January 17, 2014 |
In a historic step for Hollywood, Paramount Pictures has become the first major studio to stop releasing movies on film in the United States. Paramount recently notified theater owners that the Will Ferrell comedy “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which opened in December, would be the last movie that would it would release on 35-millimeter film. The studio's Oscar-nominated film “The Wolf of Wall Street” from director Martin Scorsese is the first major studio film that was released all digitally, according to theater industry executives who were briefed on the plans but not authorized to speak about them.
January 17, 2014 |
Some day, the Hershey chocolate you eat may come in all sorts of weird shapes and sizes. The Hershey Co. this week announced it has agreed to a multiyear partnership with 3D Systems, a company known for building a 3D printer capable of creating objects out of foods, including chocolate. "Whether it's creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it, we embrace new technologies such as 3D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future,” said William Papa, The Hershey Co.'s chief research and development officer, in a statement . PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 Hershey is the first major food company to jump into 3D printing and it could pay off for the chocolate maker should 3D-printed confectioneries take off. 3D Systems gained some attention earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show where it showcased the ChefJet, which was printing chocolate objects at the electronics convention.
January 16, 2014 |
Fear not, lovers of paper and leather-bound tomes. Print books are going to survive the e-book revolution. That's the message hidden inside a new Pew report on the reading habits of American adults. Yes, the growing use of tablets means people are reading more e-books than ever. But hardly anyone is giving up print books completely. And adult readership of print books actually rebounded last year, after a period of decline, according to the study by Princeton Survey Research Associates International on behalf of the Pew Research Center.
January 9, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS -- Even though 3D printing is all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show, many people outside the industry are still puzzled by all the fuss. "Explain 3D printers to me. Why are they useful?" one non-techie friend of mine tweeted me this week, after I posted a picture of a 3D printer at the show. By the way, there are 28 3D printing exhibitors at the show, up from just eight in 2013, according to Gary Shapiro, the president and chief executive of the Consumer Electronics Assn., which organizes the show.
December 22, 2013 |
Why couldn't I have read Catharine Hamm's On the Spot column titled "Car Rentals and the Honor System" (Dec. 15) before I ventured to North Carolina? Perhaps then I would have been spared a lot of grief. My brother lives in Durham, so in November I met him there, and we rented a car that we drove to Asheville for a delightful weekend at the historic Grove Park Inn. But my experience with one car rental agency in Durham was anything but. Here are lessons learned from my costly ordeal: - Go over the fine print before you initial the rental car agreement.
December 20, 2013 |
Once you see the serigraphs of Los Angeles artist David Weidman, you'll swear you've seen the work before -- probably because you have. As writer David A. Keeps reported for us in an article and photo gallery back in 2010, when Weidman was 89, the artist's work -- often whimsical animal scenes in layers of color, screened by hand -- is so richly linked to the midcentury era. A few months after our original profile ran, Keeps noted that Weidman's...