January 26, 2010 |
For airline passengers, the attempted Christmas Day attack and a directive by President Obama to pursue advanced screening technology will certainly mean added security procedures at airports. So for high-tech companies in Southern California and elsewhere, the increased focus on airport security means new opportunities to land hefty government contracts. Among those is Syagen Technology Inc., a Tustin company with 20 employees that has built an airport screening device that blows air on travelers and then analyzes the cast-off particles to detect explosives.
January 19, 2010 |
With anticipation of the new Apple Inc. tablet computer -- or whatever it is -- at a fever pitch, every tiny thing the company does is noted, analyzed and discussed with an intensity the CIA might envy. Take the abstract, paint-splatter design on the news conference invitations that went out Monday for the Jan. 27 introduction of the mystery product. The Mac faithful immediately started posting their ideas on the Appleinsider Internet forum about what the design, with the famed bite-out-of-the-apple logo in the center, could mean.
January 19, 2010 |
Fisker Automotive Inc., the Irvine developer of electric cars, said it had raised an additional $115.3 million in private equity funding to develop plug-in hybrid cars. The money from three firms allows Fisker, founded by Danish design guru Henrik Fisker, to satisfy a U.S. Department of Energy condition to gain access to $528.7 million in federal loans. The agency's money is part of a $25-billion fund approved by Congress in 2007 to spur automakers to build electric and fuel-efficient vehicles.
January 7, 2010
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas doesn't officially open to the public until today, but that didn't stop companies Wednesday from pre-announcing a slew of new gadgets and technologies, all in the hopes of outgunning the competition. Here is a sampling blogged by the Los Angeles Times technology staff. Natal controller Microsoft Corp. said it would start shipping its Natal gesture and voice controller for the Xbox 360 game console in time for the Christmas holiday shopping season.
January 7, 2010 |
To sum up Wednesday at the giant Consumer Electronics Show, you need just one number and three letters: 3-D TV. The major consumer electronics manufacturers, which each hosted carefully rehearsed dog and pony shows for thousands of journalists gathered from all over the world, did it this year with dark glasses and promises that the world would welcome 3-D into its living room. No matter that the technology is almost entirely untried on home consumers. Except for a few cheesy experiments, television programming has been physically flat all these decades.
December 31, 2009 |
A new tablet-style computer from Apple Inc. might be the first major launch in a new class of slate-like multimedia devices that could leapfrog the laptop. With a gleaming touch screen, it might be perfect for watching movies, reading books, listening to music or surfing the Web. It might come out next summer and it might cost $800. Or it might not. Despite a growing chorus of online tablet rumors, Apple has resolutely declined to acknowledge that any such device exists.
December 15, 2009 |
Google Inc. has been letting its employees test a new cellphone that could be rolled out to consumers as soon as next month, potentially marking its first foray into the business of selling mobile phones. The Internet search giant already has its own Android operating system installed on phones sold by major wireless carriers including Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. But bloggers and recent news reports have raised the possibility that Google may sell its own "unlocked" phone -- one that could be used with more than one service provider.
December 3, 2009 |
Twitter was just the beginning. After dreaming up the innovative social-networking medium, Jack Dorsey is looking to revolutionize another core aspect of society: money. Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, has announced that his new start-up, Square, has developed a way for anyone with a cellphone or iPod to become a merchant and accept credit card payments. Square is a small plastic device that plugs into a gadget's headphone jack. Buyers swipe their credit cards through the device, which then transmits the payment data to an application running on a connected iPhone or iPod Touch.
November 3, 2009 |
A new book on advertising reminds me of a joke William Shatner once told on "Saturday Night Live": "Star Trek" is really popular in Japan, where it's known as "Sulu, Master of Navigation." That same self-glorying attitude is on display in "Baked In: Creating Products and Businesses that Market Themselves" by Alex Bogusky and John Winsor. Running at a mere 150 pages of big type, the book is the ad guys' parochial perspective on why advertising and marketing so often fall flat.
October 31, 2009 |
On Friday, only days after NASA tested its next big-ticket rocket, a ragtag group of space junkies in the Mojave Desert flew a bargain-basement rocket ship that could be the real future of spaceflight in the 21st century. Masten Space Systems sent its 10-foot-tall Xoie (pronounced Zoey) rocket soaring over a patch of scrub desert that stood in for the moon, a move that appeared to vault the company into the lead in the $2-million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. The contest is sponsored by NASA as part of its long-range effort to give a boost to private companies in the hope that they will someday take on such routine space tasks as delivering cargo to the International Space Station.