April 11, 2014 |
With the arrival of the Amazon Fire TV, the heat is turning up in the market for video-streaming devices. The Fire TV is jumping into a crowd that already includes the Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and Roku's numerous streaming gadgets. These devices are all designed to let users stream content from the Internet -- like Netflix and YouTube -- and watch it on their TVs. Amazon's $99 black box isn't the cheapest, it isn't the smallest, and it doesn't have the most content. In fact, Amazon lacks in all of these categories compared with most of its rivals.
April 10, 2014 |
The political jockeying over CBS' "Late Show" intensified in a hurry Thursday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the network to leave the show in New York. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made the first pitch a mere hours after David Letterman announced that he would be leaving the show next year. Calling Los Angeles "the entertainment capital of the world" -- a boast that still has the ring of truth, if only because all of the major movie studios still have their main offices in and around the city -- Garcetti urged CBS chief Les Moonves to move the show here from New York.
April 9, 2014 |
The MTV Movie Awards is known for its combustible moments and categories honoring such cinematic achievements as “best kiss” and “best gut-wrenching performance.” But when the annual raucousness gets under way Sunday from the Nokia Theatre with Conan O'Brien as host, it will also include a more solemn moment: a tribute to Paul Walker. The late “Fast & Furious” actor, who died Thanksgiving weekend in a single-car crash, was a fixture at past awards, and the network has decided to honor his memory at this year's event.
April 4, 2014 |
Tom Umberg still remembers the Ducks' inaugural game at Honda Center in 1993. The Arrowhead Pond, as it was then called, was packed with more than 17,000 fans, all using their duck calls to accompany a Dixieland band in its rendition of "When the Ducks Go Marching In. " At one point during the pregame show Wild Wing, the team's greater than life-sized duck mascot, flew into the arena from the rafters. Umberg was in awe. So much so that almost 21 years later he remembers the pregame more than the final score.
April 3, 2014 |
Vine is branching out beyond the world of six-second videos by adding a new feature that makes it possible for users to privately message one another. The Twitter-owned social network introduced the Vine message feature in an update Thursday for its Apple iOS and Android mobile apps. To use the feature, users open the navigation menu and tap the "Messages" option. They then record a short clip before choosing who they want to send the video to. Users can add a caption to the video if they want.
April 2, 2014 |
As expected for some time, Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its Fire TV, an Internet video-streaming set-top box that will compete against the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. Though Amazon was expected to announce a small dongle similar to Chromecast and the new Roku Streaming Stick, the company instead revealed a black rectangular box about the same size as the Apple TV and Roku's various set-top devices. The new box will retail for $99 and is on sale now . Amazon Fire TV comes with a small control, just like Roku and Apple TV. But unlike its rivals, Amazon Fire TV's remote comes with a microphone that users can speak into to search for content with their voice.
March 31, 2014 |
Before there was Minimalism there was Post-Minimalism. That might seem hardly feasible if you put your trust in time being an irreversible process. Theoretical physics, however, allows for a more open future in which the concepts of past and present become malleable. With the advent of Minimalism in music 50 years ago, young composers cleaned the slate with basic chords, simple melodic formulas, a beat and, most of all, a salute to repetition. All that was off-limits in the Modernist musical revolution set off a half-century earlier.
March 31, 2014 |
A new album will once again offer fans a glimpse as to what music lies inside the Michael Jackson vaults. On May 13, Sony's Epic Records will release "Xscape," a collection of eight, previously unreleased Jackson songs. The album was executive produced by Epic Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid, who, according to a Sony press release, curated the album and decided on its final tracklist. A host of recognizable producers worked on the Jackson songs, including the project's lead producer, Timbaland.
March 30, 2014 |
For those who can't plan ahead, here's another app to help you find travel savings. Name: Last Minute Travel Deals Available for: Website ( www.lastminutetravel.com ), Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Accesses flights from more than 175 carriers around the world, more than 100,000 hotels in 153 countries, nearly 20,000 vacation homes and about 10,000 activities. Last Minute Travel is able to offer hotel deals at wholesale rates because it buys rooms in bulk and well in advance of your travel.
March 29, 2014 |
A loggia with arched openings sets the Moorish Revival-style tone for this 1920s home in the Hollywood Hills. Inside, a two-story foyer opens to a living room with large windows that frame mountain and cityscape vistas. A rooftop terrace further expands the views. Location: 2220 Mountain Oak Drive, Los Angeles 90068 Asking price: $2.65 million Year built: 1924 House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,882 square feet Lot size: 11,590 square feet Features: Beamed ceilings, family room, media room, billiard room, breakfast room, kitchen island, rooftop terrace, detached garage About the area: Last year, 375 single-family homes sold in the 90068 ZIP Code at a median price of $999,000, according to DataQuick.