March 18, 2013 |
Thanks to the increasing popularity of tablets and smartphones, the number of Internet-connected devices in U.S. homes has surpassed half a billion. The number of connected devices per U.S. household with Internet access has grown to 5.7, up from 5.3 devices three months ago, according to a report released Monday by market research firm NPD Group. During that period, the “installed base” of tablets grew by nearly 18 million units, and smartphone users increased by nearly 9 million.
July 8, 2012 |
Old notions of advertising are being scrambled on the Westside, inside boutique agencies with names like Blitz, Ignited and Omelet. The hot shops are pushing big-brand clients beyond the familiar confines of radio, television, magazines and newspapers and onto the Internet, smartphones, game consoles and tablets. With more than 42% of the country's TV homes equipped with digital video recorders, which allow users to fast-forward through commercials, and some younger viewers leaving TV altogether, advertisers are rushing to build Internet infrastructures, create Web videos and funnel content to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
December 9, 2013 |
Donald Glover's newest album as Childish Gambino, "Because the Internet," is a self-aware portrait of a young man isolated by technology, celebrity and relentless introspection. Anyone who caught Glover's recent bloodletting Instagram session (in which he listed a barrage of self-criticisms on hotel stationery) might think that unplugging from the Web would give his brain a much-deserved break. But then he'd have lost his source material for this sometimes goofy, often sad, very capable laptop-rap album.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2001
Re "Abe Lincoln and the Truth Get Mugged at the Click of a Mouse," Commentary, April 1: Doris Kearns Goodwin comments, "In our modern world, as I recently discovered to my chagrin, information travels not at the speed of horse and rider but at the speed of light." Where has she been the last decade or two? Bad and hurried reporting in a competitive society isn't something new because of the Internet; it has always been with us. However, isn't it better to find out a falsehood in a matters of hours (thanks to computers and the Internet)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 |
If you haven't heard of Baroness Barbe-Julie von Krudener, you've missed a good yarn. She was a child of wealth and privilege in the 19th century Governorate of Livonia. A life of social climbing, dalliance, literary ambition and finally religious conversion led to a Rasputin-like influence over Alexander I, czar of Russia. And that was not all. I discovered the now obscure story of the baroness while paging through the "Jerez-Libe" volume of my 1950 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
October 1, 2013 |
The Internet has transformed the ways we find new music and interact with artists. Some of it's been for the better, but a lot of it's been for the worse -- especially for young women in rising acts. Lauren Mayberry, singer of the popular Scottish electro trio Chvrches (who just released their excellent debut LP "The Bones of What You Believe" ), is on the front lines of the ways the Internet enables men to harass women who are in the public eye. She just published a moving op-ed in the British newspaper the Guardian about the real and frightening impact that all of the abuse -- some obnoxious, some overtly threatening -- can inflict.
March 23, 2010
A TV-Net time share The amount of time viewers spent watching TV while at the same time cruising the Internet grew 34.5% last year to an average of 3.5 hours a month, up from 2.5 hours in 2008, according to a Nielsen Co. report released Monday. What are they doing? A look at the top five sites visited by these media multi-taskers gives some clues: Google, Yahoo, Facebook, MSN or Microsoft Bing, YouTube. "You have people looking up stuff while they watch TV," said Gary Holmes, a Nielsen spokesman.
November 19, 2010 |
From a drab office in this ultra-Orthodox Jewish stronghold, three devout young women hunch over computers and surf the Internet ? looking for pornography, celebrity gossip and a laundry list of other items banned by their rabbis. It's odd work for this trio, dressed modestly and wearing wigs in keeping with their beliefs. But it's their job at Israel's first ultra-Orthodox Internet provider, Nativ, as it tries to launch a product that could transform the traditionally sheltered community: kosher Internet.
April 3, 2012 |
It's a long way from Woody. In an upcoming animated series called "Electric City," Tom Hanks plays Cleveland Carr, a former police officer charged with maintaining order in a murky metropolis, where secret police and murder lurk beneath the veneer of a peaceful society. The series, conceived by Hanks and co-produced by his production company Playtone and Indian media company Reliance Entertainment, will debut this summer — not in a theater or on a TV screen, but on the giant Internet portal Yahoo.
February 27, 2011 |
Mindy Benham knows how to pinch a penny. That's why the Costa Mesa resident does a lot of her shopping on the Internet. She particularly favors Amazon.com Inc. because the giant e-retailer doesn't collect California state sales taxes on her purchases. "There's something about Milwaukee, where I'm from, that people take pride in how little they pay for something," said Benham, a magazine art director, who recently bought a pair of eyeglasses and a sofa online. "I don't want to pay taxes on something if I don't have to pay taxes.