than 1.3 billion consumers to the joys of peanut butter and jelly. Alibaba's online marketplace sale began at 11:00 a.m. EDT. It poste...
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Endorsement: Hillary Clinton for President Endorsement: Hillary Clinton for President
By Mansoor Qureshi: 2016 is a challenging and difficult year for all Americans. With daggers drawn, one camp – the Trump Republicans – has helped raise the ugly head of racism and segregation against minority communities one more time in American history. They have wrongly evoked the emotions and sentiments of simple American folks, driving them towards negativity and away from the true American...
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Fifty bucks off a rigorous Roomba Fifty bucks off a rigorous Roomba
We thoroughly tested the iRobot Roomba 650 last year, and while it wasn't gentle, boy can this thing clean floors. Navigation is everything for a robot vac. Where the device can't go, it can't clean. The 650 will barge into tight spaces, attempt to summit high carpets, and roll right over inch-high obstacles in pursuit of that last gram of dirt. On the other hand, if your living room is dense w...
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Need a hand in the kitchen? Just ask Amazon Alexa Need a hand in the kitchen? Just ask Amazon Alexa
Amazon’s popular Alexa personal assistant can already order you a pizza or call an Uber to take you to a restaurant. Now, she can help you cook dinner at home. Thanks to some help from engineers at GE, Alexa has learned how to preheat an oven, set cook timers, and tell you when your laundry will be dry—all using voice recognition. It's the first full suite of appliances that Alexa can control. ...
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Close-ups of Jupiter's poles show unexpected weather Close-ups of Jupiter's poles show unexpected weather
Scientists have never explored Jupiter's north pole -- until now. NASA's spacecraft Juno sent back the first-ever images of Jupiter's north pole -- photographs that reveal storm systems and weather activity unlike anything scientists have ever seen before on any of our solar system's gas giants, the space agency said Friday. These images were captured during Juno's first orbital flyby of the p...
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