Samsung unveils new smartwatch that makes calls

BERLIN (AP) — Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch at least weeks ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year’s must-have holiday…

Review: Samsung watch blends style, tech wizardry

SUWON, South Korea (AP) — The Galaxy Gear, a wearable computing device from Samsung that looks like a digital wristwatch, is certain to pique much curiosity when it starts being worn in public. The intensely black rectangular screen…

Start of college football lifts ABC

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC had its best week in the ratings since mid-June last week, and broadcast TV’s most female-friendly network largely has southern football fans to thank. The game between Georgia and Clemson was the most-watched…

Detroit housing project where Supremes lived razed

DETROIT (AP) — City and federal officials made good on promises Wednesday to start work on razing a vacant Detroit housing project once home to boxer Joe Louis and the Supremes before the musical trio became vital voices…

Complaint: Porn filmed in Florida lacks condoms

MIAMI (AP) — A health organization that successfully pushed for a Los Angeles County law mandating condom use in the adult film industry has filed a complaint about a porn movie made in Florida after it says filmmakers…

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending Sept. 2, 2013: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Asphalt 8: Airborne (Gameloft) 2. PicPlayPost (Flambe Studios LLC) 3. Terraria (505 Games) 4. Minecraft-Pocket Edition (Mojang) 5. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.)…

The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks

iBooks’ Official Book Charts for the week ending Sept. 2, 2013: 1. “The Road To Forgiveness,” by Justine Elvira (Justine Elvira) 2. “Unbroken,” by Melody Grace (Melody Grace) 3. “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith & J.K. Rowling…

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending Sept. 2, 2013: Top Songs: 1. “Roar,” Katy Perry 2. “Berzerk,” Eminem 3. “Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell),” Robin Thicke 4. “Applause,” Lady Gaga 5. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus…

Steven Tyler sings at tiny Nashville club

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler made a surprise appearance in Nashville and performed two songs before the audience was ushered out for the next show. Tyler was in the audience Tuesday night at the Bluebird…

Auctioneer shows off 118-carat diamond in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York auction house is showing off a 118-carat white diamond that’s the size of an egg. The oval stone was highlighted at a Manhattan media event Wednesday. It will be auctioned in…

Adam Levine is fashion’s next pop star

NEW YORK (AP) — Shawl-collar cardigans and sweatshirt blazers? You’ve got to be as cool as a rock star to pull off this stuff as trendsetting style. Of course, Adam Levine, frontman of Maroon 5 and a mentor…

Crews begin razing massive Detroit housing project

DETROIT (AP) — City and federal officials are making good on promises to raze a vacant Detroit housing project once home to the Supremes before the trio became vital voices of “the Motown sound.” Mayor Dave Bing and…

Julie Andrews, Tina Fey to salute Carol Burnett

WASHINGTON (AP) — Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will honor Carol Burnett as she receives the nation’s top humor prize in Washington. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is awarding Burnett the Mark…

Dr. Seuss books coming out in e-editions

NEW YORK (AP) — Make that the e-Cat in the Hat. Dozens of Dr. Seuss classics, including “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” will be available this fall for the first time as e-books.…

‘The Maid’s Version’ is superbly textured novel

“The Maid’s Version” (Little, Brown and Company), by Daniel Woodrell It’s been several years since the publication of Daniel Woodrell’s slim, harrowing and much-celebrated “Winter’s Bone.” Now “The Maid’s Version” has finally hit the bookstores, and it’s even…

Human rights group dings Kanye for Kazakhstan trip

NEW YORK (AP) — The Human Rights Foundation has criticized Kanye West for performing at a wedding in Kazakhstan, joining a chorus of detractors who say he legitimized the human rights violations of the nation’s president. The rapper…

Fantasia prepares for Broadway under watchful eye

NEW YORK (AP) — The first rehearsal of Fantasia Barrino’s upcoming Broadway show was, to be fair, a little rough. No sooner had the “American Idol” and Grammy Award winner opened her mouth to sing “I Can’t Give…

Hillary Clinton gets Elton John foundation honor

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s support of gay rights has earned her a special honor from the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The former secretary of state will receive its first Founder’s Award. In a statement Wednesday,…

Harper joins ‘Dancing With the Stars’ competition

NEW YORK (AP) — Busy cancer patient Valerie Harper leads a class of 12 amateur hoofers in the upcoming 17th season of “Dancing With the Stars.” The cast was revealed Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” For a…

College introducing online ‘Dead’ course

NEW YORK (AP) — A California university and AMC think you can learn something from “The Walking Dead.” The University of California, Irvine said Wednesday it will offer a free online course based on the network’s hit zombie…