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October 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details
The third time may be the charm for Google, which with its third-generation Chromebook has built a computer consumers might actually buy. The Mountain View, Calif., company began selling the $249 Chromebook last week in preparation for the holidays, and if you're looking for a laptop and on a tight budget Google's machine may be right for you. Chromebooks have very little internal storage capacity and run on Chrome OS, Google's computer operating...
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October 31, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Another day, another Apple device problem. For the second time this week, Apple has issued a statement saying it is working to fix a problem with one of the devices in its fall lineup of new products. This time, the Cupertino, Calif., company is dealing with the new version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina laptop. PHOTOS: Top 10 Apple Mavericks OS X features to check out "Apple is aware of rare circumstances where the built-in keyboard and Multi-Touch trackpad may become unresponsive on 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (Late 2013)
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October 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Even though Apple's new Mavericks OS X -- the latest version of its operating system for Macbook laptops and Mac desktop computes -- is seen as an evolutionary upgrade, there are a few cool new features you'll want to try. In total, Apple packed Mavericks OS X with more than 200 features. That's a lot to take in, so as you start to explore the new system, here are our top 10 favorite features for you to try out and get to know. iBooks The biggest addition to OS X is the iBooks app. Apple has had its e-book reading app on the iPad and iPhone since 2010, but until this week, it had been absent from its Mac desktops and laptops.
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October 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Even though Apple's new Mavericks OS X -- the latest version of its operating system for Macbook laptops and Mac desktop computes -- is seen as an evolutionary upgrade, there are a few cool new features you'll want to try. In total, Apple packed Mavericks OS X with more than 200 features. That's a lot to take in, so as you start to explore the new system, here are our top 10 favorite features for you to try out and get to know. iBooks The biggest addition to OS X is the iBooks app. Apple has had its e-book reading app on the iPad and iPhone since 2010, but until this week, it had been absent from its Mac desktops and laptops.
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October 26, 2008 | times staff and wire reports
Trips to an electronics repair store sometimes turn into an exercise in debate: "Yes, I'm sure I didn't spill water on it!" Apple Inc. is looking to put those arguments to rest by using a technology that detects when a laptop has been exposed to liquid. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company's new MacBook and MacBook Pro computers include two liquid submersion indicators, which are small sensors located under the keyboard and near the trackpad that change color when exposed to a liquid.
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May 2, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
UC Berkeley student Derek Low has created what might be the most awesomely automated dorm room in America. He calls the room "BRAD," which stands for "Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dormroom" and he's programmed it to do everything from waking him up in the morning to turning out the lights for him at night. That includes an instant party mode -- with laser lights, strobe lights, dance music and even a fog machine -- whenever he hits a wireless emergency party button. When a different mood is required, he can tell the room to go into "romantic mode," and the shades will close, the lights will dim, a disco ball starts to shine and some classic Elton John will automatically start playing.
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October 5, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
Everyone knows Steve Jobs pulled off one of the outstanding corporate turnarounds in U.S. history, and that he did it on the strength of cool products. What they may not realize is that Jobs was a master of bare-knuckled business strategies from the old school. It's true that Jobs' legendary perfectionism and insistence on simplicity and elegance for Apple's products were the qualities of an aesthete. But his goal was to create products that could command premium prices and ensure rich profits.
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October 6, 2011 | By Maria L. LaGanga, Los Angeles Times
From Apple Inc.'s secretive headquarters in the Silicon Valley to its sleek stores around the world, employees and fans were stunned by the news of the death of the man they universally called Steve, even though it was known he was gravely ill. Flags flew at half-staff at the company's sprawling campus here, where workers described the mood inside as eerie and somber. Hardware engineer Henry Dai was at an afternoon meeting when news of Steve Jobs' death came in an email to employees from Chief Executive Tim Cook.
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November 20, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As if there aren't enough Apple Stores in the world, the Cupertino-based company has now opened another one on Ebay. Nine to 5 Mac reports that Apple is operating an outlet for refurbished products on the e-commerce website. The Ebay Apple store sells items including iPod Touches, MacBook laptops and iPads. According to product pages for items sold through the store, the outlet is simply an Apple certified reseller. But 9 to 5 Mac, citing unnamed sources at Ebay, said the store is indeed run by Apple and is in a trial phase at this point.
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January 7, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
In an effort to expand its retail reach, Apple is reportedly planning to open mini Apple stores inside select Target locations later this year. As many as 25 locations in smaller metro areas not large enough for Apple stores of their own could end up with the Apple store setups in Target locations, the website AppleInsider reported Friday, citing a source that it said was familiar with Apple's plans. Officials at Apple weren't available for comment on the report — the company's usual practice is to decline to comment on rumors — but the tech giant has taken this type of approach before.
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October 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
At an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple announced new versions of its Retina MacBook Pro laptops and said its redesigned Mac Pro computer will go on sale "before the end of the year. " The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant said the black, cylinder-shape Mac Pro, which was announced last summer, will start at $2,999 for a 256 GB model with 12 GB of RAM. The Mac Pro, which uses an Intel Xeon E5 processor, will be assembled in the U.S. LIVE UPDATES: Apple announcement -- iPad, Mavericks OS X, more Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller also unveiled the company's second-generation 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which goes on sale Tuesday.
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October 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's official: Apple's next event will be Oct. 22. The Cupertino tech giant sent out invitations to the media for the event, where Apple is expected to announce a variety of new products. The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, and as with all Apple events, it will begin at 10 a.m. "We still have a lot to cover," reads the invitation. Headlining the event will likely be a refreshed line of iPad models. Apple is expected to unveil the fifth generation of the iPad, which may feature a new design similar to that of the iPad Mini.
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June 11, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien and Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. unveiled a daring overhaul of its mobile operating system to kick off its annual developers conference, where it hopes to show critics that it has lost none of its innovative swagger. In addition to unveiling iOS 7, the company made a blizzard of other product and feature announcements that included upgrades to MacBook laptops and a new streaming radio service. As expected, there were no new iPhones or iPads, which are often announced separately. But the presentation seemed in spirit to also be a rebuttal to critics who contended that Apple had lost its innovative edge in the last year.
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June 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has announced new versions of its MacBook Air laptops that will come with improved battery life. The new laptops, which go on sale Monday, feature an improved processor that will give the company's ultra-thin laptops "all-day battery life," according to Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller. The new version of the 11-inch MacBook Air will have nine hours of battery life, four more than its predecessor. Meanwhile, the 13-inch model will have 12 hours of battery life, which is five hours more than its predecessor.
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June 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple typically introduces new products at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, and this year, a report says that the tech giant will unveil new versions of its MacBook Air computers. Apple news blog 9to5Mac , which has an excellent track record when it comes to reporting Apple developments, says the Cupertino company will likely refresh its line of ultra-thin laptops at next week's conference. The report cites an unnamed source. The refresh may include new Haswell chipsets by Intel, which should improve the battery life of the Apple machines, 9to5Mac says.
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March 12, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
A few weeks back while speaking at a technology conference, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook stressed that what made Apple superior was not just great gadgets. No, the real advantage was its ability to make it all: hardware, software and services.  "Apple is in a fairly unique and, in my view, unrivaled position because Apple has skills in software, in hardware, and in services," Cook said in February. "The reality is that the model that grew the PC industry, where someone specialized in one thing, that model is not working for what consumers want today.
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March 30, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Siri may be talking to more devices in the near future, according to a patent Apple filed. The patent application suggests that Apple may be looking at connecting and controlling devices via Siri on the iPhone. In the filing, Apple wrote:"Portable electronic devices, such as digital media players, personal digital assistants, mobile phones, and so on, typically rely on small buttons and screens for user input. Such controls may be built into the device or part of a touch-screen interface, but are typically very small and can be cumbersome to manipulate....
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March 12, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
A few weeks back while speaking at a technology conference, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook stressed that what made Apple superior was not just great gadgets. No, the real advantage was its ability to make it all: hardware, software and services.  "Apple is in a fairly unique and, in my view, unrivaled position because Apple has skills in software, in hardware, and in services," Cook said in February. "The reality is that the model that grew the PC industry, where someone specialized in one thing, that model is not working for what consumers want today.
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February 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is reducing prices for its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display laptops while also upgrading their processors, just a few months after releasing the laptop models. The 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina, as it is commonly referred to, will now sell for $1,499 and $1,699 -- down from $1,699 and $1,999. The higher-end model will now also possess a 2.6GHz quad-core processor, up from a 2.5GHz quad-core processor. Apple also improved the processors for its 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina laptops.
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November 20, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As if there aren't enough Apple Stores in the world, the Cupertino-based company has now opened another one on Ebay. Nine to 5 Mac reports that Apple is operating an outlet for refurbished products on the e-commerce website. The Ebay Apple store sells items including iPod Touches, MacBook laptops and iPads. According to product pages for items sold through the store, the outlet is simply an Apple certified reseller. But 9 to 5 Mac, citing unnamed sources at Ebay, said the store is indeed run by Apple and is in a trial phase at this point.
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