November 4, 2013 |
Odds are the picture you posted on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr was taken with your smartphone. With the popularity of “smartphone photography,” fewer consumers are using portable, point-and-shoot cameras. But smartphones are limited and don't have the picture-taking functionality of a regular camera. It's difficult, for instance, to take a post-worthy “selfie,” a close-up or a long distance shot with our cellphones. Enter the detachable lens. The Sony Cybershot QX10 and its more expensive sibling the Sony QX100 are the latest camera lens attachments for your smartphone.
November 3, 2013 |
It has been an up and down season for Encino Crespi and first-year Coach Troy Thomas, but with one week to go in the regular season, the Celts still control their own destiny. "This is when we play the best football _ when it matters at the end of the year," Thomas said. If Crespi (4-5, 2-1) can defeat Alemany (7-2, 2-1) on Friday at Alemany, the Celts will finish in a tie for first place in the Serra League with Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and earn a Pac-5 Division playoff berth.
November 1, 2013 |
New Zealand popmeister Neil Finn will return to action with a new solo album, “Dizzy Heights,” scheduled for release Feb. 10, but he'll preview some of the new material earlier with a handful of solo shows including an L.A. stop on Nov. 19 at Largo at the Coronet. The Crowded House chief songwriter and frontman, and former member of Split Enz with his older brother Tim Finn, said the new album, which he co-produced with Dave Fridmann, defied some of the conventions of a bandleader doing a solo recording.
October 31, 2013 |
A dormant scandal over Toronto Mayor Rob Ford 's alleged drug use flared anew Thursday when the city's police chief disclosed that a video purportedly showing Ford smoking crack cocaine had been recovered from a computer seized in a related drug probe. Canadian media swarmed to Ford's suburban home to confront him over the video, which journalists from the Toronto Star and the U.S. gossip site Gawker had reported viewing in May. The mayor at the time vehemently denied that he used drugs or that the video existed.
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October 31, 2013 |
Police this week released video of a hit-and-run crash near downtown L.A. earlier this month that seriously injured a mother and her 2-year-old son. KTLA reports the video shows a Hummer striking the woman's car before speeding off. The crash on Oct. 10 was near the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Burlington Avenue in Pico-Union. A Los Angeles Police Department investigator told KTLA that the driver of the Hummer slowed down but did not stop after the crash. The mother and her son are recovering from their injuries.
October 31, 2013 |
Naughty Nurse has some competition this Halloween. The YouTube video "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" from the Norwegian comedic duo Ylvis has gone from viral video to cultural phenom, ranking among this year's most popular Halloween costumes, according to one online retailer. "The fox sold out almost immediately," said Marlon Heimerl, a spokesman for HalloweenCostumes.com in North Mankato, Minn. "Normally, that's not a huge seller. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Halloween costumes often reflect what's happening in the zeitgeist.
October 30, 2013 |
Ariana Grande puts her well-established love of princess dresses to work in a new music video for her song "Right There. " The clip, which also stars Patrick "Son of the Governator" Schwarzenegger, features the two youngsters in a modern-day telling of "Romeo and Juliet," with Big Sean (who contributes a guest verse) in the role of the priest. Does this mean we see Grande gazing wistfully down from a balcony while wearing said princess dress? Oh, yes. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The concept also gives the bubblegum-soul singer an opportunity to bat her eyes behind a bejeweled hand fan and to dive into a swimming pool as a small crew of synchronized swimmers makes elaborate shapes in the water.
October 29, 2013 |
Users of the Google+ social network will now be able to easily make movies out of photos and videos they took while on vacation or at an event. The new feature, called Auto Awesome Movie, is essentially a highlight reel of users' videos and images shot during a single outing. The feature automatically adds music, filters and enhances each shot to create a video clip that users can share with their friends on Google+. Auto Awesome Movie was among more than a dozen new Google+ features that Google announced Tuesday as a way to boost usage of its online social networking service.
October 28, 2013 |
SPARKS, Nev. -- Two students from separate schools committed suicide within days of each other this month -- which is National Bullying Prevention Month -- and both boys apparently had been bullied. Now, parents are asking questions not just about bullying but also about anti-bullying videos, which both schools aired shortly before the incidents. Brad Lewis' son Jordan, 15, a sophomore at Carterville High School in Illinois, killed himself Oct. 17 by shooting himself in the chest.