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March 15, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
She's had her own TV series, theme parks and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float. She boasts more Facebook “likes” than First Lady Michelle Obama or Mickey Mouse. And her annual sales have been estimated at $5 billion. Not bad for a cat with no mouth. Hello Kitty, the feline superstar who manufacturer Sanrio says “speaks from the heart” instead of a mouth, soon will be clawing her way onto new territory: your walls. On Thursday, the Venice design firm Blik will launch a line of rub-on wall graphics for the home featuring the Kitty's famed black whiskers, yellow nose and puffy red hair bow on whatisblik.com and sanrio.com . We talked with Blik co-founder Scott Flora for this edited Q&A and asked about his experience working with an international starlet: How did this Sanrio project come about?
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BUSINESS
June 24, 1986
Quadratron Systems, a Sherman Oaks computer software firm, said its software will be used in Sperry Corp. computer systems to be delivered to the U.S. Army. Quadratron President John J. Theiss called the agreement a "multimillion-dollar" deal for his company but declined to give details. He said it is uncertain how many of Sperry's computer systems the Army will order, although the estimated value of the deal for Sperry is $250 million.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Apple's new iPad is here and we've reported the full details on specs , but you might be wondering what it looks like, how it responds and whether or not it's worth dumping your first generation iPad or iPad 2 for an upgrade. While we can't answer all of those questions today (I'll be writing up a full review of the new iPad soon), my colleague David Sarno shot some video (see above) and shared some first impressions from the floor of San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where Apple unveiled its third-generation tablet on Wednesday.
BUSINESS
May 21, 1985 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, Times Staff Writer
A joint venture agreement between Genisco Computers Corp. and a computer company from the People's Republic of China is moving a step closer to completion as a result of meetings being held this week between representatives of the two companies. Peter J. Shaw, president and chief executive of the Costa Mesa-based company, said Genisco and Hunan Computer Co.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1985 | BILL RITTER
With an eye toward boosting its market share of the computer graphics industry, Sorrento Valley-based Megatek Corp. has reorganized its sales efforts and will concentrate more on its large end-user customer base. As a result, however, 18% of Megatek's work force, or 85 employees, were laid off 10 days ago, as the company pared its emphasis on "small end-users," such as architectural firms and individual proprietorships.
BUSINESS
July 6, 1998 | AARON CURTISS
A decade ago, Atari merged driving with shooting in the quarter-gobbling arcade game "RoadBlasters," a title that lives on thanks to the tiresome trend of dusting off coin-op hits from the Mesozoic, bundling them together and selling them in shiny new jewel cases. It was a hoot initially to replay old faves like "Defender," "PacMan," "Joust" and "Robotron."
BUSINESS
March 7, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Apple's iPad, as well as other tablets and a sea of smartphones, have changed the face of video games over the last few years. In seeing the unveiling of the new iPad on Wednesday, I couldn't help but wonder what the latest Apple tablet might mean for gamers such as myself. It's because of the iPad, the iPhone -- and competing devices such as the dozens of rivals running Google's Android operating system -- that the casual gaming series Angry Birds is known to about as many kids nowadays as characters such as Nintendo's Mario and Link from the Zelda line of games, as well as Microsoft's Master Chief from the fantastic Halo shooter games.
HOME & GARDEN
March 1, 2007
HOME'S lead article with eye-catching photos on "A House Turned Inside Out" [Feb. 15] was great reading, but, nevertheless, a missed opportunity. If the premise of the design was to relate the home's interior to the landscape artistry, wouldn't a simple, plan view of the property and buildings have brought the whole piece into clearer focus? With graphics pervading our computer-literate world, I can scarcely conceive that your readers wouldn't comprehend a simple architectural graphic.
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