August 28, 2013 |
The biggest obstacle to making Alfonso Cuarón's space epic "Gravity" was the natural phenomenon itself. The Mexican director, along with his longtime cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, visual effects supervisor Tim Webber and a crew that numbered in the hundreds, spent four years conquering the forces of gravity in the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney drama due out Oct. 4. The film stars Bullock as an engineer with little space experience who...
August 16, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA - Fear the Beard is about to give way to Welcome the Whiskers for the Dodgers, who could activate prodigiously coiffed reliever Brian Wilson as early as Sunday. Wilson hasn't pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery 16 months ago. But he faced five hitters in a simulated game Friday at Citizens Bank Park, and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said that was the last obstacle the right-hander, a three-time All-Star with the San Francisco Giants, would have to clear before being added to the Dodgers roster.
May 14, 2013 |
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Even though its ubiquitous Internet search engine practically mints money, Google Inc. was widely seen as a company whose best days were behind it. It was written off as the next Microsoft Corp. - a staid high-tech giant in the shadows of Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. that had lost its sense of urgency and innovative edge. But that sentiment has shifted dramatically over the last year, and when Google swings open the doors to its annual conference for software developers Wednesday, it won't just be showcasing its latest products.
April 24, 2013 |
UCLA football is embracing a high-tech future. The Bruins unveiled a new gizmo Wednesday: the CoachComm Tempo, a system that includes two Led Zeppelin-ready speakers and that can run the clock and scoreboard, simulate crowd noise, play music and be used to amplify the instructions of coaches. "A lot of teams around the country are using this," Coach Jim Mora said. "Oregon uses it; Chip Kelly bought one when he went to [coach] Philadelphia. We talked to five or six coaches and they all said it would help practice efficiency.
March 13, 2013 |
PHOENIX - While most of the Dodgers were given Wednesday off, Chad Billingsley was at the team's spring training complex pitching to minor league hitters in a five-inning simulated game. There isn't much to report, which is good news for the Dodgers, considering Billingsley's 2012 season ended prematurely because of elbow problems. “My arm felt great today,” Billingsley said. “Everything felt good. I had good command of all my pitches.” Billingsley's groin, which has bothered him recently, was also no problem.
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February 12, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- For eight years, a San Francisco-based nonprofit called Next 10 has created an online simulation where users can try to balance California's budget. This year's version may be the easiest one yet. “This is the first year in many years where we're not starting out with a huge deficit," said F. Noel Perry, the venture capitalist who founded Next 10. The organization, entering its 10th year, examines financial, economic and environmental issues in California. Gov. Jerry Brown says the state's deficit has been wiped out and the state will see surpluses in the coming years.