February 6, 2014 |
Sony Corp., a struggling electronics maker trying to regain its once stalwart status, is undertaking a major restructuring that includes the sale of its PC division, a spinoff of its TV business and layoffs of thousands of employees. The Japanese tech giant said Thursday that it had decided to shed its Vaio personal computer brand after a "comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry. " It is in talks to sell Vaio to Japan Industrial Partners Inc., a Japanese investment fund.
February 4, 2014 |
It was DJ Miguel Garcia's first time at last month's National Assn. of Music Merchants' big trade show in Anaheim, but he was in his element, hunched over an expensive DJ rig while spinning his own dance music. "These are probably the best you can get," said the 18-year-old house music performer, who goes by the stage name MikeeyKrook, admiring the Pioneer DJ digital decks and mixers while pumping out his song "Pyramid. " Although the annual NAMM Show is widely known as the place to check out new guitars and amps, manufacturers, retailers and musicians can hear the crescendo of business in a different venue: DJs making electronic dance music, or EDM. Once relegated to raves in warehouses, the electronic music culture has produced international superstars such as Skrillex and Tiesto and has expanded to events such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo Festival, which have put DJs in front of the glow stick masses.
January 23, 2014 |
Greetings from Chavez Pond. It's a little unsettling what they've done to the old ball yard - iced it over, cleavered the back end off the pitching mound, painted the NHL logo in center field. Feels like some sort of Canadian coup. There's a stage now over home plate, and a regulation rink sits in the middle of it all like a big frosty keg, chemicals coursing through its arteries. Hell hath not yet frozen over, but Blue Heaven sure has. On this warmest of winters, Chavez Pond really ought to be filled with beer.
January 21, 2014 |
On the surface, the members of local quartet Warpaint give the impression they're low-key when it comes to making music. Bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg will tell you she doesn't think about music - she "feels" it - and along with singer-guitarist Emily Kokal, the two will regularly apply words such as "chill," "vibe" and "energy" to the band's creative process. Don't be fooled. With the release of a self-titled second album this week, Warpaint enters a key phase of its career. The band's 2010 debut, "The Fool," sold 150,000 copies worldwide, and its success allowed Warpaint to call on some of the most respected studio technicians in the music industry for the follow-up.
January 19, 2014 |
This new app provides "real-time together experiences" for groups on the platform. Name: Spin: The New Together Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: It's a real-time video-chat and photo-sharing app for iOS users. Up to 10 friends can chat on the same channel and watch YouTube videos, share pictures and even "write" or comment on their friends' photos. Cost: Free What's hot: Group chats are fun, but for me the real treat was seeing my friends' YouTube videos and Instagram photos.
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January 18, 2014 |
As crazy as it sounds, you may one day get into your car and head to the coffee shop, to work, to the gym or the beach without ever putting your foot on the brake or the gas pedal. No, you're not going to have a chauffeur. Your car is going to drive itself. Impossible? Not at all. The design and production of self-driving cars has already begun. Google has a fleet of them cruising Bay Area roads, and in 2012 the company ran a demonstration in which a local resident got behind the wheel of a Prius, went to lunch and picked up his dry cleaning without having to touch the controls.