CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 |
The nation's second-largest school district is woefully unprepared to administer new state standardized tests by computer, a survey of Los Angeles Unified schools has found. An internal district report, obtained by The Times through a California Public Records Act request, indicates that fewer than a third of Los Angeles schools said they were ready for this spring's tests, which for the first time will be given online. The survey comes amid a $1-billion effort to provide every student, teacher and administrator with an iPad or other computer.
January 19, 2014 |
Computer science is driving innovation across all fields, so it makes sense that the Los Angeles Board of Education wants to provide its students with access to the latest technology. Students who develop expertise in computer science will have automatic career advantages. But is the district taking the right steps? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that computing occupations are among the fastest-growing job categories in the United States and that such jobs pay about 75% more than the national median annual salary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - A Temecula woman was found not guilty in traffic court Thursday of a charge of distracted driving for wearing Google Glass. San Diego Traffic Commissioner John Blair found that wearing the computer-in-eyewear could be covered as distracted driving by the traffic code, but police must prove that the eyewear was on. Cecilia Abadie, 44, is believed to be the first driver in the nation to have received such a ticket. Google Glass is not yet on the market. Abadie is among those who are testing the product nationwide, called Google Glass Explorers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 |
Continuing its efforts to provide every student with a computer, the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to distribute iPads to 38 more campuses, begin the process of purchasing laptops for seven high schools and buy as many tablets as needed for new state tests in the spring. In doing so, the board adopted the proposal of schools Supt. John Deasy rather than following the advice of an oversight panel that had recommended purchasing thousands fewer of the devices. The goal of the $1-billion effort is to provide a computer to every student, teacher and administrator in the nation's second-largest school system.
January 7, 2014 |
Alaska Airlines passengers were scratching their heads when they found that a promotional deal offered by the airline via email Tuesday was already expired when they tried to book it. Another glitch was also reported on the airline website Monday, but Alaska Airlines officials said all the problems is being fixed. The website problems represent the second time in a few weeks that a major airline has been beset by computer glitches and programing errors. In late December, Delta Air Lines was forced to honor super-cheap ticket prices offered on the airline's website because of a computer problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 |
The creator of the General Educational Development test, long the measure of high school equivalency for dropouts, has unveiled a revamped computer-only exam that has spurred competition from two other test providers letting students decide which format they prefer. The new version of the 71-year-old GED, which debuted last week, for the first time does away with pencil-to-paper test sheets. The exam is also meant to be more rigorous and places a greater focus on job readiness than high school equivalency.
January 5, 2014 |
As President Obama ponders a task force's recommendations for reining in electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency, a federal judge in New York has allowed another government agency to invade the privacy of Americans. Judge Edward R. Korman ruled that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents may confiscate and examine the contents of laptop computers of Americans returning to the country even if they lack reasonable suspicion that the devices contain evidence of criminal activity.
January 3, 2014 |
Fans of the television series "Lost" are licking their lips in anticipation of a new cyber-themed spy thriller called "Intelligence. " The show, which premieres on CBS on Tuesday, stars Josh Holloway, who stole hearts and won accolades for his portrayal of the rakish con man James "Sawyer" Ford on "Lost. " "Lost" intrigued viewers with the ominous mysteries of a mythical island for six seasons, and aired its controversial finale in 2010. After that, Holloway strayed from television in favor of film, appearing in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," "Paranoia" and "Battle of the Year.
December 26, 2013 |
An error on Delta Air Lines' website produced super-low fares Thursday morning before the problem was corrected a couple of hours later. The fares were as much as 90% below regular ticket prices. Delta passengers who took advantage of the mistake said on social media sites that they had booked such deals as $51 for a one-way ticket from Minneapolis to Baton Rouge, La., and $35 from Raleigh, N.C., to Philadelphia, about one-tenth the normal price. "The situation has been resolved, and the correct prices are being displayed," said airline spokesman Trebor Banstetter.
December 20, 2013 |
Fisher-Price has released the one piece of baby gear that every parent never knew they needed: a baby seat complete with an iPad holder. For $80 you can strap your tot into the “Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity™ Seat” and, after downloading the accompanying free apps - complete with soothing sounds and high-contrast images - onto your iPad, watch as they are entertained. I appreciate that Fisher-Price is trying to come up with a product for babies that also so happens to give new parents a moment's peace to take a shower or eat a sandwich sitting down.