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May 20, 2009 | Alana Semuels
More than a decade ago, Palm Inc. rose to prominence on the strength of its Palm Pilot, a small device that put computing power literally into customers' hands. In its stock's first day of trading nine years ago, the shares nearly tripled from their initial offering price. But the technology market bust, lowered demand and the rise of smart phones, where Palm's Treo was once a major player, took their toll.
November 23, 2008 | David Colker
This is not a good year for technological advancements in televisions. It's not the fault of science or engineering. Several new types of TVs hit the marketplace in 2008, and they're breathtakingly wonderful. But they're also expensive, for the most part, and that's the problem. A state-of-the-art TV isn't going to be at the top of many shopping lists during hard times. On the bright side, new technologies eventually get cheaper. Lots cheaper.
October 16, 2008 | David Colker and Michelle Maltais, Times Staff Writers
Google can search out just about anything on the Internet, but can it call to say you'll be late for dinner? Starting next week, it can. The G1, the first cellphone equipped with Google Inc.'s mobile Android software, will go on sale Wednesday at T-Mobile stores and some electronics stores. If purchased with a two-year calling plan, the phone will cost $179. The cost jumps to $399 without a plan. The phone uses a touch screen that can whip through images with the swipe of a finger.
September 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Yahoo Inc. on Wednesday launched a much-anticipated upgrade to its online advertising system, one the company termed revolutionary, in a bid to emerge from the shadow of search industry leader Google Inc.
September 25, 2008 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Acting with unusual speed and bipartisanship, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved funding for a $25-billion loan program to help the auto industry build more fuel-efficient vehicles. The aid package enjoyed support from both parties because of its election-year importance to battleground states such as Michigan and Ohio, where many cars are manufactured.
September 24, 2008 | Jessica Guynn and Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writers
Google Inc. on Tuesday showed off a cellphone that could provide the first real challenge to Apple Inc.'s iPhone: a mass-market device with a sharp touch screen and slide-out keyboard that brings the experience of mobile Web surfing closer to that of a personal computer. When it starts selling in U.S. stores Oct. 22, the $179 G1 from HTC Corp.
August 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
North Korea is reportedly claiming that it has developed a new kind of noodle that makes people feel full longer than ordinary food. Choson Sinbo newspaper said that the noodle, made with a mixture of beans and corn, doesn't make people "feel a sense of hunger that generally comes soon after eating [ordinary] noodle." The Tokyo-based newspaper, considered a mouthpiece for the regime in Pyongyang, cited a North Korean research institute. It didn't elaborate on how the special noodle works or how long people who eat it can go without hunger pangs.
August 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Even with high gasoline prices, U.S. consumers still want high-quality vehicles that haul a lot of people and perform well, and that is forcing automakers to make radical changes in the way they manufacture vehicles, panelists at an industry conference said Monday. Speaking at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars recently, executives from Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC said they were rapidly changing their operations to keep up with the market while trying to improve quality at the same time.
July 24, 2008 | Joseph Menn and Alex Pham, Times Staff Writers
. -- When Microsoft Corp. makes its annual presentation to investors and analysts here today, executives will be preaching the value of patience to stockholders who are nervous about the world's largest software company's online prospects. Executives plan to hold up the entertainment and devices division -- home of the Xbox game console, Zune media player and cellphone software -- as a prime example of persistence rewarded.
July 4, 2008 | Alex Pham
The Sims, a popular computer game that's sold more than 100 million copies in the last eight years, has often been called a "dollhouse" game. What happens when the dolls break out of the dollhouse? That happened last summer when Electronic Arts, publisher of The Sims, teamed with Swedish clothing retailer H&M to sponsor an online fashion runway featuring outfits designed by players of The Sims. The companies received 1,000 digital entries uploaded to The Sims' website, then selected 60 outfits -- worn by Sims, of course -- to feature on a virtual runway show hosted by Yahoo Inc. The show got more than 500 million views, and about 100,000 people voted on the outfits.
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