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AUTOS
November 29, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Through 10 months of this year, no compact car has sold better than the Honda Civic. Not the Toyota Corolla, the Ford Focus, the Chevy Cruze nor the Hyundai Elantra. That's nothing new for Honda or its popular economy car, long a favorite of car critics. Such are the royalties earned from years of consistent reliability, fuel efficiency and strong resale value. And yet Honda on Thursday trotted out a thoroughly updated Civic at the Los Angeles Auto Show, hoping in part to appease auto critics who almost universally panned the 2012 redesign.
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BUSINESS
November 28, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
British cars have always had a particular flair, distinct from the rest of the industry. They're also famous for making mechanics rich and owners poor. For Jaguar Land Rover to make headway in the U.S. market, it will have to capitalize on the former and fix the latter. The automaker, a merger of two storied British brands under new Indian ownership, displayed that flair Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, introducing two spiffy new Jaguars and a redesigned Range Rover. Company executives describe the L.A. show as crucial to their growth strategy, calling it ground zero for their "modern day British invasion.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Stung by criticism from consumers, its own dealers and auto reviewers, Honda Motor Co. is about to begin selling a significantly redesigned Civic. The changes come after only a year of the current-generation model. Automakers rarely rush to remake a vehicle so new to the market. Honda is making changes to the sheet metal on the vehicle to give it a more aggressive, sportier look. Inside, it is improving comfort, changing the much-criticized interior and is revamping the sedan's driving characteristics.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is testing a redesign of its Timeline feature that could make reading old posts slightly easier. The Menlo Park-based company confirmed that it is testing an experimental version of the redesign on a small number of users. The experimental design was discovered by Inside Facebook . It is similar to older designs Facebook used when its members had "Walls," in which status updates showed up in a linear fashion rather than zigzaging from left to right as they do now with the Timeline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Movie producer Joel Silver brought his Hollywood panache to Venice on Wednesday, unveiling plans for revamping the former Venice Post Office as the new headquarters of his Silver Pictures. With Tom Hanks putting in a cameo appearance, Silver and his design and construction team spoke to dozens of invited guests amid the exposed concrete and wires of the 1939 Works Progress Administration building that the producer of "The Matrix" and "Lethal Weapon" franchises recently bought from the downsizing U.S. Postal Service.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Honda's nerds have done it. They've cracked the code, solved the riddle, unscrambled the jumble that, until now, has perpetually confounded a large swath of the automotive engineering teams around the globe. What'd they figure out? A worthwhile transmission. A part of the car that's traditionally as sexy as a pair of adult diapers. Yet it's a part that contributes mightily to the overall excellence of the 2013 Honda Accord. Honda's venerable mid-size sedan has gone through a clean-sheet redesign that overhauled the car's engines, transmissions, styling and size.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
There's a new Myspace coming, and it looks....pretty. The site that once ruled the social networking space released a preview video Monday showing a newly imagined Myspace that provides an airy environment for artists to connect with their fans. Whether it is enough to save the troubled site remains to be seen. Like Facebook, the new Myspace will let users make connections with friends, and post photos and comments to what looks like a visual combination of Facebook's timeline and Pinterest.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Few cars have left a mark on the auto industry as indelible as that of the Honda Accord. Credited with helping open up the American market for Japanese autos, the "reliable" Accord was once the bestselling car in the U.S. before it began losing ground first to Japanese rivals and more recently to resurgent domestic automakers and South Korean upstarts. On Wednesday, shoppers will get to check out a redesigned Accord as Honda launches a comeback push that is crucial to the automaker's recovery from recent missteps in the U.S. After getting panned for last year's redesign of the smaller Civic and letting South Korean rival Hyundai grab a slice of Honda's reputation for fuel economy, the car company needs the new Accord to be a home run. "For 20-plus years, Honda has had a customer base that says, 'I always buy an Accord, and that is all I will ever buy.' But that is no longer true," said Karl Brauer, editor of TotalCarScore.com, a car-rating website.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The newspaper that introduced the world to the infographic is getting a makeover. Thirty years after the launch of the new national newspaper, USA Today unveiled a new logo, a more colorful look and bulked-up coverage of technology and travel. It also unveiled a digital redesign that gives the news operation a consistent look on its relaunched website and on mobile devices. “We're trying to reinvent news here,” said Larry Kramer, who took over in May as president and publisher of USA Today.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple introduced new headphones for its devices called "EarPods. " They will be included with the new products Apple announced Wednesday, which are the iPhone 5, the fifth generation iPod Touch and the sixth generation iPod Nano. The new headphones are also available separately starting Wednesday. The EarPods are available for $30, according to the company's website, which has been updated to include Apple's new products. Apple said it has worked on redesigning its headphones over the last three years.
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