December 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - It was an ambitious federal technology project, tying together a string of government databases in one Web portal. But the launch was a giant mess: contract missteps, broken deadlines, cost overruns. Users complained the site was balky and unworkable. That was the rocky rollout last year of SAM.gov, a General Services Administration project intended to combine nine different contracting databases. The site was delayed two months and, even then, performance was so poor that it had to be taken down for repairs.
November 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Ari Rubenstein, a "Star Trek" fan who counts physics as a hobby, wants to boldly go where Wall Street has never gone before: the speed of light. Rubenstein heads Strike Technologies, a New York company that's part of a budding cottage industry racing to build networks of ultra-fast microwave radio transmitters linking the world's financial hubs. It could be the final frontier in the financial industry's tech arms race as the fastest traders scramble to get even faster, and as regulators mull over ways to prevent technology breakdowns on Wall Street.
November 29, 2013 |
Auto safety regulators are pushing for new equipment to protect motorists from their biggest threat: themselves. They're aiming to keep drunk drivers off the road with the help of onboard technology that immobilizes their cars. New vehicles may soon come with systems to help prevent collisions. And engines may not start unless occupants buckle their seat belts. It's all part of a push by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to use technology to reduce traffic fatalities.
November 25, 2013 |
First came the Dow. Then the S&P 500. And now the Nasdaq is reaching a milestone. The technology-laden Nasdaq composite index briefly jumped above 4,000 on Monday, the first time it has hit that mark since the collapse of the dot-com bubble 13 years ago. The once-obscure index initially crossed that level for the first time at the end of 1999. It became a symbol of the tech boom that some thought would parallel the Industrial Revolution. Instead, the Nasdaq tumbled below 4,000 four months later as investors' infatuation with unprofitable companies such as Pets.com and EToys burned itself out. The index remains far below its all-time close of 5,048.62 in March 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2013 |
Aleta Browne fell hard for Fred Nixon. She was both a sister and wife of Los Angeles cops, and worked as a clerk for Police Chief Daryl Gates. Nixon was one of the LAPD's rising stars, on his way to taking over a coveted position as the chief's official spokesman. Their affair began on a spring day in 1985 when they checked into a Holiday Inn. Browne left her husband a few weeks later. For three years they met regularly, often at her house during the day. At night, he'd go home to his wife in Pasadena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 |
The eighth-graders in Stephanie McGurk's class at Ocean Charter School began a recent day as they usually do: reciting a verse celebrating nature. Next, they played scales on recorders as they sat in a classroom furnished with wood furniture, lamps, wicker baskets, artwork and plants. Then McGurk did something incongruous in a school that avoids plastic toys, let alone technology: She handed each student an iPad. By chance, Ocean Charter, a Westside school based on the Waldorf educational philosophy, became part of the much-debated $1-billion effort to provide an iPad to every student and teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
November 13, 2013 |
MIT has come up with an amazing computer interface that, as the video above shows, allows a user to move objects from afar. The inFORM 3-D surface, from MIT's Tangible Media Group, is something like a Pinscreen -- where pins set into a grid pop up to reveal a shape. Fast Company explains it as a surface that "three-dimensionally changes shape. " A user could even " hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. " [Updated, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11: Sean Follmer, with the Tangible group, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that "shape-changing user interfaces" are on the cusp of becoming mainstream.
November 10, 2013 |
Max Mosley won fame in the motorsports world as the longtime chief of Formula One's governing body. Five years ago, however, Mosley's notoriety spread far beyond the race circuit, and not in a good way. A British tabloid released a prison-themed sadomasochistic sex tape featuring Mosley and five prostitutes, and alleged that Mosley had paid for an orgy set in an ersatz Nazi concentration camp - an accusation made all the more sensational by the fact...
November 6, 2013 |
To all you digital Encyclopedia Browns out there: The case of the Google Mystery Barge is now closed. Google has issued a statement explaining the mystery. "Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above," a Google spokesperson said in a statement released Wednesday. "Although it's still early days and things may change, we're exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.