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November 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the software company will explore opportunities to build more of its own hardware, according to a report. "It is absolutely clear that there is an innovation opportunity on the scene between hardware and software and that is a scene that must not go unexploited at all by Microsoft," he said, speaking at a tech industry event in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday. Ballmer said he still expects Microsoft's partners to build the bulk of new Windows-based machines, but this is the firmest comment the top Microsoft executive has made regarding more company-developed devices.
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January 29, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn, Andrea Chang and Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - Google's deal to sell its Motorola Mobility unit to Lenovo for $2.9 billion delivered a double-barreled shocker to the tech industry as the sale promised to scramble the playing field for mobile devices. The transaction marks an abrupt U-turn for Google, which bought the troubled smartphone maker less than two years ago for $12.5 billion. Beijing-based Lenovo, by moving deeper into mobile markets, demonstrated that it has ambitions far beyond becoming the world's largest PC maker.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas may have set records for the amount of exhibit space devoted to televisions, phones and gadgets of every ilk (1.87 million square feet), but hardware wasn't the real buzz of the show, according to an analysis of social media conversations. Content and connectivity dominated online discussions, based on research from Digitas, a digital brand agency, and Brandwatch, a social media monitoring firm, that analyzed more than 330,000 mentions about the trade show, which concluded Friday.  The research found that the most-discussed product attributes were connectivity, the content available on products and applications -- eclipsing other features such as size, display or processor speed.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
LAS VEGAS - Tucked into the tiniest of corners of the gargantuan Consumer Electronics Show one night this week was Sonny Vu, the founder of Misfit. The Redwood City, Calif., company did not have an elaborately constructed trade booth with flashing lights or blaring dance music. It just had Vu, undeterred by his lack of props, standing next to a table displaying a few samples of Shine, the company's new activity monitor that's about the size and shape of a Nilla Wafer. Though the company and product are small, they are emblematic of the biggest trend on display this week at CES: This has become a golden age for consumer electronics start-ups.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Netflix Inc. is blaming a faulty piece of computer hardware for a breakdown that delayed millions of shipments to the online DVD rental service's customers this month. "We've taken steps to fortify our shipping system with the acquisition of additional equipment and worked with our vendors to verify we're in good shape elsewhere," technology chief Mike Osier wrote on Netflix's website.
REAL ESTATE
January 27, 1985 | Dale Baldwin
Question: I have a sliding pocket door to our bathroom which shakes and also opens and closes with a great deal of noise. The existing pocket door is hollow core and rides on an overhead track. How can we alleviate our problems with noise and rattling? Answer: I put your question to Marceil Coor-Pender, vice president and general manager of Vent-Vue Products, 2424 Glover Place, off Riverside Drive, near Dodger Stadium.
REAL ESTATE
May 17, 1998
QUESTION: I want to replace a corroded bathtub spout, but it won't unscrew. The spout is connected to copper tubing, so I'm concerned about applying too much force and possibly twisting the copper pipe. How can I safely remove the spout? Merle Henkenius, a plumber and author in Lincoln, Neb., answers: ANSWER: The spout is connected one of three ways. It could be a simple slip fitting held in place by a hex-screw fastener on the underside of the spout; this is an easy thing to miss.
BUSINESS
December 14, 1994
Last week, The Cutting Edge asked readers for their views on the problem of bugs in PC hardware and software products. Specifically, we asked whether readers felt the PC industry did a worse job than other industries in maintaining quality, and what the industry might do better. The query drew dozens of comments, with many people relating stories of frustration with PC products: Poor technical support was a particularly common complaint. Below are excerpts from a some of the responses we received: The computer industry is definitely guilty-as-charged when it comes to selling products with known defects.
NEWS
March 14, 1996 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When jeans designers Jeff Venanzi and Lee Lottes say they've gone heavy metal, they mean it literally. In their Corona del Mar studio, they make jeans adorned with metal hinges and other hardware. They'll take an actual working hinge made of stainless steel and attach it to the fly of a pair of jeans. Instead of traditional buttons and zippers, they'll substitute nuts and bolts, the same kind used for home improvement projects.
BUSINESS
May 21, 1986
The Federal Reserve Board approved Citicorp's proposed $680-million bid but said the banking firm must drop Quotron System Inc.'s computer hardware assembly operation within two years if the takeover is successful. Quotron, a Los Angeles-based provider of financial information, has rejected the offer as inadequate, but Citicorp has hinted at a possible hostile tender offer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Santa Ana authorities were investigating a possible pipe bomb explosion early Wednesday at a hardware store. Law enforcement officers responded to a report of an explosion around 9 a.m. at an Orchard Supply Hardware at 1975 East 17th St. Witnesses said they heard a blast near the exit doors of the store, the Santa Ana Police Department said in a statement. No injuries were immediately reported. When investigators arrived they said they found what appeared to be remnants of a pipe bomb at the store's exit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A blast early Wednesday at a Santa Ana hardware story that investigator initially suspected was caused by a pipe bomb is now being blamed on a battery that exploded. Authorities "determined it was some type of battery; how it exploded we don't know," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. "Why it was there we don't know," he added. The explosion at Orchard Supply Hardware at 1975 E. 17th St. occurred at about 9 a.m., Bertagna said. Authorities initially feared that a pipe bomb might have detonated.
SPORTS
July 15, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
Adam Krikorian, the U.S. women's water polo coach, says he can't recall what exactly happened in those final seconds of anticipation. A coach's short-term memory, he says. But what he does remember from that August evening wasn't so much a sight or a sound but the weight. Krikorian coached the U.S. women's team to its first gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. But as a coach, he does not receive a medal. Only players do. Instead, he got 13, one by one by one. "The coolest memory for me was at the end of the ceremony when all the athletes put the medals around my neck," Krikorian said of the more than 11 pounds of gold-plated accomplishment.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Less than a year after stepping down as chairman and co-chief executive of Restoration Hardware Holding Inc., Gary Friedman is back in his old roles at the swanky Northern California-based home furnishings retailer. The Corte Madera company's former poster boy was reappointed after stepping down in October, reportedly after the board determined that he had had an inappropriate relationship with a 26-year-old female employee. Restoration did not respond to requests for comment.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Home improvement giant Lowe's Cos. aims to score a bigger piece of California's real estate recovery by agreeing to rescue Bay Area rival Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corp. Lowe's on Monday made a $205-million bid for the company, sometimes known as OSH, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, weighed down by years of declining sales, an overcrowded market and massive debt inherited during its time with former parent Sears Holdings Corp. Although the Mooresville, N.C., chain outpaces OSH in size and sales, it is less established in the Golden State, where home sales last month hit a seven-year high.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Orchard Supply Hardware is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy but already has a waiting rescuer - larger competitor Lowe's Companies Inc. Lowe's is offering to buy most of the San Jose company's assets for $205 million in cash - including at least 60 of its stores - and assume the payables owed to most of the smaller chain's suppliers. Under the acquisition agreement, Orchard would be allowed to hold onto its brand, continue operating its stores as a standalone business and retain its management team and employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2008 | Tony Perry
A Chinese national living in Connecticut pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to attempting to smuggle military hardware to China that could be used in making weapons. Qing Li, 40, could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced Sept. 26. The device, called an accelerometer, could increase the impact of bombs and missiles. Li allegedly conspired with a Chinese national identified only as Wang. None of the hardware left the country. -- -- Tony Perry
BUSINESS
May 15, 2000
In my job as a librarian and parent, Gary Chapman's article ["Problem of Technology Gap Starts With Shortage of Skilled Teachers," May 1] certainly hit the nail on the head. I have spent my entire working life in schools, offices and libraries witnessing the technology industry and its many guilt-ridden relatives grant massive amounts of hardware to those of us near the bottom trying to grapple with technology that has, almost literally, been thrown at us. School and library administrators eagerly accept hardware gotten through various generous grants, and then the stuff arrives with little or no help in learning how to use and teach from the software, let alone maintain and trouble-shoot the hardware.
SPORTS
May 25, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
When Bayern Munich opened its long-anticipated club museum at Allianz Arena in May 2012, it was meant to celebrate the club's present as well as its storied past. Which is why visitors, after passing a succession of trophies, medals and other hardware won during the club's 113-year history, came to a display case that was vacant, save for the spotlight illuminating its emptiness. The spot had been reserved for another Champions League cup, the most coveted prize in club soccer. And while it takes equal measures arrogance and confidence to believe winning such an award was inevitable, Bayern Munich proved Saturday that such conviction was well-placed, beating Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund, 2-1, in a memorable Champions League final at London's Wembley Stadium.
HOME & GARDEN
January 19, 2013 | By R. Daniel Foster
At its most basic level, a 3-D printer is like an automated hot-glue gun programmed to spit out solid objects. The machines extrude layers of plastic into virtually any three-dimensional shape. Print whimsical garden statuary. Reproduce an anatomically correct heart with moving parts for your son's science project (actually, he could do that himself). Create a signature bookend, cookie cutter, necklace - anything. The buzz within the design world is that most homes could have one of these gadgets within 10 years.
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