February 23, 2014 |
Unless you buy your smartphones and mini-tablets in Mexico, the Caribbean or Central and South America, chances are you've never heard of InfoSonics Corp. The San Diego company designs, manufactures and sells wireless handsets and other devices, such as tablets, to other manufacturers, distributors and consumers. Its research and development center is in Beijing. The company also maintains a small quality-control office in Shenzhen, China, close to its manufacturing facilities.
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February 17, 2014 |
Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda Corp., owner of a line of upscale organic salon products, and game-changer in the world of beauty products who brought Earth-friendly production practices and products to market on a mass scale, has died. He was 72 and had pancreatic cancer. Rechelbacher, widely known by his first name, died Saturday at his home in Osceola, Wis., the company announced. In 1978, Rechelbacher launched Aveda Corp., with a staff of two and a goal of building a bridge between beauty and medicine.
February 5, 2014 |
Tesla, the California-based electric brand behind the Model S, stormed into the top five automotive brands in a recent survey by Consumer Reports, the organization announced Wednesday. The company rounds out a group led by Toyota, Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet as the automakers that ranked highest in overall brand perception. Tesla ranked 11th in last year's survey. Rounding out the top 10 this year were Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Cadillac and BMW. The annual survey by Consumer Reports asks people about seven factors they consider when buying a car, weighing them from most important to least: quality, safety, performance, value, fuel economy, design and technology.
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January 26, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Fifty years ago, Republicans across America fought a titanic civil war for ideological supremacy. The decisive battleground was California. Conservatives won, and the party turned rightward. It has veered in that direction ever since, especially in California, where Republicans have been battered bucking the natural blue tide. There have been a few exceptions, most notably when the party followed the centrist Arnold Schwarzenegger. But GOP activists never really accepted him. Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater's stunning victory over New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in the 1964 California presidential primary was an earthquake that dramatically altered the state's political landscape.
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January 14, 2014 |
The booming illegal international wildlife trade forced conservationists to do the unthinkable Tuesday: Brand the golden domes of two of the rarest tortoises on Earth to reduce their black market value by making it easier for authorities to trace them if stolen. "It's heartbreaking that it's come to this, but it's the right thing to do," Paul Gibbons, managing director of the nonprofit Turtle Conservancy's Behler Chelonian Center in Ventura County, said as he gently placed a 30-pound adult female ploughshare tortoise on a small table.
January 11, 2014 |
They are the Dodger Dogs with all the trimmings, the triple cheeseburger with extra bacon, the filet mignon topped with melted butter. At next week's Detroit auto show, half a dozen automakers will be rolling out low-volume, high-performance or specialty vehicles meant to generate buzz for their brands. A Corvette Stingray not fast enough? The Corvette Z06 is on the way, likely with ludicrous levels of horsepower and torque. DETROIT AUTO SHOW: Big trucks, fast cars and more Subaru's WRX wannabe rally racer still too bland?