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March 14, 1991
The Seattle Silicon Corp. has donated a site license for silicon computer software to the department of computer engineering and computer science at Cal State Long Beach. The license, worth an estimated $130,000, will make it possible for undergraduate and graduate-level students at Cal State Long Beach to design state-of-the-art integrated circuits. This first-ever gift from Seattle Silicon Corp.
February 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP on April 8, but there are still many users whose computers run the outdated software. That's why the company has asked tech-savvy users to encourage their friends to upgrade their computers or buy new ones. In a recent blog post, the Redmond, Wash., company said readers of its Windows blog are likely running a more modern version of the operating system, but their friends and family may not be. "We need your help spreading the word to ensure people are safe and secure on modern up-to-date PCs," Microsoft said in its blog . PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Microsoft will no longer run tech support for users of the 12-year-old Windows XP software or issue updates that protect the operating system from viruses after April 8. The problem is many users still run Windows XP and either don't want to upgrade their machines or don't know that they need to. In the post, Microsoft said tech-savvy users should encourage their friends to check and see if their computers are capable of upgrading to Windows 8.1, the latest version of the computer software.
August 11, 1986
The number of mergers and acquisitions involving companies in computer software and services rose to a record 130 in the first half of 1986, up 58% from a year earlier, according to Broadview Associates, an investment banking firm. The value of those transactions more than doubled to $1.9 billion from $846 million, Broadview said.
December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to create computer software, and you feed him for a lifetime. That is how the saying goes, right? A homeless New York City man named Leo Grand released a smartphone app called Trees for Cars on Tuesday, after learning how to code software over the last three months. Grand's story has been documented since August when he was approached by Patrick McConlogue, a professional programmer who offered him two options: $100 or a cheap laptop , programming books and daily computer coding lessons.
June 28, 1988 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
UC Irvine announced Monday that it has hired a nationally prominent computer software specialist, Leon J. Osterweil, effective Friday. "I feel the appointment of Dr. Osterweil places UCI at the forefront of research and development in large-scale computer software," said John King, chair of information and computer science at UCI. Osterweil is nationally known for his research and inventions in the computer software field.
October 26, 1996 | Associated Press
Police have an all-points bulletin out for the man who sold them a computer program they say is eating up their case records. The program, called Crime Tracker, was billed as a way for police to keep track of cases and was sold to about 25 police departments across Michigan. So far, four years of data cannot be found on Manistee's computer, and other departments are having problems too.
Bob Wallace, a computer software pioneer and an early Microsoft employee who struck out on his own in the early 1980s by launching the Seattle-based Quicksoft software company, has died. He was 53. Wallace, who believed that being a computer programmer was the best way to enhance the mind and in recent years sold books about hallucinogenic and psychedelic drugs on a Web site, died at his home Sept. 20 in San Rafael, Calif. The results of an autopsy are pending.
June 8, 1988
Eastman Kodak plans to acquire Interactive Systems Corp., a Santa Monica-based manufacturer of computer software, for about $6 a common share, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of the acquisition agreement, Rochester, N.Y.-based Kodak, received proxies to vote 1.7 million, or 49.2%, of Interactive Systems' common shares.
March 12, 1998
Police have seized about $5.6 million worth of counterfeit computer software from a local business and nearby storage facility and arrested six people, authorities said Wednesday. Spurred by a tip from Microsoft, police on March 5 searched a building in the 5000 block of Commerce Drive, where they found 3,000 computer discs that apparently were manufactured at the site, said Sgt. Bob Delgado. Two days later police found another 14,000 discs at a Walnut storage facility.
August 2, 1989 | From United Press International
Pirated copies of computer software were pulled off store shelves Tuesday as a copyright protection agreement took effect between the United States and Indonesia. The price of an edition of Lotus Development Corp. software shot up overnight from $1.50 for a bogus copy to $422 for the Cambridge, Mass., manufacturer's original version.
November 19, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The economic contributions of U.S. copyright industries reached new heights last year, for the first time contributing more than $1 trillion to the gross domestic product and accounting for 6.5% of the nation's economy, according to a new report. The study tracks the economic effect and contributions of U.S. industries engaged in the creation and distribution of computer software, video games, books, newspapers, periodicals and journals, as well as motion pictures, music, radio and television programming.
September 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The latest iPhones have yet to release but already, talk of Apple's next big event has kicked off. According to France's MacGeneration , an Apple news site, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant will hold a "special event" Oct. 15. MacGeneration has a spotty track record when it comes to Apple rumors, so take its report with a grain of salt. But this is the first time a date has been thrown out on the Web predicting Apple's next event. PHOTOS: 10 signs that it's time to upgrade your computer After announcing the iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad last October, Apple may do the same this October.
June 21, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Southwest Airlines planes began departing their gates late Friday, more than two hours after a companywide computer glitch caused flights to be grounded throughout the western United States. Planes began taking off about 10:30 p.m., said company spokesman Brad Hawkins. The company estimated that 250 flights had been affected by a shutdown in the computer software used to dispatch flights. Hawkins said the airline is relying on a slower backup system. “We sincerely appreciate everyone's patience as we work diligently now to get people where they are supposed to be,” Hawkins said in an email.
November 18, 2012 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Call it the democratization of the right to look fabulous. It used to be that only models and celebrities had the wherewithal, through the wizardry of professional airbrushing or digital alteration, to look younger, thinner, fitter and more beautiful in their photos than in real life. But new advances in relatively cheap photo retouching apps and computer software are making it astonishingly simple for anyone to look hot at the push of a button. Computer photo-retouching software options include Portrait Professional (, $29.95)
September 22, 2012 | By Jung-yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times
SEOUL - With less than 90 days left before this year's South Korean presidential election, computer software mogul Ahn Cheol-soo has announced his presidential bid as an independent, turning the campaign into a three-way race. A former physician, founder of a software company and a professor at Seoul National University, the 50-year-old Ahn last week suddenly became a dark-horse candidate popular among voters in their 20s and 30s. Even before his announcement, polls showed Ahn closing in on Park Geun-hye, 60, a five-term legislator with the ruling New Frontier Party who is seen as the strongest candidate to succeed President Lee Myung-bak.
August 31, 2012 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
In a jail system facing overcrowding and under growing pressure to release inmates early, one of the most difficult questions confronting the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is: Who do you let out? Officials hope a key part of the answer is computer software that can sift through a matrix of "psychometric" data, including a 137-question survey, and help identify inmates who seem least likely to commit new crimes. The questionnaire delves into personal histories: Were your parents divorced or separated?
June 20, 1990
Roy Nutt, 59, co-founder and director of Computer Sciences Corp., who was well-known for the development of programming languages for business and scientific uses of computers and his contributions to the advancement of software technology. Upon his graduation with a degree in mathematics from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., he joined United Aircraft Corp. in 1953 to work in programming research and development.
October 6, 1999 | From Times wire services
Teachers are getting more computers in their classrooms, but they have to wade through stacks of CD-ROMS and computer diskettes that do not meet their students' needs, a report said recently. Although government officials declare school technology a national mission and pledge to connect every classroom to the Internet, they are not investing enough time and money in software, the report concluded.
May 11, 2012
Re "Does my writing compute?," Editorial, May 6 Whether this letter is published in The Times depends entirely on the judgment of the editor, who has spent years developing the expertise to evaluate written expression. The same process takes place in the classroom when a teacher grades an essay. No computer software can ever take the place of the wherewithal they respectively bring to their work. Walt Gardner Los Angeles The writer is the author of Education Week's Reality Check blog.
May 6, 2012
A few years ago, my local school district invested in software designed to teach students better writing skills. The computer program - without the help of a teacher - would rate their work on a scale of 1 to 6 and give them feedback on the needed improvements, such as fixing grammatical errors or expanding sentence fragments into full sentences. The students could watch their scores rise as they made corrections, actively engaged in the process of learning new English usage skills, while their teachers were freed from the chore of reading every draft.
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