June 22, 2012 |
Sometimes Apple becomes so wrapped up in its secrecy that it declines to release accessories that its products obviously could use. But that's what third parties are for, and right now a bunch of start-up third parties are on Kickstarter trying to get seed money for some pretty cool Apple-related projects. They range from iPhone cases and gadgets to a stand built to improve Apple's iPad Smart Cover and Smart Case. That project is the Smarter Stand , and it's a pair of clips that help you get more stand positions for your iPad out of your Smart Cover by holding together two of the cover's folds at the same time.
March 30, 2012 |
A sweeping investigation into three Chinese factories that produce Apple Inc. products found "significant issues" with working conditions, including excessive overtime and health and safety risks. An industry-funded labor watchdog group, the Fair Labor Assn., said Thursday that it had conducted a thorough inspection of the factories operated by Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple and other tech companies. The group said it had secured "groundbreaking commitments" that will reduce working hours, improve conditions and establish a voice for workers.
January 25, 2013 |
The next time a thief tries to break into your smartphone or tablet, you may be able to get the culprit's mugshot emailed to you. Lookout Mobile Security has updated its free Android app with a new feature called "Lock Cam" that helps users spot where their lost phones or tablets might be and who might have taken it. The Lock Cam takes a picture using devices' front-facing cameras when someone incorrectly enters a device's unlock code three...
March 7, 2012 |
The Apple iPad rumor mill is an unyielding beast, spawning new speculation even mere hours before product unveils, and the iPad 3, which is expected to debut Wednesday at 10 a.m., is no different. The absolute latest such rumor is that Apple's next iPad will be offered with a $99 warranty called AppleCare+ that will cover any damage, including something as simple as dropping your iPad and cracking the glass display on the face of the device. If AppleCare+ , which made its debut with the iPhone 4S last fall, is offered for the next iPad, it would be a step up from the two-year repair service warranty currently offered for $79 under the standard AppleCare warranty that doesn't cover such painfully damaging mistakes.
October 31, 2012 |
The latest version of Apple's music player, iTunes 11, which was expected this month, won't be available until the end of November, the company said. The update is to add several features, change some portions of iTunes' design and, most important, better integrate it with iCloud, the Cupertino-based company's cloud-computing service. But Apple failed to meet its late-October deadline for the update, telling CNET this week that it hopes to release iTunes 11 next month. "The new iTunes is taking longer than expected, and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNET . "We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud, before the end of November.
October 21, 2013 |
Apple is slated to hold its latest media event in San Francisco on Tuesday, but what exactly will the tech giant announce? Plenty, it turns out. Reports say the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant plans to follow its September iPhone event with a showcase of new products, primarily starring new iPads. GUIDE: Where to sell old iPads before new ones are announced Here's what you can expect from Apple, as well as one product you shouldn't hold your breath for. Redesigned iPad Apple is expected to announce the fifth generation of its 9.7-inch-screen iPad.
September 4, 2013 |
Like many Southern California residents, I resisted ever hailing a taxi. The region's traffic and sprawl hinted at exorbitant fares. Figuring out whom to call and then waiting on hold to order a cab added to my reluctance. But now with a smartphone, I've found ordering a taxi has actually become inviting. Anxious waits have been eliminated because you can track a taxi's journey to you on a digital map. Estimating fares, paying them, leaving tips and getting receipts can all be completed through an app. People who avoid taxis because they consider them scary or their drivers frustrating also have easy smartphone options.
June 10, 2013 |
Ahead of Apple's keynote at 10 a.m., a who's who of Apple executives are standing around waiting for the show to commence. Among them are CEO Tim Cook, design chief Jony Ive and even former vice president and Apple board member Al Gore. Times reporter Chris O'Brien is on location and has been recording his experience using Vine, Twitter's new six-second video-sharing app. Check out the sights he's seen below. WWDC 2013: Follow our live coverage of Apple's keynote ALSO: What kind of cat will the new version of Apple's Mac OS X be?
February 5, 2013 |
We would be remiss in our coverage of the Dell deal today if we did not point out some of the delicious ironies and coincidences contained therein. Let us flash back first to 1997. It's Aug. 6, at the Macworld conference in Boston. Apple's interim chief executive, Steve Jobs, takes the stage to make a stunning announcement . Rival Microsoft has thrown Apple a lifeline by agreeing to invest $150 million to keep the company afloat. As the announcement is made, a gigantic image of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates appears on a video screen behind Jobs, as the audience gasps. QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge "We have to let go of a few notions here," Jobs said that day. "We have to let go of the notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft needs to lose.
September 12, 2012
Apple is holding a press event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Wednesday to announce a gaggle of gadgets, including a new iPhone. Technology writer Andrea Chang is live-tweeting the event. The coverage will include tweets from other writers at the Los Angeles Times as they weigh in on the announcements, expected to start at 10 a.m. PDT, and get reaction from analysts and Apple observers. The Tech Now blog will also publish posts as news happens, so check back with us to see what's new with the iPhone and how it stacks up against the competition.