Sport

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. The contract is of the major league variety. Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In […]

Lifestyle

Dry January: How to take a break from alcohol so you’ll actually stick with it

It’s been a while since I quit drinking (a choice I made mostly because alcohol plus a panic disorder and clinical depression either don’t mix at all, or mix all too well), but I still feel awkward sometimes at bars, and experience the occasional craving after a crummy day. Generally, I feel more secure and happier without alcohol — largely because […]

Business

U.S. Senate passes North America trade deal, Canada still to approve

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a revamp of the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement that includes tougher rules on labor and automotive content but leaves $1.2 trillion in annual U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade flows largely unchanged. The legislation to implement the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement passed on an 89-10 bipartisan vote, sending the measure to President Donald […]

Technology

Big Discounts on Xbox One Controllers, Including Elite Series 2

It’s a good time to be an Xbox One owner in need of an extra controller. Right now, Amazon Prime members can save $20 off a brand-new (and extremely excellent) Xbox Elite Series 2 controller. The online mega-retailer is also offering 20% off many previously owned Amazon Warehouse items, including Xbox One controllers in various […]

News

Police reveal evidence in New York serial killer case nearly decade after 11 bodies found

Police have released previously undisclosed evidence in the unsolved case of the Gilgo Beach murders, nearly a decade after the remains of 11 people were discovered along a stretch of highway on Long Island. During a news conference on Thursday, Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart released a photo of a black leather belt she said […]

Sport

Álex Romero suspended 20 games for attacking Gabriel Lino with bat

Last week, former major league outfielder Álex Romero attacked catcher Gabriel Lino with his bat during a Venezuelan winter league game. Things were already tense prior to the attack as the benches of both Caribes de Anzoátegui and Águilas del Zulia emptied, resulting in several ejections. In the eighth inning, pitcher Angel Nesbitt threw a […]

Lifestyle

Sleep on this: Consumer Reports rates the best pillows for better sleep

In our quest for a good night’s sleep, most of us focus on the mattress. And that’s understandable — it’s expensive and we’re going to live with it for many years. Just don’t overlook the pillow. All too often, pillows are an impulse purchase, something you grab when you see a sale. You spend about […]

Business

Gap pulls plug on Old Navy spinoff to focus on turning around sales

Gap Inc (GPS.N) on Thursday scrapped its plan to spin-off Old Navy and said it would instead work to stem dropping sales, while fewer discounts during the holiday season helped full-year earnings, sending its shares up about 4%. The move came as a surprise as just two months ago the company had stuck to its […]

Technology

NAMM 2020: Arturia’s MicroFreak synth gains a new oscillator mode in v2 update

NAMM 2020: Arturia’s compact MicroFreak synth was one of the highlights of NAMM 2019. Now, one year on, that characterful digital synth is a v2 firmware update adding a host of new features and improvements. Top of the list is a new noise oscillator mode. This has multiple types of noise on offer including particle, […]

News

ASOS rolls out augmented reality technology to make online shopping more inclusive

C. True Coleman faced a dilemma all too common for many brides in search of that perfect wedding dress. The bride-to-be wanted something they would feel special and comfortable in while celebrating their big day, but faced added difficulty finding the perfect gown because Coleman was up against a 3-month time crunch and is also […]