YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsHigh Tech

High Tech

May 26, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
From digitally printed textiles to stylish tech gadgets and even wearable computing, the ever-growing partnership of fashion and technology is catapulting the design world into a whole new dimension. Evidence was everywhere at the New York fall-winter 2013 fashion presentations in February - from models tweeting as they walked the runway at the end of the Kenneth Cole show to Vivienne Tam's "propaganda print" dresses bearing a pattern that incorporated QR barcodes, readable by scanners to link back to Tam's Facebook page.
April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If "Watermark" does nothing else, it will make you question society's contradictory view of water use. The clear liquid is as essential to human life as it is threatened, yet we don't seem to be able to do what it takes to make sure it stays available enough to keep us alive. As co-directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, "Watermark" is a kind of companion piece to the pair's earlier "Manufactured Landscapes," which looked at how new industrial structures are transforming the face of the planet.
March 5, 2010 | By Dan Fost reporting from san francisco
It looked as if the economy had dealt a powerful blow to L.J. Mottel, a 35-year-old father of two, when his employer, the Fontainebleau hotel and resort in Las Vegas, filed for bankruptcy and laid him off. But unlike other victims of the downturn, Mottel had the luck of a high-roller on a hot streak: He was the Fontainebleau's director of information technology, and that made him a hot commodity. He didn't have to wait long before getting a new job at, a Solana Beach, Calif.
April 12, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is impressive enough in a straight line, ripping from zero to 60 in less than three seconds. But what happens on a smooth mountain road, at the apex of an uphill, right-hand sweeper, must be experienced to be believed. While G-forces are pressing your face sideways, the car seems to barely notice it is death-gripping a curve at 70 mph. This is a high-tech weapon aimed at the limits of physics. Lurking beneath the shapely body panels is an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, active aerodynamics and suspension, twin-turbocharging, torque vectoring, and rear-wheel steering, among other delights.
July 21, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 21 - 27, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Bachelorette It's time for "The Men Tell All" episode, with bachelors from this season confronting Desiree, and each other, before a preview of the season finale. 8 p.m. ABC Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls In this new episode Bear drops the remaining teams off in the middle of a bay, and they must swim ashore.
February 22, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano
An ambitious, multibillion-dollar project to hot-wire the new Southwest border fence with high-tech radar, cameras and satellite signals has been plagued with serious system failures and repeated delays and will probably not be completed for another seven years -- if it is finished at all. The system, originally intended to be completed next year, languishes in the testing phase in two remote spots of the border in Arizona. There, the supposedly state-of-the-art system combining sensor towers, communication relay systems and unattended ground sensors has been bogged down with radar clutter, blurred imagery on computer screens and satellite time lapses that often permit drug smugglers and undocumented workers to slip past U.S. law enforcement agents, government officials candidly admit.
California has more than twice as many high-tech workers as any other state, and is also home to some of the industry's highest wages, according to a study by the American Electronics Assn., an industry trade group. New Hampshire has the highest concentration of high-tech workers with 78 per thousand employees, while California was fourth with 62 high-tech workers per 1,000. But California had by far the largest high-tech employment, with 669,000 workers. Texas was second with 313,460.
October 13, 1985
Regarding "Larger Role for L.A. Seen in High-Tech" (Sept. 16), far too often Los Angeles County's rise in prominence in high technology is overshadowed by the more popular Silicon Valley. Admittedly, the diversity of the Los Angeles County marketplace may have hidden the size of the county's high-tech arena. For example, in the Silicon Valley of Santa Clara County nearly one-third of the work force is employed in high tech. By comparison, high-tech employees in Los Angeles County represent only about 11% of the county's work force, but the number is roughly 1 1/2 times that of Santa Clara.
May 5, 2010 | By David Sarno and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
When a top-secret prototype of Apple Inc. 's new iPhone went missing recently, the computer giant summoned Silicon Valley's version of the cavalry -- an elite squad whose main mission is investigating crimes against high-tech companies. Little-known outside the tech world, the unit is suddenly in the spotlight for its April 23 raid on the Bay Area home of Jason Chen, the 29-year-old technology blogger who had gained possession of the missing phone. The unit swept in after Chen posted a photo and details of the new iPhone on the Gizmodo.
November 2, 1987
Just because it has a microchip in it, doesn't mean it's going to sell. The hard lessons of high tech are hitting hard on home electronics makers, too. The HomeMinder home automation controller system introduced in 1985 by General Electric was withdrawn earlier this year. The problem, however, may have had less to do with the HomeMinder's technology than its marketing strategy, which was aimed primarily at TV and entertainment system dealers, not home appliance outlets.
March 29, 2014
Re "Copyright law for the 21st century," Editorial, March 24 The Times' editorial rightly points out the significant burden placed on content owners to get unauthorized, online copies of creative works removed from illegal pirate sites. The current notice-and-takedown system is often compared to a game of whack-a-mole. The creative and tech communities should work together to come up with a more efficient alternative; it's in everyone's interest. In recent years, the entertainment industry has made dramatic improvements in how it delivers digital content to meet the changing viewing habits of today's audiences.
January 25, 2014 | By David Pierson
ARTOIS, Calif. - Nestled in a corner of the Sacramento Valley known for its rice, almonds and walnuts, densely packed rows of manicured olive trees stretch toward the horizon. This 1,700-acre spread is the domain of California Olive Ranch, an upstart company with big ambitions. The U.S. is the world's No. 3 consumer of olive oil, drizzling 293,000 metric tons of the stuff over salads and pizzas last year. Yet almost every drop was produced overseas in countries including Spain, Italy and Greece.
January 24, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Commuter buses are usually pretty noncontroversial. Governments like them because they get single-passenger cars off the road and reduce air pollution. And riders like them because they can relax on the way to and from work and save on gas and other expenses. Cleaner, greener and more convenient - everyone's happy, right? Not in San Francisco, where there's been a growing fight over the shuttle buses provided by Google, Facebook and other tech companies to ferry workers from their San Francisco homes to their Silicon Valley jobs.
January 15, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
RALEIGH, N.C. - Saying he sees a possible "breakthrough" year for the U.S. economy, President Obama touted a new manufacturing institute in this state's technology hub, an election-year attempt to show he can advance his agenda without his Republican opponents in Congress. "Today, I'm here to act," Obama told students Wednesday at North Carolina State University, the leading partner behind the new innovation center in the Research Triangle. The goal, he said, was "to help make Raleigh-Durham and America a magnet for the good high-tech manufacturing jobs that a growing middle class requires and that are going to continue to keep this country on the cutting edge.
January 2, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The accident that left Ryan Williams paralyzed from the neck down could have ended his promising career as a robotics researcher. Recovering at his parents' home in southwest Virginia, with limited mobility, there was no way he could return to USC full time to complete his engineering graduate studies. But from his study nearly 2,500 miles away, Williams was able to complete his course work and participate in classes as if he were right there on the USC campus. Now the 31-year-old roboticist, already internationally recognized for his research into undersea robots, is on the cusp of receiving his doctorate this spring.
December 27, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN QUENTIN - North of Silicon Valley on a rocky promontory overlooking San Francisco Bay stands California's oldest prison. Inmates here are cut off from the innovation the nearby high-tech industry produces. They are not permitted on the Internet, and most have never touched a smartphone or a tablet. But two technology veterans - Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti - are bringing the promise of Silicon Valley to San Quentin State Prison by creating a high-tech incubator here called the Last Mile.
August 11, 2005
MY husband and I applauded your July 14 article, "What Channel Has The Renoir?" and Deborah Needleman's on-target salvo at the tacky placement of a plasma TV above the fireplace. We've jokingly referred to the practice as one aspect of the emerging style of "Early American Ugly" -- a victory of high tech over good taste -- though another reader [Letters, July 21] obviously feels the need to justify placing their TV above the fireplace by claiming how important it is in their lives. Hey guys, it's tacky.
November 30, 2003 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Tom Wilson bought this Malibu Colony house as an investment -- one he's ready to see pay off. He runs his 4 Seasons Broadcasting Co. out of Cleveland but has partners in L.A., and that's what brought him to the community. At first, he bought the late actor Burgess Meredith's home and rented it out. Then Wilson sold that house and bought this one along the ocean. After redecorating the house, which was built in 1990, Wilson has listed it for sale or lease.
December 13, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The tendency of high-tech entrepreneurs to swank around as if they own the world, whinging endlessly at the slightest inconvenience and wrinkling their noses at the proles standing in their way as they change the world, is so well-documented at this point, it scarcely needs repeating.  The question no one seems to have an answer for is: Why do they feel the impulse to air their grievances on Facebook? The latest entrepreneur to let his self-esteem get the better of him is one Greg Gopman, the head of an outfit called AngelHack.
December 12, 2013 | By Hugh Hart
Loneliness, hubris, depression and other fixtures of human frailty get amplified by technology in several of this year's most forward-thinking films. In "Her," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" and "Gravity," direct person-to-person contact comes across as old-fashioned 20th century behavior. Instead, characters connect with each other through ear buds, smartphones, message boards, passwords, radio transmissions, encrypted files, uploads, downloads and computer screens. For motion pictures that cast modern technology as the Great Enabler, it's all about the interface.
Los Angeles Times Articles