April 22, 2013 |
On the final day of the 71-day Santa Anita meeting Sunday, the marathon 13/4-mile San Juan Capistrano Handicap produced a thrilling finish. When the photo showed that Interaction had beaten All Squared Away by a nose, 80-year-old Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally got to bask in the glow of another memorable triumph. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Interaction came charging on the inside in deep stretch to pass All Squared Away and give McAnally his third victory in the unique $150,000 race that starts at the top of the hillside turf course and was won 14 times by Hall of Fame trainer Charles Whittingham.
March 29, 2013 |
Want to know what the average electricity use is in your Los Angeles neighborhood and how it compares with other parts of town? The California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA has released what it calls a first-of-its-kind interactive energy map. Using commercial and residential customer data provided by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the project shows Los Angeles energy use by census block, along with other information such...
March 12, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - A San Francisco start-up that created a tiny motion-sensing device is making a big splash at South by Southwest, overshadowing major tech brands and scores of new apps with its promise of changing how consumers interact with their computers. In its debut appearance at the conference known more as a music and film festival, Leap Motion Inc. wowed attendees with its "Minority Report"-style gesture-recognition controller, which enables users to manipulate what's on their screens with a wave of the hand or lift of a finger.
March 11, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Stephen Grogan may write fiction, but some things in his books are for real, including $30,000 in prize money that's been up for grabs. His first novel, “Vegas Die,” is a mystery set in Sin City, but the last thing Grogan wants is to keep you on the edge of your seat. Forget pouring yourself a cup of tea and snuggling down with a blanket; this is not a typical reading experience. He wants you to become a “questor,” a reader who hits the streets to follow clues hidden in his “quest mystery.” With 2008's “Vegas Die,” he hid a dagger somewhere in the city.
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February 4, 2013 |
Half a dozen arms reached for the sky, some gently grazing a basketball as it escaped the court and thudded out of bounds at the Edward Roybal Learning Center. Despite their best efforts at trying to keep the ball in the game, both teams showed no hint of defeat, even after one was declared the winner. The Los Angeles Unified School District/Special Olympics Unified Basketball League's Eastern finals were underway, and the mood was decidedly different from that of other sports finals.
January 15, 2013 |
When singer-songwriter Alicia Keys wanted to create an animated children's television series about the exploration of music, she turned to Burbank animation firm Bento Box for ideas. Bento's producers suggested an alternative: Instead of a TV show, how about an interactive storytelling app? That idea became "The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee," which was released through the iTunes store last fall for $3.99 and expands to Android mobile devices and tablets this month. Featuring original compositions from Keys, the animated series uses music, games, rewards and a journal to tell the story of a relationship between a young girl and a mystical grandmother.
January 2, 2013 |
If you are having trouble getting back into the swing of work today (hello, friend!) then consider spending a few moments in front of Google's interactive resolutions map, where you can see the new year's resolutions of people around the world. It's nothing too fancy, just a black-and-grey zoomable map of the world with colored dots on it, indicating the different types of new year's resolutions that users have concocted for themselves. For example, red dots are resolutions that have to do with love; yellow dots relate to health.
December 30, 2012
A newspaper in White Plains, N.Y., stirred up local gun owners - as well as an angry debate on the Web - by publishing an interactive map showing the names and addresses of people with permits to own handguns. To the newspaper, it was a public service intended to inform a community rattled by the recent school massacre in Newtown, Conn., about the presence and prevalence of firearms. To gun owners, as well as many conservative pundits, it was an invasion of privacy that exposed law-abiding citizens to potential harassment and crime.
December 15, 2012 |
Just putting a price on a product and sticking it on a shelf is so old school. And with consumers buying more online each year, bricks-and-mortar retailers are working harder to add entertainment to their mix - from American Girl's scavenger hunts to the Art of Shaving's product demonstrations. These experiences are something consumers can't get from online shopping. "You can buy a product just about everywhere. They are trying to add a different element so it is not just about the product," said Wendy Liebmann, chief executive of WSL/Strategic Retail, a retail strategy firm in New York.
December 11, 2012 |
Media mogul John Malone's Liberty Interactive Corp. has acquired a controlling stake in TripAdvisor, the popular travel website, from Barry Diller and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation. Liberty Interactive is spending $300 million for 4.8 million shares of TripAdvisor at $62.50 per share. Liberty will now hold nearly 60% of voting stock and more than 20% of the company's total equity. The purchase price represents a premium of more than 60%. After news of the change of control was announced Tuesday, TripAdvisor stock was up more than 20% from its Monday close of $38.39.