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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.
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.
April 5, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
MENLO PARK, Calif. - Mark Zuckerberg has set into motion his most ambitious plan yet to make Facebook Inc. the world's dominant form of communication. Facebook's chief executive on Thursday unveiled Facebook Home, software that transforms smartphones and tablets into devices ruled by the giant social network. It digitally shoves aside every other app on the device and allows Facebook to take over the home screen with status updates, photos and messages. For years it was rumored that Facebook - spurred by a firestorm of doubt about its ability to make the business leap to mobile devices - would design and manufacture its own phone.
April 3, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Get ready for the Facebook phone. The company is close to unveiling a smartphone whose software keeps the social network front and center. It is part of an overall strategy to advance Facebook's ambitions to dominate mobile devices the way it has desktop computers. Facebook Inc. has scheduled a news conference Thursday at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters to show off an HTC smartphone that operates on software called Facebook Home. The social network's News Feed, messaging, photo uploading and other features will be integrated into the phone, according to reports.
March 26, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Tech start-ups often have to go out of their way to attract new software developers, typically by offering such perks as signing bonuses or the promise of free food and beer. Santa Monica company PaeDae, an advertising monetization platform for online and mobile apps, is aiming a bit higher. In an effort to land a top-notch developer, the start-up is offering a $5,000 cash signing bonus, a charitable donation to a nonprofit -- and the chance to win a trip to space. “We recognize that the pool of quality candidates is small and it's hard to attract top talent,” said Rob Emrich, PaeDae's co-founder and chief executive.
March 20, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
General Motors is recalling 26,582 model year 2013 Cadillac SRX crossovers and Buick LaCrosse sedans to fix a software problem that could allow the vehicles' transmissions to slip suddenly from manual to automatic mode. Information posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website said that the software problem may cause the transmissions to inadvertently shift to sport mode, removing any transmission-related engine braking effect. The NHTSA said that the risks of a crash are increased if engine braking is unexpectedly removed.
February 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Federal Trade Commission said HTC has agreed to settle charges that the Taiwanese phone-maker did not take the steps necessary to secure software used in millions of its smartphones and tablets. Under the settlement announced Friday morning, HTC agreed to develop and install software patches to fix the vulnerability. The FTC charged that flaws in HTC's software and in the company's practices placed sensitive consumer information at risk of being exposed. The federal agency said HTC did not properly train its employees, assess the security in its software, or have a process by which users, researchers and academics could notify the company of security issues.
February 15, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Spacecraft software developer Rik Knablein was sitting in front of his computer at Northrop Grumman in 2009 when he saw the handwriting on the wall. He would leave his computer keyboard behind and begin designing and manufacturing fountain pens, he decided. "I wanted to do something more artful," said the Hermosa Beach resident who helped develop the software that controls the Hubble Space Telescope, ground-level radar, and tracking and data relay satellites that NASA used to replace ground tracking stations.
February 6, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
As martyrs go, Aaron Swartz was an extraordinary example of the breed. A computer programming genius, he had helped develop the social networking site Reddit and became known as a leading advocate for easy and free information sharing on the Web. When Swartz committed suicide in January, while awaiting trial on federal computer hacking charges that could have landed him in prison for 35 years and cost him fines of $1 million, his death was seen...
January 23, 2013
This is a test of the screencast software SnagIt.
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