April 18, 2013
Now that anyone with a laptop can make decently epic soundscapes, how will Sigur Rós keep its lead? On "Valtari," it does it by using all its usual tricks, but in even more evocative and expert ways. On "Valtari" it's back to the essentials: oceanic buildups, flickers of treated orchestras and falsetto vocal lines that yank heartstrings, even though you know exactly when they're coming. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara. 7 p.m. Fri. $40.50-$55.50. sbbowl.com .
March 28, 2013 |
Dan McCleary is one of the finest figure painters working today. Since 2010 he has also directed Art Division, an after school arts program for young adults. Now he is showing with Javier Carrillo and Emmanuel Galvez, talented former students at Art Division. Their recent paintings begin with a stylistic clarity and precision familiar from their teacher's example, while wholly transforming his precedent in distinctive ways. McCleary's three large genre paintings at Craig Krull depict simple scenes.
March 21, 2013
Eric Woodhead's music as Doldrums is a product of its times — skittish laptop electronica made from diced up samples and woozy, vibey synthesizers. But he's got a bit of pop streak that cuts through the digital fog. Bootleg Bar, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri., $10. Foldsilverlake.com .
March 5, 2013 |
Researchers believe that someday, doctors may be able to use specially-equipped laptops and smartphones to figure out if sudden-onset dizziness in patients is the result of a stroke, or of a (more likely) benign disturbance in the inner ear. If scientists can prove that the technology works dependably, said Johns Hopkins neurologist and ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. David Newman-Toker, the devices could potentially prevent 100,000 misdiagnosed strokes every year by augmenting the methods emergency rooms currently use to figure out what's going on. The machines could also save money, by reducing the number of expensive CT scans given to patients.
March 2, 2013 |
Google's first computer, the Chromebook Pixel, is technically impressive and excels at what it was designed for: browsing the Web and running Web-based software. If you live on Facebook, work on Google Docs and watch Netflix, the Chromebook Pixel provides a fun and fast ride thanks to its powerful 1.8-GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and 4 gigabytes of RAM. QUIZ: How much do you know about Google ? But speedy computers aren't hard to find in 2013, so what really makes the Chromebook Pixel stand out is its crisp and beautiful screen.
February 26, 2013 |
Google came out with its own laptop computer last week, but critics quickly blasted its hefty price tag of $1,299 to $1,449. Though the Chromebook Pixel is far from being the only computer to cost that much, other laptops in the price range offer far more capabilities. It also has a big drawback; user's can't install software. Instead, all programs run in the cloud and users have to access them through the Google Chrome Web browser. For many, the hefty price tag and the limited capabilities are two key factors against buying the laptop.
February 21, 2013 |
Google is reportedly developing touch-screen laptops running its Chrome OS operating system and readying them for a release later this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is adding the touch-screen capability to its laptops, which are known as Chromebooks, to compete better against Microsoft. Last year, Microsoft introduced Windows 8, which is designed for touch-screen computers. The report, which cites "people familiar with the matter," says it's unclear when exactly Google will release the touchscreen computers or which company will build the hardware.
February 21, 2013 |
Google on Thursday announced the Chromebook Pixel, a touchscreen laptop with a high-resolution display. The Chromebook Pixel is the first computer Google developed on its own. It represents the Silicon Valley company's first major foray into the PC market, simultaneously challenging Microsoft's grip on the industry with the Windows operating system as well as Apple's line of Mac computers. JOIN A LIVE VIDEO UNBOXING FRIDAY AT 11:45 A.M. Google's new computer offering has a nearly 13-inch display with a 2,560 by 1,700 pixel resolution.
February 4, 2013 |
Hewlett-Packard is officially introducing its first Chromebook laptop, a $329.99 machine with a larger screen than any other Google-powered computer on the market. The computer, formally named the "HP Pavilion Chromebook," was expected after a file was discovered on HP's website last week with details about the laptop. The standout feature on the HP Pavilion Chromebook is its 14-inch display, which has a 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. The screen is larger than that of other Chromebook laptops, which offer 11.6-inch and 12-inch displays. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 Additionally, the HP Pavilion Chromebook runs on an Intel Celeron 847 dual-core 1.1GHz processor.
January 26, 2013 |
How many times did you go to the gym last year? If the answer is somewhere in the low double digits or fewer, maybe you're better off getting your workouts from the Web. Streaming fitness sites offer the convenience and variety that many people need to stick with their fitness programs, at a fraction of the cost of gym memberships. Moreover, because you can access your workouts whenever and wherever you need them, it's harder to make excuses. There's also no DVD clutter to contend with, which is a plus in my book.