August 7, 2013 |
SEATTLE - On a narrow central Idaho highway coursing through thickets of ponderosa pines and along a winding river, members of the Nez Perce tribe made their stand. Hundreds gathered along U.S. Highway 12 on Monday and Tuesday and formed a human blockade in an attempt to stop a controversial megaload of equipment bound for the oil tar sands of Alberta, Canada - a load reportedly weighing about 644,000 pounds and stretching over 200 feet. They intended on continuing their protests Wednesday and Thursday nights.
August 5, 2013 |
Global tablet sales slowed during the second quarter, and Apple's decision not to release a new iPad may be the reason why. After 49.2 million tablets were shipped during this year's first quarter, only 45.1 million were shipped during the second quarter, a period Apple has typically used to launch new iPad models. Last year, Apple decided to launch a new iPad closer to the holiday shopping season, and it seems the company plans to do the same this year. That switch-up, however, caused the entire industry's tablet shipments to fall nearly 10% from the first to the second quarter of 2013, according to the International Data Corp . PHOTOS: Top tablets under $200 "A new iPad launch always piques consumer interest in the tablet category and traditionally that has helped both Apple and its competitors," said Tom Mainelli, IDC's tablets research director, in a statement.
June 9, 2013 |
Twitter, text-messaging, email, apps, social media and an ever-proliferating stampede of wireless devices have colonized pretty much every form of communication that can be digitized. Yet one contrarian Los Angeles company believes slow but steady snail mail wins the race when it comes to deepening connections between online gurus and their followers. Billing itself as a "subscription service for wonderful things," Quarterly delivers mystery boxes the old-fashioned way - through the U.S. Postal Service.
May 27, 2013 |
LONDON - Diplomatic pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad escalated Monday, as a divided European Union agreed to relax a ban on weapons shipments to anti-Assad forces and U.S. Sen. John McCain met with insurgent commanders during a surprise visit to the country. Meanwhile, top U.S. and Russian diplomats met in Paris in a bid to solidify plans for a peace conference that both nations view as the only hope for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis, which has already left tens of thousands of people dead and threatens to spark a regional conflagration.
May 17, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Russian officials on Friday defended the country's weapons sales to Syria, saying the country is primarily providing defense systems that are in line with international treaties. Responding to news reports that Russia has sent advanced anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he did not understand why the media were making an issue of the sales. “We haven't concealed that we have been supplying weapons to Syria based on signed contracts without violating any international treaties or Russian legislation, one of the strictest in the world in terms of export control,” Lavrov said at a news conference at the Black Sea resort area of Sochi after meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
April 2, 2013 |
Global television shipments declined last year for the first time in more than a decade as demand for flat-panel TVs cooled, reflecting saturation in the market. Television shipments last year fell to 238.5 million units, down 6.3% from 254.6 million the previous year, according to a report Monday by IHS iSuppli. Shipments aren't expected to near 2011 levels until 2015, when the market research firm estimated them to reach 253.1 million units. Manufacturers, meantime, are expected to offer more deep discounts and tout newer features, such as improved Internet-connected capabilities, to attract consumers.