May 31, 2013 |
A new pay-TV receiver from Fanhattan tries to solve three problems vexing TV viewers: clunky program guides, a proliferation of often similar Internet video services and overly complex remote controls. The new receiver, dubbed Fan TV, uses its own image-rich menus in place of the grid of channels and time slots on conventional pay-TV guides. It combines broadcast and cable networks with Netflix, Apple's iTunes and numerous other online video sources. And it's much sleeker than conventional set-top boxes.
April 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Investigators believe that the two homemade bombs used in the Boston Marathon blasts were triggered by long-range remote controls for toy cars. A joint FBI and Department of Homeland Security intelligence bulletin sent to state and local law enforcement Tuesday night said the bombs likely included components taken from remote-controlled toy cars, and were more sophisticated than previously believed. After combing the blast sites on Boylston Street for evidence, investigators have finished a preliminary reconstruction of the bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 runners and bystanders near the finish line of the Patriots Day race on April 15. FULL COVERAGE: Boston Marathon attack “Based on preliminary analysis of recovered evidence, each device likely incorporated an electrical fusing system using components from remote control toy cars such as a transmitter and receiver pair operating at 2.4 GHz, an electronic speed control used as the switch mechanism and sub-C rechargeable battery packs at the power source,” read the bulletin, according to an official.
March 12, 2013 |
“AAA says smartphones may soon replace traditional car keys.” Wow, it's like an episode from “The Twilight Zone.” On Monday, I found someone's car keys on my lawn, and then on Tuesday, there's this story. As my colleague Jerry Hirsch wrote on the Highway 1 blog: The metal car key is fast disappearing, replaced by “smart” electronic car keys and fobs. Now AAA says it expects smart keys to be transitional technology, soon to be replaced by people's phones. Darn!
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August 14, 2012 |
Smack in the middle of Los Angeles, feasting on deer and roaming the chaparral-covered slopes, a mountain lion prowls Griffith Park. Yes, there had been sporadic rumors over the years of the 140-pound beasts lurking in the shadows of populated hillsides near the park's attractions, but wildlife biologists had discounted them because of the improbability of the animals crossing the freeways to get there. For the first time, however, scientists now have photographic evidence of a lion inhabiting the park.
August 6, 2012 |
LONDON -- They're not very big, but they certainly are amusing. In events such as the hammer throw and discus, track and field staff has taken to ferrying the implements back to their throwers by way of remote-controlled cars. At the 2012 London Olympics, they are using miniature versions of Mini hatchbacks, built to 1/4 scale. According to BMW, each car can carry about 17 pounds, the equivalent of one hammer, one discus or two javelins. There are three cars working in four-hour shifts, each traveling about 6,000 meters per day. They zip around the infield in circles and dashes.
May 22, 2012 |
Amid all the ballyhoo over what a bold visionary Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is, let's pause for a moment to appreciate the work of Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote control, who has died at age 96. Think about it. Before Polley's brainstorm, people actually had to get up out of their seats and cross the room to change TV channels. Simply put, there would be no couch potatoes without this man. I don't mean to be snarky. The TV remote truly is one of those rare devices that change the way we live . I'd put it right up there with personal computers and microwave ovens.