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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 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 |
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.