January 11, 1999 |
The consumer electronics industry's ongoing transition from analog to digital design is far from simple. But convincing consumers that products such as DVD and digital TV not only offer better quality but are easy to use may be the most difficult challenge facing the $76-billion U.S. industry in 1999. "Digitization leads to a complicated set of choices for consumers," Howard Stringer, chairman and chief executive of Sony Corp.
January 26, 1992 |
Like Newton, the apple and gravity, fruit once again has played a big role in a scientific discovery. But instead of getting bopped like Sir Isaac on the noggin, Ray Turner reached into his refrigerator for a lemon and came away with a startling solution to one of the more daunting environmental problems facing mankind. After a few false starts one evening at his La Habra home, the longtime Hughes Aircraft Co.
October 31, 2013 |
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.
April 6, 1995 |
Customs Service agents raided spy equipment stores from Southern California to the East Coast on Wednesday, ending a 17-month undercover investigation into alleged smuggling of telephone bugging devices and other electronic surveillance equipment. Nine arrests have been made and more are expected, officials said.
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November 11, 1997
Firefighters quickly extinguished a smoldering blaze in a Mar Vista electronics plant early Monday and worked to ensure that hazardous runoff did not contaminate the area, city fire officials said. The meltdown of a tank of chemicals at Teledyne Microelectronics in the 12000 block of Panama Street probably started because a heating element failed to shut off automatically, said Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis.
August 20, 1990 |
As leading electronics companies race to develop high-definition television, some predict that the technology will become far more than a means for affluent TV addicts to enjoy clearer pictures and better sound quality. When combined with advanced microchips, HDTV may allow the creation of hybrid television-computers that allow users to control images by touching the screen or tapping a keyboard.
November 25, 1991 |
Worried about the disappearing ozone, Intel Corp. is the first company to eliminate chlorofluorocarbons from its computer manufacturing lines worldwide and hopes to be the first to cut all CFC use within a year. The $4-billion Intel, which makes the most popular microprocessor "brains" of personal computers, planned to announce the news on Monday after stepping up its efforts two years ago to become CFC-free.
December 26, 1989 |
Sanford L. Kane was flush with success last June when he publicly unveiled plans for U.S. Memories, a semiconductor manufacturing cooperative that he would lead. After all, the venture--designed to provide a domestic source of key computer memory chips--was backed by a veritable "Who's Who" of American high-technology companies, and it promised to solve one of the industry's most vexing problems: Japanese domination of the memory chip market. Then reality set in.
April 14, 1988 |
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday that it is launching a special pilot inspection program to evaluate job safety protection programs in California's semiconductor manufacturing industry. OSHA spokesman Joe Kirkbride said such a pilot inspection program is "unique in the nation."
January 23, 1992 |
Business leaders, scientists and environmentalists Wednesday gave Hughes Aircraft Co. favorable reviews for its new non-toxic, citrus formula that replaces ozone-damaging chemicals widely used in the defense electronics industry. Hughes plans to formally unveil its new substitute for chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, at news conferences today in Los Angeles and Washington.