March 25, 2013 |
In a move that could improve the quality of Apple Maps, the Cupertino tech company has purchased WiFiSlam, a Silicon Valley start-up that specializes in indoor mapping. Apple paid $20 million for the acquisition, saying it “buys smaller technology companies from time to time,” according to the Wall Street Journal . Apple, however, did not disclose its plans for the start-up. The 2-year-old WiFiSlam has developed technology that makes it possible for phones to detect users' locations inside buildings by using Wi-Fi signals.
March 3, 2013 |
Tim Harris once played goalie for the Los Angeles Lazers, an indoor soccer team owned by Jerry Buss. Harris, now an executive with the Lakers, said that as he looks back it was obvious what Buss was doing. "He was setting up these labs for his kids to learn," Harris said. "That's how Jeanie learned and that's how I learned. Jeanie and I chuckle at it now. It wasn't that long ago we were sitting in roller hockey league meetings and now we're sitting in NBA league meetings. " Buss earned his fame and accolades by owning the Lakers and Kings.
February 20, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- Showers forced the Dodgers to practice indoors Wednesday. Instead of taking live batting practice on the rain-soaked field, hitters took their swings in the covered batting cages. The pitchers who were scheduled to throw, including Chad Billingsley and Chris Capuano, threw as scheduled. Some other notes: The first major injury of the spring was sustained by Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck, who is believed to have torn his hamstring trying to leg out a triple in an employee softball game.
December 11, 2012 |
Best known for its murals and installations on the streets of Los Angeles, the local art collective Cyrcle is transforming a Hollywood gallery into an interactive "hive" - a project that member David Leavitt said is "somewhere between a play, an art show and a video game arcade. " "Organized Chaos!," Cyrcle's second solo gallery show, is designed to work somewhat like pollination: The artists created cubes covered with parts of an image. Patrons are encouraged to take the cubes from a crate and place them into a frame to create their own work.
December 7, 2012 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - The young Syrian mother had just fed her baby girl and put her down for a nap. The woman's husband was at work. Suddenly, a projectile entered the home, lodging in the chair where the baby had been sitting a few moments earlier. "I was standing in the kitchen, and I swear I saw it whiz by me," said the mother, Sema, 26. "A bullet!" Sema and her family promptly left their home in the strife-ridden Damascus suburb of Zamalka, the scene of numerous battles, and moved in with her in-laws near downtown, still relatively unscathed.
November 10, 2012 |
Indoor trampoline parks are springing into action throughout Southern California, along with leaping games of dodge ball, highflying basketball and rigorous calisthenics. Just ask Akory Coates, who lived out his basketball dreams for an hour recently at a Sky Zone trampoline park in Torrance. He jumped, he twirled in the air, his fingertips grazed the rim and he made four baskets. Not an easy feat for a 9-year-old, but a series of trampolines beneath his feet gave him all the lift he needed.