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September 12, 2013 | By Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING -- If anything indicates how China's Apple fans feel about the company's latest product release this week, it's how Nicole Zhou spent her Wednesday afternoon.  One day after the Cupertino-based company unveiled two new iPhone models -- the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back -- 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a...
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BUSINESS
January 16, 2012 | By Justine Griffin
Show everyone how special you think your iPhone 4S is — have it gold-plated. For a little more than $1,500, you can have an iPhone gold plated by Laban Roomes, an entrepreneur looking to expand his England business into the U.S. Roomes plans to make his American debut in south Florida next month. "Florida is kind of like my second home," he said, adding that he has family in Fort Lauderdale. Roomes is the founder and owner of Goldgenie, a business that began by gold-plating car emblems and has grown to plate phones, computer mice, flowers, game consoles and iPads.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
QuizUp, a popular mobile game that had been available exclusively for Apple iOS users, launched Thursday for Android devices. The game allows users to face off against their friends by taking quizzes. Users choose a topic and then must answers questions correctly and as quickly as possible in order to get a higher score than their opponent. QuizUp offers a wide selection of topics, including the "House of Cards" Netflix series, music from the 2000s and flags from around the world.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Sprint has it. Verizon has it. AT&T has it. And next week, T-Mobile might announce it is getting it too. We're talking about the iPhone, of course. In a recent note to investors, Merrill Lynch analyst Scott Craig  said "speculation is heightening" that T-Mobile USA's parent company Deutsche Telecom will announce a deal to make the iPhone available to T-Mobile users as early as next week, Fortune reports . Quiz: What set the Internet on fire in 2012? If the speculation is accurate, loyal T-Mobile subscribers will soon have a shot at getting their very own iPhone, without having to change carriers, or go through the rigamarol of buying an unlocked phone somewhere else.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2011 | By Amrita Jayakumar
Your freeloading iPhone can now start paying for itself. Maybe even take you someplace nice for dinner. A 2-month-old app called Gigwalk pays you to use your iPhone. Users who download the app act as on-the-ground inspectors for big companies, checking local menus and store displays or verifying street signs. The Gigwalkers, as they're known, snap photos of the task and send it to Gigwalk, which pays anywhere from $3 to $90 per gig. As users prove themselves and earn "StreetCred," they can unlock higher-paying gigs that are more complicated.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
British artist David Hockney is the focus of a major exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco that explores the past decade of his work. It's been an extremely busy decade for the 76-year-old artist, who is known for his paintings, drawings, prints and photography. Hockney spends much of his time at his second home in the Los Angeles area. The exhbition, called "A Bigger Picture," is massive, the museum's largest ever. It opened Saturday and runs through Jan. 20, 2014.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
We already suspected the iPhone 5 has a tougher, more durable screen than the Samsung Galaxy S III, but now it appears Apple's device might be more water resistant too. SquareTrade, a company that offers device warranties, put the two popular smartphones through a series of durability tests - the most compelling one being a dip in a pool - and the iPhone 5 came out on top. The video, which you can see above, shows the two flagship phones...
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Repairing the iPhone 5 costs far more than fixing its predecessors because of Apple's tight control over the parts that make up its newest phone, according to a new report. In some cases, just repairing an iPhone 5 screen can cost $30 more than the entire phone that's been purchased for $200 with a two-year service contract. Normally, users can turn to third-party shops to fix their iPhones. But many phone shops are not willing to repair the latest iPhone because of the high costs of parts, Marketwatch reported . The repair firms that do work on the iPhone are charging as much as Apple, or even more, to fix the phone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Harriet Ryan and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The doctor came by night and left each morning. What went on in the second-floor bedroom where Michael Jackson was treated by his personal physician night after night was known only by the doctor and his famed patient. On Wednesday, the private words of the feeble patient to the caretaker at his bedside rang out in the Los Angeles courtroom where Dr. Conrad Murray is now on trial for Jackson's death. Barely comprehensible and slurring his words, the singer shared with Murray his dreams about a children's hospital he wanted to be remembered for. "God wants me to do it. I'm gonna do it, Conrad," the singer told the doctor.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
After months of speculation and rumors that often precede new Apple products, the iPhone 5 has arrived. And with pre-orders set to begin Friday, the question is: Should you buy one? It depends. The iPhone 5 is an improvement over its immediate predecessor, the iPhone 4S, with the new phone sporting a bigger screen and faster processor. But the iPhone brand, which revolutionized mobile technology when it debuted in 2007, is no longer the unchallenged technological leader. PHOTOS: Apple iPhone 5 Other smartphones have screens bigger than the iPhone 5's, and with the same if not better quality.
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