May 10, 2013 |
Say "delight" in Silicon Valley, and most people will immediately think of Apple. In a Column One story today , I note that much of the valley's current obsession with the word can be traced back to Steve Jobs' embrace of it. But there's another company in the valley that has also come to embody the word: Intuit . While the Mountain View maker of financial software such as TurboTax and QuickBooks hasn't quite had Apple-like success (but...
February 26, 2013 |
Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson occasionally experiences a short, unsettling dream. It comes just as he dozes off, and ends abruptly before he can reach a deep sleep. "A lot of pitchers have that kind of dream," Hanson said, "where the ball is coming at your face and you're jolted awake. " The nightmare became reality for two major league pitchers last season. In September, Brandon McCarthy of the Oakland Athletics suffered a skull fracture that required surgery after a line drive off the bat of Angels shortstop Erick Aybar struck him on the side of his head.
December 8, 2012 |
After tiptoeing out of the long shadow of Steve Jobs this last year, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook took a giant leap into the spotlight this week. In a kind of transparency rarely practiced by his enigmatic predecessor, Cook granted a pair of candid interviews that underscored the difference in both style and substance between the two men. They also served as the latest sign of how Cook has embraced the Apple motto to "Think Different" as he methodically and quietly reshapes the culture and business of the company he inherited.
November 12, 2012 |
Bankrupt Twinkies maker Hostess Brands Inc. has some hard choices to make after spending the weekend dealing with worker strikes. On Friday, Hostess-employed members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union began to strike nationwide, blaming a “ horrendous contract ” that they claimed could cut wages and benefits up to 32%. Workers picketed or honored the strike in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Oakland...
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October 20, 2012 |
Stanford Ovshinsky was not a household name like Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein, but he was often compared to them, for good reason. He invented the nickel-metal hydride battery, which has powered high-tech items such as cellphones, laptop computers and hybrid cars. He created paper-thin solar panels potent enough to work on a cloudy day and cheap enough to be produced in sheets a mile long. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2012 He founded a whole field of electronics that earned him a mention in dictionaries (see "ovonics")
September 13, 2012 |
It's the thinnest, lightest, fastest and most powerful phone that Apple Inc. has ever made. But will that be enough to keep surging smartphone rivals from nipping at its heels? Many analysts think so, saying the latest in a series of six iPhones that have enticed consumers and helped Apple become the world's most valuable company promises to again raise the bar for smartphones. Every inch of its flagship product was painstakingly designed to keep Apple at the forefront of the industry and keep its fans coming back for more, they say. Apple has the strongest "gravitational field of loyalty," Forrester Research analyst Charles Golvin said.