May 2, 2012 |
So what's the difference between provocative and pornographic? Nothing, really, according to Microsoft guidelines for app developers for its Windows Phone platform. As the Windows Phone app ecosystem now gains a bit of momentum, Todd Brix, senior director of Windows Phone Marketplace, outlined in a recent post on the developer blog some new policies to be enforced. "Our content policies are clearly spelled out : We don't allow apps containing 'sexually suggestive or provocative' images or content," he wrote.
August 11, 2011 |
It's a question Clayton Kershaw can't answer off the top of his head: What size bat does he use? So the Dodgers' star pitcher reached above his locker, pulled out one of his black bats, and scanned the bottom of the handle. "Thirty-four inches, 311/2 ounces," he declared. No surprise that Kershaw has to check — pitching is his priority, obviously — but one pleasant surprise for the Dodgers in their dreary season is that Kershaw and fellow starter Chad Billingsley have been among the better-hitting pitchers in the National League.
February 13, 2011 |
These days, pop stars' outlandish get-ups sometimes eclipse their music, making them seem more like sideshow attractions than serious musicians. So it's almost a surprise to know there are still some singers who can maintain enviable chic. Keri Hilson is one of those singers. The 28-year-old stunner turns a few heads when she walks through the pool area of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for a photo shoot and interview on a recent sunny weekday morning. Hilson commands attention not only for her looks but also for her place in the R&B and pop worlds as a songwriter and Grammy-nominated singer.
September 5, 2010 |
The date that turned John Owens' girlfriend into his wife didn't cost much. He filled a cooler full of beer and sandwiches and took her on a night-fishing trip with another couple. "It was a great night and it cost me a couple of bucks for bait and that was it," said Owens, now head of marketing for ING Direct USA in Wilmington, Del. In a still-dragging economy, Owens thinks more people should follow that example. But a new study by his company indicates that cheap dates might be dicey for guys.
May 15, 2010 |
Derek Blasberg's social calendar reads like WWD's Eye column or a Bravo reality series and an episode of "Gossip Girl" rolled into one. Before you ask, "Derek who?," we'll tell you: Blasberg is a New York-based fashion scribe for Style.com and V Magazine who made himself a boldface name after escorting A-list celebrities such as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Emma Watson and Chloe Sevigny on the global society whirl. Blasberg decided to parlay time spent on the arms of social butterflies into an etiquette book, "Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady," positioning himself as a latter-day Emily Post who advises what one should or should not tweet or upload to Facebook.
March 7, 2010 |
Could this be the year for hand-held television? It's been tried before, but so far TV, unlike just about all other digital entertainment devices, has not successfully been shrunk to a pocket-size format. But there are a couple of new candidates. Now available is Flo TV, a personal television with a 3 1/2 -inch screen. And later this year a host of portable devices using a new standard for mobile digital TV will arrive. Attempts at hand-held TV go back to at least the late 1970s when English entrepreneur Clive Sinclair -- whose other inventions included a lightweight folding bicycle -- introduced the Microvision MTV1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2009 |
Station 39 is cramped and outdated. It's a tight squeeze getting the trucks in, and there's not enough room for the larger rescue ambulances that have become standard over the decades. There isn't any on-site parking, forcing firefighters to walk three blocks from another city lot. But the firefighters at the oldest operating station in Los Angeles could soon be moving to new digs, sparking concern about what will happen to the Depression-era building in Van Nuys and raising questions over whether a new location is even needed.
HOME & GARDEN
August 15, 2009 |
Interior designer Ryan Brown has made a career buying ugly-duckling properties, turning them into beauties and selling them for profit. It's a process that he and his business partner, Jeff Lewis, reveal on the Bravo reality series "Flipping Out," which starts its third season Monday. Two years ago, however, the 35-year-old Brown, known as the voice of reason on the show, realized that with the real estate market shaky and his own personal life in transition, it was time to focus less on remodeling for profit and more on getting his own house in order.
July 26, 2009 |
When you hear the words "wedding in Vegas," what do you think of? I am guessing it is of the waking-up-married tradition, made all the more notorious by Britney Spears' 55 hours of wedded not-quite-bliss with a friend in 2004. But the weddings that Vegas tourism promoters want you to think about look very different. And in truth there are far more elegant, high-end chapels tucked into exclusive resorts than there are drive-through weddings presided over by an Elvis impersonator.