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December 20, 2013 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
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.
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December 19, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Students at Corona del Mar High School and a private tutor are under investigation for allegedly hacking into the computer system to change grades and access tests, officials said. The students could face criminal charges on top of disciplinary action from the school, according to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, the Daily Pilot reported . "We are shocked and disappointed by the unethical and irresponsible behavior exhibited by the involved students," district spokeswoman Laura Boss said in a statement Wednesday.
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December 19, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Newport Beach police are searching for a 28-year-old tutor suspected of helping a group of Orange County high school students hack into a campus computer system to change grades and access tests. The private tutor, 28-year-old Timothy Lance Lai of Irvine, is wanted for questioning on suspicion of helping the students at Corona del Mar High School hack into the computer system, but his whereabouts are unknown, police said in a notice issued Thursday. Lai, who was not affiliated with the district, allegedly showed the students how to hack into the computers by using a device known as a key logger, officials  told KTLA-TV . “They plug this device into the back of the computer, on the keyboard cord, so it's not even identifiable,” Newport-Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman Laura  Boss said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The limited-production, high-powered 2005 Porsche Carrera GT involved in the fiery weekend crash that killed actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas has a history of being difficult to control. The sports car is capable of reaching 100 mph in under seven seconds. It was built without the stability management system that most Porsche models are equipped with.  Tonight Show host Jay Leno, a veteran supercar driver, spun a Porsche Carrera GT at 180 to 190 mph at Talledega.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By David Colker
Computer pioneer Willis Ware saw the future, and it worried him. In 1966, Ware, who worked as an engineer at Rand Corp. , foresaw not only the omnipresence of personal computers, but also social networks like Twitter and Facebook. "The computer will touch men everywhere and in every way, almost on a minute-to-minute basis," he wrote in a paper presented at Rand 47 years ago. "Every man will communicate through a computer whatever he does. It will change and reshape his life, modify his career and force him to accept a life of continuous change.
SCIENCE
November 28, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Comet ISON is going to make its closest approach to the sun today, but whatever you do, don't look. Even if the powerful radiation from the sun causes the gas and dust in the comet to glow as brightly as the full moon, it would still not be visible in the daytime sky. The sun's light would completely block it out.  "We don't want people waving binoculars and telescopes toward the sun," said Karl Battams, a heliophysicist at the Naval Research...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Bay Area rail commuters were left without service Friday morning because of what operators called "major computer issues" that left hundreds of riders stranded in stalled trains. As of 6 a.m., rail commuters were being told to find alternate forms of transportation as the Bay Area Rapid Transit system worked to repair the computer glitch. BART spokesman Jim Allison told KGO-TV that the system-wide delays began shortly after midnight and resulted in between 500 and 1,000 passengers waiting onboard 19 nonmoving trains early Friday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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