CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2010 |
If excitement were measured in decibels, then Saturday's events in Building 7 of Pomona's Fairplex fell flat. Despite thousands of people in attendance, the only discernible noise in the giant warehouse was the steady hum of an air pump attached to the children's bounce house. But things are not as they sound at DeafNation Expo, a touring trade show. What may seem like a mild affair to those with hearing is blasting in full color for the hearing impaired. Fingers flashed furiously as families communicated in American Sign Language.
April 21, 2010 |
Hollywood is making fewer movies, film producers are having a tougher time getting financing and cash-strapped governments around the world are facing more pressure than ever to justify tax breaks given to the film industry. In such a climate, you might think the Locations Trade Show in Santa Monica last week would have been a ghost town. Hardly. The 25th annual event that ended Saturday drew 241 exhibitors from 30 countries and nearly 4,000 visitors, including producers, location scouts, vendors and bankers.
April 21, 2010 |
Hollywood is making fewer movies, film producers are having a tougher time getting financing, and cash-strapped governments around the world are facing more pressure than ever to justify tax breaks given to the film industry. In such a climate, you might think the Locations Trade Show in Santa Monica last week would have been a ghost town. Hardly. The 25th annual event that ended Saturday drew 241 exhibitors from 30 countries and nearly 4,000 visitors, including producers, location scouts, vendors and bankers.
April 4, 2010 |
It's hard to say which booth was drawing more attention at Artexpo New York: the one with the paint-splashed naked man holding a box around his hips, or the one displaying cityscape paintings of tall buildings that resembled what you would see if the naked man dropped his box. If -- as Chicago gallery owner Woody Slaymaker said -- the only thing worse than a lousy comment about your art is no comment at all, then creators of both works must have...
February 18, 2010 |
A cottage industry has sprouted in the environmental movement, but it has nothing to do with wind turbines or carbon offsets. The green scene has been flooded with conferences, conventions, trade shows and other events trying to capitalize on the popularity of sustainability and concerns about climate change. Most of the meetings deal directly with environmental issues such as carbon emissions, conservation or alternative energy. Even some industry trade shows, such as electronics and textiles, have green elements, including special pavilions and panel discussions.
January 14, 2010 |
If not for the sheer smorgasbord of sounds, the preview showroom Wednesday at the Anaheim Convention Center could have been easily mistaken for a "Star Trek" set rather than a display of music products. Wires and cords linked to whirring, humming, Space Age gadgets snaked across the floor around an abundance of blinking laptop screens at the annual gathering staged by the International Music Products Assn., a Carlsbad, Calif., trade group that still uses the acronym NAMM from its old name, the National Assn.
January 9, 2010
The giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas wrapped up its second day Friday with few big-time announcements. So it became a day for the Los Angeles Times technology staff to explore and blog about technologies that didn't have their own press conference. Here is a sampling: Sony Dash The stampede toward 3-D may be the headline of this year's CES, but announcements about apps have provided a seemingly relentless drumbeat. Apps on TV, apps in cars, apps in your pocket.
January 9, 2010 |
The giants of the electronics industry made the big splashes at the Consumer Electronics Show, as usual, with towering displays, celebrity spokespeople (Taylor Swift sang for Sony, live and in 3-D) and invitation-only soirees. On the far opposite end of the scale were boutique or just plain small companies, a few of which were even of the mom-and-pop variety. Sometimes, that's where the fun stuff resided at CES, with products that varied from highly inventive to downright wacky.
January 8, 2010
The giant Consumer Electronics Show officially kicked off Thursday with a keynote speech by the head of an automaker touting interactive gadgets for drivers. But the tech confab continued to be centered on popular personal electronics such as smart phones and TVs connected to the Internet. Here is a sampling of blog postings by the Los Angeles Times technology staff. TomTom What's the best way to compete with free? Start offering some perks for free. GPS manufacturer TomTom, faced with pressure from Google Maps, plans to give away features for which it now charges a fee. Free downloads of updated map and traffic data will be available for select devices in the second quarter of this year.
January 5, 2010 |
Grab the popcorn and 3-D glasses and get ready for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the trade event that got its start as a gadget-fest but has emerged as an important showcase for new entertainment technology. In years past, the show has been the glitzy platform from which manufacturers launched such products as high-definition television, the digital video recorder, the compact disc player and the camcorder. This year will be no different. On display Thursday through Sunday will be four technology trends that promise to shape how people get their entertainment.