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August 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Bloatware is the term given to programs that come pre-installed on computers even though it's unlikely they will be used by every owner. Sometimes they are difficult to get rid of and can consume resources unnecessarily.  Pre-installed anti-virus software has often fit that definition. Now, Skype looks to be joining that list. Microsoft owns the voice, audio and text messaging program and will be making it the default instant communications tool on the newest version of Windows.  "This is fantastic news for both Skype and Windows users," Skype said in a blog post . "Now you don't have to  download your favorite app  to stay in touch whenever you're apart.
April 1, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Shares of Intuitive Surgical Inc. jumped more than 12% Tuesday after the Sunnyvale company said the Food and Drug Administration had approved the latest version of its robotic surgical system. The company said in a statement that its new Da Vinci Xi system has longer, thinner arms that provide greater range of motion and can be used in more types of procedures than earlier models. "Our goal is to develop technology that enhances surgical performance," said Gary Guthart, Intuitive's president and chief executive.
September 19, 2003 | Randy Lewis
The stripped-down version of the Beatles' "Let It Be" album will be released Nov. 17, the group's label, Apple Records, said Thursday. "Let It Be ... Naked" returns the 1970 album, the Fab Four's final release, to the form it was in before producer Phil Spector took over the tapes and added massed choral voices, strings and other touches characteristic of his wall-of-sound approach. "Let It Be" was the only Beatles album not produced by George Martin.
February 28, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The little hockey-puck-sized Apple TV has turned into a big business.  During the company's annual shareholders meeting on Friday, Chief Executive Tim Cook said Apple TV had generated $1 billion for the company in its last fiscal year.  That figure includes sales of the $99 Apple TV unit as well as the content people are purchasing over it.  "It's a little bit harder to call it a hobby," Cook said. That was a reference to Cook's previous habit of saying the company considered Apple TV a "hobby" whenever someone tried to prod him into talking about his plans for the device.
December 19, 2012
Conservatives argue that Washington never cuts programs, it just increases spending on them more slowly than planned. But to recipients of federal benefits, that type of "cut" can seem just as painful. That's why there is an intense battle looming over a proposal to reduce the cost-of-living adjustments applied to numerous federal programs, including Social Security. The change is billed as a more accurate way to calculate the effects of inflation, but it's really just a way to make Washington's financial picture marginally brighter.
February 18, 1990
"Mission: Impossible" is a great show. Although the old "Mission" was before my time, if it was any bit as good as the new version, I'm sure I would enjoy it immensely. Lesa Welliver, Burbank
December 20, 2008
Game show: Cable channel GSN has ordered 40 episodes of a new version of "The Newlywed Game," to premiere next year. It will feature not only contestants who have been married for less than two years but also couples who have appeared in previous incarnations of the game show, which premiered in 1966.
May 4, 1985
Remember that two liner that went around some years ago about Don Drysdale. Here's the new version: First fan: Hey! Fernando pitched another no-hitter. Second fan: Did he win? JOHN CORNELL San Marino
June 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple got its annual Worldwide Developers Conference underway Monday in San Francisco with the announcement of a new version of its desktop operating system called Mac OS X Mavericks. Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi kicked off the announcement by jokingly saying that the new version of Mac OS X would be called Sea Lion, in order to keep up the cat theme Apple has used since the early 2000s.  After the quick laugh, Federighi said the new version would actually be called Mavericks and said Apple will be shifting toward a California theme for future versions.
May 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- With its three-dimensional satellite imagery of the planet, its block-by-block detail of neighborhoods and its ubiquitous driving directions, Google is already the king of online cartography. Now it's looking to lengthen its significant lead by making a bid to be your personal cartographer: creating online maps that show landmarks, restaurants and other details tailored to your habits, interests and plans. A sweeping redesign of Google Maps - - the most major changes to the product since its launch eight years ago, the tech giant says - - is elevating the competition for how people navigate the world and where they stop along the way. Maps have become one of the most hotly contested areas for major Silicon Valley companies with the explosion of mobile devices.
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For the next week, customers who buy an Apple TV at one of the tech giant's retail stores will reportedly receive a $25 iTunes gift card as part of a promotion that could signal a new Apple TV is on its way. Apple news website 9to5Mac reported that Apple informed its retail employees about the promotion Friday morning. The bonus of a $25 gift card will be available to customers who buy a $99 Apple TV at an Apple Store between now and March 5, the report said. In the world of tech, discounts and promotions can often be signs that a newer version of a product will soon be rolled out. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor That was the case earlier this month when the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was heavily discounted by two retailers.
February 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nearly a year ago Google launched a new version of Google Maps that eager users could voluntarily try. That version has now begun rolling out to all users. The Mountain View tech giant this week announced that over the coming weeks the "new Google Maps" will replace its predecessor as the default version of the service. The new Google Maps features a redesigned look that envelops the entire Web page, unlike the previous version which used about two-thirds of the screen for map imagery and the other third to display information.
February 14, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Best Buy and AT&T have rolled out large discounts on the Galaxy Gear, leading some to believe that Samsung may unveil a new version of its smartwatch later this month. The lime green, gold, orange and beige versions of the Galaxy Gear are off 50% at Best Buy on Friday only. The discount brings the price of those Galaxy Gear versions down to $149.99. Other versions of the Galaxy Gear are also on sale with $50 off at Best Buy. At AT&T, customers who have purchased a Galaxy Gear-compatible Samsung device -- such as a Galaxy Note 3 or the Galaxy S4 -- from the carrier can get $100 off the Galaxy Gear, bringing its price down to $199.
December 14, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Egyptians will vote next month on a rewritten constitution, interim President Adly Mansour announced Saturday, opening what could be a contentious new political chapter for the country. The referendum, to be held over two days beginning Jan. 14, is described by the interim government as a crucial step to restoring democracy in Egypt. Presidential and parliamentary elections are also to be held next year. Egypt has been roiled for months by confrontations between supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and backers of the Egyptian army, which removed Morsi from power in July after massive protests demanding his ouster.
November 22, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
The new iPad mini with Retina display is still quite hard to find and generally only available through Apple's online store.  However, in a sign that the rollout of the product may be expanding in time for the Black Friday holiday shopping frenzy, an analyst reports that the device can now be found for purchase in some New York City Apple stores.  Need a laugh? Let this website come up with your next Facebook status "Three weeks after the iPad Air became available at Apple Retail Stores, the iPad mini with Retina Display has made its way to a few Apple Retail Stores in NYC for walk-in customers, possibly portending a wider rollout in the U.S. and around the world over the next week," wrote Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White in a note to clients Friday.  Even before Apple unveiled the new version of the iPad mini with the higher-resolution display last month, analysts had expected it would be in short supply this holiday season.
November 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Glass users will soon be able to stream music from their futuristic device. Google announced Tuesday that users will be able to say, "OK, Glass, listen to" and the name of an artist or song to begin playing music from their Google Play Music accounts. Additionally, Google said that it will soon sell stereo earbuds for Google Glass that will cost $85. Last month, the company released mono earbuds for the device that are available for $50. PHOTOS: Google barge to be 'unprecedented artistic structure' Google said the new stereo earbuds and the streaming music feature will be available for Glass users by the end of the month.
September 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple announced a new version of iTunes on Wednesday. The Cupertino tech company said its music program and the iTunes Store have both been redesigned and given new features. Now users can click on albums to expand them in place, and artists can now also share photos with users. A new feature called "Up Next" that lets users see a pop-up window with a list of songs coming up on their playlist has also been added. The new iTunes will launch next month. The store itself will look more like the new version of the iOS iTunes Store, which is set to launch with iOS 6 later this month.
March 13, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Justin Timberlake's unofficial takeover of NBC continued Tuesday on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," where he's camped out all week long following his fifth "SNL" hosting gig on Saturday. On the second night of "Justin Timberweek," the singer performed a new song, "Mirrors," from his upcoming album, but it was his unusual rendition of "SexyBack" that was the standout moment of the episode. At the suggestion of a viewer, Timberlake teamed up with "The Ragtime Gals" -- "Late Night's" in-house barbershop quartet, known for their covers of raunchy songs like "It Wasn't Me" -- on a new version of the infectious 2006 hit single.
November 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
NBC should listen to Angela Lansbury. The actress is not thrilled that the network is planning to make a new version of "Murder, She Wrote," the long-running CBS drama that she starred in about a mystery writer who becomes a real-life detective of sorts. "I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote,'" Lansbury told the Associated Press when asked about NBC's plans. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Of course, the only reason NBC is remaking the show is that it thinks the name "Murder, She Wrote" still has some value.
November 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has released a new version of its Chrome Beta Web browser that tells users which of the websites they've opened is emitting sound. The new feature uses a small speaker icon that displays to the left of the small "X" users click on to close a tab. As soon as audio starts playing the icon appears, and it goes away when audio stops. "Have you ever shuffled through your tabs to figure out where that sound or music is coming from? We hear you!" Google said in a blog post . "With today's latest Chrome Beta release, you can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the offender.
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