January 31, 2014 |
Mattel Inc.'s earnings during the all-important holiday season left Wall Street cold, suggesting that kids weren't clamoring to be given toys. The El Segundo company's net income was up 23%, rising to $1.07 a share, or $369.2 million, from 87 cents a share, or $306.5 million, a year earlier - a period that had been dampened by a massive litigation charge. But the toy giant's performance disappointed analysts, who had expected profit of $1.19 a share. Revenue also fell short of projections, declining 6% to $2.11 billion and missing the $2.37-billion mark set by forecasters as well as Mattel's own expectations.
January 30, 2014 |
Viewers tune into the Super Bowl for two things: spectacle and football. Two new TV spots to air during the big game will check those boxes while teasing upcoming movies: Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah" and Ivan Reitman's inside-the-NFL drama "Draft Day. " Paramount's 30-second "Noah" spot , which will air before kickoff, doesn't show much new footage since the first trailer was released in November, but it does offer a glimpse of...
January 17, 2014 |
You'd think, after 125 years, that the simple bicycle wouldn't have many radical new ideas left. Well, the glacial pace of change on two wheels is a thing of the past. The 2014 models showcase at least four huge and practical changes: mountain-bike-style braking that has broken into road bikes, new and improved mountain-bike wheel sizes, built-in lighting for commuter bikes, and even extra water and tool-storage capacity for mountain bikes. It's just too bad you can't get them all on one bike.
January 1, 2014 |
The next time you're tempted to make a phone call while you're behind the wheel, remember this: Dialing while driving increases the risk of a crash or near-crash more than any other sort of distraction. That's one of the findings of a special report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Other dangers identified in the report include reaching for a cellphone or other object; texting or using the Internet; looking at an object on the side of the road; and eating.
December 23, 2013 |
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has gotten a brand new software upgrade, but the intrepid robot's wheels are a little worse for wear. Officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge reported last week that they upgraded Curiosity's software as it headed toward Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mound in the middle of Gale Crater. The laser-shooting laboratory on wheels has already found habitable environments suitable for certain Earth-like microbes . They hope that Mt. Sharp's clay-rich layers could be awash in clues as to exactly how life-friendly the Red Planet could have been.
December 16, 2013 |
Even travel-friendly wheelchairs can hog space in transit, especially if you need large rear wheels for handling varied terrain. That's because, while travel wheelchairs fold, their wheels do not. Enter Morph Wheels , 24-inch detachable foldable wheelchair wheels that can be switched out with the regular wheels of any manual wheelchair that accommodates wheels with a quick-release axle. When detached, Morph Wheels fold down to 32-by-13-by-4 inches deep, about half their open size, and can fit into the trunks of compact cars and taxis (along with other luggage)