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April 14, 2011 |
Sidney Harman, a philanthropist, polymath and pioneer in high-fidelity sound for homes and cars who tried to resuscitate an icon of American journalism when he bought Newsweek last year, has died. He was 92. Harman died Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., of complications from leukemia, according to a statement from his family on the website of the Daily Beast, which Harman merged with Newsweek in November. He was married to former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman of Venice, who resigned her seat in February to lead the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
April 5, 2011 |
Texas Instruments Inc., seeking to grow its semiconductor chip business by acquisition, plans to buy Santa Clara, Calif.-based National Semiconductor Corp. for $6.5 billion. Dallas-based TI and National Semiconductor each make chips used in consumer electronics — including cellphones and tablet computers — and in industrial equipment. But their individual products — TI makes about 30,000 items and National Semiconductor makes about 12,000 — don't overlap much, experts said.
October 6, 2010 |
Two Russian expatriates working in Britain have been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics for their discovery of graphene, a two-dimensional layer of carbon molecules whose unexpected properties promise to revolutionize the electronics industry, the production of lightweight materials and a host of other applications. At a time when multibillion-dollar particle accelerators and orbiting telescopes are often deemed necessary for major breakthroughs in physics, Andre Geim, 51, and Konstantin Novoselov, 36, both of the University of Manchester, laid the foundation for their discovery with an ordinary piece of Scotch tape.
January 8, 2010
The giant Consumer Electronics Show officially kicked off Thursday with a keynote speech by the head of an automaker touting interactive gadgets for drivers. But the tech confab continued to be centered on popular personal electronics such as smart phones and TVs connected to the Internet. Here is a sampling of blog postings by the Los Angeles Times technology staff. TomTom What's the best way to compete with free? Start offering some perks for free. GPS manufacturer TomTom, faced with pressure from Google Maps, plans to give away features for which it now charges a fee. Free downloads of updated map and traffic data will be available for select devices in the second quarter of this year.
September 30, 2008 |
Apple Inc.'s shares took their biggest tumble in eight years Monday, as worries about slowing spending hit technology stocks even harder than the broader market on a brutal day on Wall Street. Apple's 18% plunge was triggered by increasing evidence that sales of Macintosh computers were slowing. The company has been on a roll in recent years in large part because of the comeback of its Mac business, which has been growing three times as fast as the rest of the computer industry.
July 24, 2008 |
Sony, Samsung and other consumer-electronics heavyweights are uniting to support a technology that could send high-definition video signals wirelessly from a single set-top box to screens around the home. The consortium announced Wednesday is an important development in the race to create the definitive way to replace tangles of video cables, but doesn't end it -- Sony and Samsung also support a competing technology. In the new consortium, Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co.