December 21, 2013 |
At this very moment my neighbor, Cassy, is awaiting delivery of a 100-year-old cider press she bought on eBay. She, like many of us, has apple fever. I made an apple galette at least twice this week. And I'm dreaming of the apple hand pies I used to buy in frosty weather from the famous bakery Poîlane on Rue du Cherche-Midi in Paris. But even if you don't bake, you can get in on the apple frenzy at restaurants and bakeries. Now that we've got pumpkin desserts out of the way, inspired bakers are turning their attention to apples.
December 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tensions flared Friday as activists in San Francisco and Oakland blocked buses ferrying tech workers to their jobs in Silicon Valley. One bus was vandalized. This was the second wave of protests this month targeting the buses. San Francisco is split between young tech workers and those who say they are being pushed out of a city they can no longer afford. Apple, Facebook, Google and other major Silicon Valley companies deploy shiny fleets of unmarked coaches equipped with air conditioning, plush seats and wireless Internet access to ease the commutes of their workers.
December 19, 2013 |
The redesigned Mac Pro has gone on sale, but good luck getting one anytime soon: Apple won't ship any until February. The company Thursday morning began taking orders for the two basic models, which cost $2,999 and $3,999. Apple's website quoted early customers shipping times of Dec. 30, then told some customers that it could ship the machine by January, according to 9to5Mac. After a few hours, the shipping time for both models was pushed back to February, the website said. PHOTOS: The top 10 tech gadgets of 2013 There are likely two major reasons for the lag time.
December 18, 2013 |
Apple is set to finally begin selling its new Mac Pro desktop after months of teasing the redesigned and American-built computer. The Cupertino tech giant said it would start taking orders for the Mac Pro on Thursday, starting at $2,999 for a base quad-core Intel Xeon processor model and $3,999 for a six-core model, both with 256 GB of storage. Apple will also let users put in configured orders for eight- and 12-core models. It's been three years since Apple has redesigned the Mac Pro, its line of high-end Mac computers that are geared toward professionals who require the most powerful specs.
December 17, 2013 |
Sheriff Lee Baca had his hands full last week responding to the arrests of 18 of his current and former deputies amid a continuing investigation into abuse of inmates at Los Angeles County's jails, so let's hope he hasn't forgotten that he is due to report today on the previous week's scandal: the hiring of dozens of deputies with personnel records that showed lying, cheating, excessive force and irresponsible use of firearms. The two matters aren't related in any formal sense; none of those arrested Dec. 9 was among the group that moved over to the Sheriff's Department in 2010 when the county's public safety police force was dissolved.
December 12, 2013 |
An industry-backed labor group that Apple asked to study working conditions among its Chinese suppliers reported that working conditions had improved overall but that employees were still working excessive overtime. The Fair Labor Assn. released its latest audit Thursday in a series of reports about conditions in Chinese plants operated by Foxconn, one of Apple's largest suppliers. PHOTOS: Top 10 most-talked-about people, topics on Facebook in 2013 The group described Apple's and Foxconn's efforts to improve harsh conditions as "robust.
December 12, 2013 |
Apple extended its patent litigation winning streak this week when a South Korean court ruled that the iPhone maker didn't infringe patents held by Samsung. The ruling follows a recent decision by a jury in San Jose to award additional damages to Apple in a long-running patent dispute with Samsung. And last summer, the Obama administration blocked a potential import ban on some Apple products, over the objections of Samsung. In the latest case, Samsung had filed a patent case in its home country, seeking to block sales of some Apple products in South Korea.
December 10, 2013 |
Apple will be giving away digital gifts every day for 12 days after Christmas to users of an app released Tuesday. The app, called "12 Days of Gifts," is available in the Apple App Store. Each day during the promotion users will be able to get a new gift, which could be a song, app, book, movie or something else that is available through Apple's digital stores. "Each day's gift will only be available for 24 hours, so download the free app to make sure you don't miss out," Apple says in the app's description page . PHOTOS: Top 10 most-talked-about people, topics on Facebook in 2013 The promotion will run from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6. This is the first time that Apple has launched the "12 Days of Gifts" marketing campaign in the U.S. The promotion has been previously offered in other countries, according to 9to5Mac.com . The "12 Days of Gifts" app is available for the iPhone , iPad and the iPod Touch.
December 10, 2013 |
A patent granted to Apple on Tuesday might be the latest sign that the tech giant is making a curved-screen iPhone, following in the footsteps of South Korean rivals Samsung and LG. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple the patent , which details a method for manufacturing curved touchscreens. Apple and other tech giants have countless patents that they never actually turn into products, but the latest one comes shortly after the release of the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex, the first two consumer smartphones to feature curved displays.
December 6, 2013 |
Under fire for its controversial stop-and-frisk policy - which a federal judge has declared racially discriminatory and a violation of the 4th and 14th amendments - New York City has turned to a familiar face to lead the nation's largest police force: William J. Bratton. Bratton garnered national attention for a dramatic drop in crime while he was New York's police commissioner in the 1990s. But his subsequent tenure as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department cemented his reputation as a reformer.