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May 22, 2013 |
The news van of a local ABC affiliate in Oakland was broken into Tuesday, marking the latest Bay Area news team to be targeted in the past year. Thieves stole the crew's cellphones and other personal items, but no news equipment was taken, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The car of a security guard that was with the crew was also broken into, according to the Chronicle. The incident is a reminder of how dangerous it can be to report the news in Oakland. Since 2012, every major TV news station in the Bay Area has been victimized, the New York Times reported in March.
May 21, 2013 |
In video not to be missed, a survivor of the tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., was speaking to a reporter about how she sought protection in her bathroom and was holding tight to her dog when the twister blasted her home to pieces. Standing amid the rubble, Barbara Garcia tells a CBS reporter how she survived the massive tornado that ripped apart houses and left at least 24 people dead. PHOTOS: Scene of devastation in Oklahoma She said she was holding her dog in her bathroom.
May 17, 2013 |
Marco Breuer practices photography in a sculptural, performative sense, redefining the medium as physical and primal through embossing, scratching and scraping, burning, scoring and sanding. Diane Rosenstein included the New York-based artist in the gallery's inaugural group show earlier this year, and follows up now with a stunning career survey of nearly 50 works from the mid-'90s to the present. Breuer uses many of the raw ingredients of conventional photography (light-sensitive paper, time, light itself)
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May 8, 2013 |
Robert Kardashian Jr. pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor battery and petty theft for allegedly hitting a photographer in Beverly Hills and removing a digital media card from her camera. Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Kardashian on Friday in the misdemeanor complaint. Kardashian, who was with his attorney Robert Shapiro, appeared in the Beverly Hills courtroom of L.A. County Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel . Over prosecutors' objections, Revel allowed Kardashion to remain free on his own recognizance.
May 8, 2013 |
Samsung builds tech-rich smartphones and last year it made a Internet-connected camera. Now, a report says it plans to combine the two into one device. SamMobile , a tech news website known for its reliable reports, said Samsung plans to release the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, a "camera phone" that will include a 16-megapixel camera. That type of camera would be the same as the one used by Samsung on the Galaxy Camera, a point-and-shoot released last year that can also run apps and let users upload their pictures directly to services such as Facebook and Instagram.
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May 6, 2013 |
Privacy rights groups on Monday filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County's two major law enforcement agencies after they refused to turn over information collected by electronic license plate scanners, the suit claimed. The Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. County Sheriff's Department have made use of the plate-reading technology for several years. Typically mounted on patrol vehicles, the small cameras continuously scan license plates and check them against criminal databases in search of stolen cars and cars registered to known fugitives.
May 1, 2013 |
Flies' multifaceted eyes have long allowed them to elude frustrated swatters from all directions. Now, inspired by insects' vision, researchers have built a digital camera with an array of tiny lenses lining a bulging eyeball, allowing an undistorted, nearly 180-degree view. The new camera, described in the journal Nature, could one day guide miniature spy planes, search-and-rescue vehicles and even endoscopic procedures. All vertebrate animals (including humans) possess single-lens, rather flat eyes that are great at picking up light and offering high spatial resolution.
April 26, 2013 |
Back in 2012, before director Peter Jackson's “Hobbit” made its widely panned 48-frame-per-second debut, arguably the most talked-about gadget at that year's National Assn. of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas was the prototype for RED's laser cinema projector. Capable of displaying 4K resolution - the virtual equivalent of film - up to 120 frames per second in both 2-D and 3-D capabilities with a price point under $10,000, the prototype appeared to signal the company's first foray into the home consumer market - another sign of its impending technological dominance.
April 20, 2013 |
Apple and Samsung, there's a new challenger. HTC, the Taiwanese phone maker, has come out with a smartphone that can go head to head with the best of them. The HTC One features an attractive all-aluminum case, large 4.7-inch screen and a speedy 1.7-GHz quad-core processor that when put together makes the flagship smartphone worthy of its $200 price tag and a possible replacement for an iPhone or Galaxy S III. And Apple and Samsung defectors are exactly what HTC needs if it wants to stay in the race against its much bigger rivals.
April 17, 2013 |
Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombing closed in on suspects with surprising alacrity, shifting from "few leads" to "possible arrests" in a matter of hours. That's due in part to the ample resources and expertise that city, state and federal authorities threw at the crime scene. But it also reflects how much investigators had to work with. We should celebrate the former but think carefully about the latter. The marathon evidently made for an inviting target because it's a famous event that draws a huge crowd into a relatively confined space, to wit, the finish line.