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December 17, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday delayed a decision on how to fill the seat of former member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died earlier this month. Three members wanted to postpone the discussion until after LaMotte's funeral, while three others supported taking up the issue immediately. But four votes were required for action, so the board never debated the central question: whether to appoint a replacement or call a special election. "Not taking an action is an action," said Monica Garcia, who wanted the board to discuss its options.
December 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Christmas is just about a week away, so if you need a last-minute tech gift idea, here are a few. Join us at 10 a.m. as the Times' Stacey Leasca and I open up a few tech gadgets and discuss a few cool devices you can give as presents. If you don't want to spend too much Looking for a gift that won't bust the bank? Go with Google Chromecast. The nifty little device lets users play movies, songs and TV shows from their smartphones on their HD TVs. That means Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO and other content providers.
December 13, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Enraged that Fisher-Price has started selling an iPad baby seat, a Boston-based consumer group has launched a campaign to get the product yanked off the market.  The petition by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has so far gotten 8,739 signatures.  " There are so many awful screen products for babies these days, but the Fisher-Price Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity™ Seat for iPad® device is the worst yet," the group says on...
December 11, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles Unified School District officials have delayed Tuesday's scheduled vote on the next phase of a $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every student, teacher and school administrator.  The vote had already been delayed a week with the cancellation of all meetings after the death Dec. 5 of board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte. Now, the matter is tentatively pushed into January, which could create problems for the planned deployment of the devices. In a brief email, L.A. schools Supt.
December 10, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school district officials have postponed plans to provide iPads to all teachers and administrators but still want to use the tablets for new standardized tests this spring. The scaled-back proposal was described by L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy in a meeting Monday with Times reporters and editors. The Board of Education was set to vote on the next phase of a $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every student, teacher and school administrator in the nation's second-largest school system.
December 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez thinks the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is a better tablet than the iPad Air, and the company isn't afraid to say so in a new ad that mocks the Apple tablet and a top Apple executive. The ad uses a voice with a British accent to point out the features of the iPad Air, poking fun of Jony Ive, Apple's British-born design chief, who frequently appears in videos describing the company's new products. For every feature the British voice describes, an American voice points out how the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is better, featuring a higher-resolution display, weighing 20% less and priced starting at $379, while the iPad Air starts at $499.
November 27, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
From the folks who brought the world the 24-karat gold iPad, the tallest skyscraper and the first government program that pays citizens to lose weight will come the 2020 World Expo. Dubai  was selected Wednesday by the 168-nation International Expositions Bureau in Paris to host the event, the first Middle Eastern state to stage the world's fair in its 150-year history. Jubilant rulers and residents of the tiny Arab emirate set off fireworks, illuminated the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa tower and promised to stage an expo that would "astonish the world.
November 23, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Two months after losing iPads because of a security breach, Roosevelt High students began using the devices again last week. The iPads remain out of service at two other schools affected after students deleted software filters so they could browse the Internet freely. The security episode triggered an early crisis as Los Angeles Unified was starting to provide tablets for every student, teacher and school administrator. Other problems have surfaced since, and the distribution of the devices has been delayed beyond the first group of 47 schools.
November 22, 2013
Re "Hidden costs in iPad program," Nov. 20 The Los Angeles Unified School District's effort to give an Apple iPad to each student is a noble idea gone horribly wrong in its implementation. The latest snafu is the revelation that the educational software on those iPads will have to be renewed annually after the first three years, costing $60 million a year. The confidence-destroying shame of this, in my view, is that the clock is already running on the three years despite the fact that the software is still a work in progress, not all the iPads have been distributed and administrators evidently hid the information about these costs from the school board and the public.
November 22, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
The new iPad mini with Retina display is still quite hard to find and generally only available through Apple's online store.  However, in a sign that the rollout of the product may be expanding in time for the Black Friday holiday shopping frenzy, an analyst reports that the device can now be found for purchase in some New York City Apple stores.  Need a laugh? Let this website come up with your next Facebook status "Three weeks after the iPad Air became available at Apple Retail Stores, the iPad mini with Retina Display has made its way to a few Apple Retail Stores in NYC for walk-in customers, possibly portending a wider rollout in the U.S. and around the world over the next week," wrote Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White in a note to clients Friday.  Even before Apple unveiled the new version of the iPad mini with the higher-resolution display last month, analysts had expected it would be in short supply this holiday season.
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