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February 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google on Thursday announced the Chromebook Pixel, a touchscreen laptop with a high-resolution display. The Chromebook Pixel is the first computer Google developed on its own. It represents the Silicon Valley company's first major foray into the PC market, simultaneously challenging Microsoft's grip on the industry with the Windows operating system as well as Apple's line of Mac computers. JOIN A LIVE VIDEO UNBOXING FRIDAY AT 11:45 A.M. Google's new computer offering has a nearly 13-inch display with a 2,560 by 1,700 pixel resolution.
February 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Hewlett-Packard is officially introducing its first Chromebook laptop, a $329.99 machine with a larger screen than any other Google-powered computer on the market. The computer, formally named the "HP Pavilion Chromebook," was expected after a file was discovered on HP's website last week with details about the laptop. The standout feature on the HP Pavilion Chromebook is its 14-inch display, which has a 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. The screen is larger than that of other Chromebook laptops, which offer 11.6-inch and 12-inch displays.  10 tech companies to watch in 2013 Additionally, the HP Pavilion Chromebook runs on an Intel Celeron 847 dual-core 1.1GHz processor.
January 26, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
How many times did you go to the gym last year? If the answer is somewhere in the low double digits or fewer, maybe you're better off getting your workouts from the Web. Streaming fitness sites offer the convenience and variety that many people need to stick with their fitness programs, at a fraction of the cost of gym memberships. Moreover, because you can access your workouts whenever and wherever you need them, it's harder to make excuses. There's also no DVD clutter to contend with, which is a plus in my book.
January 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google's Chromebook computers continue to make headway, getting a boost Thursday from Lenovo, which announced its own Google-powered device for students.  The Chinese computer maker said it will begin to sell the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook to schools starting Feb. 26. Lenovo said the $429 laptop is built with a rugged exterior designed for durability. The ThinkPad X131e features an 11.6-inch HD LED display, three USB ports, a webcam and "battery life for the entire school day. " The machine weighs less than four pounds, Lenovo said.
January 9, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - Pity the poor laptop. The darling of the tech world just a couple of years ago, laptops have become one of the biggest casualties of the tablet phenomenon. For consumers enamored of touch-screen tablets, laptops suddenly seem like stale, clunky gadgets whose basic clamshell design hasn't changed all that much in two decades. It opens. It shuts. Yawn. But this week at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the laptop is attempting a comeback.
January 2, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
For those of us who will travel in 2013, it's tempting to try to figure out what the new year might bring. Higher cost of traveling by air (even if fares don't go up, fees will drive up prices) and airline mergers (especially after American Airlines emerges from bankruptcy) are some of Conde Nast Travelers' predictions for this year. But the outlook wasn't all bleak. The travel magazine says to look for newer and more comfortable airplanes coming on line this year too. Ed Perkins at SmarterTravel put together a worthy list of 13 hot travel trends for 2013.
December 30, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Travelers are as diverse as the destinations they're headed to, but on this much many can agree: Getting through airport security is, at best, annoying. I'm tired of taking my shoes off, sick of removing my laptop and my liquids, fed up with feeling like a suspect in some sinister plot of which I am completely unaware. But after a sit-down with the head of the Transportation Security Administration, I have some hope that things will change for the better in 2013, thanks to a risk-based assessment approach to security.
November 29, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A music mogul who offered $1 million for the return of a missing laptop was ordered to pay up after a jury ruled that he had reneged on his promise and owed the money to the auto-shop owner who found the computer. The decision came Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan, where a day earlier music producer and singer-songwriter Ryan Leslie took the stand to defend his decision not to pay Armin Augstein after the laptop was recovered two years ago. Leslie's main argument: Even though he got the laptop back, he was unable to access his original tunes on its hard drive and therefore the crucial intellectual property remained missing.
November 29, 2012 | By Tiffany Kelly, Los Angeles Times
Workers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are demanding that Congress investigate the agency's actions following the theft of a laptop computer containing personal information for up to 10,000 employees. The incident is just the latest in a series of NASA disputes involving employee background checks. The laptop was stolen from an employee's locked vehicle in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31. Several weeks later, letters were sent to workers notifying them that personal information gathered in NASA background checks, including home addresses and Social Security numbers, was stolen, and that they were now at risk for identity theft.
November 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Google has announced yet another computer for its line of Chromebooks, this one built by Acer with a sticker price of $199. The Acer C7 Chromebook will be available for purchase online at Google Play and on Tuesday. You'll also be able to pick one up at select Best Buy stores starting this week.  The C7 features an 11.6-inch display with an 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. The computer runs on an Intel Core processor and includes 320 gigabytes of storage. The Acer C7 is 1 inch thick and weighs 3 pounds.
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