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November 6, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
United Airlines on Wednesday joined three other major carriers in lifting the restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. Passengers on mainline United flights can now keep their electronic gadgets turned on throughout the flight as long as they are switched to "airplane mode" and are not emitting a signal. Cellphone calls are still prohibited on commercial planes in the U.S. The Federal Aviation Administration announced a new policy on portable electronic devices on Friday, and already JetBlue Airways and Delta and American airlines have received approval from the FAA to lift the restrictions.
April 11, 2014 | By Myscha Theriault
Any traveler can get distracted - in fact, it's the rare traveler who doesn't. But when your attention is focused on other things, you may be leaving yourself wide open to theft and data breaches. From stashing your cash to selecting luggage, here are some of my favorite security solutions. How to carry cash: Carrying limited currency and keeping it in multiple locations keep your theft risk manageable. The storage strategies are as varied as the types of currencies you could carry, but a few stand out as being particularly secure.
May 29, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The global market for advanced automotive electronics -- everything from driver assistance programs to new kinds of visual displays -- will jump to $240 billion by 2020, up more than 50% from 2010, according to a new report from IHS Inc.'s IMS Research. The leap "reflects the field's rising importance to the car industry at large, especially as original equipment manufacturers ratify in-vehicle electronics to be an essential selling feature for an automobile,” said Ben Scott, automotive analyst for IHS. Some of the drivers, no pun intended, are government safety mandates for things like improved electronic stability control (ESC)
March 14, 2014 | W.J. Hennigan
As the Pentagon moves beyond the relatively low-tech wars in the Middle East and turns its attention to future national security challenges, it has doubled down on sophisticated new radar-jamming devices that aim to render adversaries' air defenses useless. Although the U.S. faced limited resistance in the skies above Iraq and Afghanistan, that would not be the case in Asia, where the Obama administration plans to shift its diplomatic focus and strengthen its defense strategy in the coming decade.
December 5, 2010 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Tired of tangled wires on your portable electronics? The folks at Black Box are on the case — specifically, a 7-inch-square by 2-inch-deep faux-leather case. The case unzips to reveal five mobile accessories with retractable cables: a USB optical mouse, a USB cable, a cable for wired networking, stereo ear buds, and a notebook AC power cable. Each item in the Deluxe Retractable Cable Kit ($38.95) pops into and out of its own slot. Extension ranges from 2 feet (for the mouse)
July 28, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you are itching to switch on your iPad or Kindle reader while your plane taxis for takeoff, you are going to have to wait at least a little longer. A panel assembled by the Federal Aviation Administration to consider relaxing the rules on using portable electronic devices on airplanes has asked for more time to come up with its recommendations. The panel -- made up of representatives from airlines, aircraft builders and electronics firms, as well as pilots, flight attendants and others -- was scheduled to produce a recommendation by Wednesday.
September 11, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Here are two things you might not expect to see together: spider silk coated in carbon nanotubes. This hybrid material is stretchy, super strong and can shrink and grow with humidity, making it potentially very useful for sensors and flexible electronics - and scientists made it by rubbing it between their fingers. This nanotube-coated spider silk, described in the journal Nature Communications, could be useful for devices such as heart monitors inside the body and might even act like synthetic muscle.
November 1, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
It didn't take long for airlines to adopt the new policy that lets passengers use portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. A day after the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would lift the restrictions, Delta Airlines and JetBlue Airways each said passengers on their planes could take advantage of the new rules starting Friday. Under the new rules, passengers can use music players, electronic tablets, e-readers, smartphones and other devices throughout a flight as long as they are switched to "airplane mode" and are not emitting a signal.
September 27, 2013 | Hugo Martín
Airplane passengers might not have to stow away their tablets and smartphones during takeoffs and landings in the near future. A federal panel is expected to release recommendations Monday saying the use of some electronic devices is safe during takeoffs and landings. The proposal by a committee created in January by the Federal Aviation Administration may ease longtime restrictions that have frustrated airline travelers. Regardless of what the panel recommends, the use of cellphones to make calls or send messages will still be prohibited under U.S. law. The 28-member panel must find a balance between the demands of travelers who love tinkering with their electronic devices and flight attendants who worry that passengers will be too engaged with their gadgets to follow instructions.
February 4, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Something sounded familiar last week when I heard U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski make a huge pitch for infusing digital technology into America's classrooms. Every schoolchild should have a laptop, they said. Because in the near future, textbooks will be a thing of the past. Where had I heard that before? So I did a bit of research, and found it. The quote I recalled was, "Books will soon be obsolete in the schools.... Our school system will be completely changed in 10 years.
March 6, 2014 | By August Brown
The Grammys are conflicted about electronic dance music, and Beatport sees an opening. In 2012, the Recording Academy nominated dubstep producer Skrillex for new artist, but its Grammy "Tribute to EDM" was a strange melange of DJs performing mash-ups with rap and rock stars. In 2013, the academy was roundly mocked after a dance recording nomination went to Al Walser, a keytar-toting unknown (the Grammys later tweaked rules to prevent such flukes). Dance music legends Daft Punk won album of the year in 2014, but for an album that sounds more like classic disco than today's EDM. Pop Bites: Lea Michele, Robin Thicke and more In contrast, Beatport - the pacesetting EDM download site for DJs and dance-music fans - will announce the winners of its sixth annual Beatport Awards on Friday.
March 4, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Beleaguered electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. reported its fourth-quarter store sales were down 19% compared to last year and that it would close up to 1,100 underperforming stores, the Fort Worth company said Tuesday. " Our fourth-quarter financial results were driven by a holiday season characterized by lower store traffic, intense promotional activity particularly in consumer electronics, a very soft mobility marketplace and a few operational issues," RadioShack chief executive  Joseph C. Magnacca said.  The company's fourth-quarter revenue was down 20%, slumping to $935.4 million compared to nearly $1.2 billion during the same period last year, RadioShack reported.  It also reported a net loss of $191.4 million for the fourth-quarter, its eighth consecutive quarterly loss.
March 4, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
RadioShack Corp., the struggling electronics retailer, on Tuesday said it might close 1,100 stores - about a fifth of all its outlets - after it reported its eighth straight quarterly loss. The Forth Worth company said it had a net loss of $191.4 million for the fourth quarter - more than triple what it lost a year earlier. Its fourth-quarter revenue slumped 20% to $935.4 million. Like many bricks-and-mortar retailers, RadioShack is struggling to reverse declining foot traffic to its stores and fend off competition from other retailers, including
February 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 UCLA is among the first schools to offer recruits the option of signing their letter of intent on Wednesday electronically instead of sending in via a fax machine. Recruits will be able to sign and fill out documents via computer or mobile device using SignNow by Barracuda. "The technology provides accurate time stamps and ensures that we receive the signed contracts as soon as they are executed," said Matt Elliott,  UCLA's associate athletic director for compliance. Now, instead of worrying about not having paper in a fax machine, schools will have to worry about hackers.
February 4, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
It was DJ Miguel Garcia's first time at last month's National Assn. of Music Merchants' big trade show in Anaheim, but he was in his element, hunched over an expensive DJ rig while spinning his own dance music. "These are probably the best you can get," said the 18-year-old house music performer, who goes by the stage name MikeeyKrook, admiring the Pioneer DJ digital decks and mixers while pumping out his song "Pyramid. " Although the annual NAMM Show is widely known as the place to check out new guitars and amps, manufacturers, retailers and musicians can hear the crescendo of business in a different venue: DJs making electronic dance music, or EDM. Once relegated to raves in warehouses, the electronic music culture has produced international superstars such as Skrillex and Tiesto and has expanded to events such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo Festival, which have put DJs in front of the glow stick masses.
January 21, 2014 | By Todd Martens
On the surface, the members of local quartet Warpaint give the impression they're low-key when it comes to making music. Bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg will tell you she doesn't think about music - she "feels" it - and along with singer-guitarist Emily Kokal, the two will regularly apply words such as "chill," "vibe" and "energy" to the band's creative process. Don't be fooled. With the release of a self-titled second album this week, Warpaint enters a key phase of its career. The band's 2010 debut, "The Fool," sold 150,000 copies worldwide, and its success allowed Warpaint to call on some of the most respected studio technicians in the music industry for the follow-up.
March 28, 2010 | By Michael Haederle
Arthur Firstenberg, who says he is hypersensitive to certain frequencies of electromagnetic radiation, saw the house at the end of a narrow lane as a refuge from physical and neurological symptoms that have plagued him for three decades. "It's been difficult because of my electromagnetic sensitivities," he said. "I had a lot of difficulty finding a house that I could be comfortable in." So in September 2008, he bought the home on Barela Street, a few blocks from the newly redeveloped downtown rail yard here.
December 23, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
If you get frustrated when flight attendants make you shut down your electronic tablet or digital reading device during takeoff and landing, George Takei has got your back. The actor who portrayed Sulu in the original "Star Trek" television series and in films is so fed up with having to turn off his gadgets on airplanes that he launched a petition earlier this month on the website, calling on federal officials to reconsider the policy. “I suspect I'm not alone in feeling put off,” Takei said in his petition letter.
January 16, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Electronic cigarettes are either a potent weapon in the war against tobacco, or they are an insidious menace that threatens to get kids hooked on nicotine and make smoking socially acceptable again. There are health experts who back each point of view. But they do agree that the empirical evidence that will tell them who is right will not be in for several years. "There are a few studies out there right now, but scientists like to have a gazillion," said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Control at UC San Francisco.
January 15, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Facing growing demands for electricity in the years ahead, state officials declared that making buildings, appliances, lighting and electronics more efficient should be a priority. Close behind, they said, is putting tighter controls on power demands on hot summer evenings when air conditioners are blasting. Those were the state's top two priorities that were unanimously approved Wednesday by the California Energy Commission as part of the state's new Integrated Energy Policy Report.
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