March 8, 2014 |
It has been at least a while, and possibly in the whole recorded history of the medium, that a blockbuster science series has aired on conventional broadcast television. But there is no time like the present, whether or not such a thing as the present actually exists. Sunday, which as I write these words is still in what we think of as "the future," will see the welcome premiere of Fox's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," Neil deGrasse Tyson's pumped up remake of and homage to Carl Sagan's beloved "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," which aired over PBS in 1980 - an eternity in terms of special effects.
March 5, 2014 |
Among the hundreds of gadgets, games and apps at January's Consumer Electronics Show, few had the sizzle of James Buch's gleaming silver hunk of hardware. That's because the device is a barbecue grill - one that's Wi-Fi enabled, voice activated and chatty in a Siri-ish way. "When the Lynx Smart Grill is ready for the food, it sends you a text," said Buch, chief executive of Lynx Professional Grills of Downey. "When it's time to flip the food, it sends you a text. When the food is ready, it sends you a text.
March 4, 2014 |
Smart Balance says it will change the ingredients in its butter-like spreads to make sure they include no genetically modified organisms. “I've been in the food industry for 35 years. I have never seen a consumer issue come on this fast,” said Stephen Hughes, chairman and chief executive of Boulder Brands, the parent company of Smart Balance. “Forty-three percent of our consumers want to see a non-GMO Smart Balance.” Some of the newly formulated products will be on store shelves in March, with the process completed in early summer.
March 4, 2014 |
Ingram's VitalSource Technologies has acquired CourseSmart, consolidating two of the largest companies providing textbooks as e-books, Publishers Weekly reports . VitalSource's Bookself platform has more than 4 million users on 6,000 campuses worldwide and offers content from 500 of the world's top academic publishers. Ingram estimates it will take 12 to 18 months to fully transition CourseSmart customers to its Bookshelf platform. CourseSmart offers access to e-textbooks of more than 90% of core higher education titles at up to 60% off the cost of print.
February 27, 2014 |
The Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 mobile tablet that can also control your TV and function as a video gaming console. Users can hold the tablet in their hands when they want to surf the Web, read e-books or check their social media. They can also hook up the tablet to its dock and use a wireless remote when they want to watch content from apps such asNetflix and HBO Go on their TV. And when they're ready for a video game, users can launch a gaming app on the tablet and play a game on the TV wih a controller that comes with the device.
February 25, 2014 |
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors can create a citizens commission to oversee the sheriff, in an effort to prevent the kinds of abuses that have been the subject of news reports, lawsuits and indictments over the last several years. But let's be clear at the outset: Neither the board nor any citizens commission it creates will have the power to reward or punish the sheriff or to give him orders. So is there any value to adding a new layer of review? There can be, if oversight is designed with care and with a deep understanding of the particular challenges presented by the office of sheriff.
February 13, 2014 |
Marcel Theroux takes identity theft to a new level in "Strange Bodies," a literary science fiction novel as entertaining as it is thought-provoking and disturbing. The author of four previous novels, Theroux was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the U.K.'s Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction for his last book, the dystopian western "Far North," demonstrating his skill at reaching mainstream and genre audiences alike. "Strange Bodies" has a marvelously audacious hook - a contemporary reimagining of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," with one of the titans of English literature standing in for the monster.
February 13, 2014 |
Writer Andy Cochran shows off a truly authentic voice in his delightfully off-kilter script for "Adult World," a smart, incisive comedy about a recent college grad's booby-trapped immersion into real life. Directed by actor-filmmaker Scott Coffey ("Ellie Parker"), this darkly funny film involves 22-year-old Amy (a game Emma Roberts), an intellectually entitled, rather clueless poet hellbent on literary stardom. But when Amy's strapped parents (Catherine Lloyd Burns, Reed Birney) announce they can no longer finance her dream, she's forced to take a job clerking at Adult World, a faded porn shop owned by a pair of frisky seniors (Cloris Leachman, John Cullum)
February 9, 2014 |
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State's All-American guard, has been suspended three games by the Big 12 Conference for going into the stands and shoving a Texas Tech fan near the end of the 19th-ranked Cowboys' 65-61 loss Saturday night in Lubbock, Texas, the university announced Sunday. Oklahoma State Coach Travis Ford made the announcement during a news conference on campus. Smart, who had apologized earlier for his action, will miss games against Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor. “Marcus Smart made a big mistake last night.
February 9, 2014 |
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State's star guard, will likely face disciplinary action from the university or Big 12 Conference, including a possible suspension, after going into the stands to push a Texas Tech fan Saturday night in Lubbock, Texas. The Cowboys were trailing by two points when Smart ran back on defense during a Red Raiders fastbreak and blocked a layup by Jaye Crockett with 6.2 seconds left. Smart, who was called for a foul on the play, stumbled over a person along the baseline and fell in front of the first row of stands.