Features by Alex Schmidt
Posted In: Signs, airport, wayfinding
"Wayfinding": There's money to be made off of real, physical signage, even as it gives way to a digital future.
Posted In: hollywood, Janis Joplin, Matt Damon
Movie studios, fan clubs or anyone can raise the funds for a star.
Posted In: bills
When it comes to paying bills, we could all just automate and do everything online without even thinking about it. So why don’t we?
Posted In: video games, grand theft auto
Grand Theft Auto V cost $265 million to make. Pre-sales have been good, but GTA already has a huge following. With development costs now so high, creating a new game from scratch has become a high-stakes business.
Posted In: Silicon Beach, Tech, hollywood, YouTube
With Netflix reporting first quarter revenue of over $1 billion, others are seeing profit in original storytelling. And major tech companies are setting up production studios all over L.A.
Posted In: brazil, ATM, Biometrics
Despite the high cost, biometrics actually saves the banks money by reducing fraud and eliminating other problems that first world nations don't face.
Posted In: office
With enough planning -- and maybe some soundproofing -- some are still finding ways to get their work done at home.
Little black and white squares have started popping up in magazines, on billboards and storefronts. They're called QR codes, and are aimed at linking the online world with the real world.
Posted In: Travel
The town of Ord, Neb. may have a population of just 2,200, but the local convenience store is stocked with tourist brochures. Alex Schmidt explores how this and other small-community economies are pulling people back.
Posted In: Investing
Mutual funds are trying to ease young investors into building their portfolios, but they're not necessarily the best place to go for investment advice. Alex Schmidt explores what it's like to just start out.