October 27, 2013 |
British artist David Hockney is the focus of a major exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco that explores the past decade of his work. It's been an extremely busy decade for the 76-year-old artist, who is known for his paintings, drawings, prints and photography. Hockney spends much of his time at his second home in the Los Angeles area. The exhbition, called "A Bigger Picture," is massive, the museum's largest ever. It opened Saturday and runs through Jan. 20, 2014.
March 16, 2012 |
As with most Apple gadget launches, there are sure to be early morning crowds outside the company's big city stores Friday - but not everyone will be there to buy a new iPad. At Apple stores in New York, San Francisco and Washington, dozens of protesters are expected to show up for the 8 a.m. launch of the company's third-generation tablet computer, stepping into the iPad's limelight to bring attention to concerns about the welfare of the Chinese factory workers who churn out the devices to satisfy a growing global demand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 |
Apple Inc. won a $30-million contract Tuesday from the L.A. Unified School District, paving the way for the company to provide every student with an iPad in the nation's second-largest school system. The Board of Education voted 6 to 0 on Tuesday to approve the contract after hearing senior staff laud Apple's product as both the best in quality and the least expensive option that met the district's specifications. Tuesday's vote authorized an iPad rollout at 47 campuses. However, by choosing Apple as the sole vendor, the district also made a de facto commitment to spend hundreds of millions of dollars with the Cupertino, Calif.-based digital giant over the next two years.
January 6, 2011 |
It's raining tablets. Hoping to nip away at Apple Inc.'s iPad and the $20-billion market it now controls, dozens of manufacturers are unveiling more than 80 touch screen computers at the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual tech showcase here. The rush is on not only because of the hugely successful iPad but because manufacturers are betting that the tablet computer will become a ubiquitous household gadget. "Today we think of tablets as mobile devices, but as prices come down we might see them around the home used for all kinds of uses," said Ross Rubin, an analyst for technology research firm NPD Group.
May 6, 2011 |
There was a time when Steve Mehta was on his laptop nonstop. Nowadays, he hardly touches it. The 43-year-old attorney uses his tablet computer to highlight legal briefs, take notes for court cases or flip though a digital version of the California probate code. "The laptop is so limited," Mehta he said as he stood against the wall of a crammed Los Angeles subway car, watching an episode of "Modern Family" on his tablet. "But everything you want to do, this thing does. " So long, laptop?
November 28, 2010 |
The last time I was stuck somewhere without a book to read was 1988. The place was Homa Bay, a village on the Kenyan shore of Lake Victoria that I wouldn't be leaving for five days at the minimum, with lots of downtime in store. After three days I'd finished both John Le Carre novels I'd brought with me. I was only saved from spending the endless hours watching scorpions skitter across the sand by the Gideons, whose geographic reach really is remarkable . After that experience, I never left home without a Dickens in my knapsack, on the principle that you can't get stuck anywhere on Earth long enough to get all the way to the end of "Little Dorrit.
November 3, 2011 |
Yahoo Inc., looking to compete with Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. for eyeballs and advertising dollars, offered a sneak peek of upcoming products at its annual runway event. The struggling Internet giant is pressing forward even as it faces an uncertain future. In a prolonged financial funk, Yahoo fired its beleaguered chief executive, Carol Bartz, in September. Yet its products are still some of the most popular on the Web. And despite all the upheaval, Yahoo is following a product plan it laid out a year ago that emphasizes the growing popularity of tablets and other mobile devices to consume digital content.
September 28, 2010 |
In one of the first frontal assaults on Apple Inc.'s increasingly popular iPad tablet computer, smart-phone titan Research in Motion Ltd. on Monday announced a pad of its own. The 7-inch device, called the PlayBook, will be released in early 2011 — and it will go places the current iPad doesn't. The PlayBook's two built-in cameras will allow for video chat (the iPad is camera-less), and the device will permit Adobe Flash programs, which make up a huge percentage of online video and games.
September 29, 2011 |
Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its first tablet computer with a host of functions and features that allow it to do nearly everything the iPad can do — but at less than half the cost. Called the Kindle Fire, the device may quickly become the strongest competitor yet to the iPad, analysts said. Barely 18 months after Apple Inc. released the first iPad, tablet computers are a nearly $30-billion industry, with the iPad accounting for almost 80% of the market. The Fire, introduced Wednesday by Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, is aimed at attracting consumers who want a tablet but can't afford the iPad and its other pricier competitors.
December 6, 2011 |
Jessica Diaz has tablet envy. The 30-year-old Tujunga mom sees other parents routinely handing their kids an iPad 2 or a similar device to keep them occupied at restaurants, airports and elsewhere. "Everyone has them," Diaz told me. "I want one. " And this Christmas, her wish will come true. Diaz said she'll be buying an iPad for herself and probably another for her 11-year-old son (her 5-year-old daughter will have to make do with sharing). Never mind the more than $500 cost for each device.