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January 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has redesigned the way it displays image search results, making them faster and easier for users to see. The company announced the redesign this week. Users will start to see the new look in the next few days. Under the new format, when a user chooses a picture from the search results, rather than displaying a new page with a preview of the image, Google will instead pull up a larger version of the picture along with its data underneath the thumbnail when a user scrolls the cursor over it. Users will also be able to use keyboard commands to flip through images.
January 14, 2013 | Jerry Hirsch and Brian Thevenot
General Motors Co. on Sunday unleashed the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the seventh generation of the classic American sports car and the first new version since 2005. The Stingray boasts an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful standard Corvette in history, GM said. The highly anticipated unveiling came on the eve of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit during a special preview at the city's Russell Industrial Center.
January 12, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
As he prepared to unveil the seventh-generation Corvette this weekend - an event akin to the naming of a new pope in the sports-car world - General Motors executive Mark Reuss told a story familiar to legions of Corvette faithful over six decades of production. Reuss coveted the car as a teenager, back when the 'Vette versus Porsche debate ignited the same fury as disco versus rock. He bought one in his 20s, a used silver 1969 model with a big-block 427 engine, and took his future wife on their first date.
January 7, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne
Ada Louise Huxtable, the pioneering architecture critic who wrote for the New York Times from 1963 to 1982 and in recent years for the Wall Street Journal, has died. She was 91. Robert N. Shapiro, Huxtable's lawyer and the executor of her estate, confirmed her death. He said Huxtable, who in 1970 won the first-ever Pulitzer Prize awarded for criticism, died Monday afternoon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He also said her papers have been acquired by the Getty Research Institute, in an agreement finalized in recent weeks.
December 22, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
The first responsibility of any great restaurant is to keep you in the bubble, the soft-serve cocoon of illusion where you forget the world exists for anything but your pleasure. And the newly redesigned Spago, from the moment you toss your keys to the valet to the moment you stagger back out again, gives good bubble. The thick prime rib steak sings with the flavors of blood, age and char; the tagliatelle with white truffles perfumes half the observable universe when its glass dome is whisked away.
December 10, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Let's get ready to grumble -- Twitter has announced it will be forcing its latest profile page redesign onto all users starting Wednesday. Users have been able to opt into Twitter's latest profile page design since September , but now the San Francisco-based social network will be bringing the design to all of its users -- regardless of whether they want it. The new design emphasizes Twitter's header photo feature, which places a large picture...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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