December 19, 2012
Conservatives argue that Washington never cuts programs, it just increases spending on them more slowly than planned. But to recipients of federal benefits, that type of "cut" can seem just as painful. That's why there is an intense battle looming over a proposal to reduce the cost-of-living adjustments applied to numerous federal programs, including Social Security. The change is billed as a more accurate way to calculate the effects of inflation, but it's really just a way to make Washington's financial picture marginally brighter.
September 24, 2013 |
Apple announced Tuesday that it had upgraded its iMacs with a faster processor, among other improved features. The new iMacs are available immediately from Apple's online store. Their arrival comes just a few weeks before the expected release of the new version of Apple's desktop operating system Mavericks . VIDEO CHAT: Unboxing the iPhone 5s Apple has said Mavericks will be available in the fall. Several reports have pegged the official release date as late October.
October 30, 2013 |
Google will soon release the second version of Google Glass, but rather than making the smart eyeglasses stand out less, the tech giant has made them more noticeable than before. The company announced this week that it will soon allow Glass users to swap out their current units for new ones for free. Owners will also be allowed to invite up to three others to purchase the new Glass models for themselves. Google hasn't said when exactly it will roll out the new version. The new Glass essentially looks the same as the current version with some slight modifications to allow users to snap on more pairs of shades and to eventually snap on prescription eyeglasses.
October 18, 2012 |
As a role model, Santa's got some health issues. He's overweight, and he zooms around the world in terrible weather and drops down soot-filled chimneys. But worst of all in the mind of anti-smoking crusader Pamela McColl is that “stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth.” “I just really don't think Santa should be smoking in the 21stcentury,” McColl said by telephone. And she did something about it - published a version of the beloved poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” with the smoking references - including illustrations - excised.
October 18, 2013 |
Vincente Minnelli shot the bulk of his 1951 movie "An American in Paris" on soundstages in Culver City. For the long-gestating stage-musical version of the classic film, producers have chosen Paris itself for the big premiere. "An American in Paris" is scheduled to debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in December 2014, organizers have announced. The English-language production -- which will be directed by ballet veteran Christopher Wheeldon -- is aiming for a Broadway run in the spring of 2015.
October 25, 2013 |
More than three times as many users were reportedly surfing the Web with Mavericks OS X on the first day of its release than those who did so with its predecessor, Mountain Lion OS X. In just 24 hours, users who downloaded and installed Apple's new operating system were accounting for 5.5% of U.S. and Canada Web traffic coming from Mac desktops and laptops, according to third-party firm Chitika, which tracks such figures through its ad network....