September 8, 2013 |
Xbox Music, Microsoft Corp.'s entry into the ever-expanding music-streaming industry, will introduce applications for Android and iOS devices and allow free streaming on the Web, the company said Sunday. Microsoft launched Xbox Music about a year ago, and it's currently available through Xbox 360 consoles, a Windows 8 app and a version that lets subscribers stream through Web browsers. A subscription to the service, which allows access to some 30 million songs, costs about $10 a month or $100 a year.
September 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In July 2012, senior U.S. intelligence officials drove to the Capitol to secretly brief top lawmakers on the first indications that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its own people. The classified reports about a small-scale attack weren't definitive, according to U.S. officials who were privy to them. It was still a month before President Obama warned that the use of chemical weapons would cross a "red line" and "change his calculus" about taking action in Syria.
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September 2, 2013 |
WALKER, Calif. - State fisheries biologist Dave Lentz poured poison into a remote High Sierra stream and watched quietly as every rainbow and golden trout in the water turned belly up. After the rotenone spread along 11 miles of Silver King Creek last Wednesday, other biologists poured in a neutralizing agent, making the river again habitable - and a suitable home for the rarest trout in the world. Kneeling beside a small brass spigot that dripped the milky white toxin into a pool edged with alders, Lentz, a conservation coordinator for native trout with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, smiled and said, "Looks like everything is working as intended.
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August 23, 2013 |
Ending decades of bitter disputes over fragile Mono Lake, Los Angeles and conservationists on Friday announced an agreement to heal the environmental damage caused by diverting the lake's eastern Sierra tributary streams into the city's World War II-era aqueduct. The controversy over alkaline Mono Lake, which is famous for its bizarre, craggy tufa formations and breeding grounds for sea gulls and migratory birds, is one of California's longest-running environmental disputes. The settlement resolves all of the issues among weary combatants, including the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Trout and the Mono Lake Committee.
August 22, 2013 |
Plácido Domingo, whose motto is I rest I rust, doesn't seem to have any intention of gathering the slightest bit of oxidation. He was hospitalized in Madrid for a pulmonary embolism on July 8, released a few days later and told by his doctors to take three or four weeks off. He chose the minimum. On Aug. 6 he appeared at the Salzburg Festival in the first of three concert performances of Verdi's early opera, “Giovanna d'Arco,” with Anna Netrebko as Joan of Arc and Domingo in the baritone role of her father.
August 7, 2013 |
President Obama paused on his trip through Los Angeles on Wednesday to sit for wide-ranging questions on housing and mortgage finance policy. But the live-streamed discussion was less notable for the content - the president broke little news, and fielded no hardball questions - than for the medium: the real estate listings website Zillow, known more for estimating home values than political coverage. The exchange, which had the feel of a digital town hall meeting, highlighted both the rapidly shifting digital media landscape and the rising prominence of specialized websites such as Zillow, which is based in Seattle but has operations in Irvine and San Francisco.
August 5, 2013 |
Andy Warhol, who would have turned 85 on Tuesday, died in 1987, so the pop artist never lived to experience the Internet. To celebrate his birthday, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is presenting live-streaming around-the-clock video of two key venues: the church where Warhol was baptized and the grave where he is buried, both in Pennsylvania. For the venture, the Warhol museum is teaming up with Earthcam, a company that specializes in live-streaming. PHOTOS: Arts and culture by The Times Starting on Tuesday at midnight, there will be continuous streaming video of both venues at earthcam.com/warhol . Warhol -- who was born Andrew Warhola -- hailed from a Catholic family of Eastern European immigrants who settled in Pittsburgh.
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August 1, 2013 |
An artist and a director of the Annenberg Foundation is seeking permission to build a 70-foot water wheel to draw water from the Los Angeles River north of Chinatown to create a stream and shady retreat for the public. The idea is to transform one of the most heavily industrialized stretches of the river into a slice of sylvan tranquillity, said artist Lauren Bon, granddaughter of the late Walter Annenberg, a publishing magnate and philanthropist. "If we succeed, people 100 years from now will wonder how a water wheel and giant canopy of cottonwoods somehow escaped the explosive industrial growth of Los Angeles," Bon said.
July 18, 2013 |
Same-day viewership is no ceiling for "Under the Dome. " Underscoring the changing viewing habits of TV watchers, more than 6 million people have seen the first episode of CBS' "Under the Dome" after its air date, either through DVR, video-on-demand or online. Adding to the same-day numbers for the June 24 premiere, the new figures bring the total audience to 19.9 million. The show, based on the Stephen King book about a small town trapped under a mysterious, transparent dome, drew 13.5 million viewers in its debut, according to Nielsen.
July 18, 2013 |
Miami Swim Week -- the Florida-based fashion trade show focused on swimwear -- is set to kick off Thursday evening, showing resort styles for 2014. And for the first time, you can get a peek even if you're nowhere near South Florida, thanks to retailer Everything But Water , which plans to live-stream four of the shows on its website this weekend. If you see anything you like on the runway, you'll have 48 hours to pre-order. Why is this cool, you may ask? Normally, store buyers serve as editors, filling their shelves with a selection of looks they think customers will like.