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  1. Apple's quarterly sales fall, but forecast calls for gains


    SAN FRANCISCO — After stumbling in 2016, Apple is betting on a better year ahead.

  2. Google Express delivery service launches in Florida and Tampa Bay today


    Google is the latest tech company jumping on the online delivery bandwagon in Tampa Bay.

    Google Express is launching Florida this week. Photo courtesy of Google
  3. Blurring effect comes to iPhone 7 Plus with software update


    NEW YORK — Apple's iPhone 7 Plus is getting a new camera capability — the blurring of backgrounds to focus attention on people or other objects in the foreground.

    Apple first announced the "portrait mode" feature in Septembe,r but it wasn't available until the company released its iOS 10.1 software update Monday. It replicates an effect typically limited to larger cameras known as SLRs. While SLRs accomplishes this by controlling how wide the lens opens, the iPhone uses software adjustments. [Associated Press]
  4. Postcard club holds fall show and sale in Tampa


    Show celebrates vintage postcards today

    Thousands of vintage postcards like these will be on display and for sale Saturday at the Sunshine Postcard Club’s fall Postcard and Ephemera Show in Tampa.
  5. Halloween Retail Fix: shop local oddities, fantasy and dysfunction


    There's nothing scarier to a Halloween enthusiast than settling on plastic trinkets sold at the corner CVS.

    Maskmaker Rebecca Shelley learned her craft from the best in Venice, Italy. Dubbed “Dunedin’s Official Mask Maker,” she can be found beginning Nov. 4-5 as the Dunedin Market returns. Victorian eye mask, $24; steampunk mask, $28.
  6. The new Winn-Dixie in South Tampa doesn't look like a Winn-Dixie, and that's by design


    The recently remodeled Winn-Dixie store in South Tampa hardly looks like a Winn-Dixie at all.

     Winn Dixie remodeled their Hyde Park store and gave it a cleaner, more modern look.  The brighter Winn Dixie seems bigger thanks to higher ceilings and pops of color contrasted by white accents. JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
  7. China's LeEco sets out to shake up U.S. consumer tech market


    SAN FRANCISCO — Most U.S. consumers haven't heard of LeEco, but the Chinese technology company is setting out to become a household name with smartphones and flat-screen TVs that undercut the prices of Apple, Google, Samsung and other industry stalwarts.

    Rob Chandhok, LeEco North America chief research and development officer, holds a LePro 3 phone while speaking at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  8. Halloween costume limited only by imagination



    Inside the House of Make Believe, Joanne McCarthy, 63, has found just what she was looking for in a Halloween costume: a pale blond wig with pink ribbons and sausage-roll curls, a frilly pink and white dress, a sash, pantaloons and baby doll shoes.

    Full head masks peek out at visitors to the store.  Matching bodies hang nearby.
  9. 5 things to do under $5: Chalk art, sports industry lecture, Pinellas Pie Festival


    1Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: It's free to see the work of more than 40 chalk artists along the Beach Walk this weekend. The public will get to vote for their favorite artist, and there will be a kids zone, arts and crafts vendors and music. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at …

    (10/28/12 Clearwater) Kelsea Selle, 11, smudges chalk in her Hawaiian flower drawing, located next to the chalk drawing "This Island Earth 1955", right, by Ana Bruno-Stump during the last day of the Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk Festival Oct. 28, 2012 on South Gulfview Blvd across the street from the beach in Clearwater. The three-day festival featured single, group and student artists who were able to work on their pieces through the weekend until they were judged on Sunday for cash prizes. Free chalk was also provided so that members of the public could make their own creations. [Photo by Leah Millis]
  10. U.S. retail sales rise 0.6 percent in September, but signs of caution emerge


    WASHINGTON — U.S. shoppers stepped up their spending in September, with sharply higher sales at auto dealers, restaurants and gas stations. But the government's retail sales report released Friday also contained some evidence that spending might be slowing.

    U.S. shoppers stepped up their spending in September, with sharply higher sales at auto dealers, restaurants and gas stations. Last month's overall retail sales gain was a decent seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent. Much of it, though, was due to higher oil prices, which increased how much people spent at gas stations but were not necessarily a sign of stronger consumer spending. [Associated Press (2012)]