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Interview with Bill Nye The Science Guy

Posted November 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Earlier this year, a debate took place between Bill Nye the Science Guy and creationist Ken Ham at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. The debate was watched by millions and raised questions about the merits of creationism and whether scientists can still believe in God. (Nye says God, sure, but not creationism). Since then, Nye has written a book in response to that debate called …

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Can Deasy survive the iPad scandal?

Posted August 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr by Sean MacEntee / Creative Commons

LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy has announced that his $1 billion plan to get iPads for every student is over and that he wants to solicit new bids for the future. This comes after emails obtained by news organizations revealed a cozy relationship between the LAUSD superintendent with Apple and Pearson, which produces educational software.
Can Deasy survive the scandal? Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute, Raphael Sonenshein told Warren on …

Arts & Culture, California Elections, Commentary, economy, Environment, Politics, Zocalo Public Square »

It’s not so easy to send a 5-year-old off to a California kindergarten

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo by Mrs.F /CC/Flickr

“Wait, Daddy,” you say.
You are 5, and you have your priorities. You are reassembling the wooden train tracks. You are building an airplane hangar out of MagnaTiles. You have a drawing you need to finish.
“Hurry up, Ben” I always say. Don’t you know that I have too many things to do? Don’t you know I need to put you to bed? Can’t you see …

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Use a smartphone? Thank Nikola Tesla

Posted July 10, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Nikola Tesla, circa 1890

Here’s a question: when was the last time you picked up your smart phone?
Chances are you have one. And you probably last glanced at it – well, maybe you’re looking at it now.
One of the people you can thank for that miracle of telephony is Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla. And today is his birthday. He would’ve been 158.
To celebrate, we asked Marc Seifer, who …

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Wearables: cool gadgets or another distraction?

Posted July 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Wearable technology is one of the hottest trend in gadgets right now. What’s is wearable technology exactly? Think Google Glass, Fitbit and Nike Fuel Band, and these devices are oftentimes referred to as wearables.
Amazon UK just launched a wearable technology store this week, selling fitness trackers, smart watches, and wearable cameras. Sales of wearables are expected to top $1.5 billion this year and be …

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When doing laundry is just too much work

Posted May 22, 2014 by | 6 Comments | ]
A marketing photo for the laundry delivery service Washio.

Doing laundry can be such a drag. For those of us who are lucky enough to have a washer and dryer in our homes, it’s not that big of a deal.
But if you’re forced to go into that dark, creepy basement of your apartment buildings to use the coin-operated machines – or even worse, the fluorescent-lit neighborhood Laundromat – you’ve probably thought to yourself, …

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Is virtual reality the future of entertainment?

Posted April 21, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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When USC film student Cosmo Scharf proposed a meetup group for Angelenos interested in Virtual Reality (or VR) a few months ago, he was picturing something casual — like some guys sitting around on folding chairs.
But that was before Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced he was spending $2 billion to acquire Oculus VR, a fledgling company whose sole product is a virtual reality headset …

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Tacos, doughnuts, guns: At SXSW, bitcoins buy it all

Posted March 14, 2014 by | 8 Comments | ]
You can buy guns, t-shirts, and other accessories at Central Texas Gunworks using bitcoin

It’s been a tumultuous month for the virtual currency bitcoin. Last week, Newsweek Magazine ran a cover story unmasking Bitcoin’s founder, Satoshi Nakamoto, only to have the subject of the article deny he’s the guy. And Mount Gox, formerly one of the largest bitcoin exchanges in the world, filed for US Bankruptcy Protection after losing millions of dollars worth of bitcoin.
Bitcoin is difficult to …

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Los Angeles has a tech czar

Posted February 4, 2014 by | 6 Comments | ]
Peter Marx, LA's new tech czar

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today named Peter Marx as his Chief Innovation Technology Officer.
The city’s first tech czar will be in charge of revamping the city’s websites and mobile app in order to make LA services more efficient. He’ll also oversee the analysis and release of data collected by city agencies and departments.
“I’m thrilled to have him on the team and look forward …

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Tech and cars at the LA autoshow

Posted November 20, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Saul Gonzalez headed to the L.A. autoshow, where he ran into Scott Frank and Keith Leung of Airbiquity, a company which makes data platforms connecting cars to the Cloud. Listen below, as they show off a system in a Nissan Rogue. Is it really safe to drive and tweet?

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Video rental chain Blockbuster to close remaining stores

Posted November 6, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
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Before Netflix and video on demand, there was Blockbuster. The video rental chain was once the place to go for picking out a late-night movie.
But times have definitely changed, and DISH, Blockbuster’s current owner, today announced it will close its 300 remaining U.S. stores by early January. The Blockbuster-By-Mail service will end in mid-December.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis speaks with Paul Whitefield from the LA Times …

Arts & Culture, Commentary »

Will you wear a smart watch?

Posted October 21, 2013 by | 20 Comments | ]
Samsung Smartwatch. Photo by Janitors via Flickr/ Creative Commons

The recent release of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch has started a new wave of rumors about the much-anticipated iWatch, including the prediction by at least one research firm that Apple could sell as many as 10 million of the devices. But the history of wearable technology says otherwise—and in fact, I think anything attached to the wrist is more likely to fail …

Arts & Culture, Commentary, Education, Zocalo Public Square »

Why LA’s kids should learn to hack iPads

Posted October 15, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr by Sean MacEntee / Creative Commons

Last year, 40 tablet computers were delivered to the children of two remote Ethiopian villages. The villagers were 100-percent illiterate—the kids had never seen road signs, product labels, or printed material of any kind. Technicians from the One Laptop Per Child program dropped off a stack of boxes, showed a couple of adults how to use the solar chargers, and then walked away. Within …

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Californians startled by wireless AMBER Alerts

Posted August 6, 2013 by | 10 Comments | ]
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California Highway Patrol issued an AMBER Alert last night for the two missing children of a woman whose body was found inside a burned-out house in rural eastern San Diego County.

The sheriff’s department says the home in the town of Boulevard is owned by James DiMaggio, who is believed to have killed Christina Anderson and one child. Police are looking for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson …

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Making computers think like humans: Stanford, Google and the latest in artificial intelligence

Posted May 9, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Stanford computer science professor Andrew Ng. Photo by 
Morgan Quigley.

Computer scientists and tech companies have been for years engaged to make more gadgets that are human-like.  That not only respond to humans in a life-like way, but also think like a human.
But tech companies are researching and designing and advancing – everyday – algorithms that will make computers as smart, and complicated, and quiet, as the human brain. This month, Wired magazine reported …

Arts & Culture, economy, Interviews »

BitTorrent takes a step away from piracy

Posted May 8, 2013 by | 9 Comments | ]
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The peer-to-peer file sharing service BitTorrent is introducing a new gated system that could, in theory, allow studios and record labels to charge users for access to movies, music and shows. They’re calling it the BitTorrent Bundle.
“The Bundle format allows creators to require an action before users can download. That means creators can require a payment, a pay-what-you-want fee, or email registration, for example. …

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How to find the best streaming TV

Posted April 24, 2013 by | 40 Comments | ]
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Roku Box? Netflix? Hulu? iTunes? So many choices. Not much convergence.
There’s a certain joy and angst that comes from being a modern TV viewer. Joy at the choices of quality television shows and movies that we can access without leaving our cozy living rooms. Angst that we don’t know where or how to best spend the money to get that content.
To help you cope, The …

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New ‘My LA 311′ app promises city service made easy — does it deliver?

Posted April 17, 2013 by | 9 Comments | ]
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Have you ever grumbled about a couch dumped on the sidewalk, made a mental note to call the city and then forgot by the time you got home?
The new “My LA 311″ mobile application just might help. The city of Los Angeles launched the app last month, and it’s supposed to let residents report graffiti, abandoned furniture, potholes, broken street lights and fallen trees …

economy, Interviews »

When journalism and business collide: Inside the CBS/CNet controversy

Posted January 16, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

The popular technology news site CNet is under fire this past week over accusations of corporate meddling after its parent company, CBS, stopped the site from running a glowing review of a new kind of DVR.
CNET revealed Monday that it had originally awarded Dish Network Corp.’s ad-skipping device, The Hopper, its top pick at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, before CBS forced it …

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Tesla: ‘About as American-made as it gets’

Posted November 15, 2012 by | 14 Comments | ]
Tesla, an EV for those who can afford it.

This year’s Motor Trend Car of the Year Award goes for the first time to a Silicon Valley made car without an internal combustion engine. The choice was unanimous – Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S 4-door sedan. Warren Olney talks to Dan Neil, Auto Critic for the Wall Street Journal about the car. “I think the sheer novelty of the experience of the car behind the …

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