January 31, 2014 |
Microsoft is widely expected next week to appoint a longtime insider to be only its third chief executive, signaling the company won't make radical strategic changes. Satya Nadella, 46, who joined Microsoft in 1992, is executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, working primarily with business customers. Although his division posted more than $20 billion in revenue last year, making it larger than most other tech companies, analysts said he faces a huge challenge in assuming control of the sprawling Microsoft business.
January 28, 2014 |
Google Glass just got a little more stylish, thanks to four new types of prescription frames and two new sunglasses shades. The new frames and shades were announced by Google late Monday and are available for purchase now by users of the wearable device. Google also announced it plans to release Glass to the general public at some point toward the end of 2014. The frames can be attached to the second version of Google Glass, which was released to early users late last year.
January 27, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The Denver Broncos' Super Bowl media sessions have been conducted aboard the Cornucopia Majesty, a moored yacht that Monday featured Coach John Fox holding court on the first deck and players fielding questions two decks above. Receiver Demaryius Thomas stayed on an even keel when asked about a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" secondary and cornerback Richard Sherman . Thomas said that he met Sherman at a camp and that they "did some stuff in L.A. together.
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January 23, 2014 |
Southern California's Metrolink commuter rail agency plans to replace a key subcontractor Friday in an attempt to keep on schedule a $211-million, state-of-the-art collision avoidance system. The passenger railroad's board of directors is expected to approve a $6.8-million contract to Wabtec Corp. for an important component of the "Positive Train Control" system that will help dispatchers keep track of trains on Metrolink's 500-mile network. Officials said the current subcontractor, ARINC, failed to meet deadlines and agreed to the change.
January 17, 2014 |
In a canvas tent in the Himalayan foothills, where winter breaths drifted in the twilight, Tibetan monks, their feet dangling from benches, watched a pirated copy of "Titanic. " The diminutive men, camped along a rutted road leading to the Dalai Lama's residence in exile near Dharamsala, India, did not understand what Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio were saying. But they knew the sleek black steel and tinkling jewelry were sailing toward doom. A cold wind shook the tent, but the monks, some fidgeting with prayer beads, others bundling their burgundy robes in coats, were entranced at the grainy spectacle before them.
January 10, 2014 |
"August: Osage County" has its six Oscar winners and nominees (oooh), its basis in a Pulitzer- and Tony-winning stage production (aaah), its Academy Awards dreams (gasp) and its reviews (blah). The movie opens wide in theaters Friday. The film was initially set to go wide on Dec. 25 amid holiday hoopla, but the Weinstein Co. reportedly pulled it back. Meantime, "August" the film (as opposed to the play, which scooped up five Tonys) has a 58 out of 100 on Metacritic. Will you see it?
January 3, 2014 |
USC receiver Marqise Lee announced Friday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. Lee, who is projected as a possible first-round NFL draft pick, announced his decision on his Twitter feed. "I want to thank my coaches teammates, staff and the entire Trojan Family for all of the support over the last three seasons," Lee wrote. "I am a proud Trojan and will remain a Trojan for life!" Lee is the fourth draft-eligible USC player to announce he is turning pro, joining safety Dion Bailey, center Marcus Martin and defensive lineman George Uko. Lee was an All-American and won the Biletnikoff Award as college football's top receiver in 2012, when he caught a school-record 118 passes and scored 14 touchdowns.
December 25, 2013 |
OAKLAND -- Chris Paul is considered by most to be the best point guard in the NBA, but he knows that the league has plenty of good ones who all want to be the best. Paul and the Clippers will face two of the better NBA point guards during their two-game trip. He played against Golden State point guard Stephen Curry on Wednesday night and will face Portland point guard Damian Lillard on Thursday night. For Paul, it's a challenge he looks forward to. "You thrive for it," Paul said.
December 23, 2013 |
Howard Hawks never met a movie genre he couldn't adapt to splendidly. In a career that spanned the silent era to 1970, Hawks directed gangster melodrama (1932's "Scarface") screwball comedies (1938's "Bringing Up Baby"), westerns (1948's "Red River"), film noirs (1946's "The Big Sleep"), musicals (1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes") and adventures (1939's "Only Angels Have Wings"). This weekend, two of his best comedies, 1940's "His Girl Friday" with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell and 1941's "Ball of Fire" with Gary Cooper and an Oscar-nominated Barbara Stanwyck, screen at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre.
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December 14, 2013 |
There was a time when Christian charities would raise money by showing films of their good works in church basements. Then Russ Reid, a marketing man who specialized in religious groups, came up with a bold plan for World Vision, a client that sought to feed the world's poor: Buy an hour of TV time and hire a camera crew to roam the world with a warmhearted celebrity, introducing viewers to impoverished children. Even if the grand effort flopped, there would be a saving grace, he jokingly told a dubious charity executive: "You'll have the most expensive church film ever made.