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.
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.
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.
March 4, 2013 |
Walt Disney Studios has agreed to a content license agreement with Sensio Technologies Inc. for the distribution of 3-D films via a new video-on-demand television service, the companies announced Monday. Sensio's on-demand rental service, called 3DGo, is to go live this month, though initially it will be limited to 22 Vizio television models that have both 3-D and Internet capabilities. Disney titles that will be available on 3DGo include the animated films "Brave" and "Frankenweenie.
November 15, 2012 |
Viggo Mortensen tackles a Spanish-language role in the 2012 Argentine drama "Everybody Has a Plan," which opens the American Cinematheque's "Argentina New Cinema 2012" festival Friday evening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Screening Saturday at the festival is "Clandestine Childhood" and "White Elephant" - there will be a pre-screening tango lesson - and scheduled for Sunday are "Chinese Take Out" and "The Last Elvis. " That program will also offer a tango lesson. The theater's "Cinema Italian Style 2012" also continues this weekend at both the Egyptian and Aero theaters with several Los Angeles premieres, including "Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood" on Saturday and "The Big Heart of Girls" on Sunday, both at the Aero.
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.
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.
January 29, 2012 |
3-D or not 3-D: That is the question. Or at least it's one question ricocheting through the dance community in the aftermath of "Pina," Wim Wenders' recent 3-D film tribute to the late innovative German choreographer and Tanztheater Wuppertal company leader Pina Bausch. In one sense, it's a nonissue: Every classic dance film ever made would have infinitely more power with real dimensional space around, behind, above and in front of the dancers. Think about Fred Astaire gunning down the corps in "Top Hat" or the fantastic colors and shapes in "The Red Shoes" ballet or Baryshnikov defining male classicism for the whole century in "The Turning Point" or Patrick Swayze having the time of his life in "Dirty Dancing" or the Merce Cunningham company making modernism irresistibly seductive in "Points in Space.