June 18, 2013 |
The thornless blackberries in Mary Steffens' backyard in Echo Park are going on three years, and one of the plants is finally setting fruit -- big, purple-black globes of nearly seedless, sweet-tart juiciness. Steffens got the plants from a friend at Ocean View Farms, the community garden in Mar Vista, but her initial planting site was too sunny. So two years ago she moved the plants to a spot that got late afternoon sun but was shaded during the hottest part of the day. “This is basically a Northern Californian berry,” she said.
May 3, 2013 |
These are heady days for the online on-demand entertainment service Netflix. The company's stock recently surged 22% after a strong earnings report and news that it signed up 2 million new subscribers in the first quarter of the year. The company's success has largely been credited to its move into original content -- particularly its political drama “House of Cards.” With David Fincher on the creative team, the show follows the political trials and travails of mercenary Democratic House whip Frank Underwood and his equally mercenary wife Claire.
January 30, 2013 |
Despite the unveiling of two new smartphones and changing its name, the most eyebrow-raising announcement from BlackBerry's event Wednesday morning may have been the company naming singer Alicia Keys as its new global creative director. Toward the tail end of the event, Chief Executive Thorsten Heins welcomed the artist on stage. Keys, wearing what looked like a velvet suit, talked to the crowd about her favorite features on BlackBerry 10, the company's new mobile operating system.
July 19, 2013 |
Nokia's line of Lumia smartphones is outselling all smartphones made by BlackBerry, including new devices running the BlackBerry 10 operating system, according to their most recent quarterly reports. The Finnish phone-maker sold 7.4 million of its Lumia devices from April through June. By comparison, BlackBerry sold 6.8 million smartphones in its last quarter, which ran from March to May. Blackberry said in a teleconference call with analysts that it sold 2.7 million BlackBerry 10 devices during the quarter.
March 26, 2012 |
Bringing back a bit of the sexiness of gadgets more suited to Ethan Hunt, James Bond or Captain "kicking it old-school" Kirk, Research in Motion is making your BlackBerry an "eye-device," with information from your iris stored inside. In partnership with Iris ID and HID Global , RIM has announced that it's supporting the use of a biometric template from Iris ID. This means you could flash your Blackberry instead of an employee ID card to open doors at work.
May 27, 2010 |
To the uninitiated, the boysenberry may look like a big, blowzy, underripe blackberry, but it is in fact a noble fruit, as distinct from a common blackberry as a thoroughbred is from a mule. Large, dark purple, juicy and intense, it derives its unique flavor from its complex ancestry: sweetness and floral aroma from its raspberry grandmother, and a winy, feral tang from three native blackberry species. It's a California classic, emblematic of the joys of growing up in the Southland before it succumbed completely to sprawl.