January 5, 2014 |
Roku, the consumer electronics company best known for its devices that deliver Internet video to televisions, is making a more ambitious play for the living room -- unveiling the Roku TV. The Silicon Valley company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- a trade show that is ground zero for gadget news -- that it would enter the fast-growing smart TV market. Roku plans to license its software to television manufacturers, which will build and distribute the Roku TV. Two Chinese electronics manufacturers, TCL and Hisense, are the first to partner with Roku on the smart TV. Roku is entering a competitive market, with established television manufacturers including Samsung, LG and Sony; and entrants from Silicon Valley, such as Google Inc.'s re-branded Android TV (formerly known as Google TV)
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December 21, 2013
Yuri Dubinin Perestroika-era Soviet ambassador to U.S. Yuri Dubinin, 83, the Soviet Union's ambassador to the United States during much of the turbulent 1980s' perestroika period, died Friday. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced his death in Moscow but did not give the cause. Dubinin became ambassador to the U.S. in 1986 after serving a short stint as the Soviet envoy to the United Nations. He stayed in that post until becoming ambassador to France in 1990. After the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, Dubinin was a Russian deputy foreign minister from 1994 to 1996.
December 19, 2013 |
Maker Studios - the digital media company behind YouTube successes such as " Epic Rap Battles of History ," Kassem G, the Shaytards and PewDiePie - is teaming up with Just for Laughs Group, best known for its long-running annual Montreal comedy festival. Maker, based in Culver City, will manage the Just for Laughs Gags channel on YouTube, which features hidden-camera prank videos, and create a new channel for the Canadian company's...
December 18, 2013 |
Can one player make a difference? The answer is a resounding yes at West Hills Chaminade, where the arrival of quarterback Brad Kaaya in January of 2012 helped elevate a football program to where it is today: playing for a Division II bowl championship on Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson. Kaaya went to Encino Crespi prepared to lead the Celts to prominence. Then Crespi took in a transfer quarterback from Oaks Christian, and Kaaya decided to look elsewhere after his sophomore season.
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December 11, 2013 |
Hot sauce manufacturer Huy Fong Foods cannot ship any more Sriracha and two other sauces it makes until mid-January because the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for the company. Batches of the company's three sauces, Sriracha, Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek, now must be held for 30 days before they can be shipped to food distributors and wholesalers. State regulators added the requirement earlier this year after a review of Huy Fong's production process.
December 3, 2013 |
With a thunderous roar, a 224-foot rocket carrying a massive satellite launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and blasted into outer space, hurtling over the Atlantic Ocean as it cut across the night sky. On Tuesday, Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX lifted the SES-8 telecommunications satellite into orbit nearly 50,000 miles above the Earth. It was the first time that the company reached such a distance, which is about one-quarter of the way to the moon. Before the launch attempt, SpaceX said it would be the most challenging mission to date and technical issues cropped up early.
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November 30, 2013 |
OAKLAND - Amir Soltani moved into his brother's townhouse eight years ago in a new West Oakland development touting itself as a bridge between "industrial and residential neighborhoods. " He had fled Iran as a child for a life of relative privilege in Britain and the U.S., where he attended elite colleges. Yet Soltani understood displacement and the outsider's lack of belonging. And he saw and heard something he could not ignore. The clang clang of the shopping carts formed a spectral nighttime symphony as recyclers congregated from miles around.
November 26, 2013 |
Monrovia drone maker AeroVironment Inc. reported an 80% downturn in quarterly net income after a drop in military contracts for its small robotic aircraft. Net income for the 2014 second quarter was $1.7 million, or 7 cents a share. A year earlier, AeroVironment earned $8.7 million, or 40 cents. AeroVironment said revenue was $64.9 million in its fiscal first quarter. That's down 19.2% compared with $80.3 million last year. It is the fourth quarter in a row that revenue has dropped.
November 13, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Low wages paid by the fast-food industry come with a high public cost for California taxpayers, academics and advocates for the working poor told state lawmakers. Workers at hamburger, pizza and other, mainly franchise, eateries are paid at near-minimum-wage levels, making them eligible for public assistance that totaled an average of $717 million a year in California from 2007 to 2011. The condition of low-wage fry cooks and sandwich makers was the focus of a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly labor committees Wednesday.
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November 9, 2013 |
The creator of Huy Fong Foods' Sriracha hot sauce says that his company might have gone bankrupt if the city of Irwindale had successfully stopped production at the facility in response to odor complaints from nearby residents. According to a statement issued to The Times on Friday, Huy Fong Foods would have suffered a $10-million loss if a judge had granted the city's request for a temporary restraining order. The judge denied the city's request for the order at a hearing Oct. 31. A Nov. 22 hearing will determine whether the city's request for a preliminary injunction to stop operations at the factory is granted.