December 4, 2013 |
Work has begun on the next generation of USB connectors, and the good news is that users will no longer have to worry about whether they're plugging in their connectors upside down. Current USB connectors look quite similar on both sides, but the connectors won't plug in unless users have them facing the correct way -- and even then, there are times when the connector simply won't slide in. As anyone who has ever used a USB connector can attest, it can often take several tries to plug in correctly ( this diagram depicts the situation that often occurs with current USB connectors)
December 4, 2013 |
Members of the huge millennial generation, who have strongly supported President Obama in the past, have soured on him and take a skeptical view of his signature healthcare law, according to a new poll from Harvard's Institute of Politics. “Millennials have always been one of two significant parts of the Obama coalition,” said John Della Volpe, the institute's polling director. Throughout Obama's national political career, members of the millennial generation gave him a significantly higher approval rating than the rest of the population, he said.
November 19, 2013 |
Get ready for the new Ford Mustang. At the start of the L.A. Auto Show on Tuesday, Ford Motor Co. said it will unveil the sixth generation of the original Pony Car at events in Los Angeles; New York; and Dearborn, Mich., on Dec. 5. The new version is expected to go on sale next year, 50 years after the first Mustang, a 1965 model, debuted April 17, 1964, at the New York World's Fair. LIVE: The latest photos, facts from LA Auto Show Ford is closely guarding details on the most recognizable car ever to bear the blue oval. Horsepower, engine choices and fuel economy figures will come in December.
November 13, 2013 |
Los Angeles County could create tens of thousands of new jobs and reduce global-warming-causing carbon emissions if solar-voltaic panels are installed on just 5% of available rooftops, says a just-issued report. The study by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA, released Wednesday, predicts that 29,000 installer jobs would open up. Carbon emissions would be reduced by 1.25 million tons, the equivalent of taking a quarter of a million cars off the roads each year.
November 10, 2013 |
Just in time for Veterans Day, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, announced last week that his department had reduced its backlog of overdue disability claims from more than 600,000 in March to about 400,000. "The trend line is in the right direction," Shinseki told reporters, noting that the VA had cut the number of claims older than a year by 93%. With hundreds of thousands of cases still unresolved, Shinseki hasn't gotten much credit so far - but to the surprise of his critics, he's on track to achieve his goal of eliminating the backlog by 2015.
November 8, 2013 |
Microsoft Corp., looking to build anticipation for the new Xbox One video game console, emphasized the entertainment features of the device. The struggling Seattle technology giant has been positioning the successor to its Xbox 360 as an all-in-one entertainment system that will enable users to quickly switch from playing games to watching television to listening to music - and back again - by using their voice. "One of the goals we have for Xbox One is for it to be the games and entertainment system for people in their homes," Xbox Marketing Director Jose Pinero said as he demonstrated the new features this week in Venice. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The Xbox One - scheduled to come out Nov. 22 - seeks to improve on the cumbersome electronic program guides and remote controls that people use to make viewing selections with a new type of navigation. The Kinect controller recognizes a user when he or she enters the room, and it automatically fills the screen with that person's favorite channels, applications or games.
October 30, 2013 |
BOSTON -- The consensus among economists is not one that America's professional sports leagues like to hear. The taxpayers get no significant financial return from paying to build a ballpark or a football stadium or a sports arena. The lesson has been learned in California. The San Francisco Giants paid for their new ballpark. The Dodgers paid to renovate theirs. The Oakland Athletics would love to pay for one in San Jose, but the commissioner, the Giants and the courts stand in their way. If the argument is that public funding for sports facilities makes no sense, the opposing argument could be heard, seen and felt all around Fenway Park on Wednesday.
October 24, 2013 |
Though still several months from its official world debut, Mercedes this week gave fans a sneak peak at the interior and key safety features of its next-generation C-Class sedan. The compact sports sedan -- Mercedes' biggest seller -- is a perennial rival to the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, as well as others in the segment such as the Lexus IS, Cadillac ATS and Infiniti Q50. The current generation of C-Class has been with us since 2008, and is one of the oldest cars in the segment.
October 23, 2013 |
The average millennial graduating from college today will not retire until age 73 because heavy student-loan debt will prevent them from saving enough money for an earlier retirement, according to a new study. The typical graduate has a “seemingly manageable” $23,300 in education debt and a median starting salary of $45,327, according to the analysis by financial website NerdWallet.com. In general, millennials are people in their 20s or early 30s. Despite their decent salaries, the average millennial has to earmark roughly 7% of earnings toward student loans.
October 22, 2013 |
The star of Apple's event was clearly the iPad Air. The tablet has a new look, but how different is it really compared to its predecessor, the fourth-generation iPad? Thanks to a lighter, thinner design, new and faster processing chip, and extra goodies Apple is throwing in, the new iPad Air is different enough that it will probably entice many to upgrade while fending off competition by Google, Samsung, Microsoft and others. PHOTOS: Apple announces new version of the iPad and iPad mini Here's how it breaks down: Price The iPad Air will go on sale Nov. 1 at the same price that the fourth-generation iPad was sold for. That means you can get a 16 GB Wi-Fi-only model for $499 or a 16 GB LTE model for $629.