If you're a fan of Mexican food in this country, you're most likely a consumer one way or another of GRUMA, the world's largest tortilla maker. Their American brands, Mission and Guerrero, are the top-selling brand in the United States and a favorite of Mexican households, respectively. Their masa, ... More >>
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I'm nothing if not endlessly fascinated by Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine cookbook. Not enough to actually buy the 40 pound, $625 tome; but I do perk up and watch in rapt attention when it pops up in the news.Last Friday, the ex-Microsoft CTO who holds more advanced degrees than some people ... More >>
Peter Mai/OC WeeklyLast week's annual Electronics Entertainment Expo held in Los Angeles has come and gone, and other than the announcement of the Wii U, nothing truly exciting or new happened. Luckily, attendees of the show were given the next best thing--free junk. Every year, game companies ha ... More >>
Peter Mai/OC WeeklyUnlike Nintendo and Sony, Microsoft's biggest focus this year is all about software--specifically, software to support the Kinect sensor that was released half a year ago. Although the peripheral sold a world-record amount of units since launch, the amount of games and applicat ... More >>
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is right around the corner, and the entire video game industry is focusing its gaze on what surprises the world's biggest gaming convention has in store. This year's E3, however, is going to be one of those really big, exciting ones that come come around eve ... More >>
With all of the anticipation of a new console from Nintendo to be unveiled at this year's E3, we can safely say that the Wii is on its way to retirement. Within the past five years since its release in 2006, Nintendo's Wii system supported many great features that have pleased casual and not-so-c ... More >>
State Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) has introduced a bill that would create a mechanism to allow users of computers or any other device that accesses the Internet in California to inform website operators they don't want their online habits monitored.And in these times of partisan bick ... More >>
Masahiro Sakurai's TwitterA photo by Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai shows empty Tokyo streets after the earthquakeWith the death toll rising above 10,000 people, 88,000 people reported missing and the threat of numerous nuclear meltdowns, Japan is facing its worst national catastrophe since World ... More >>
Popular Science recently published a revealing article on Dr. Nathan Myhrvold's lab. Myhrvold, as you know, is the ex-Microsoft CTO and genius whose current project is an epic cookbook called Modernist Cuisine, the much-anticipated work some regard as the next Escoffier.
The technology world will have its eyes on Las Vegas this week, when one of the largest trade shows in the world, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), starts on Thursday. Since 1967, numerous companies have used this convention to unveil some of the world's most recognized products ... More >>
Microsoft's Kinect for the the XBOX 360 can very well be this Holiday season's hot item. It shouldn't be much of a surprise either, for it has the family-friendly appeal to draw in non-gamers, and promising technology that can interest even the most seasoned gamers. Besides, if Oprah said that th ... More >>
Danielle Bacher/ OC WeeklyMassive Attack and Thievery CorporationNovember 7, 2010Gibson AmphitheatreBristol, UK trip-hop stalwarts Massive Attack joined D.C.-based dub/electronic collective Thievery Corporation for an evening of downbeat musical exploration. The gig capped off the LA ... More >>
The latest Forbes list of richest Americans is out, and Newport Beach's reclusive billionaire Donald Bren once again finds himself ranked the richest man in Southern California.Forbes pegs the Irvine Co. chairman's wealth at $12 billion, enough to make him the 21st richest man in these United St ... More >>
$625 is the retail price of this book, a 2,200-page tome on how to cook as if you were a mad scientist, written by the former chief technology officer of Microsoft, Nathan Myhrvold, who you may have guessed is as geeky as any man alive. He holds more than 18 U.S. patents. This cooking thing? ... More >>
With the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo approaching in a few weeks, gamers and electronics fans across the globe have a lot to look forward to. During this event, industry giants such as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will have the opportunity to show off all of the great products that they have t ... More >>
UCI.eduComputing at UC Irvine is bearing down on middle age!Friday's "Celebrating 40 Years of Computing @ UCIrvine: Innovating for a Better World: yesterday's vision... today's research... tomorrow's technology" features events and panel discussions about the digital revolution's reach to the Irv ... More >>
Monica Hesse has an interesting story in today's Washington Post on a new breach of etiquette sweeping this great land of ours: the secondhand porn that travelers are subjected to as they, well, sweep across this great land of ours.
The Microsoft mall gods have blessed the Shops at Mission Viejo with the honor of being home to the second ever Microsoft retail story in the world. Why Mission Viejo? We're betting they want to staff the store with Nadadores, but who really knows.The store opens Thursday. The Mission Viejo Dispa ... More >>
For the many people who purchased music from the now-defunct MSN Music store, this summer would be a good time to clean out your files. You didn’t really want to keep all those songs you bought, did you? After the launch of the company’s Zune Marketplace in late 2006, Microsoft decided to ditch ... More >>
About two-thirds of the way through my writing of an upcoming review last night, the power suddenly went off. Then it came back on. Then off. On again, briefly. Then darkness. I hadn't saved my work. Suburban blackouts can be odd and frustrating. You see lights on on the other side of the street, ... More >>
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