Social Media Week LA

#140 Conference Coctails

One of the great things about living in Los Angeles is that you are never at a loss for great events, especially those in the tech industry. LA is going to be on event overload next week, which is totally fine. While most people have to leave town to go to a great tech conference […]

The Future of Television is 4k & Beyond

Panasonic 4K television on display at the Consumer Electronics Show

What is 4K UHD? If you’re loving your High Def TV, you may not be loving it for long. Forget 3D – when you get a look at the new 4K screens you may have a sudden case of screen envy. They have 4x the resolution of the the best HD screens of the previous […]

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7 Hot Startups Presented at The Israel Conference FutureFest

Wonder Voice Mobile - Gal Melamed, Founder and CEO

Seven hot Israel-connected startups recently pitched their companies and product offerings to an audience of VCs, tech, media and entertainment execs in Los Angeles. They were part of The Israel Conference 2013 session: FutureFest, Where Hot Money Meets Cool Companies. These hot startups need to either be Israeli-based or have a presence in Israel. These […]

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Orson Welles: Thoughts on Studio Moguls

Orson Welles in The Lady from Shanghai trailer.

Some compelling material has surfaced from recorded conversations with Orson Welles. Among these conversations, Welles discusses what he thought of the old studio moguls, agents, lawyers and the new breed of movie executives who replaced the the original moguls. Welles is well regarded as great filmmaker, but he had more setbacks than successes along the way […]

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News Photographers Pushed-out at Chicago Sun-Times

Goodbye to News Photographers over Photo of Occupy LA Signs

About 2 weeks ago, the Chicago Sun-Times announced it was laying-off the entire photography department. They will train reporters to take photos on iPhones instead.  Photographers are picketing the news outlet, but but for now there are no photographers on staff. While I’m not surprised by the news that Chicago Sun-Times is eliminating it’s entire […]

Personal Musings on Photography, Tech + Art

Rainy Street Istanbul

My interest in both technology and the arts goes way back… When I was growing up, my world was defined in large parts by my interest in both technology and the arts. They were always present like two connected parts of my world. I always wanted to be either a scientist, artist, photographer or a […]

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Olloclip Lens Kit for iPhone with Macro, Wide Angle & Fisheye Lenses

Olloclip for iPhone

Olloclip Lens Kit for iPhone captures stunning photos and HD video using Macro, Wide Angle & Fisheye Lenses that clip onto your iPhone 4, 4s or 5. I’ve had the chance to use an Olloclip over the past few months.  As an avid photographer, I like to carry around decent cameras when I can. But in many […]

The Art of Stunt Marketing, Food & Television

Netflix "Arrested Development" Bluth's Original Banana Stand New York City Day 4 Times Square

A capella singing in the streets for Oreo cookies? Pop-up banana stands stands to promote TV shows? What’s going on here? Marketing stunts are nothing new, but as a cultural phenomena, the bar seems to be rising. And food seems to be combined with other creative elements. And why not? Food is one of the […]

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Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre: Academy for Arts, Technology & the Business of Innovation at USC

Music Industry Icons & Entrepreneurs Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre

A Music Mogul and a Rap Star walk into a University… Veteren music executive-entrepreneur, Jimmy Iovine, and star rapper-turned-entrepreneur, Dr. Dre, are together donating $70 million to the University of Southern California (USC) to launch an extraordinary and innovative inter-disciplinary program.   This donation will establish an undergraduate academy that combines music and arts, engineering, computer […]

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Chris Hadfield performs Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in Outer Space!

Commander Chris Hadfield performs David Bowie’s Space Oddity

Commander Chris Hadfield performed an amazing version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity in outer space, while on board the International Space Station. The song is accompanied by a most extraordinary video, which would be the most expensive music video of all time, if the cost of the space program were factored-in. At any rate, this has […]

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