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BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Today's cars have turned into traveling towers of Babel. Car infotainment systems freeze. Phones don't always sync. Bluetooth sound quality is poor. And simple tasks take too many touches and clicks. At the core of the problem: The cars and devices speak different languages, with no common standard for operating systems or software. "We have to make this work better," said Philip Abram, chief infotainment officer for General Motors Co. "We have to make this easier for our customers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Equal part handcrafted, computer-aided sensory hallucination and concert, composer Morton Subotnick and visual artist Lillevan's performance at REDCAT, "From 'Silver Apples of the Moon' to 'A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur IV: Lucy,'" offered a mesmerizing reminder of the distances that both electronic music and video art have traveled over the last half-century.   The pair offered Subotnick's remix/reinterpretation of his influential recordings starting with "Silver Apples on the Moon," the landmark 1966-67 composition created for home stereo, and ending with "A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur" in 1978, all built with the aid of important early electronic devices, the most prominent of which was inventor Donald Buchla's "Buchla Box. " The set on Tuesday was, to be base, a total trip, featuring tones and visuals crafted for getting lost inside the head and experiencing a whole other reality.  CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview For those looking for some Zen, in fact, the 70-plus-minute performance was an excellent means of gliding into a state of focused mindfulness, turning inward while letting Subotnick and Lillevan guide the senses.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Parents of small children may be cheering the loudest over news that five of the nation's largest carriers have been cleared to let passengers use portable electronic devices throughout commercial flights. A new survey of air travelers found that the most important aspect of the new policy is that it will make it easier to keep kids entertained. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Oct. 31 that it will let passengers use e-readers, tablets, music players and other handheld devices throughout a flight as long as the gadgets are switched to “airplane mode” and are emitting no signal.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
American Airlines became the latest carrier to get federal clearance to lift restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The Forth Worth-based airline will begin Monday afternoon to allow passengers to use electronic readers, tablets, music players and other portable gadgets while their planes are below 10,000 feet, as long as they are switched to "airplane mode. " The change comes only a few days after the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to lift the restrictions as long as airlines  can prove it will cause no ill effect on their navigation and communications systems.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced plans to ease restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices to play games, read or listen to music during takeoffs and landings of commercial planes. But federal officials have not lifted restrictions on making cellphone calls from a plane. Before the changes take effect, the new rules announced Thursday in Washington require airlines to prove that using electronic devices such as electronic readers and tablets on "airplane mode" is safe for their aircraft.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Even by the outré standards of the 1980s - when music was full of smooth criminals and material girls - the Pet Shop Boys stood out. Two fashion-conscious English guys with the crisp enunciation of schoolteachers, the pioneering duo made electronic synth-pop that looked to the future just as it drew on the old-fashioned storytelling of Noel Coward and P.G. Wodehouse. But nearly 30 years after it broke out with the worldwide smash "West End Girls," the group might be more singular now than it was back then: It's the exceedingly rare veteran act that's gone about its business - and held onto much of its fanbase - without coming across as desperate or uninspired.
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