CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 |
For Kate Friedricks, a Tujunga resident who grew up in Glendale and taught herself to play the ukulele as a girl, the instrument has become an addictive mode of expression that keeps her up at night playing song after song. All it takes, she says, is a quality ukulele and the Internet for her to put off sleep. “You get a good ukulele and you go online, and you just keep downloading all these wonderful songs, and it's midnight and you say, 'I really should have gone to bed an hour ago. But just one more.'” On the third Saturday of every month, Friedricks leads an ever-changing group of ukulele players who drive from near and far to play together, regardless of their skill level or how long they've been playing.
October 12, 2013 |
The tiny coal town of Gilberton has become a spectacle for the nation's gun debate, marshaling dozens of armed gun-rights activists who come to defend the borough's suspended police chief, whose profanity-laced YouTube videos sparked the controversy. At four meetings in as many months, the backers of Chief Mark Kessler showed their support by packing - they came to disciplinary hearings bristling with semiautomatic rifles and handguns. Several slung rifles over their shoulders, others holstered them on their hips or beneath clothing.
March 12, 2011 |
Google Inc. has launched an online tool that allows users to search for people or provide information about someone who may be missing as a result of the earthquake in Japan. Person Finder, which has been used in previous disasters, is a central database that individuals, governments and aid agencies can tap to find people and gather information about their condition. The 8.9-magnitude earthquake set off a massive tsunami and may have killed hundreds of people. Photos: Scenes from the earthquake Google launched Person Finder after the Haiti earthquake and most recently deployed the tool for the Christchurch earthquake, a 6.3 temblor that struck the New Zealand city Feb. 22. As of midday Friday, more than 7,200 queries had been recorded on Person Finder, which is available in Japanese and English.
February 21, 2011 |
YouTube videos that show teens deliberately cutting and injuring themselves are viewed by millions of online watchers -- something a new study suggests might make these disturbing acts seem mainstream and normal. The study, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, notes that nonsuicidal self-injury -- cutting or physically hurting oneself in some way -- consistently appears in about 14% to 24% percent of children, teens and young adults. Researchers studied the top 100 videos of such acts on YouTube and found they had received more than 2 million page views.
April 22, 2013 |
Google said the latest version of Google Earth will allow users to navigate their way through the 3-D map using hand gestures, giving a strong vote of confidence for Leap Motion's technology. As seen in the video above, users can control Google Earth 7.1 using Leap Motion's "motion-sensor" control, which works like Microsoft's Kinect device for the Xbox 360. Leap Motion is set to begin selling it in stores next month. The San Francisco company last year unveiled the technology in a series of YouTube videos that drew rave reviews.
April 15, 2013 |
If you long for the days of speckled images and crackling sounds, head to YouTube because it's now letting users relive the era of cassette tapes with a "VHS mode. " The new mode, which will only be around for one day, gives YouTube videos a shaky feel and grainy look -- reminiscent of what the images on a VHS tape would look like after being played too often. At times, the bottom right of the image curves inward, distorting the picture, and if you hit pause, the whole video starts to shake.
February 27, 2014 |
California wants more visitors -- and is "taking over" YouTube in a big way to lure them to vacation in the Golden State. Users in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Britain on Friday will see videos atop the YouTube page -- one every hour for 24 hours -- that showcase California and people who love it as part of a "24 Hours, 24 Dreams" tourism campaign. The partnership with Google will show videos of California dreamers. Footage includes Band of Horses singing amid the letters of the Hollywood Sign, skateboarding pro Bob Burnquist on a floating ramp in Lake Tahoe, and Chef Ludo Lefebvre, king of the pop-up restaurants.
November 3, 2013 |
The inaugural YouTube Music Awards kicked off Sunday night with a live music video of the song “Afterlife” by Arcade Fire directed by Spike Jonze and starring Greta Gerwig. Gerwig danced with the same awkward Turrets style that was so endearing in "Francis Hah. " She grooved through a fake kitchen and into some fake snowy woods. She danced right up to Arcade Fire, which was performing on a stage at Pier 36 in New York City where the show was being shot. A bunch of kids joined her. A little more than 155,000 viewers watched the stream.
July 25, 2013 |
Many musicians and wannabe stars have enjoyed posting on YouTube their own versions of singer-songwriter Jason Mraz's first international hit, "I'm Yours. " Trouble was, Mraz had no quick and easy way to find those versions and collect royalties. Now he may have found a solution. Audiam Inc., which launched overseas last month and in the U.S. on Wednesday, searches YouTube for people using Mraz's copyrighted songs and collects part of the advertising revenue generated by those clips, under an agreement with YouTube.