April 12, 2010 |
When Apple's iPad debuted on April 3, it was greeted in some quarters of the tech world by a chorus of critiques. With no phone, no camera and no multitasking, how could it be revolutionary? And yet, when it comes to the iPad's e-reader, revolutionary is exactly what it might be. It's not just that the iPad is beautiful. Nor is it just that the touch-screen interface is more intuitive than the controls on the plastic shell of the Kindle -- which up to now has been the dominant e-reader.
January 29, 2010 |
When Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs showed off the new iPad -- complete with built-in bookstore -- on Wednesday he praised Amazon.com Inc. for pioneering the electronic book business with its popular Kindle reading device. But moments later, the compliment took on an ominous tone when Jobs added, "We're going to stand on their shoulders and go a little further." At first glance, the multimedia iPad -- with its fast, colorful touch screen and built-in Web browser and video player -- would seem to outshine the slower Amazon device.
January 21, 2010 |
Neurosurgeon Michael Oh was watching his daughter deftly use her iPod Touch when he had an epiphany. "I figured if she can learn it so intuitively, that neurosurgeons would be able to figure it out," Oh said. He'll find out when 3,500 neurosurgeons meet in Philadelphia in May for what Oh believes might be the nation's first paperless medical convention. When attendees register at the American Assn. of Neurological Surgeons meeting, the doctors will be given Apple Inc. iPod Touches already loaded with just about everything they'll need, including the convention program (165 pages last year)
January 19, 2010 |
With anticipation of the new Apple Inc. tablet computer -- or whatever it is -- at a fever pitch, every tiny thing the company does is noted, analyzed and discussed with an intensity the CIA might envy. Take the abstract, paint-splatter design on the news conference invitations that went out Monday for the Jan. 27 introduction of the mystery product. The Mac faithful immediately started posting their ideas on the Appleinsider Internet forum about what the design, with the famed bite-out-of-the-apple logo in the center, could mean.
January 14, 2010 |
Three universities testing Amazon's Kindle in the classroom have agreed to shelve the electronic book readers until they are fully functional for blind students, under a deal struck Wednesday with the Justice Department. The legal settlements were made with Pace University in New York, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and Reed College in Portland, Ore. Two organizations representing the blind had sued after universities announced a pilot program to use the Kindle in classrooms.
January 9, 2010
The giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas wrapped up its second day Friday with few big-time announcements. So it became a day for the Los Angeles Times technology staff to explore and blog about technologies that didn't have their own press conference. Here is a sampling: Sony Dash The stampede toward 3-D may be the headline of this year's CES, but announcements about apps have provided a seemingly relentless drumbeat. Apps on TV, apps in cars, apps in your pocket.