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September 5, 2012 | By Monte Morin
"Jeffrey" was barely two weeks into his first job, and already he was about to lose it. The autistic 21-year-old was good at wiping down tables and cleaning bathrooms at a Virginia fast-food restaurant, but his boss grew alarmed whenever Jeffrey would spin around in the dining room, humming to himself and staring at the ceiling. But the shy, $8-an-hour custodian managed to keep his job after he was equipped with a specially programmed iPod that used videos, clock alarms and written messages to remind him of work tasks.
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January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google on Monday disclosed its first major acquisition of 2014, announcing it has purchased Nest, a startup that sells connected home products, for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest was co-founded by Tony Fadell, one of the people who led Apple's creation of the iPod in the early 2000s. Nest has been around for a few years and sells a smart thermostat and a smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarm that users can control using apps on their smartphones. Nest is "already delivering amazing products you can buy right now -- thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe," Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement . "We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams!
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BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple introduced the latest version of the iPod Nano, giving the small device a 2.5-inch screen. The new screen is the biggest ever to grace the Nano, yet Apple also has made it thinner than before. The Nano will now have a home button just as the iPhone and iPod Touch do. Apple said the updated device will come in seven different colors and will play video once again -- including widescreen video. Additionally, the Nano now is Bluetooth enabled and has received Apple's new smaller dock connector, called the Lightning Connector.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
In the spirit of musical independence this Fourth, may I propose two effective, if buggy, tools for liberation? One is an iPod slayer. The other is an anti-iPod. The former plays music despite its many software bugs. The latter entices you into the realm of bug music. Named, alas, like an automatic weapon, the Astell&Kern 100 - a.k.a. the AK100 - is a music player from the Korean electronics manufacturer iRiver. It's the length of, and slightly wider than, an iPod nano. It has the depth of about five nanos.
NEWS
December 12, 2010 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The iMainGo X ($69.95) is a protective case for an iPod, iPhone or most MP3 players that incorporates stereo speakers into its housing. It measures 6 inches by 4 inches by 2.5 inches. The incorporated 3.5-mm plug also can be plugged into any device with a 3.5-millimeter connection, or use a 2.5-millimeter adapter for more versatility. Push the case’s power button, and you've got sound. The speaker-case is coolest when used with a small device that can be slid into the transparent sleeve, letting you carry and play the device without opening the case.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2009 | David Colker
Nostalgic for cassette tapes but love the convenience of iPods? Now you can have them both in one product. A pair of Canadian designers are recycling cassette tapes into iPod cases. Called the 45nano, it appears to be a normal, unrecorded cassette on one side. But flip it over and you'll find a hollowed-out area that fits the latest iPod Nano. The designers -- Nathan Lee and Trevor Coghill of Contexture Design -- also put in some cushioning foam and a plastic sleeve to protect the Nano, while still making it possible to work the touch-wheel.
WORLD
April 2, 2009 | Mark Silva
The diplomatic challenges facing President Obama during his overseas trip this week include this one: What gift to give his host in Britain, the queen? Gift giving, when mishandled, can cause a kerfuffle, as Obama has already discovered. When British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited the White House in March, the British press panned Obama's presentation of DVDs of Hollywood films as declasse. It didn't help that the DVDs didn't work in European players.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez
SAN FRANCISCO -- Besides the iPhone 5, Apple also announced an updated version of the iPod Touch, now with a more powerful processor and the same 4-inch screen as the iPhone 5. The new iPod Touch is getting Apple's A5 chip, which will make the device's CPU twice as fast. Siri is also making the jump to the iPod Touch. The iPod Touch will now be 6.1 mm and weigh 88 grams. Its battery has also been improved and it can get as much as eight hours of continuous video playback. Apple said the new iPod Touch will have graphics that are seven times faster.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2009 | David Colker
An upgraded iPod Nano -- with video camera, FM radio and other niceties -- in a slimmer, flashier package is the highlight of Apple's new product lineup.But the fact that it's an upgrade is telling -- Apple Inc. revealed no brand-new products at Wednesday's long-awaited unveiling. The rumored tablet-style computer that's supposedly in the works was not mentioned. "We didn't see anything bleeding edge or real 'out of the blue,' " said Gartner Inc. analyst Mike McGuire. "We saw logical extensions."
NEWS
October 13, 2010
Might we see iPads popping up in the hands of hospital staff? Well, it depends. Ottawa Hospital in Canada, is distributing hundreds of iPads to doctors and nurses to view X-ray and MRI images and access other medication information, according to "The electronic health record meets the iPad" posted by IT World Canada. However Dr. Satish Misra, writing earlier this year for iMedical Apps, expressed concerns about the use of iPads in hospitals: Can they be properly disinfected?
BUSINESS
May 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has sold more than 100 million iPod Touch units, the company said Thursday, and it hopes to sell more by offering a new, less-expensive $229 model. The Cupertino tech giant began selling the iPod Touch alongside the iPhone back in 2007, and on Thursday, it told The Loop , an Apple blog, that since then, it has sold more than 100 million units. That's up from 82 million last July. Sales have been steady despite predictions that smartphones would kill the iPod market.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - So what do you give to the leader of the free world? If you're German Chancellor Angela Merkel, you might hint that Obama could work on his putting. Merkel presented an estimated $1,400 in putting gear, including a pair of Kramski putters (complete with head covers) and the book “The Kramski Putt Philosophy.” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper appealed to Obama's other favorite sport with a basketball signed by the 2010-2011 Toronto Raptors, a team that finished the season with a 22-60 record - including a 1-3 record against Obama's Chicago Bulls.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
The tech industry has been buzzing in recent weeks about the sudden burst of announcements about wearable computing, and in particular about rumors that Apple is working on some kind of iWatch. But in the view of some Apple fans, such a gadget wouldn't be Apple's first watch. As far as they're concerned, Apple already released -- and then withdrew -- its first watch when it introduced the 6 th generation of its iPod Nano in 2010. STORY: Waiting for Apple's iWatch As part of a larger story about Apple's iWatch plans, I spoke with Scott Wilson, a Chicago-based designer who has been involved in various ways with smartwatch efforts over the years.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Would the iPhone have sold as well if it was called the "TelePod"? Apple Inc.'s former advertising lead Ken Segall told a college marketing class that the Cupertino company considered naming its phone the TelePod because it sounded like a futuristic twist on the word "telephone" and had similarities to Apple's iPod, which was very popular at the time. Speaking to students at the University of Arizona, Segall also said Apple considered some other names, including iPad, which the company eventually used for its tablet instead.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
HBO has updated its HBO Go apps for the iPhone and iPad to enable them to stream content to the Apple TV. The app update, released Tuesday afternoon, adds Apple's AirPlay feature, which lets users push content from their Apple smartphone or tablet, as well the iPod Touch, to the Apple TV. The addition of AirPlay was announced by HBO Co-President Eric Kessler at a conference in Dana Point sponsored by the website AllThingsD. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 “Our long-term goal for Go is to be on all devices and all platforms,” Kessler said, according to AllThingsD .  Earlier this year reports also said HBO Go will be coming directly to the Apple TV, but that was not announced Tuesday.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As if Apple bringing back Google Maps wasn't enough news today, now iPhone users also will have access to movies and TV shows from Amazon.com. The Seattle-based online retailer announced early Thursday the arrival of the Amazon Instant Video app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. With the app, users can gain access to any video content they have purchased or rented from Amazon.com. However, they cannot make any new purchases or rents from the app itself. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech products of 2012 With the app, Amazon Prime members also gain access to the company's Prime Instant Video catalog, which includes more than 30,000 pieces of content available to watch whenever they wish.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
HBO has updated its HBO Go apps for the iPhone and iPad to enable them to stream content to the Apple TV. The app update, released Tuesday afternoon, adds Apple's AirPlay feature, which lets users push content from their Apple smartphone or tablet, as well the iPod Touch, to the Apple TV. The addition of AirPlay was announced by HBO Co-President Eric Kessler at a conference in Dana Point sponsored by the website AllThingsD. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 “Our long-term goal for Go is to be on all devices and all platforms,” Kessler said, according to AllThingsD .  Earlier this year reports also said HBO Go will be coming directly to the Apple TV, but that was not announced Tuesday.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2010 | David Lazarus
It used to be that banks gave out toasters to attract new customers. Bank of the West brought that idea into the digital age with a recent offer of a free iPod Touch if you opened a checking account. But, as Glassell Park resident Phyllis Chiu discovered, getting that iPod wasn't always as easy as the bank would have had people believe. "It seemed like a wonderful offer," Chiu, 58, told me. "I had been interested in getting an iPod Touch. But it didn't turn out as I expected.
TRAVEL
October 21, 2012 | By Jen Leo
The longtime travel deal website Hotwire has released a mobile hotel app. Name: Hotwire Available for: iPhone and iPod Touch What it does: Offers instant access to hotel deals in 3,145 cities and 61 countries. You can see the hotel rating, price, amenities, general location and whether it's recommended by other customers, but you won't find out which hotel you've booked until after your credit card is charged. Cost: Free What's hot: Using the app is simple and easy - it takes only four clicks to book your hotel room.
TRAVEL
September 30, 2012 | By Jen Leo
When translation apps are a dime a dozen, don't waste your time testing them. Download SayHi Translate and use it at home or on your next trip abroad. It's just as useful for business as it is for leisure travel. Name: SayHi Translate Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad What it does: Interprets 32 languages and dialects. Speak into the device and watch as your words appear in the conversation box. You select the language, and the translation is then spoken.
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