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November 16, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Passport and tax records in hand, Nela Barboza fiddled nervously with a plastic folding fan as she approached Jessie Orozco's desk. "Buenas tardes," she said cordially. "I'm here to sign up for Obamacare. " Orozco, a benefits counselor at St. John's Well Child & Family Center in South Los Angeles, was thrilled. Around her neck, she wore a badge certifying that she was a state-trained enrollment counselor for California's new medical insurance marketplace - touted as one of the better-functioning parts of the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul.
November 7, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says a "technical error" caused its website to offer absurdly low pricing Wednesday morning, touching off a buying frenzy that was fueled by bargain hunters on social media. Many products were listed at more than 90% off, with televisions and computer monitors supposedly going for $8, video games for $18, treadmills for $33. Word of the deals spread quickly. "Spent $300 on $5800 (retail pricing) of product on the Walmart ordeal. Hopefully it goes through.
November 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Tired of typing your password every time you want to unlock your Mac computer? A new app for the iPhone called Knock allows users to tap twice on their smartphone to unlock their password-protected Mac computer. Knock was released this week, and because I really don't like typing out passwords, I decided to check it out. The app is available for the iPhone for $3.99 . Knock also requires that users install an app for their computer, which is free and available for download on its website . READ MORE: 5 top new features to check out in the new Google iOS app After downloading both parts of the product, I was able to quickly go through the setup, which required little more than turning on Bluetooth on both my computer and my iPhone.
November 4, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Multiply the following as quick as you can in your head: 7,686,369,774,870 x 2,465,099,745,779 = ? Got it yet? If you took longer than 28 seconds, then you missed your chance at breaking a world record held by Shakuntala Devi. The woman known as the "human computer" died in April, and Monday would have been her 84th birthday. On Monday, Google paid tribute to the woman once known as the human computer with this doodle . For more on this amazing woman, check out this Los Angeles Times profile of her from 25 years ago.  The story says of Devi:  " Devi is a sari-clad diva of numbers, a math prodigy who can calculate as fast and accurately as any hand-held contraption.
October 29, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- A young British computer hacker has been arrested by Britain's cyber crime unit at the request of American prosecutors on charges of infiltrating U.S. government and military files, Britain's newly formed National Crime Agency announced. Lauri Love, the son of a vicar, was arrested Friday at his home in the rural village of Stradishall in the county of Suffolk, 70 miles north of London. The arrest was made public late Monday. An extradition request is expected from the United States, where Love has been indicted on one count of accessing a U.S. government computer without authorization and one count of conspiracy.
October 28, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
When advocates for the president's healthcare law strategized about how to reach the uninsured, they knew exactly whom to tap: mothers who could spread the word about the law's benefits, sign up their younger children and nudge their twentysomethings to take part. But beyond the widely publicized problems with the federal website, low-tech challenges also are complicating that part of the drive to sell the program - even in California, where the state website is running more smoothly and officials are fully behind the push.
October 24, 2013 | By David Horsey
Congressional Republicans could have saved the country a lot of stress - as well as about $24 billion - if they had skipped the government shutdown and just let inept computer programmers scuttle Obamacare. The rollout of the new healthcare exchanges - the heart of the Affordable Care Act - has been bungled so badly that one has to wonder whether the techies who put it together are secretly members of the tea party. Democrats, who had their fleeting moment of glee as Republican poll numbers tanked in the wake of the government shutdown, are especially upset that the Obamacare website is such a flop.
October 15, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Pete Arbogast, a longtime City Section supporter, puts out a weekly City Section football poll without the help of computers. He has Narbonne ranked No. 1. That's not going to make fans of Crenshaw and Venice very happy. Of course, it's only one person's opinion. I think Eagle Rock and San Fernando are too low. Here's his rankings: 1. Narbonne 2. Crenshaw 3. Venice 4. Dorsey 5. Carson 6. San Pedro 7. Garfield 8. Roosevelt 9. South East 10. Taft 11. Fairfax 12. Palisades 13. San Fernando 14. Sylmar 15. Granada Hills 16. Birmingham 17. Arleta 18. Locke 19. Banning 20. Canoga Park 21. Eagle Rock 22. University 23. Washington 24. Hamilton 25. Jefferson.
October 9, 2013 | By Monte Morin
A University of Southern California professor and colleagues from Stanford and Harvard universities were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for their pioneering use of computer modeling programs to help predict complex chemical reactions. Their work, which began in the 1970s, has revolutionized chemistry research, where scientists now work with computers as much as they do with test tubes. “Chemical reactions occur at lightening speed,” read an announcement from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
October 9, 2013 | By Monte Morin
As a chemistry professor at USC, Arieh Warshel says he sometimes finds it difficult to convince his fellow scientists that computers have a place in experimental fields like his own. Many people, he laments, use them to make or watch movies, "but not to understand. " Though Warshel may hold a minority view on a campus with strong ties to Hollywood - visitors to his laboratory's website are informed that his animated computer simulations are not available on Netflix - he got a huge endorsement Wednesday from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the form of a Nobel Prize.
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