August 28, 2012
After finding Samsung liable for more than $1 billion in damages for infringing Apple's iPhone and iPad patents, members of a federal jury told reporters that they hoped to deter companies from copying one another instead of developing their own designs and features. That's a laudable goal, and the public would surely benefit from more choice and differentiation among products. The challenge is in distinguishing between the sorts of innovations that should receive patent protection and the ones that shouldn't.
April 19, 2013 |
It was an emotional roller-coaster at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday night in Los Angeles, even more so than usual for the annual event. Consider disco queen Donna Summer , whose husband and three daughters accepted the award for her posthumously, 11 months after the singer and songwriter lost her battle with cancer. Or 80-year-old producer Quincy Jones -- the most nominated Grammy Award winner ever -- who said his induction into the Rock Hall made him feel “that finally, I have arrived.” Also enduring a long wait for recognition was Heart, whose founding sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson were finally admitted to what's historically been the boys' club of hard rock music after a decade of eligibility.
April 16, 2013 |
Apple probably won't release its next iPhone until this summer or fall, but that isn't stopping tech blogs and news sites from speculating about what we could expect in the next Apple smartphone. There are plenty of rumors on the Web about the next iPhone, which many believe will be called the iPhone 5S, but you should trust only a few of them. Most rumors online turn out to be nothing but wishful thinking, but a few do get it right sometimes. Here is what we think about these rumors.
November 29, 2012 |
Verizon Wireless has topped an annual list of best cellphone carriers published by Consumer Reports. Of the four major U.S. national cellphone standard service providers, Verizon received favorable scores for voice and data service quality, and for support attributes such as staff knowledge and resolution of issues. Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T each received mostly middling to low marks, particularly for voice and text service quality, Consumer Reports said. AT&T was among the lower-scoring providers, but its 4G LTE network was rated the most favorably of any carrier.
September 19, 2012 |
It's slick, it's tempting, but do you really need an iPhone 5? To be sure, it's likely to be a blockbuster smartphone, and a whole lot of people will be waiting in line for it Friday. But if you're not a diehard Apple fan, here are five smartphones that we think can give the iPhone 5 a run for its money. You can see what they look like here . Samsung Galaxy S III The Galaxy S III is available from all four major U.S. carriers. It comes with a large 4.8-inch HD screen, but it's still a comfortable phone to hold.
September 10, 2012 |
American mall staple Hollister issued a mea culpa after the male models it sent to a store opening in South Korea inflamed locals with racist tweets. The brand, owned by Abercrombie & Fitch and known for being a devotee of skimpy styles, usually sends scantily clad models to pose with customers at new store launches. But the four models it sent to Yeouido, Seoul, earlier this month did more than prettify the storefront. During their stint from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, they tweeted photos of themselves making squinty eyes, mocking their Asian fans' accents and engaging in other offensive behavior such as flipping off the camera.
June 14, 2012 |
T-Mobileplans to give away free 4G phones for two days as part of a Father's Day sale that begins Friday. The sale includes all 4G phones supported byT-Mobile's network, but the phones aren't exactly free when you get them. A spokeswoman for T-Mobile explained that anyone wanting to partake in the sale will have to sign up for a two-year contract and pay for the phone up front. T-Mobile will then give them a mail-in rebate card, making the phone free. A bit tricky, but eventually it's free, assuming you send in the card.
September 11, 2012 |
Clothing brand Hollister apologized recently after male models it sent to South Korea sent out several racist tweets, posing squinty-eyed for photos and making rude gestures. But a U.S. official says the mea culpa isn't enough. Michael Yaki, member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, called on Hollister and parent company Abercrombie & Fitch in a letter to “conduct an immediate, public review of its diversity and cultural awareness programs.” He urged the company to take “the more courageous path” and publicly explain why the tweets -- which he called a “grotesque display of stereotypes” -- came to be. Hollister fired the models, who were sent to Seoul to pose with customers at a store opening, and backed away from the social media missives on Facebook.
December 18, 2012 |
For the first time in 14 years, Nokia will not be the No. 1 cellphone brand in the world. Samsung is set to claim the top spot in the mobile handset market, accounting for 29% of worldwide cellphone shipments this year, according to market research firm IHS. That's up from 24% last year. Nokia, meanwhile, will see its market share this year drop to 24% from 30% in 2011. This year will mark the first time Samsung will occupy the top position on a yearly basis. The South Korean's rise was helped by strong sales of its smartphones, IHS said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2010 |
Despite a massive Los Angeles police presence Thursday night, sporadic violence broke out near Staples Center after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. Crowds hurled bottles and other objects at police, smashed marquees, jumped on vehicles, broke windows, and set rubbish dumpsters and vehicles on fire along Figueroa Street north of Staples Center and on Flower Street. Police fired non-lethal rounds to disperse the crowd at Figueroa and Venice Boulevard after several small fires were set, as well as at 11th and Hope streets.