October 2, 2008 |
Digital cinema took a major leap forward as five Hollywood studios pledged their support -- and their cash -- to a $1-billion plan to convert old-fashioned 35-mm film projectors to more modern technology in thousands of theaters throughout North America. A consortium of major theater chains announced the deal Wednesday, signaling an end to the protracted squabbling over who would pay to convert 20,000 screens to digital projection.
December 20, 2009 |
She was the ultimate all-American mom from the 1970s raising six kids on TV, but when it came to learning how to use her cellphone to send text messages, she avoided asking her own tech-savvy children. "I didn't want to see them rolling their eyes," said Florence Henderson, best known for playing Carol Brady, the sitcom mom on "The Brady Bunch." The 75-year-old actress "was always very afraid of anything technical like that," and instead of seeking help from her children, she got a three-minute lesson from a business associate.
December 9, 2012 |
A nine-piece band replete with tuba, washboard, accordion, fiddle, mandolin, trumpet and guitar joyously pumped out early 20th century standards such as "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," Muddy Waters' deep blues and original tunes that would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans' French Quarter. The seven men, most with suspenders attached to well-worn trousers, broad ties and vests and some sporting 1930s-vintage newsboy caps, and two women in flapper-inspired dresses, are members of a ragtag outfit called the Dustbowl Revival, strumming, sawing and puffing enthusiastically as smiling listeners on the dance floor swung their partners infectiously.
December 26, 1993 |
Technoids. Bell-heads. Digit-nerds. Men who wear white socks. These are the new powerbrokers in Hollywood. Indeed, these are the people who may someday own Hollywood. And they've never eaten at Spago or been to a premiere. The TV and film businesses underwent a transformation in 1993 that had nothing to do with the usual round of musical chairs among studio chiefs (although there was that too).
January 8, 2012
Every revolution has elements of tragedy as well as triumphs — even the bloodless revolutions in the way people earn a living. Economist Joseph Schumpeter called it "creative destruction," the entrepreneurial-driven process that "incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one. " Such a process was set in motion by digital technology, which released information from...
May 31, 2000 |
Shares of Qualcomm Inc. gyrated wildly in the wake of news that a major Chinese customer will not adopt the company's mobile phone technology. China Unicom, the country's second-largest telecommunications company, reportedly told industry analysts during a briefing it will not adopt the CDMA wireless telephone standard and instead will stick with a competing one.
February 6, 1997 |
The White House will appoint an advisory panel of broadcasters, public-interest advocates and others to suggest stepped-up public interest obligations for TV broadcasters once they receive and start using new digital broadcast licenses. "Digital technology will greatly enhance the opportunities available to broadcasters to utilize multiple channels or programs," Vice President Al Gore said. Currently, with their analog licenses, broadcasters like News Corp.'s Fox, Walt Disney Co.'