September 6, 2009 |
Of all the predictions made during the future-happy 1950s -- when it was declared we'd soon have flying cars, robot butlers, rocket-delivered mail and food made from wood pulp -- there was one forward-looking statement that was completely validated. It was delivered by Criswell, a self-described soothsayer and TV personality, who said, "We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives." Otherwise, predicting the future, certainly in the realm of technology, is a risky endeavor.
April 23, 2011 |
The big problem with 3-D TV, which has been a flop so far despite huge hype, is the glasses. Making sure everyone in the room has a pair to view a show can be expensive and impractical, not to mention socially awkward. But 3-D could be on the verge of a revolution that leaves the eyewear behind. A new generation of glasses-free 3-D gadgets have begun to roll out: •A Nintendo video game console that shows 3-D without glasses arrived in the U.S. last month and is already a hit. •Two smart phones — from LG and HTC — with non-glasses, 3-D screens are due out by the end of the year.
January 9, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- It was as if Charles Xavier himself held court on the CES showroom floor, sending drones flying with just his mind. Except that the X-Man in question was a middle-aged Asian convention attendee wearing a brain-wave-reading headset from NeuroSky. The 8-year-old San Jose company hopes to turn electrical impulses produced by customers' gray matter into a mainstream consumer brand by pairing its headset with gadgets and games dreamed up by outside developers. Those include Steve Castellotti, the young chief executive of Puzzlebox, who put his mind-controlled spherical helicopter Orbit on Kickstarter in November hoping to raise $10,000.
February 14, 2014 |
What's expected to be a growing number of Asian air travelers over the next few decades means these up-and-coming fliers will have more say over the future of economy-class travel. What do they want? The most comfortable seats possible with mood lighting and quiet zones so they can sleep and relax. Asia will account for 45% of global air passengers by 2032, and these passengers will be young (18 to 34) and affluent, according to an Airbus study released Thursday. "The voice of the Asian passenger is fast becoming the dominant voice in the aviation industry and will dictate the future of flight," Kevin Keniston, described as Airbus' head of passenger comfort, said in a statement.
June 23, 1991 |
When John Wayne gallops off the TV screen into your living room Wednesday night, in KTLA's 3-D telecast of "Hondo," you can thank the technology he rode in on for your chance to see the rare 1953 Western. For years, Michael Wayne, the Duke's son, has been holding back four of his father's vintage films--"Hondo," "Island in the Sky," "The High and the Mighty" and "McLintock!"--allowing them to age like fine wine. They have never been released on video and only rarely shown on television.
September 4, 2012 |
A hacker group known as AntiSec claims it stole the identification numbers for 12 million Apple devices and has posted information on a million of them on a website. AntiSec, which is short for anti-security, alleges it gained access to a file containing the list of the Apple IDs after hacking into the computer of an FBI agent. It did not identify the agent or who the ID numbers belonged to. AntiSec said it chose to release a portion of the Apple IDs list to get people's attention to its claims that the FBI is gathering people's Apple device details.
October 2, 2010 |
Prices on big-screen TVs will be going down in time for holiday shopping this year, but don't expect the dramatic discounts of 2009 when they fell 20%. This year, according to research firm DisplaySearch, prices for high-definition televisions will drop about 8%, which means you'll be able to pick up a 32-inch LCD model for an average price of about $360 and a 55-inch set for an average of about $1,675. U.S retailers can't blame the soft discounting on booming business. There's a surplus of unsold TVs nationwide because so many households already have high-definition televisions.
November 23, 2011 |
ESPN has a new skipper. Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger on Tuesday announced he was elevating John Skipper to lead the company's sports programming juggernaut. For the last six years, the former Rolling Stone and Spin magazine executive has been in charge of programming and production across ESPN's phalanx of media platforms, including its TV channels, radio network and the Internet. Skipper, 55, will become ESPN president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, replacing George Bodenheimer, who has been running Disney's most profitable division for 13 years.
January 3, 2011 |
It's about to get a lot harder to turn off the TV. A torrent of television-ready gadgets will hit the store shelves this year, including dozens of phones and tablet computers that will allow viewers to watch movies and TV shows from just about anywhere. The proliferation of viewing devices ? including a new generation of TV sets that connect to the Internet ? could boost the chances that viewers will do what cable and satellite companies fear most: cancel their $70-a-month subscriptions in favor of cheaper Web options.
January 9, 2010
Las Vegas was the perfect setting for this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, because the giant manufacturers that dominate the event placed a huge collective bet on 3-D. All of the best-known consumer electronics brands -- Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, LG, Toshiba and Sharp -- announced plans to sell television sets this year that are capable of displaying three-dimensional images. Sony and Panasonic also declared that they would subsidize forthcoming 3-D TV channels from ESPN and DirecTV, respectively.