College football schedule, games 2019: What to watch in Week 7, TV channels, Saturday kickoff times

The leaves are changing color, conference races are heating up, and the college football season is headed for a big Saturday in Week 7 with four top-25 matchups and another major game on the slate. No. 5 LSU will host No. 7 Florida on Saturday night in Death Valley, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 11 Texas will tee it up in the Red River Showdown, No. 1 Alabama will visit No. 24 Texas A&M in an SEC West showdown, and No. 10 Penn State will hope to keep its record unblemished when it goes to No. 17 Iowa on Saturday night. There’s also No. 9 Notre Dame hosting USC, and the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 8 teams in the nation are also in key games over the course of the day. In fact, we have already seen No. 3 go down as Georgia fell at home to South Carolina in double overtime. This weekend in college football always delivers some of the wildest results of the season, and Saturday should be no different. Get ready to get those remote controls and second TVs working because you’re going to need them. No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU, ESPN, 8 p.m.: One team will exit with its first loss of the season and a thin margin for error for the rest of the season. Will LSU’s offense continue t...

Best smart home treats to trick your Halloween guests

Halloween may seem like an old-school holiday, filled with bedroom sheet ghosts and dollar-store candy corn and fog machines that smell weird and never seem to work right, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. Halloween is a holiday where the bleeding edge of smart home tech proves that you don’t need buckets of fake syrupy blood to scare your guests socks off. Whether you’re looking to scare trick-or-treaters away and keep all that candy to yourself or looking to spook guests at your mysterious masquerade, there are a lot of tools at your disposal. For blending into your spiderweb-covered foyers and controlling your ‘haunted’ home, the Google Home Mini is the price-performer. Google Assistant is compatible with over 10,000 smart home devices from 1,000 brands, and this compact speaker has dozens of mounts, covers, and bases to hide it away or dress it up. Amazon’s speakers are great for home control, but the upgraded Echo Plus is the best of the best. This chubby speaker has a big, beautiful sound, and there’s a Zigbee smart home hub built right in, meaning it can control thousands of smart products without needing an extra hub to...

10 Products Every Fashion-Conscious Cannabis User Will Love For Fall

Ahh, fall. It’s a time of year filled with cozy blankets, changing leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. And even for people who don’t get to see the trees shake off their greenery, there’s still a certain vibe in the air. Everything feels slightly crisper and cooler. It’s a season for retreating and nesting — and what better way to do that than with some new, fall-friendly cannabis products that also happen to be très chic? That’s right, Weedmaps News scoured the scene to unearth the brands, companies, and items changing the cannabis world as we know it. Whether it’s the most buttery, hemp-based jeans you’ll ever try on or the sleekest notebooks for all your recordkeeping needs, these cannabis products are perfect for the consumer who prioritizes style and cool above all else.  The founders of Alkhemist have spent the last 15 years working in the Los Angeles garment industry, so it’s no wonder they found themselves expanding into hemp apparel. The brand says it works with hemp as its core material because it offers a carbon footprint 50% less than that of cotton, enables more environmentally friendly practices, and is breathable a...

More use of linear motors (+ complementary drives + linear bearings)

Chieftek Precision USA sees six trends in automation that are changing which kinds of motion components get used in new installations. Leading technologies include linear stages, linear encoders, servo drives in flexible formats, linear slides, direct-drive rotary tables, and linear motors. Pre-integrated linear stages (and predesigned motion systems in general) see rising use. That’s because OEMs in particular are looking to focus on their primary competencies … and outsource motion engineering to get more complete automation solutions out of the box. To satisfy this demand, Chieftek products include our compact linear motor stage (CLS), compact linear motor stage (CLMS), and moving-magnet linear stage (MMLS). Recall that unlike linear actuators that generally have lighter frames and employ a variety of motor-driven mechanisms, linear stages include a solid flat base of steel or granite for rigidity … and typically employ either motor-driven ballscrews or linear motors. Direct measurement of linear-motion output with linear encoders has become indispensable for semiconductor, medical, and precision laboratory applications. Here, Chieftek offers linear encoders based on magnetic...

Safety alert: Pediatricians don’t want babies to sleep in car seats outside of the car

Car seats are obviously meant to be used in the car, but in recent years the designs of modern infant car seats have made them so portable many parents keep babies in them even outside of the vehicle. Many parents arrive at a destination, take the whole car seat out and lug it inside so their babies can keep sleeping. But now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending against this after a new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that a significant number of infant deaths are occurring in car seats that aren’t being used in the car, but rather as a substitute for a crib or bassinet, especially when babies are in the care of a childcare provider. Researchers investigated 11,779 infant sleep-related deaths over the course of a decade and found that 348 (3%) babies died in sitting devices, most of which (63%) were car seats that were not being used for their intended purpose. The remaining deaths happened in bouncers or swings (35%) and strollers (2%). When the pediatricians looked into infant deaths that occurred in bouncers and swings, they learned most happened when the baby was at home with a parent. But they noted that when it comes to car seats, more ...

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a modular laptop that has the power inside to replace your

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a modular laptop that has the power inside to replace your desktop PC. However, some people might not be satisfied with the port selection, which includes USB-A, USB-C, Surface Connect, and an SD card reader. The USB-C port does give you the option of adding an adapter or hub to the mix, opening up more ports and potentially delivering some power in the process, but it’s picky and won’t work with every option. To hopefully save you some hassle, I’ve rounded up a number of hubs here with which Surface Book 2 owners have found success. The Surface Book 2 is lacking an Ethernet port, but you can add one alongside HDMI and three USB-A 3.0 ports with this HooToo adapter (about $57). There is likewise a USB-C port that, when connected to a charger, can deliver up to 100W of power to anything connected to the adapter, including the Surface Book 2. I wouldn’t expect this to replace the official Surface charger, but it should give you a little bit of extra power in a pinch. For those who need a reliable adapter to connect Windows Mixed Reality (WMR), this Surface-branded USB-C to HDMI adapter (about $40) is proven to do the tric...

When China first became a global industrial epicenter it was known for contract manufacturing, OEMs, abject

When China first became a global industrial epicenter it was known for contract manufacturing, OEMs, abject knock-offs, and an entire ecosystem of producers who flooded the markets of the world with low cost, no-name electronics, textiles, and other goods. However, the game has now changed for many of China’s manufacturers; it’s no longer merely about production but innovative design, signature products, and brand identity. This has caused a revolutionary change in business models as well as a monumental paradigm shift of what “made in China” now means. But how and why did this transition begin? This picture taken on January 7, 2015 shows a member of staff waiting for customers at a Xiaomi shop… [+] in Beijing. WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images On the farthest fringes of Shenzhen, in the Laokeng Industrial Zone of Pingshan New Town, sits the speckled pink-walled factory of Gaoyu Electronics, a relatively small manufacturer of cooling technologies for electronic devices. This company doesn’t stand out from many other similar manufacturers in Shenzhen’s industrial belt, and is a good example of the transition which many are now going through. Gaoyu Electronics got its s...

Fall Festival highlight: Fruit pies from St. Peter’s United Methodist Church

This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Over a thousand fruit pies are made every year for the church’s Fall Festival booth. Evansville Courier & Press EVANSVILLE, Ind. — As the saying goes, there is nothing as American as apple pie. Is there any dessert as universally beloved as a fresh fruit pie, made just like Grandma did, with homemade crust and ripe, local fruit? The pie-makers at St. Peters United Methodist Church near St. Philip don’t think so. They work all summer making pies for their West Side Nut Club Fall Festival booth, gathering every few weeks as different fruits come into season. Blackberries from church members’ gardens, peaches and apples from Farview Orchards in Mount Vernon, Indiana, and cherries are turned into over a thousand mini-pies, just big enough to serve 2-3 people, and more full-sized pies. We visited the church kitchen recently to witness a group of about 10 cooks beginning with bowls of fresh red apples and finishing with trays and trays of neatly bagged and labeled pies. “We’ve been making pies here at the church for many, many years, maybe 30-3...