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Tech News Roundup - Social Networking, Cool Video Games, Vista is Still a Problem and a Little Thing Called E3

Here's some tech news that made the cut this week: • Professional social networking site Linkedin has seen its traffic spike over three hundred percent in the last year. I wondered why I started getting all those Linkedin invites recently. • Speaking of social networking, watch out for the Facebook backlash. And, in a related story, what's a site like Facebook worth anyway? • Intel has joined the $100 group (aka one laptop per...

The Apple Developer Keynote Made Me iSleepy

It may come as somewhat of a surprise that I, the vehement Apple fan and humble Macist would ever say anything even remotely negative about my favorite computer -- er, sorry "consumer electronics" -- company, but here I am saying just that. After much hype, speculation and furor all across the web and beyond, the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference Keynote went off this morning not with the expected bang, but with a whimper. And...

Ask the MACist -- Buying a New Mac?

Welcome to the latest edition of 'Ask the MACist', the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Ryan in Silverlake. He asks: I'm seriously considering a new Mac but I always hear rumors about newer ones coming out so I always end up waiting. Should I just bite the bullet and do it or should I wait? When to upgrade or get a new piece...

Tech News Roundup -- AppleGate, iPhone is Go and the Dangers of a Threesome

Here's some tech news that caught my eye this week. • Have shares of Apple, Inc.? Did 'AppleGate' affect you? I was a little worried there for a second as my stock seemed to be taking a bath. But all seems well now. Although, the fallout for Engadget still remains to be seen. • Also, Engadget's Ryan Block responds to the 'AppleGate' situation. • The iPhone gets approved by the FCC. So close, yet...

Ask the MACist -- IM on the Mac

Welcome to the latest edition of 'Ask the MACist', the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Alexa in Beverly Hills. She asks: I know the Mac comes with iChat but is there anything else I can use for IM that lets me use other accounts besides .Mac? When you decide you want to explore the world of Instant Messaging on your Mac, you are...

Ask the Macist -- Web Browsers

Welcome to the latest edition of 'Ask the MACist', the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Mark in Santa Monica. He asks: I'm new to the Mac and was wondering which web browser I should use. Safari, Firefox or something else? Which web browser to use can sometimes be a hard question to answer. The three major ones for the Mac that I use...

Tech News Roundup - Death of a Pioneer, Microsoft and Yahoo Sitting In a Tree, YouTube In Trouble Again and Joost Overload

Some tech tidbits that caught my eye this week. • Yahoo and Microsoft are getting cozy. Is there a marriage in the works? • Wally Schirra, pioneer astronaut and 5th man ever to go into space, died of a heart attack this week. He was 84. • Digg has a bad couple days. Is the honeymoon over? • Speaking of obscure digits that unlock encrypted HDDVDs, the guys who are fighting to protect their...

Ask the MACist - Email While On The Road

Welcome to the latest edition of 'Ask the MACist', the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Jill in Silverlake. She asks: I travel quite a bit for work and need to check my email on the road. What's the best way to do that? Accessing your email while out of town and away from your home or office is usually pretty easy to accomplish....

The Day Digg Died?

Wow, this has got to hurt a little. People were a little miffed over at Digg last night, to say the least. Although, its interesting to see the power of the internet when people pull together in the same direction. Yes, piracy is bad but so is censorship. In truth, this number has been around the Internet for months so really, what's the big deal and why try to ban it now? Besides, its...

Tech News Roundup - Apple and Microsoft In the Money, Blizzard Kicks It Up a Notch and AOL's 'homage' to Yahoo

Some interesting tech-related news from around the web this week. • Imitation may be a form of flattery (the sincerest kind, so they say) but AOL, I think you might have taken it a bit too far. • AT&T Chief Edward "Moneybags" Whitacre is retiring. His going away present? $158.5 Million. Not a bad present. I bet he won't try to return it. • Apple issues a fix for the battery issues that plague...

Ask the MACist - Compulsive Updating?

Welcome to the latest edition of 'Ask the MACist', the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Will in North Hollywood. He asks: I know there's a method for updating Mac OSX all the time and sometimes I get the window popping up saying I have updates. Should I always update when it tells me to? That's a good question and an important one to...

Ask the MACist -- Combine PDF Files

Welcome to the latest edition of 'Ask the MACist', the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Jim in Santa Monica. He asks: I have a bunch of PDF files that I need to combine into one document. How do I do that? That's a good question that I get asked frequently. In fact, I had to do this just the other day with several...

Ask the MACist - Apple TV Video

Welcome to the latest edition of 'Ask the MACist', the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Josh in Los Angeles. He asks: There's no problem downloading .avi files, converting to .mov, and playing on the Apple TV, is there? Or showing .mov files generated by iMovie? Also, does it run with 10.3.9? The answer to your questions are pretty simple, fortunately. Anything you can...

Tech News Roundup - Apple Just Says 'No' to DRM, Vonage is Screwed and Google Knows the 411

• Apple makes a deal with Music giant EMI to offer music at the iTunes Store with no DRM. If you don't know what DRM means, don't worry. It may not be around much longer. • Like Apple, Microsoft is apparently going to be making a deal with EMI for no DRM music too. Microsoft copying Apple? I'm shocked. • The saga continues for VOIP provider Vonage. First, they lose to Verizon. Then, they...

Ask the MACist -- DRM and You

Welcome to the latest edition of 'Ask the MACist', the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Sam, who lives all the way in Portland. He asks: "Even though Apple and EMI are not going to have DRM on their songs, is there any way to have songs from other companies in your iTunes without DRM to? With Apple announcing yesterday that they, along with...

Ask the MACist -- Getting an AppleTV?

Welcome to the latest edition of "Ask the MACist", the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Jeff in Santa Monica. He asks: "Ok, I'm tempted to get an Apple TV but what will it do for me and is it worth the price?" Well, as always our readers come up with the best questions. And in this case, the most topical as well considering...

Ask the MACist -- Connect Your Mac to Your XBox360

Welcome to the latest edition of "Ask the MACist" the column where I answer your Macintosh and technology questions. Our question this week comes from Larry in Culver City. He asks: "I've got a Mac and I've got an XBox 360. Is there any way to get them to talk to each other?" Like Larry, I to am an avid XBox 360 user as well as a Macintosh lover so I have also been...

Tech News Roundup - Viacom, Google, Jack Thompson's Smackdown and Yahoo's Betrayal

• The legal dispute between media giant Viacom and Google owned YouTube just gets more unpleasant. • Is Viacom engaging in a bit of hypocrisy when it comes to enforcing copyright on its programming? Maybe so. Take a look. • Did Viacom overstep its bounds a little when issuing those takedown notices for videos over at YouTube? Some people think so and are suing. • In other more pleasant Google news, one of its...

Watch out for the 'Man In the Middle' and the 'Evil Twin' -- Wireless Security and You

If the title of this post confuses you, don't be too worried because these terms probably confuse, or completely escape the notice, of most people. So, what then do they mean? Well, they refer to different types of cyber attacks on you and your computer that take place every day here in Los Angeles. Attackers use these types of attacks, and others, to gain access to your computer and your data with sometimes unfortunate...

Ask the MACist -- Getting Gmail with Apple Mail

Welcome to the latest edition of "Ask the MACist" the column where I answer your Macintosh and technology questions. Our question this week comes from Steve in NoHo. He asks: "I'm using Apple's Mail program and I want to check my Gmail account using the program as well. Can I do it and if so, how?" Google offers so many great features and one of the best is, of course, Gmail. Some people like...

Tech News Roundup - MySpace, Blog Ethics and Saving Daylight

• Social giant MySpace is prepping a new news service that may require users to verify their ages before entering. • Worried about the upcoming change to Daylight Savings Time? Find out what it means to you in the handy FAQ. • Sony launches its "Home" and "Little Blue Planet" services for PS3 users. And the world reacts with a thunderous yawn....

Ask the MACist -- Should I Get an iPhone?

Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Please, keep it up! This weeks question comes from Susan in Encino. She asks: "At the moment I'm on Verizon but I think I really...

Costco Reins It In

It may have been a secret known only to a few bold individuals but for many years, Costco has had one of the most liberal return policies on electronics in the business. And that, apparently, was the problem. Spurred on by losses amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars a year, the LA Times is reporting that Costo will halt its very liberal return policy this week. In the past, you could purchase anything...

The Day Digg Died?

Wow, this has got to hurt a little. People are a little miffed over at Digg last night, to say the least. Although, its interesting to see the power of the internet when people pull together in the same direction. Yes, piracy is bad but so is censorship. Besides, this number has been around the internet for months so really, what's the big deal and why try to ban it now? Plus, do you...

Ask the MACist -- Starting a Blog

Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Macintosh, Macintosh-related and other technology questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. We'll get to your questions in a moment but first I just want to thank those of you who sent well-wishes to me during my bout with pneumonia last week. I'm happy to say that I'm well on the road to recovery...

The Tech News Roundup

It's that time again friends. Time for a helping of the tech news from around the city, state, country and universe. As always, these are not always the most important stories but are the ones that particularly caught my eye during the week. So, sit back and relax and now that I'm somewhat recovered from last night's bug LAist "meeting" at Ye Rustic, here's the tech news for ye. The mayor of our fair...

Ask the MACist

Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Please, keep it up! And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about other technology like TiVo, cell phones,...

The Tech News Roundup

Welcome to the LAist weekly tech news roundup. Each week I'll be bringing you the latest, and hopefully most interesting, technology news from around the city, the state, the country and maybe even the world. Also, if you have any news, tips or things of interest you want to point out, feel free to drop me a line at: themacist [at] gmail dot com. Now, let's get to the news: Mac OSX 10.5 (aka...

The Internet Gets Attacked

Just in case you didn't realize or notice, the LA Times and many other news sites are reporting that hackers on Tuesday briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage internet traffic around the globe. According to the Times, this attack is one of the most significant against the Internet since 2002. The very powerful attacks lasted almost 12 hours but went pretty much unnoticed by most Internet users, which,...

Ask the MACist - Sharing Your Photos Online

Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Please, keep it up! And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about other technology like TiVo, cell phones,...

The Tech News Roundup

Welcome to the LAist weekly tech news roundup. Each week I'll be bringing you the latest, and hopefully most interesting, technology news from around the city, the state, the country and maybe even the world. Also, if you have any news, tips or things of interest you want to point out, feel free to drop me a line at: themacist [at] gmail dot com. Now, let's get to the news: A woman with a...

Ask the MACist

Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up! And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about another technology like TiVo, cell phones or...

The Tech News Roundup

Welcome to the LAist weekly tech news roundup. Each week I'll be bringing you the latest, and hopefully most interesting, technology news from around the city, the state, the country and maybe even the world. Also, if you have any news, tips or things of interest you want to point out, feel free to drop me a line at: themacist [at] gmail dot com. Now, let's get to the news: More that 25 million...

Some Great Google Tools You May Not Know About

Many of us here at LAist use one or more tools provided by Google every day. For the most part, we all have a Gmail email account and some of us use Google Calendar to keep track of our appointments, story deadlines and most importantly, vacations. You might also have a Gmail account, may be familiar with Google as a search engine to find things on the internet and perhaps you use Google Calendar...

Ask the MACist

Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up! And remember, if you have a question about anything Macintosh, Macintosh-related, or even something about another technology like TiVo, Blackberry, XBox 360,...

The Tech News Roundup

Welcome to the LAist weekly tech news roundup. Each week I'll be bringing you the latest, and hopefully most interesting, technology news from around the city, the state, the country and maybe even the world. Also, if you have any news, tips or things of interest you want to point out, feel free to drop me a line at: themacist [at] gmail dot com. Now, let's get to the news: The iPhone has got...

Yet Another Chance to See Some Great Photography

Los Angeles sure does have quite a few photography events. In fact, we have two this week alone. I already told you about the upcoming Photo L.A. shin-dig this weekend but there's also another event happening this weekend too as pointed out to be by tipster Jacob (thanks, btw) The event, called "Camera Works," is put on by the LA Chapter of the Advertising Photographers of America and is the 5th Annual Photo Exhibition...

Love Photography? Go See Some Great Photos

In honor of the the 16th International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition (aka Photo L.A.) being this weekend I thought I would make sure every photographer, novice to pro, knows about the event. So, here are some details: LOCATION: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 1855 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 HOURS: Opening Reception hosted by Graham Nash to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation Thursday, January 18th, 6 - 9pm Public Hours: Friday, January...

Ask the MACist

Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up! And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about another technology like TiVo, cell phones or...

Ask the MACist -- Macworld Edition -- Final Thoughts

Welcome to the latest installment of Ask the MACist and my special Macworld Expo 2007 coverage. After many hours in the car last night and a long stop at the grapevine because of an accident, I made it back to LA around 2AM this morning. It's good to be home. San Francisco is a nice place to visit but LA is my home. Although, as a Mac fan, it would be cool to live...

Ask the MACist -- Macworld Expo Edition -- Pt. 2

Hello again and welcome to the second installment of Ask the MACist Macworld Expo Edition. Last time I thrilled you with some of my predictions for this year's keynote speech given my Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Well, the keynote is over and so let's see just how I did. As Elina pointed out earlier, Apple introduced a few new and exciting products this year including the new Apple TV and a new iPhone which...

Ask the MACist -- MacWorld Expo Edition -- Pt. 1

Welcome to part one of a special week of "Ask the MACist" coming to you live-ish from beautiful and rather warm San Francisco. I'm here because this week all things Macintosh converge and the faithful enjoy a full week of all-Mac goodness known as Mac World Expo. At the expo, all the newest Apple goodies will be reveled for all to see and touch and yours truly will be right in the middle of...

LAist Chris' Top Reasons the Valley is Better

Even though I call LA home, I didn't always live here. Over the years, I've spent time in various other parts of Southern California. Encinitas, Del Mar, San Diego and Fullerton are all places I once lived. Actually, I still think of Encinitas as my other home but as this is LAist and not Encinitasist, that's not really relevant at the moment. When I first started coming to LA in the early 90s it...

LAist Chris' Top TV Shows of 2006

Yes folks it that time of year again when people make lists of the top whatevers that did something, didn't do something, inspired them, made them laugh, cry, sick or any number of other things. For better or worse, I'm no different and am caught up in the whole list thing. So, I will be providing a list of my own for your enjoyment, distraction, derision or otherwise perusal. My list is the top-ten...

Ask the MACist -- Holiday Gift Ideas

Welcome to the latest edition of "Ask the MACist", the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up! And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about another technology like TiVo or anything, send...

RIP -- Robert Altman

One of the most talented, controversial and often brilliant directors of all time (and one of my favorites), Robert Altman, has died. He was 81. In his career, Altman directed some of the best and most popular movies, across many different genres, including M*A*S*H which took place in Korea but was a thinly disguised attack on U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, one of the best "revisionist" Westerns of all...

Ask the MACist

Welcome to the latest edition of "Ask the MACist", the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up! And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about another technology like TiVo or anything, send...

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Reopening

If you love the ocean and want to support the people out there every day trying to protect it, you have no choice but to attend the party next weekend celebrating the reopening of Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. From the official site: Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will celebrate the completion of a new roof with a reopening event on November 18th from 12:30 to 5:30pm at the Aquarium...

Ask the MACist

Welcome to the latest edition of "Ask the MACist", the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up! And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about another technology like TiVo or anything, send...

Ask the MACist

Welcome to the latest edition of "Ask the MACist." The column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up! And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about another technolgy like Tivo or anything, send...

Ask the MACist

Welcome to the latest edition of "Ask the MACist". The column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. You may have noticed that today is Monday and not Saturday. Well, as of this week "Ask the MACist" will now be appearing every Monday here at LAist instead of Saturday. So, mark your calendars! Plus, my apologies for not having a column last...

Veronica Mars is Back!

Like the "Terminator" before her, "Veronica Mars" is back. One of the few shows to survive the transition from The UPN to The CW, "Veronica Mars" proved once again how good television can and should be and why it rightfully has a place on The CW Fall schedule. Filling the void left by the departure of Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel", "Veronica Mars" is a smart, funny show with great dialog,...

Ask the MACist

Welcome to the latest edition of "Ask the MACist". The weekly column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up! And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac or Mac-related, send it to me, The MACist, at: themacist at...

The Fall TV Wrapup

Now that the majority of the new TV season has been paraded out in front of our collective eyeballs, LAist can make a few somewhat informed predictions as to how these new shows, and returning ones, will fare. Some of the new ones will, of course, do better than others. In the mix there are always one or two that breakout and become hits. Mostly, however, there are far more that die a quick...

Ask the MACist

Hello again and welcome to this week's "Ask the MACist". The weekly column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more detail and clarity than you could ever want. Thanks again to all of you who wrote in with your Mac questions this past week. I really appreciate your interest and support for this column. Keep those emails coming in. Send them to: themacist at gmail dot com. Now, let's get...

Scared? You could be.

If you love scary movies, the people who make them and have some time to kill this weekend, head on over to Raleigh Studios on Melrose Ave. for the Sixth Annual Shriek Fest. From the official site: Shriekfest is a festival dedicated to getting horror/thriller/scifi/fantasy filmmakers and screenwriters the recognition they deserve. What makes our festival unique is that we are free from many restrictions that other festivals may have...for instance, we are thrilled...

Ask the MACist

Thanks to all of you who submitted questions. Your enthusiasm for this column is much appreciated. Obviously, there are a few Mac users out there. If you don't see your question answered this time, don't worry. Just keep sending in questions. You never know, you might get your question answered next week. So, keep trying. Ok, here we go: The first question is from Ying Lee in Hollywood. He asks, "What is a good...

Get Your Read On!

At LAist, we believe in literacy and we believe in the power of the printed word. And, we love books. If you feel the same way and want to meet others who share your feelings, head on over to the West Hollywood Book Fair tomorrow. From the official site: Join more than 300 authors, 100 exhibitors, and 25,000 guests at the 5th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair. This year's Book Fair will include an...

Lend the Coast a Helping Hand

Looking for a way to give back a little this weekend? Join volunteers from Heal the Bay and all around California on Coastal Cleanup Day. From the Heal the Bay website: On Saturday, September 16th, from 9:00 a.m. till noon, over 10,000 volunteers are expected to come together in L.A. County, taking action to rid our beaches and inland waterways of unsightly and harmful debris. Ninety-one countries around the world will take part in...

Ask the MACist

It's no secret that computers, as great as they are and as important as they have become to us, sometimes have problems. In many cases, these problems happen to those of you that decide, for whatever reason, to use Microsoft Windows. However, even the Macintosh has its share of issues and can sometimes cause users to scratch their heads, confused about how to proceed. That's why, in the interest of support for our fellow...

Format Wars - HD DVD vs. Blu Ray

Interested in a shiny new High Def DVD player but don't know what format to get? Confused about the quality of HD DVD versus Blu Ray DVD? Afraid to go into your local Best Buy and see what all the fuss is about and ask the twelve-year-old kid that works there a question? We don't blame you at all. To get the scoop on at least one of the competing formats, HD DVD, you...

Short Film Fest at the Arclight

Do you love short films? Or, do you have a short attention span that prevents you from attending films of more traditional length? Are you the kind of person that likes their entertainment in short, managible bits no matter what the form? Whatever your reasons or tastes, you can certaily fullfil your short film quota starting tonight at the Arclight as the 10th Annual Los Angeles Short Film Festival kicks off. According to Festival...

Heroic service and great comics at Earth 2

As you may already know, LAist likes to showcase neighborhoods that are unique, interesting and fun to go to. There are a lot of those in LA and we are lucky because of it. We also like to highlight places, restaurants or stores that go the extra mile to ensure that the customer gets what he or she wants and leaves happy. This time around its a store that caters to the comic book...

Lazy Thursday in Studio City

LAist likes to focus on various neighborhoods that make up our great city and some of the features of those neighborhoods that make them stand out. This time around our focus is Studio City. Some of you may be thinking "Studio City? That's the valley, nobody goes to the valley." Well friends, you're wrong. Many people go to the Valley and to Studio City in particular. In fact, Studio City is home to many...

Paramount dumps Tom Cruise

Paramount Pictures announced this week that they are ending their 14-year relationship with Tom Cruise and his Cruise/Wagner production company. The relationship between Cruise's production company and Paramount disintegrated into name-calling after Sumner Redstone, chairman of Paramount parent company Viacom Inc., said Cruise's recent behavior, such as jumping on Oprah Winfrey's couch and pushing his Scientology agenda, was "creative suicide." Redstone said such displays cost his studio up to $150 million in lost ticket...

Snakes? No thanks.

What could have happened? The movie had probably the best buzz and internet hype of any movie so far this year. The anticipation level seemed so high that people should have rushed out and go see the movie the moment it opened. Unfortunately for "Snakes on a Plane" the magic sort of fizzled. And that, as they say, is that. The opening weekend gone with not that much to show for it. So, what...

When Democrats Attack!

Let me start off by saying that I am, in fact, a Democrat. So, that gives me free license to not only criticize the Republicans and their policies but also my own party as well. Not that there is anything wrong with the Democratic Party. No, not them. They are just fine. They totally have their shit together. Sorry, the Democratic Party as a whole is really a subject for another rant. Not this...

E3 to scale back. Booth babes devastated.

In what must surely be a blow to video gaming enthusiasts, scantily-clad women, fans of scantily-clad women and, of course, the City of Los Angeles, the Entertainment Software Association announced Monday that they are going to scale back the size and scope of E3 convention next year. In fact, the convention, the video gaming industry's largest, most-likely won't be at the LA Convention Center either. Instead, it will take place at various hotels around...

Comic Con - The times they are a changin'

LAist loves it some comic books (and movies and TV shows and girls in costumes) so we, naturally, went to the San Diego Comic Con this year. Yes, as we've said before (many times), San Diego is not LA. Really, no place is LA. LA is the only LA. We know it and you know it. You just have to let that one go. Besides, that's where the con is so that's where we...

COOOOOOONNNNNNNNNN!!!

Don't be alarmed at the loud title above. This is just a primer to get you in the mood for all the festivities, mayhem and otherwise cool stuff that will be happening at the Comic-Con in San Diego next week. If you don't already know, the San Diego Comic-Con is one of those events with humble roots that is now one of the premier happenings of the year, at least on this coast. However,...

And the Emmy might go to . . ..

The Prime Time Emmy Award nominations were announced today and yes, LAist was left out again this year. We keep waiting for the opportunity to use that old yet tried and true saying "its just a pleasure to be nominated" but we never seem to get the chance. Anyway, some surprises and some obvious omissions this time around as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was going for a "more diverse" group of...

Manga, Manga, Manga

Ok, we admit, Anaheim isn't exactly LA. But tell that to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. So there. Anyway, if you are in the mood for some cool animation, comics or maybe even some cosplay, head on down to Anaheim (or over, or down and over) and check out the 15th Annual Anime Expo this weekend. The expo, sponsored by and for the continued growth and prosperity of the Society for the Promotion...

Starbucks and the Bee

Coffee juggernaut Starbucks recently named former Herbie Hancock manager Alan Mintz to be its newest player to help in the quest for more of your disposable income. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mintz will help Starbucks shape its entertainment offerings and help it become more of an entertainment destination for consumers. Starbucks has had some good results in the past with its entertainment offerings, particularly in music. In 2004, it sold 1 out...

So you wanna be a rocket scientist?

Well, now might be your chance. Or, at least you can maybe meet a few people who actually are rocket scientists. How? Glad you asked. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory will open its doors to the public for an event that will feature exhibits, displays, demonstrations, and presentations about the Laboratory's ongoing research, space exploration, and spacecraft communication. And, of course,...

Drive She Said - A Monorail that is.

As anyone who travels by car in Los Angeles can tell you, traffic can be a real pain in the ass. Just try getting from the Valley to Santa Monica in under an hour or from Santa Monica to Downtown without several tense moments and feelings of complete hopelessness, and you'll know what we mean. And God forbid if there is ever even a minor fender bender. The whole thing just grinds to a...

Disney and Pixar Tie the Knot

It seems that the rumors are indeed true, as they often are. This week The Walt Disney Company announced its purchase of animation powerhouse Pixar in a deal worth around $7.4 Billion. The all-share deal will make Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple who is also the largest shareholder in Pixar, around $3.5 Billion and the single largest shareholder in Disney. Jobs will now be a commanding presence in the film, entertainment, technology,...

CES Roundup

Apparently, there was some sort of event going on in Las Vegas this past week called the Consumer Electronics Show (aka CES). At the show, the major and minor electronics companies duke it out with press confrences to announce that they have developed similar products to each other that while new and exciting are not really that new or exciting. Plus, most of these products are just being announced and are not really available...

LAist Watches: fronterz

On a recent Wednesday night, we sat with thirty or so people in a dark room on Wilshire and watched a film called "fronterz" Directed by Courtney Jones, starring Reno Wilson, Garth Belcon and Dennis Pressy and featuring Henry Winkler and Ted Danson. That we were watching a movie was not unusual. It happens often. The unusual part, the astounding and amazing part was that we were watching this particular movie at all. Often...

Do we know its Christmas?

Thanksgiving is fast approaching with Christmas not far behind. It's a time when people come closer together and join with friends and family to celebrate. One problem I have with this time of year is it seems that retail venues in particular are even more determined this year to make sure we know it's the holidays. This was particularly evident as i visited my local Starbucks in Studio City recently. Yes, they have the...

Video Game future could be in the hands of the Governator

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is poised to make a decision that could affect the video game industry in a major way. Sometime in the next few days, Schwarzenegger may either sign or veto a bill prohibiting the sale of violent games to minors. The bill would prohibit the sale of "especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel" games to people under the age of 18. The possible penalty for breaching this law would be a fine of...

Survey Says! It's the quality, stupid.

Does this really come as a surprise to anyone who follows the ins and outs and trials and tribulations of Hollywood? Or, for that matter, to anyone who has been to a movie theater lately? A new survey of internet chat rooms and online message boards reveals the shocking truth that has seemingly eluded the big brains that currently run the major Hollywood studios. The quality, or rather, the lack thereof, is what is...

Hollywood Studios are looking for you (again)

Hollywood studios filed a new batch of lawsuits against file swappers on Thursday mostly targeting those who frequently use Bittorrent technology. And, for the first time, the studio's lawsuits used the peer-to-peer file sharing companies' own data to track down individuals accused of trading movies online. The Motion Picture Association of America said it filed 286 lawsuits against people around the United States based on information acquired from file-trading sites shut down earlier in...

Drive (a hybrid) they said . . .

It happened over the weekend. Crusing into our local Mobile station at Laurel Canyon and Riverside to fill up the not so fuel efficient SUV that is currently our mode of transport, we were met with a very disturbing site. As we gazed up at the white and blue sign it hit us "Gas is almost three bucks a gallon!" This was our first time filling up after being out of town for about...

Major studios plot to end use of film

The major Hollywood studios want to put an end to film. Well, at least an end to distribution of movies on film to theaters. Recently, representatives of the major studios that had formed the Digital Cinema Initiatives, a group created in 2002 to unify studios, theater owners and tech manufacturers in planning the shift to digital, released their requirements and specifications for digital cinema. One of the main motivations behind this collaboration is, of...

Rockstar Caught With Virtual Pants Down

The controversy surrounding the so-called "Hot Coffee" mod that allows you to see sexy material in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has come to a boiling point. In an unprecedented decision, the Entertainment Software Rating Board Wednesday changed Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' rating from M for "Mature" to AO for "Adults Only" and advised retailers like Wal-Mart and GameStop to stop selling the game. This change came after an investigation by the ESRB,...

RIP Hollywood

Over at BoingBoing, Cory Doctorow showcases some really sharp reasons why Hollywood is dying. The most important part of all this is that piracy of movies isn't mentioned at all. Although, the MPAA would have us believe that piracy is the holy grail of a slumping box office. We hear this kind of thing all the time and people always have one opinion or another. Some of them are informed and insightful. Others, less...

LAist Watches: Battlestar Galactica

At the risk of sounding, well, a little too geeky, we want to make sure you know about a TV show that deserves a look. More than one look, really. You may have noticed the billboards around town with giant pictures of Edward James Olmos or Mary McDonnell and wondered, "What the heck is this "Battlestar Galactica" thing anyway?" Well, wonder no more because we are going to tell you. First off, "Battlestar Galactica"...

And the Emmy might go to . . .

We know we're not supposed to really care about this sort of thing but this is LA and many people here do care about this sort of thing. So, as a public service, in case you didn't know already, the Emmy Award nominations were announced on Thursday. No surprise, HBO led the pack with an industy leading 93 nominations, 11 for the outstanding series "Deadwood". More of a surprise was the re-emergence of the...

Taking the law into his own hands

While not always on the top of our Tivo to do list, David E. Kelly has come up with some pretty good televsion shows over the years. "Ally Mc Beal", "The Practice" and "Boston Legal" were all solid, if somewhat overly-dramtic tv that served to cement his popularity and his reputation for quality programming. What does a man like this do for an encore? Why get into reality television, of course. Following the "if...

Deja vu all over again . . .

First, we are not accusing anyone of anything. It would really be hard to believe. Please, we are just a little website with some moxy and often clever writing and insight. The Los Angeles Times has hundreds of reporters, many devoted to entertainment. Maybe it's just that the problem is out there so everyone is getting into the act and taking notice. After all, this is Los Angeles. And Los Angeles is a company...

Poll Position

Recently, a poll from The Associated Press and AOL News was released which reveals that a large majority of people, 73 percent, prefer to watch movies at home on DVD, VHS or pay-per-view. The same poll found that only 22 per cent of people preferred to see movies the way we like to see them: in a movie theatre. The poll results seem to suggest at least one reason for the prolonged box-office slump...

3, 2, 1, Launch

Last night we attended the launch party for Tu Ciudad Los Angeles, a new lifestyle magazine targeted at 30-something, upscale Hispanics with above average household incomes. The party was held at the historic and plush Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with great music by Go Betty Go and Los Amigos Invisibles. Plus, an open bar, which we feel is always a good idea at events like this. Tu Ciudad is published by Emmis Communications, which also...

E3 - Game Over

Spending the last three days at E3 has almost completely drained our will to live. All that time walking around at the LA Convention Center (and believe us, its a big place) has taken its toll. As we limp back to the welcoming embrace of the plush and eminiently comfortable LAist HQ, we are gathering our thoughts and checking our notes and putting together a hopefully interesting wrap-up of the sights, sounds and yes,...

E3 - Day 0

Every year the biggest names in video games, video game related and other forms of "electronic entertainment" gather in our fair city at the convention center to showcase the latest and greatest drool-worthy stuff for the gamer in your life. Or, let's face it, for you. Yes, it's e3 time again. Even though the show doesn't "officially" start until tomorrow, there are already a few companies, like Sony, eager to get the jump on...

Going Down?

There is something missing at the movies this year. Butts. No, not on screen, although perhaps you didn't notice. No, we're talking about in the theaters. As in, theaters have more empty seats. People are not going to see movies as much as they did last year and the year before that. Perhaps many people didn't realize that the summer movie season has started? Or, they are just not very excited about medicore remakes...

If it isn't really broken?

In the good old days, like last week, people got together and made a movie and when it was finished, it was released in the theaters for all to see and enjoy. Or in some cases, for no one to see or enjoy. Either way, you, the audience, had the opportunity to go somewhere and sit in a dark room with a bunch of other people and share a common experience. That's part of...

LAist Watches: Veronica Mars

We admit it. Watching this TV show may or may not place us in high regard with you, the untold masses reading this site with keen interest every day. But, we just call 'em like we see 'em. We like to find shows that are good and deserve to be seen. This show is well written, funny and has a heart (yes, you guessed it) in the right place. We are talking about, of...

Videogame Strike?

Videogames are big business, grossing more than $9 Billion in 2004. The top 2 games of 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Halo2, each alone earned $250 Million. And, some of the largest videogame companies, such as Electronic Arts, have a huge presence here in Los Angeles. As games get more and more popular, the demand for A-list acting talent to lend their voices and faces to games, has increased. According to showbiz...

Hail to the Chef

Even though the Presidential election is long over and no matter what your feelings on the outcome, one thing is for sure: The President has gotta eat. And who is in charge of what the President eats when he is kicking it in the west wing watching the latest monster truck race on TV? The White House Executive Chef, of course. Why is this relevant, you may wonder? Well, it seems that two of our...

LAist watches: Eyes

We know what you're thinking. "Oh great, another private eye show . . yeeehaaww! And with that guy from Wings too, yippee!" Well, perhaps you didn't use the "yeeehaaaww" or the "yippee" part. Nevertheless, we too were not very enthusiastic about Eyes when we first heard about it. In fact, it looked like one of those shows that the networks dump somewhere in the middle of the season because they have to honor a...

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