August 14, 2016 |
Kinks with the virtual reality version of the Rio Olympics have been driving tech lovers crazy. Thursday night, this early adopter lit into Comcast techies with his frustrations, as they showed off VR clips loaded onto Samsung Gear VR goggles to visitors at a Comcast Center Olympics celebration. Twice we heard the response, "It's not our fault; it's an NBC Sports problem. " Kind of ironic, since NBC is a Comcast division. Comcast senior technical fellow Mark Francisco and colleagues agreed to take on the complaints quickly with the NBC powers that be. And by the next morning, one serious wrong was righted with a fresh update of the NBC Sports VR app on my Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone.
August 8, 2016 |
It's a Friday in late July, and the 15th floor of the Comcast Center teems with more than 150 engineers, technicians, and product developers, who drink lemonade and nibble cookies as they pitch inventions that may be the next big thing at Comcast. One engineer talks about "Ralph," voice controls that turn business phones, computers, and security on or off. Another explains a "push alert" for Xfinity Home that would warn Comcast subscribers when a neighbor's house has been burglarized.
July 26, 2016 |
What: Moorestown company with $8 million in revenues, that supplies merchandise with logos for companies, events, and now, PoliticalFest. Employees: 22, plus 15 more for convention. Pop-up store spots: Comcast Center concourse, through Aug 5; Convention Center until July 27. Website: www.phldncshop.com . Sourcing: Everything is U.S. made. DNC Dollars: Sold more than $300,000 worth of volunteer T-shirts, also 50,000 lanyards, totes. Goal: $300,000 more in sales of shirts and swag.
July 23, 2016
DNC souvenirs for all You may not be a delegate, you may not even be a Democrat, but that doesn't mean you can't get excited about Philadelphia's hosting the Democratic National Convention. A momentous occasion like the DNC deserves some swag. The official store of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee will set up shop at the Comcast Center to sell wares to locals and delegates alike looking to bring something home to remember Hillary Clinton's historic nomination. Our favorites from the store include the locally designed cotton T-shirts, from the likes of Dom Streater, victor on Project Runway and Project Runway: All Stars , whose shirt features a cool, nautical-style star on the back, and a blue-and-spotted donkey on the front.
June 27, 2016
On May 19, Freire Charter School hosted its Bridge to Wisdom event at the Comcast Center. More than 200 attended the program and award ceremony. Guests were treated to Play On Philly! by the Freire Charter Middle School string chamber ensemble, while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. David L. Cohen, Comcast senior executive vice president, was presented the Bridge to Wisdom award. The event raised $355,000 and will be used to continue the Freire Charter School mission to provide college-preparatory learning with a focus on individual freedom, critical thinking, and problem-solving, while stressing the values of community, teamwork, and nonviolence.
May 27, 2016
There is a wild-eyed look of mischief to the tousle-haired youth whose face is stamped on the rind of Chällerhocker. But that boy is the imaginary "cellar sitter" for which this cult cheese from Switzerland is named, and I could imagine looking a little loony, too, if I were locked up for 10 months of aging on a wooden shelf. The upside is that this Swiss cheese has fast become one of my favorites in the world. Cheesemaker Walter Rass at Kaserei Tufertschwil in the canton of St. Gallen created it in 2003 as a variation on classic Appenzeller (for which he is also renowned)
April 21, 2016
By Carl Dranoff Philadelphia has gained its rightful place as a national model of urban renewal, and the proof is all around us. It is in our skyline punctuated by Liberty Place and the Comcast Center. It's along corridors such as the Avenue of the Arts, one of the most successful catalysts for economic growth in the United States. It winds through the Schuylkill River Trail, voted the best urban trail in America. And it's in the $6.7 billion of new development underway throughout the city.
April 19, 2016 |
It was supposed to be open by now: The second-largest construction project in Pennsylvania state history is State Correctional Institutions Phoenix, rising on former farmland next to the 87-year-old SCI Graterford prison in Montgomery County. Only the $800 million Convention Center in Philadelphia cost taxpayers more. Phoenix is a million-square-foot complex, about as big as the Comcast Center, the state's tallest office tower. It is designed to house 3,872 inmates, a few hundred more than now live at Graterford, the main state prison for the Philadelphia area.
April 13, 2016 |
As his own father, Ralph Roberts, aged into his 80s and 90s, Comcast Corp. chief executive Brian Roberts said, he found that he and Flyers owner Ed Snider regularly grabbed lunch around town - the Capital Grille on Chestnut, Table 31 in the Comcast Center, and, more recently, the Union League on Broad. They'd talk sports, media, and life. Roberts, who heads the city's largest publicly traded company, said he trusted Snider as a mentor. "I came to realize his genius," Roberts said.
April 7, 2016 |
Growing up in Marietta, Ga., Keesha Boyd watched A Different World - a late 1980s spin-off of The Cosby Show - with her mother on Thursday nights and imagined herself through the black cast of young men and women. She connected with Kim, played by actress Charnele Brown, as a kindred soul. "She was your type-A and studied a lot and was focused on being a premed student," Boyd said. "When you can see something, you can believe it's possible. " Last month, Boyd's vision for giving black viewers a black-centric TV service - about 2,000 hours of curated TV shows and movies with black casts, directors, and themes - launched on Comcast's Xfinity on-demand platform.