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Gear: Steel makes this USB phone cable a hard charger

A company called Fuse Chicken bills its proprietary USB cables as the “toughest on Earth.”

Something needs to be because cables often self-destruct. Fuse Chicken wraps all its cables in flexible industrial-strength steel, seals the two connector ends in a one-piece heavy-duty rubber housing, then fuses the housing directly over the electronics and metal cabling.

On the new Titan Loop Key Chain USB...

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Of course you can smoke in this new Colorado hotel. It's a Bud+Breakfast

This could make you euphoric: Smoking is allowed at the new Hotel San Ayre in Colorado Springs, Colo. After all, it's part of the Bud+Breakfast group.

This cannabis-friendly hotel, which promises "we'll keep the bowl burning for you," is making the most of Colorado's marijuana tourism. The state's voters in 2012 OK'd Amendment 64, which allows the recreational use of pot.

Locals 21 or older may walk...

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Set sail with app

Raise the sail on your adventures with the Airbnb of boats.


Available: Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (requires iOS7 or later).

Cost: Free

What it does: Offers a searchable database of more than 33,000 boat rentals available worldwide. Boats range in size from kayaks and canoes to mega-yachts and fishing vessels.

What's hot: The number of choices is terrific. But the feature...

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Readers recommend: Bron Menai Guest House in Caernarfon, Wales


We cannot say enough good things about the Bron Menai Guest House in Caernarfon. It offered us a large, comfortable en-suite room, full English breakfast, super-reasonable rates and off-street parking. It's an easy stroll to Caernarfon Castle and some great restaurants. There's wonderful scenery everywhere. Caernarfon is a small town, so everything is close by.

Bron Menai Guest House, North...

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Solvang dowdy? Try tranquil and charming.

I take exception to Andrew Bender's depiction of Solvang as dated, dowdy and kitschy in the July 19 Weekend Escape, "Updates to Its Danish Design."

Perhaps Bender should treat himself to a luncheon of open-face Danish sandwiches with toppings that include pickled herring and dill or sample roast pork with red cabbage slaw.

As for hotels, we escape the hubbub of L.A. to a traditionally appointed Danish...

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Learn about Salinas de San Pedro Salt Marsh at Cabrillo aquarium


Salt marsh open house

Explore the Salinas de San Pedro Salt Marsh with aquarium educators and park naturalists and learn about native plants and animals.

When, where: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

Admission, info: Free. (310) 548-7562

Please email announcements at least three weeks before the event to

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