October 13, 2013 |
The gig: Najeeb Ghauri is the founder and chief executive of NetSol Technologies Inc., a Calabasas software company that makes a lot of its money from a program widely used in automobile leasing. Its customers include automakers Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, BMW, Nissan and Hyundai. The company also provides consulting and design services to companies worldwide. With more than 1,100 employees, NetSol reported a record $51 million in revenue for its recently completed fiscal year. An American dream: Born and reared in Pakistan, Ghauri longed to move to the United States to pursue an education and a better life.
May 6, 2012
A few years ago, my local school district invested in software designed to teach students better writing skills. The computer program - without the help of a teacher - would rate their work on a scale of 1 to 6 and give them feedback on the needed improvements, such as fixing grammatical errors or expanding sentence fragments into full sentences. The students could watch their scores rise as they made corrections, actively engaged in the process of learning new English usage skills, while their teachers were freed from the chore of reading every draft.
April 30, 1989 |
Frustrated by the slow pace at which Xerox brought out new products, John E. Warnock and Charles M. Geschke six years ago left Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center and struck out on their own. Backed by Hambrecht & Quist, a high-tech venture capital firm, the two technical wizards borrowed the name of the creek that ran in back of their homes in Los Altos, Calif., and created a software company that has become one of the wonders of Silicon Valley. Adobe Systems, based in Mountain View, has nearly doubled its sales every year.
November 18, 2012 |
Call it the democratization of the right to look fabulous. It used to be that only models and celebrities had the wherewithal, through the wizardry of professional airbrushing or digital alteration, to look younger, thinner, fitter and more beautiful in their photos than in real life. But new advances in relatively cheap photo retouching apps and computer software are making it astonishingly simple for anyone to look hot at the push of a button. Computer photo-retouching software options include Portrait Professional (www.portraitprofessional.com, $29.95)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2012 |
Long Beach has failed to collect $17.6 million in unpaid parking tickets because of an outdated software program and lack of staff, an audit released Thursday shows. "We cannot afford to ignore the problem any longer," said City Auditor Laura Doud, who announced the findings at a Thursday morning news conference with Mayor Bob Foster. "We must act swiftly and make needed investment to update our outdated system to be more efficient in our collection efforts and to use city resources better.
January 14, 1998 |
In an effort to reclaim its dominance in the business software world, FileNet Corp. launched a new brand line this week and phased out some of its older products. The new Panagon line merges the company's disparate technologies, offering a software package that lets people use the Internet to manage the flow of their paperwork. Coinciding with the release, FileNet executives said Tuesday the company's fourth-quarter revenue and net income exceeded both their own and Wall Street's expectations.
May 19, 2011 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission is having some security problems of its own. About 4,000 agency employees, including several in Los Angeles, have been notified that their Social Security numbers and other payroll information were included in an unencrypted email, according to Drew Malcomb, a Department of Interior spokesman. The May 4 email was sent by a contractor at the department's National Business Center, which manages payroll, human resources and financial reporting for dozens of federal agencies, Malcomb said.
HOME & GARDEN
January 19, 2013 |
At its most basic level, a 3-D printer is like an automated hot-glue gun programmed to spit out solid objects. The machines extrude layers of plastic into virtually any three-dimensional shape. Print whimsical garden statuary. Reproduce an anatomically correct heart with moving parts for your son's science project (actually, he could do that himself). Create a signature bookend, cookie cutter, necklace - anything. The buzz within the design world is that most homes could have one of these gadgets within 10 years.
December 31, 2010 |
Not all Internet users expect to get something for nothing ? at least not all the time, according to a report released Thursday by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Of the 755 users surveyed, 65% said they had paid to download or access some type of online content, with music and software being the most frequently purchased items. A third of respondents said they had paid for digital music, and, separately, for software. Other frequently purchased items included apps for cellphones and tablet computers (21%)
August 1, 2012 |
A California judge has ruled that Oracle Corp. is contractually obligated to continue developing software for Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Itanium-based servers. The decision Wednesday by Judge James P. Kleinberg in San Jose advances Hewlett-Packard's lawsuit to a jury trial to determine whether Oracle broke the contract and what, if any, damages should be awarded. Both sides have 15 days to file an objection to the decision, the judge said. The judge agreed with Hewlett-Packard that Oracle made a commitment to support Intel Corp.