July 8, 2013 |
One evening last month, eight Southern California theater professionals met in a book-lined room at East LA Rep theater company to talk about the reasoning behind the new Latino Theater Network/Los Angeles. To begin with, they said, the alliance aims to assess the range of Latino theater offerings across the region: what's being done as well as what's missing. The network's member companies - which include Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights, East L.A. Rep, Grupo de Teatro Sinergia/Frida Kahlo, the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts and Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble in Santa Ana - also seek to encourage more collaborations and sharing of resources.
June 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Suspected terrorists have changed how they communicate and have become more difficult to track as a result of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures about U.S. surveillance operations, according to current and former officials who say the changes have led to a significant loss of intelligence. The extent of that loss remains unknown, as the government's classified assessment is continuing, they said. In addition, Snowden's disclosures about eavesdropping in Russia and China gave each of those countries insights that already are thought to have impaired the National Security Agency's ability to intercept their communications, the officials said.
June 22, 2013 |
In this age of Instagram and Twitter, it is easy to forget how recently postcards were a principal way of sending images and short messages. Nothing about postal communication seems appropriate for that today: Someone once confessed to me that he hand-delivers postcards after he returns from a trip because they arrive more quickly that way. Yet when postcards were invented, they were revolutionary technology - and caused their own uproar. It was 1865 when German postal official Heinrich von Stephan was the first to propose the adoption of what he described as an "open post-sheet" made of stiff paper.
June 17, 2013 |
A human voice has no special ring to the autistic brain because areas related to reward and emotional context are not well wired to its center of voice recognition, a Stanford University study has found. The findings, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, lend support to the theory that social motivation lies at the heart of language and speech deficits that are endemic among children with autism spectrum disorder. The social motivation theory of autism holds that deficits in communication and speech skills result from the brain's diminished ability to build a social context for human voices.
June 16, 2013
Question: I am traveling to Germany and will stay five weeks. I have an iPhone 4 with service through AT&T. I would like to use my phone for calls, primarily within Germany, and sending and receiving text messages. Should I look for service in Germany? Should I buy a throwaway phone while there for calls and use my iPhone solely for sending and receiving text messages? Should I get international service? What is the least expensive program? Ira Lewon Thousand Oaks Answer: You've heard the horror stories about people who return to the U.S. and find they have a $1,400 phone bill?
June 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Mathematician William Binney worked for the National Security Agency for four decades, and in the late 1990s he helped design a system to sort through the digital data the agency was sucking up in the exploding universe of bits and bytes. When the agency picked a rival technology, he became disillusioned. He retired a month after the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001, and later went public with his concerns. Binney and several other former NSA employees said that the cyber-spying agency had created a massive digital dragnet to secretly track communications of Americans.
June 9, 2013 |
After 9/11, there was a widespread expectation of many more terrorist attacks on the United States. So far that hasn't happened. We haven't escaped entirely unscathed (see Boston Marathon, bombing of), but on the whole we have been a lot safer than most security experts, including me, expected. In light of the current controversy over the National Security Agency's monitoring of telephone calls and emails, it is worthwhile to ask: Why is that? It is certainly not due to any change of heart among our enemies.
May 30, 2013 |
Online sensation Philip DeFranco has found a new online home. The popular YouTube host has joined forces with Discovery Communications Inc.'s Revision3 in a deal scheduled to be announced Thursday. DeFranco will become senior vice president of DeFranco Network & Merchandise, a new Revision3 subsidiary. The company declined to comment on how much the deal was worth. Revision3 is a video network that creates original programs. The company was acquired last year by Discovery, which owns 155 worldwide television networks, including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes at YouTube's 'The Philip DeFranco Show' DeFranco - who works under that pseudonym and keeps his real identity private - became an Internet icon with shows including "The Philip DeFranco Show," "SourceFed" and "The Vloggity.
May 26, 2013 |
Salem Communications Corp. makes money the "right" way. The Camarillo company operates a conservative, Christian-themed media conglomerate with 99 U.S. radio stations, a publishing company and several websites, including christianity.com, godtube.com and biblestudytools.com. "Our plan is to super-serve the audience interested in Christian-themed, family-themed and conservative content," said Edward G. Atsinger III, the company's co-founder and chief executive. Its target audience - adults 35 to 64 years old - can listen to Christian music and conservative talk on the radio, watch Christian videos online and get news in a format that will inform but not offend, Atsinger said.
May 17, 2013 |
When Carmen Cervantes was growing up in the 1960s in East Los Angeles, it would've been nearly as surprising to find a Spanish-language bookstore in her neighborhood as it would be to unearth an Aztec pyramid in the middle of Beverly Hills. The problem persists today for local readers who are either Spanish-dominant or bilingual, said Cervantes, citing her mother, who lives in Montebello. "She goes to these stores and finds very limited things," said Cervantes, director of cultural and special events for the University of Guadalajara Foundation USA. "We read, and we want to read in our language as well, but we just don't have the books.