February 29, 2012 |
You don't need to touch Windows 8 on a tablet to recognize that things are very different in the next version of Microsoft's operating system. On Wednesday, at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, making it available as a free download worldwide and showing it off on tablets and PCs in Spain. The Consumer Preview release offers a closer look at what Windows 8 will actually look and behave like when the retail version is released later on this year.
February 17, 2012 |
And the Oscar goes to ... you, for hosting the best Oscar party in town. Wait, what? You invited your friends over to watch the show but forgot to plan a menu? No problem. We've got you covered with our fabulous Oscar Party Kit featuring recipes for food and cocktails by some of L.A.'s top culinary tastemakers. You can pull off any of these unique recipes the morning of the big day and still have time to hop into your party duds. And yes, comfort counts, but that Cabernet-colored velour tracksuit — the one with the word "Nominee" written across the behind — is so last year.
December 4, 2011 |
Let's say you're getting, or giving, a new tablet or an e-reader (iPad, Kobo, Nook or Kindle Fire) for the holidays. Here's an idea for what to do with it: Load it first with free books. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, as well as the cultural gift known as public domain, you can build a library, as I have, with a variety of classic literature, gratis: Daniel Defoe's "A Journal of the Plague Year," Benjamin Franklin's "Autobiography," Kate Chopin's "The Awakening. " It's enough to make you believe in the free flow of ideas.
November 16, 2011 |
Amid a colorful crowd of hipsters and music executives, Google Inc. unveiled its long-awaited digital Google Music store at the Hollywood studio of the street artist Mr. Brainwash. New York indie band Monogold and rap artist Busta Rhymes held court Wednesday afternoon at the invitation-only audience as Google unveiled a library of 8 million songs available for download, from a collection that will soon grow to 13 million. "Google Music is now open for business," said Jamie Rosenberg, Google's director of digital content and strategy.
November 16, 2011 |
For roughly 24 hours, Facebook's news feed was not a family-friendly place. Facebook acknowledged Tuesday that the social networking site was briefly infested with a mix of hard-core pornographic images, doctored pictures of celebrities in sexual situations, photos of extreme violence and even a picture of a beaten dog. Facebook said it had identified the problem — if not the culprit. During the attack, users mistakenly downloaded programming language that resulted in their sharing offensive images on Facebook without knowing it, a company spokesman said, adding that the website's engineers were working on a fix. Facebook said it built mechanisms to quickly shut down the malicious pages and will put users who were affected by the offensive spam through "educational checkpoints" so they know how to protect themselves.
October 13, 2011 |
You point your smartphone at an Italian restaurant, and diner reviews of its lasagna pop up on-screen. Or you aim your tablet computer's camera down a residential street, and over images of the houses you see which ones are for sale — along with the asking price, number of baths and square footage. Haven't done this yet? You probably will soon. The technology is called augmented reality, or AR, and businesses are racing to incorporate it in as many consumer applications as they can. It's essentially the same technology TV sportscasts use to digitally paint a first-down line on a football field, adapted and updated for camera-equipped smartphones and tablet computers.
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October 12, 2011 |
It was something of a Kodak moment for Dr. Jeffrey Plotkin when his stolen camera suddenly began transmitting pictures to his computer again. Except that the $700 camera was a digital 3-D device produced by Fujifilm Corp. — not by the Eastman Kodak Co. Apparently unbeknownst to the thief who swiped it from Plotkin's Canoga Park chiropractic office in March, the camera was equipped with an Eye-Fi memory card. The device downloads photos directly into Plotkin's computer without a connecting cord.
September 25, 2011 |
Across Hollywood, a quiet revolution is brewing that's about to transform living rooms around the world. After desperate attempts to prop up the industry's once-thriving DVD business, studio executives now believe the only hope of turning around a 40% decline in home entertainment revenue lies in rapidly accelerating the delivery of movies over the Internet. In the next few years, the growing number of consumers with Internet-connected televisions, tablets and smartphones will face a dizzying array of options designed to make digital movie consumption a lot more convenient and to entice users to spend more money.
August 14, 2011
Beach reading recommendations are a summer tradition: With vacations offering extra leisure time, everyone wants to know what books will help them pass the hours. But many pop culture fans now devour television with the same kind of intensity: They buy box sets, Netflix or download whole seasons, treating TV series like "The Wire" and "Breaking Bad" as if they were meant to be watched in five-hour stretches. Claire Danes, who began her career in "My So-Called Life" and returns to TV this fall in "Homeland," pinpointed the phenomenon recently.
July 14, 2011 |
Sweden's Spotify digital music service arrived in the U.S. with its catalog of 15 million songs and an operation that is primed to shake up the world's largest and most lucrative music market. With 10 million registered users in Europe, Spotify offers limited hours of music for free or streams unlimited songs for a small fee to computers and mobile phones. That model has analysts wondering if its U.S. debut Thursday spells the beginning of the end for the 99-cent download market dominated by Apple Inc.'s iTunes store.