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June 10, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Apple will bring iBooks to laptops and desktops, it announced in the keynote of its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday in San Francisco. Since the launch of the iBookstore in 2010, iBooks has only been available as an app. The complete iBooks marketplace, 1.8-million titles, will be available to users on Apple laptops and desktops using its OS X operating system. Any books that you have previously purchased will be available on your laptop or desktop, reports the Next Web. With the move, Apple makes a direct appeal to student users.
May 28, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Going beyond previous estimates, market research firm IDC said it expects that tablet computers will outsell laptops this year. Tablets were already on pace to beat sales of desktop computers: By 2015, IDC said, tablets will have more market share than the entire traditional PC market. "Tablets surpassing portables in 2013, and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them,” said Ryan Reith, program manager for IDC's Mobility Trackers.
May 26, 2013 | By Karen Stabiner
It happened, as crises do, without warning. I was doing something essential, like trolling online for better and deeply discounted kitchen knives, when suddenly the image on my laptop went from hi-res to out-of-register. Most of the color fell away and a grim message appeared: My computer was having a problem, as though I hadn't noticed; I should wait a minute and try to turn it on again. An hour later I was on the street in front of the Apple store, laptop-less. The fellow at the Genius Bar could tell that the video card wasn't working but couldn't fix it. At the ripe old age of 6, this was a "vintage" computer that required a trip to the central repair facility, where they keep antique parts.
April 18, 2013
Now that anyone with a laptop can make decently epic soundscapes, how will Sigur Rós keep its lead? On "Valtari," it does it by using all its usual tricks, but in even more evocative and expert ways. On "Valtari" it's back to the essentials: oceanic buildups, flickers of treated orchestras and falsetto vocal lines that yank heartstrings, even though you know exactly when they're coming. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara. 7 p.m. Fri. $40.50-$55.50. .
March 28, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Dan McCleary is one of the finest figure painters working today. Since 2010 he has also directed Art Division, an after school arts program for young adults. Now he is showing with Javier Carrillo and Emmanuel Galvez, talented former students at Art Division. Their recent paintings begin with a stylistic clarity and precision familiar from their teacher's example, while wholly transforming his precedent in distinctive ways. McCleary's three large genre paintings at Craig Krull depict simple scenes.
March 21, 2013
Eric Woodhead's music as Doldrums is a product of its times — skittish laptop electronica made from diced up samples and woozy, vibey synthesizers. But he's got a bit of pop streak that cuts through the digital fog. Bootleg Bar, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri., $10. .
March 5, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Researchers believe that someday, doctors may be able to use specially-equipped laptops and smartphones to figure out if sudden-onset dizziness in patients is the result of a stroke, or of a (more likely) benign disturbance in the inner ear. If scientists can prove that the technology works dependably, said Johns Hopkins neurologist and ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. David Newman-Toker, the devices could potentially prevent 100,000 misdiagnosed strokes every year by augmenting the methods emergency rooms currently use to figure out what's going on. The machines could also save money, by reducing the number of expensive CT scans given to patients.
March 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google's first computer, the Chromebook Pixel, is technically impressive and excels at what it was designed for: browsing the Web and running Web-based software. If you live on Facebook, work on Google Docs and watch Netflix, the Chromebook Pixel provides a fun and fast ride thanks to its powerful 1.8-GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and 4 gigabytes of RAM. QUIZ: How much do you know about Google ? But speedy computers aren't hard to find in 2013, so what really makes the Chromebook Pixel stand out is its crisp and beautiful screen.
February 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google came out with its own laptop computer last week, but critics quickly blasted its hefty price tag of $1,299 to $1,449. Though the Chromebook Pixel is far from being the only computer to cost that much, other laptops in the price range offer far more capabilities. It also has a big drawback; user's can't install software. Instead, all programs run in the cloud and users have to access them through the Google Chrome Web browser. For many, the hefty price tag and the limited capabilities are two key factors against buying the laptop.
February 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is reportedly developing touch-screen laptops running its Chrome OS operating system and readying them for a release later this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is adding the touch-screen capability to its laptops, which are known as Chromebooks, to compete better against Microsoft. Last year, Microsoft introduced Windows 8, which is designed for touch-screen computers. The report, which cites "people familiar with the matter," says it's unclear when exactly Google will release the touchscreen computers or which company will build the hardware.
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