August 22, 2013 |
Add credit cards to the list of important financial services that confuse Americans. A large number of consumers don't understand the terms and reward programs of their cards, according to a new survey of 14,000 card users by J.D. Power. Though people know the basic workings of credit cards, the survey revealed a surprising lack of awareness about critical elements, such as interest rates and late fees, that could affect their indebtedness. Talk to the L.A. Times: Share your thoughts on the economy Only 47% of survey respondents said they completely understand the terms of their credit cards, according to the survey.
August 20, 2013 |
Over the last year, the Orange County Register has been furiously paddling against a riptide that has newspapers around the country laying off journalists, shrinking coverage and in some cases cutting back home delivery. The Register has doubled the number of reporters and editors to 350 and fattened the paper by adding 22 weekly sections. On a recent Tuesday, it had 72 pages while the Los Angeles Times had 42. The Register's parent company, Freedom Communications Inc. in Irvine, has expanded its 26 weekly community newspapers and turned two into five-day-a-week operations.
August 9, 2013 |
You never know when you'll need a 3-D printer. They can cost anywhere from $400 to $25,000, which is a bit much if you're trying to “print” (somehow, that seems like the wrong verb) a plastic cookie-cutter you've downloaded off the Internet or a kids' toy, two popular uses. But if you live in Washington, D.C., or Cleveland, you can stop by your local public library and use one for a small fee. Public libraries have been trying to find all sorts of ways to stay "relevant" in the modern, digital age. (This blogger thinks that providing access to the two millenniums of human knowledge stored in that archaic information system called “the printed book” will always keep them relevant, but I digress)
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August 6, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- Artwork and jewelry worth more than $5 million has been stolen from a home in Rancho Santa Fe, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced Tuesday. Eleven paintings were stolen, including a Monet print and a Pissarro print. Sculptures, some Chinese and some by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof, were taken along with the jewelry, including elaborate gold, tourmaline, diamond, cabochon, and citrine necklaces and bracelet sets, the Sheriff's Department said. The theft occurred June 17 or June 18. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
July 14, 2013 |
With Madrid-based Iberia Airlines, you can now bag it and tag it yourself. The airline claims it is the only carrier to let passengers print out luggage tags at home. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines tested the idea of home tagging for passengers flying from Seattle to Hawaii last year but has not continued the program. Alaska, along with several other carriers, lets passengers print out luggage tags from airport kiosks. Iberia passengers can print their luggage tags at home and download their boarding passes onto their smartphones.
July 10, 2013 |
Spanish carrier Iberia launched a new service that allows travelers to download and print out baggage tags long before they go to the airport. Iberia calls the service MyBagTag and promises it will make the check-in process faster and easier, according to a statement Monday. (The video above shows how it works.) Travelers specify the number of bags when they check in online and then print out baggage tags with barcodes containing flight details. The printout is folded into quarters with the barcode facing up and placed inside reusable plastic sleeves that are then affixed to luggage.
June 27, 2013 |
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court struck down a law that defined marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman. But what part of the Constitution did Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act violate? It's surprisingly complicated. Before this week's decision, the conventional wisdom was that if Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote a majority opinion striking down Section 3 of DOMA, he would emphasize the states' right to define marriage. This prospect troubled supporters of gay rights because it's a double-edged sword.
June 20, 2013 |
Three-dimensional printing giant Stratasys Ltd. is venturing into the burgeoning consumer market for affordable 3-D printers by acquiring rival MakerBot Industries for $403 million in stock. Stratasys said the deal will enable the Eden Prairie, Minn., company to offer affordable desktop printers, which is Makerbot's specialty. The deal is yet another sign of the emerging market for consumer 3-D printers, which are machines that "print" 3-D objects typically by depositing layer upon layer of material following a software-created design.
June 11, 2013 |
Anyone interested in rock 'n' roll or the future of fashion will want to check out Los Angeles designer Michael Schmidt in conversation with pop culture writer Rose Apodaca on Wednesday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Throughout his three-decade career, Schmidt has dressed Madonna, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Cher, Fergie, Tina Turner and a constellation of other music stars in provocative costumes using innovative materials (think razor...
May 28, 2013 |
You want your kids to learn and you know reading books is undeniably good for them. Electronic screens are, generally speaking, bad. Game consoles, television sets: You feel your kids' brains dying with each hour they spend in front of them. But what about those cool-looking tablets? And that iPad commercial with kids reading from apps? The overwhelming majority of parents (94%) still think reading printed books to their kids is important, according to a new survey out Tuesday from the Pew Research Center.