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February 26, 1999 |
Cal State Northridge has leased one of the San Fernando Valley's first supercomputers, capable of processing immense amounts of data more rapidly than ever before. The new computer is being leased from Silicon Graphics for $300,000, one-quarter of its actual worth.
November 4, 1998 |
The National Assn. of Realtors, which convenes later this week in Anaheim, plans to unveil results of its most comprehensive study of the housing market. The millennium project analyzes housing prospects for the first two decades of the new century, including the demographic and economic influence of baby boomers, Generation X and those born after 2000. In addition, the conference will analyze how computer technology is reshaping the industry.
September 14, 1998 |
Straight from the pages of science fiction, electronic books will land in the public's eye this fall with promises of searchable text and the ability to hold the equivalent of 10, if not hundreds, of volumes in a portable device weighing only a few pounds. Books that have been taken out of print could soon be available electronically. Readers frustrated by the minuscule type on the pages will be able to increase the size to their comfort level. This fall, NuvoMedia Inc.
June 22, 1998 |
Could supermodels someday look like cyborgs? Scientists say that's likely, given the current high-tech trend to build "smart clothing," or to incorporate computer technology into the public's daily wardrobe. Right now, however, many of the offerings remain more cyber geek than cyber chic: keyboards strapped to wrists, power cords running down necks, batteries clinging to underwear. Take ViA Inc.'s flexible PC, a full-blown computer that wraps around a person's waist.
May 17, 1998 |
Scientists are fine-tuning a new transistor that cranks out computations 10 times faster than existing computer technology. The transistor, under development by federal scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, could benefit everything from computers and cell phones to satellites and toxic-materials sensors. "If you can integrate this with conventional silicon processing, it would mean cheaper, faster, smaller, better," said Paul R.
March 27, 1998 |
Joe Maddon sits in the Tempe Diablo Stadium coaches' room, hunched over his laptop, his glasses down his nose, his concentration focused. Next door in the clubhouse, Angel pitcher Chuck Finley tilts his head like the RCA dog and squints at the computer-generated spring-training workout schedule. "You tried to read these charts?" he asks. "If I could figure out where I'm supposed to be, then maybe I could figure out when I'm supposed to be there." So near, but so far.
February 8, 1998 |
What makes a computer elegant? Why did so many users latch onto warty DOS computers while passing over the refined Apple system? Why do so many love computing despite constant frustration? Why do we replace our computers as often as they replaced cars in the 1950s? Why spend three grand on a battery-operated, full-color laptop computer that's mainly used for solitaire? Maybe it's the beauty of the machine.
December 11, 1997 |
Who hasn't imagined possessing exceptional skills or heroism that will at least save the day, if not the world? At Fightertown Pasadena, which marks its grand opening this week, all ages can take a crack at making a childhood fantasy come true. A kind of "Top Gun" meets "Westworld," Fightertown lets the games begin as soon as you walk in the door.
October 30, 1997 |
In the United States, Mazda ads show the open road. But in Japan, they feature a family of pizza-loving stick people made possible by state-of-the-art computer effects. Animated by Venice-based House of Moves, one spot has the stick dad running through the rain, carrying a pizza. He jumps in his Mazda Capella sedan and places the pizza on a reclined seat for an impromptu family picnic.
October 21, 1997 |
A report concluding that the nation is vulnerable to electronic warfare was delivered to the White House Monday by a presidential commission. The classified findings and recommendations of the Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection say the danger of computer attacks that could shut down communications and power grids is real and requires early action.