CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- With every technological advance, society must answer certain questions. One of those questions may have been answered Tuesday night on a busy freeway in San Diego County. Yes, you can get a ticket for driving while wearing the new eyewear-like Google Glass wearable computer, which is now being tested nationwide for possible entry into the consumer market. Cecilia Abadie, 44, who lives in Temecula and works at a golf store in San Diego, got just such a ticket Tuesday night after being stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer on Interstate 15 for speeding.
October 30, 2013 |
Google will soon release the second version of Google Glass, but rather than making the smart eyeglasses stand out less, the tech giant has made them more noticeable than before. The company announced this week that it will soon allow Glass users to swap out their current units for new ones for free. Owners will also be allowed to invite up to three others to purchase the new Glass models for themselves. Google hasn't said when exactly it will roll out the new version. The new Glass essentially looks the same as the current version with some slight modifications to allow users to snap on more pairs of shades and to eventually snap on prescription eyeglasses.
October 28, 2013 |
Remember when you needed an invitation to get a Gmail account? Google is using a similar system to sell its smartglasses to more users. The Mountain View, Calif., tech company announced Monday that current Google Glass users will be able to extend an invitation to buy one of the company's $1,500 smartglasses to three of their friends. Google has yet to release Glass to the general public, but earlier this year, thousands of users were able to buy the device after being selected and invited by Google to be "Glass Explorers.
October 27, 2013 |
A glass-enclosed atrium sits inside the entrance of this contemporary-style house set on one-and-a-half park-like acres near Pasadena's Langham Huntington hotel. Mature trees, flowering gardens, an orchid greenhouse and winding paths are among features of the grounds. Location: 1446 Hillcrest Ave., Pasadena 91106 Asking price: $5.8 million Year built: 1966 Architectural firm: Hunter & Benedict, Architects House size: Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, about 6,000 square feet Lot size: 1.47 acres Features: Living and family room fireplaces, wet bar, swimming pool, rose gardens, stamped-concrete driveway, motor court, mountain views About the area: In the first half of the year, 60 single-family homes sold in the 91106 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.075 million, according to DataQuick.
October 27, 2013 |
Zac Efron , who seems to be in every other movie these days, still found time to pick up a home in Hollywood Hills recently for $3.995 million. The former teen idol, who owns another house nearby in Hollywood Hills West, bought a two-story Zen-inspired contemporary behind gates at the end of a long driveway. The 5,644-square-foot home, built in 1964, features panoramic city-to-ocean views, expanses of glass, an open floor plan, a wine cellar, a gym and a fountain inside the entry.
October 19, 2013 |
Palm Springs was supposed to host Palm Desert in a football game on Friday night, but the game ended up being moved to the newly opened Rancho Mirage High after glass slivers were discovered in soil content that was spread over the Palm Springs field as part of regular maintenance, according to the Desert Sun. Palm Desert won the game, 31-14. Eric.email@example.com
October 13, 2013 |
There is an anecdote about Einstein from when he taught at Caltech in the early 1930s. One day, pianist and Beethoven specialist Artur Schnabel came to visit the famed physicist, who was an avid amateur violinist, and they read through a Beethoven violin sonata. It didn't go well. Fumbling a tricky rhythm, Einstein got lost, and Schnabel exclaimed in frustration, "Albert, you can't count!" I have no idea how true this is (there are variants of the story), but what matters is that 80 years later, Einstein counted at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and it was a momentous event.
October 12, 2013 |
Philip Glass' groundbreaking American opera "Einstein on the Beach" opened at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday for what promoters billed as one of the biggest cultural events of the season. And what about the composer's new opera, the one about Walt Disney? Don't expect to see it in town any time soon. "The Perfect American" was staged in Madrid and London earlier this year and will be performed in Australia in fall 2014. PHOTOS: Operas by Philip Glass L.A. Opera President Christopher Koelsch attended the world premiere of "The Perfect American" in January in Madrid so that he could consider producing the piece's U.S. premiere.
October 12, 2013 |
If you haven't heard of British eyewear brand Oliver Goldsmith, think of Michael Caine's signature black glasses, John Lennon's iconic granny glasses and Audrey Hepburn's oversize sunnies in “Breakfast at Tiffany's.” Other A-list clients of the heritage label include Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Princess Diana, Ursula Andress, the duke of Windsor, Peter Sellers and Mick Jagger. Grace Kelly owned at least 20 pairs of the glasses; Goldsmith once traveled to the palace in Monaco, where she commissioned him to create 11 pairs.
October 10, 2013 |
Although it was designed in Vienna, Team Austria's entry for the 2013 Solar Decathlon seems better suited to the event's sun-washed setting in Southern California. Wall-to-wall sliding glass pocket doors open up most of the home to the outdoors, including two large decks. Breezes flow through without impediment. Native California plants -- rented for the decathlon, so as not to waste resources -- sit at your feet on the porch, and above float fabric canopies that can retract when the sun isn't out. "We studied the California climate very carefully," team member Katharina Bauer said.