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June 2, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Nearly two-thirds of software bought online is delivered via digital downloads, rather than on discs that came in the mail, according to an NPD Group report released Tuesday. "People's comfort with downloading software online has grown and will continue to grow," NPD analyst Stephen Baker said. "It's kind of a halo effect from things like Netflix and iTunes, things that got people to trust the idea of buying things online. "More and more people are leaving the product boxes behind.
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April 7, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft Corp. is finally pulling the plug on a piece of technology that has refused to go away. On Tuesday, the software giant will stop supporting Windows XP, the still ubiquitous computer operating system that's been around for almost 13 years, an eternity in tech terms. Even though XP was born well before smartphones and cloud services took over the tech landscape, an extraordinary number of consumers and businesses have clung to it despite Microsoft's best efforts to get them to upgrade to subsequent operating systems.
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BUSINESS
September 25, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Be careful of what you do in front of a rent-to-own computer. You never know who may be watching. On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced it had reached a settlement with seven rent-to-own companies that spied on their customers through the very computers they rented to them. The FTC said that each of the seven companies - including Aspen Way Enterprises, J.A.G. Rents and C.A.L.M. Ventures - installed a piece of software called PC Rental Agent that enabled them to see keystroke logs, take screen shots and even take pictures using the computer's webcam, all without their customers' knowledge.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Turks are finding clever ways to defy the government and get around the ban on Twitter. Workarounds such as DNS and VPN are now part of the lexicon and are being freely shared on social media and are even being painted on walls in Turkey's major cities. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged last week to “root out” Twitter ahead of municipal elections after audio tapes said to expose corrupt dealings by Erdogan and others were posted anonymously on the social network.
NEWS
July 27, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
How do you know when to trust hotel reviews posted by users on websites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp? Maybe you think you can spot a fake, but researchers at Cornell University recently developed a software program that they said can sniff out "opinion spam" better than you can. Researchers led by a grad student used software to test made-up reviews and real reviews of Chicago hotels, according to this Crave blog post. The reviews also were "judged" by real humans. "The software got it right about 90% of the time," the blog says.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Adobe is altering the way it does business, announcing this week that it will no longer make and sell a boxed version of its Creative Suite software and will instead charge users a monthly subscription to use its cloud-based version. Although it will continue to sell boxed Creative Suite 6 products, Adobe said that going forward, it will focus on its Creative Cloud service. That means new versions of its software will be available only to users who pay for the monthly subscription service.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple Inc. has acquired a small Italian start-up that specializes in digital music editing, according to an Italian blog. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company purchased Redmatica , a small start-up whose most notable software is Keymap Pro, according to Fanpage . In all, the company has four software products.   Apple has not officially confirmed the Redmatica takeover, but Fanpage includes a document from an Italian communications regulator that appears to back up the report.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LAS VEGAS -- Mozilla, the nonprofit organization that brought the world the Firefox Web browser, has been working on a mobile operating system that is set to debut later this year. And we got a chance to look at it. Mozilla developer Christian Heilmann brought a developer phone running Firefox OS to Digital Experience, an event Monday night leading up to opening day of CES. Firefox OS looked pretty slick as Heilmann gave me a tour through the software. The interface is like a cross between Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz unveiled his highly anticipated new company, a developer of software that aims to help people work more efficiently. Asana is a task manager that enables teams of people to manage their work flow by breaking projects into tasks. The Web-based software gives workers one central place where they can see what colleagues are doing and get updates on how a project is progressing, Moskovitz said. Moskovitz, at 27 the world's youngest billionaire according to Forbes, and Asana co-founder Justin Rosenstein, a former colleague from Facebook, said they think of it as the modern way of working.
OPINION
December 2, 2009
Tempest over Tiger Re "A charmed life may be feeling the squeeze," Nov. 30 I can understand Tiger Woods' right to privacy. I can understand him not being able to play in his tournament due to his injuries from the car crash. What Tiger should do is attend the final day of his golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club to thank the golfers and the fans who attend, and to acknowledge the financial benefits to his Tiger Woods Foundation. Blake Boyle Big Bear Lake Woods, the most successful golfer ever, rakes in money doing what he loves.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- Surrounded by budding filmmakers, President Obama on Friday announced $400 million in donations from two software companies as part of his effort to upgrade technology in schools. Adobe, maker of video-editing and other digital-imaging programs, will donate $300 million worth of software to schools, Obama said, while Prezi, which makes software used in presentations, will contribute $100 million in licenses. The commitments will bolster Obama's effort to improve technology in schools by connecting 99% of students to high-speed broadband and wireless technology within five years, the White House said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
In December, Ben Villarreal graduated with a bachelor's degree from Samuel Merritt University's nursing program in Oakland. In short order, he received two job offers at UC hospitals with programs for new graduates. But with less than a month to go before his start dates, the 22-year-old said he is concerned that he could lose both promising opportunities. As of mid-February, California's Board of Registered Nursing still hadn't given him the go-ahead to take the nursing exam needed to get his license and start a new job. "I've been told my application is on my evaluator's desk with hundreds of others," he said.
AUTOS
February 12, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday announced a massive global recall of its popular Prius hybrid to fix a software glitch that could cause the car to stall. The Japanese automaker also launched a recall of about 260,000 RAV4 sport-utility vehicles, Tacoma trucks and Lexus RX350 SUVs sold in the United States to address a separate issue. The Prius recall includes 1.9 million vehicles sold from 2010 through 2014 model years. It involves about 1 million cars in Japan, some 700,000 in North America and the rest from Europe and other regions.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California's minimum wage is pegged to go up $1 an hour to $9 on July 1 and by another buck in 2016. But that isn't high enough or fast enough for Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley software entrepreneur who has dabbled in state politics over the years. The 52-year-old multimillionaire hopes to put a measure on the November ballot raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour March 1, 2015, and to $12 a year later. Unz said he's confident he will get the needed signatures of 504,760 registered voters by the June deadline.
SCIENCE
December 23, 2013 | By Amina Khan
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has gotten a brand new software upgrade, but the intrepid robot's wheels are a little worse for wear. Officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge reported last week that they upgraded Curiosity's software as it headed toward Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mound in the middle of Gale Crater. The laser-shooting laboratory on wheels has already found habitable environments suitable for certain Earth-like microbes . They hope that Mt. Sharp's clay-rich layers could be awash in clues as to exactly how life-friendly the Red Planet could have been.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Wednesday that his agency has stopped issuing shut-off notices as it tackles problems associated with as many as 70,000 late or inaccurate customer bills. Faced with questions from City Council members upset over the billing debacle, DWP General Manager Ron Nichols said his agency also will not initiate new collections on unpaid bills through the end of the year. Since the DWP switched to new customer software three months ago, ratepayers have experienced delayed charges, bills that are dramatically higher than they should be and long hold times when they call demanding answers.
NATIONAL
September 1, 2011 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Washington Bureau
The patient was listed as unstable, in critical condition. On July 30, 2007, between 8 and 9 a.m., he was receiving insulin, anesthetic and blood pressure medication through a volumetric infusion pump when all three of the pump's channels failed. His blood pressure dropped. Pressure on his brain rose. The pump was replaced, but not in time. The patient was brain dead. The problem, according to a stark "adverse event report," was software, specifically an overflow in the memory buffer.
AUTOS
April 26, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda said Friday that it will recall almost 44,000 of its tiny Fit Sport compacts to fix a problem with its stability assist software that crops up when the vehicle is equipped with certain tires. On some of the 2012 and 2013 model year cars, the yaw rate -- a force that can change the direction of the vehicle -- exceeds federal safety standards. Honda discovered the problem during testing for compliance with federal regulations.It is not aware of any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power executives admitted Wednesday that the rollout of the utility's new billing software has been riddled with glitches, resulting in longer hold times when customers call to resolve issues. In October average hold times were nearly 25 minutes, compared to 10 minutes for the same month last year. Some customers are waiting as long as 40 minutes to reach a live representative, said Campbell Hawkins, the DWP's director of customer service. But more customer service staff and meter readers are being hired to help bring those call times down, Hawkins said.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
One thing about cautionary tales -- the cautions just seem to proliferate as time marches on. That certainly seems to be the case with the Los Angeles Unified School District's increasingly fraught involvement with education by iPad. In the latest development documented by my indefatigable colleagues Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar, it turns out that the district costs for the software on its thousands of student-friendly tablets could be $60 million a year higher than anticipated.
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