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January 14, 1987
The American Electronics Assn. estimated that there were 2.52 million domestic electronics employees in September, 1986, compared to 2.54 million at the start of 1986 and 2.56 million in September, 1985. In the first nine months of last year, the association said, employment in the computer segment dropped 3%, or 16,000 jobs, while semiconductor employment increased 0.3%, or 900 jobs. Software-programming employment rose by 5.2%, or 10,000 jobs.
October 31, 2013 | By Hugo Martín and W.J. Hennigan
Score one for the weary air traveler. Ever-increasing baggage fees, vanishing leg room and invasive security screening measures have made air travel hellish for millions of passengers. Now the government is giving fliers more screen time with their gadgets. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it will ease restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. Within a few weeks, travelers will be able to operate their iPads, Kindles and even smartphones throughout a commercial flight, though phone calls will still be banned.
March 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
The federal government must assure U.S. electronics manufacturers that they will be protected from marketing policies in Japan before the next generation of television technology can develop in this country, Congress was told today. U.S.
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)
May 17, 1988 | Associated Press
Increasingly, the Silicon Valley is relying on foreign-born engineers to aid the United States in its battle to dominate the development of advanced electronic technologies. The practice eventually could leave the nation unprepared to meet the manpower demands of its critical electronics industry because many countries have begun restricting emigration of their engineers, industry experts say.
August 13, 1985
SFE Technologies reported a net loss and lower sales for its third quarter ended July 26. The company had a net loss of $1.8 million, or 28 cents per share, contrasted with net income for the same period a year ago of $706,000, or 11 cents per share. Sales for the quarter were $13 million, down 26% from last year's corresponding quarter. For the first nine months of the year, sales were $44.7 million, down 11% from the same period in 1984. The company reported a net loss for nine months of $2.
January 9, 2003 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
Every year, electronics manufacturers trot out new gadgets they hope will entice consumers to plug the Internet into their home entertainment centers. Every year, consumers yawn. Now, the consumer electronics industry is betting that simpler and cheaper devices will, finally, resonate with buyers.
The planned fall launch of the digital videodisc--a major new consumer electronics technology that the industry hopes will eventually supplant the VCR, the music compact disc and the computer CD-ROM--may be delayed until next year because crucial copyright protection issues have not been resolved. Such a delay would be a significant setback for electronics manufacturers and retailers, who hope DVD machines will invigorate the industry in the way CD players and VCRs did in the 1980s.
In 1968, much of the world was in turmoil. Thousands died in the bloody Tet offensive in Vietnam. Russian tanks rumbled into Czechoslovakia. Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. fell to assassin's bullets. Police clashed with demonstrators in Chicago. But Gilbert P. Hyatt distanced himself from the turbulence. He was not interested in politics or protests.
February 27, 1990 | From United Press International
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. said it has signed an agreement with two subsidiaries of Du Pont Co. for joint development of materials for use by the electronics industry.
April 14, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
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 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.
January 9, 2010 | By David Colker and Dawn C. Chmielewski
The giants of the electronics industry made the big splashes at the Consumer Electronics Show, as usual, with towering displays, celebrity spokespeople (Taylor Swift sang for Sony, live and in 3-D) and invitation-only soirees. On the far opposite end of the scale were boutique or just plain small companies, a few of which were even of the mom-and-pop variety. Sometimes, that's where the fun stuff resided at CES, with products that varied from highly inventive to downright wacky.
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.
May 8, 1985
Fresno-based Vendo Co. named President Joe R. Town to the additional post of chief executive. The company makes vending equipment and components for the electronics industry.
December 26, 2008 | Alex Pham
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- known in years past for its outsized booths, wall-to-wall crowds and lobster dinners -- is going to be a lot tamer next month. The show's producers are expecting an 8% drop in attendance to about 130,000 people, down from 141,000 in January 2008. Companies such as Cisco Systems Inc., Panasonic Corp., Belkin International Inc. and Sony Corp.
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