May 21, 1994
Slowly but surely media education is reaching schools, and I'm glad Howard Rosenberg gave the subject notice in "Urging Kids to Think for Themselves," (May 16). Educational materials such as those produced by Boston-based Continental Cablevision Inc. and Los Angeles' Center for Media Values can help teachers broach the subject in classrooms. But parents need help too. In teaching media education, it's become clear to me that to raise media-literate children, we need media-literate parents.
January 16, 2006 |
Soccer players take note: Having a strong neck might help you head the ball better, but it might not help you avoid a concussion. One of the signature moves in soccer is heading the ball -- relaying or moving the ball downfield with a quick bump on the noggin. In the course of a soccer season, players in certain positions will head the ball many times as well as collide with other players, risking occasional concussive injury.
October 15, 2013 |
It's the season for smartwatches. Sony on Tuesday rolled out a smartwatch while a report says Google could release its own watch soon. Smartwatches function similarly to smartphones, but are worn on users' arms like wristwatches. Earlier this month, Samsung rolled out its own smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, for $299. REVIEW: Galaxy Gear is fun, cool but not worth buying just yet [Video] After being unveiled earlier this year, the Sony SmartWatch 2 is now available for purchase in the U.S. for $199.99.
April 22, 2014 |
Wearable fitness trackers are in survival-of-the-fittest mode. Touted as the next big thing in technology, wearable tech has spawned a dizzying array of Internet-connected wristwatches and head-mounted devices. Leading the fledgling industry are fitness gadgets that count steps taken, calories burned and other measurements of activity. But in racing to meet the hype, many companies may have outpaced demand and rushed out products too soon. Nike said Monday that it plans to lay off a small number of employees who work on its line of FuelBand fitness accessories to "align resources with business priorities," signaling that the sporting equipment giant is scaling back its wearable hardware efforts.
April 16, 2006 |
Is time running out for the wristwatch? Surveys and sales data show that young shoppers are shunning watches for snazzier time-telling gadgets, such as cellphones and iPods. Last year, the number of people who bought watches not in the Rolex and Patek Philippe stratosphere dropped 12% from 2004, according to a leading market research group. The runaway favorite brand for teens, Fossil Inc. of Texas, acknowledged an 18.6% decline in wholesale U.S. sales of its namesake brand. Oakley Inc.
December 18, 2011 |
The watch may be making a comeback — and it will do much more than just tell time. As people have become equipped with smartphones, laptops and other digital devices with clocks, the importance of the wristwatch has diminished. But a bevy of smartwatches — devices that aim to alert users to text messages and phone calls, and even monitor health — are being rolled out in coming months by entrepreneurs who hope to create a 21st century relevance for a centuries-old gadget, the timepiece.