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October 6, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Apple's iPad at $499, Amazon's Kindle Fire at $199 and the HP TouchPad at $99. How about a tablet computer for $35 with hope of an eventual $10 price tag? India on Wednesday unveiled the Aakash, which means "sky" in Hindi, and billed it as the world's least-expensive tablet. The plan is to distribute thousands of the computers in coming months to students at a government-subsidized rate of $35. It has taken several years to develop, faced a lot of skepticism and received help from taxpayers given the state's actual cost of around $50. But the Aakash offers the promise of computing to millions of people in rural India who seem to be living more in the 19th century than the 21st.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Fear not, lovers of paper and leather-bound tomes. Print books are going to survive the e-book revolution. That's the message hidden inside a new Pew report on the reading habits of American adults. Yes, the growing use of tablets means people are reading more e-books than ever. But hardly anyone is giving up print books completely. And adult readership of print books actually rebounded last year, after a period of decline, according to the study by Princeton Survey Research Associates International on behalf of the Pew Research Center.
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BUSINESS
September 25, 2012 | By Shan Li
A Los Angeles maker of kid-oriented products is suing Toys R Us Inc. for allegedly ripping off its business plan to sell a tablet computer geared for children. In a suit filed in federal court in San Diego, Fuhu Inc. accuses the toy giant of stealing trade secrets and trademark information to launch its own $150 tablet called Tabeo, which will hit store shelves next month. Last holiday season, Fuhu sold a similar tablet called Nabi exclusively through Toys R Us before terminating the agreement in January.
NEWS
December 23, 2013 | By Judi Dash
You can have your in-flight meal and use your laptop too if you've included the Aero-Tray in your carry-on gear. The Z-shaped hinged collapsible workstation opens to become a double-decker desk atop the airplane tray table (or any surface). Or angle the top tier for more ergonomic typing on the tray table or your lap. The bottom tier has a retractable shelf with a cup holder to minimize the risk of spills while multitasking. The pull-out shelf can also be used as a vertical support for a tablet computer.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Shan Li and Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Toys R Us Inc. is stepping into the heated tablet-computer wars with a $150 version for kids — including Wi-Fi connectivity, extensive parental control features and 50 pre-loaded apps that include popular games such as "Angry Birds" and "Fruit Ninja. " But will kids want it and parents buy it? "You can jam 50 apps into this and make it an overwhelming value," said toy industry analyst Sean McGowan. "But at the end of the day, kids may decide it's not cool and it's either Apple or nothing.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2011 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
With roughly 25 million adults in America now owning an iPad or other tablet computer, a new survey shows that the early adopters are using the devices to follow the news even more than they use them for social networking, gaming, reading books or watching videos. That seems to be a positive development for the U.S. news industry, but it comes with a nettlesome corollary: The majority of tablet enthusiasts say they don't want to pay to get access to news and other information, according to research by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its first tablet computer with a host of functions and features that allow it to do nearly everything the iPad can do — but at less than half the cost. Called the Kindle Fire, the device may quickly become the strongest competitor yet to the iPad, analysts said. Barely 18 months after Apple Inc. released the first iPad, tablet computers are a nearly $30-billion industry, with the iPad accounting for almost 80% of the market. The Fire, introduced Wednesday by Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, is aimed at attracting consumers who want a tablet but can't afford the iPad and its other pricier competitors.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2009 | By Tom Petruno
Santa arrived early for Apple Inc. shareholders: The stock surged $6.94, or 3.4%, on Thursday to close at a record high of $209.04. That topped the previous closing high of $207 on Nov. 17. The buzz continues to build about the company's widely anticipated -- albeit unconfirmed -- tablet computer. The Financial Times reported that Apple has rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in late January, most likely for a product announcement. An Apple tablet, which some speculate might be called the "iPad," is expected to be a cross between the iPhone, with its touch-sensitive screen and numerous useful applications, and the Amazon Kindle reading device, with its much larger screen.
OPINION
October 5, 2012
Superintendent John Deasy wants to buy every teacher and student in Los Angeles Unified School District a tablet computer within a year or two - 700,000 of the electronic devices, he figures - and pay for it with bonds that were passed by voters to build, repair and update school facilities. Deasy isn't the only one eager to use bond money to buy tablets, though L.A. Unified's purchase would be uniquely ambitious in its size and reach. In fact, though the legality is somewhat sketchy, this is becoming as much a trend as starting up charter schools.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
I have tried — really tried — to fall in love with the iPad. I've spent hours trying it out. Reading, browsing, gaming. Watching movies. I've trawled Apple's website for killer apps. Conferred with the blue-shirted geniuses at my local Apple store about the wonders of the tablet-enabled lifestyle. I've checked out the favorite apps of my iPad-equipped friends, and tried to conjure every way I might use the iPad for health, happiness and profit. But it's not happening.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
On a recent weekday afternoon, Sting was sitting in a Burbank dressing room, quietly reading on a tablet computer as he waited to make an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. " A chat with Leno wasn't the English singer's only reason for being in L.A.; two nights earlier, he'd entertained a crowd of celebrities and show-biz executives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's annual Art + Film Gala. Asked how the gig went, Sting put down the tablet, took off his glasses and reported that no one had asked for his or her money back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy took on critics of his $1-billion iPad program this week in a live call-in segment of a show on the L.A. Unified School District-owned television station. The effort was an attempt to counter critical media attention over the superintendent's efforts to provide a tablet computer to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system. So far, most of the coverage has focused on early problems , such as more than 300 high school students bypassing a security filter so they could reach unauthorized websites.
OPINION
September 27, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It has been a year since Los Angeles Unified schools Supt. John Deasy proposed putting a tablet computer in the hands of every student in the district. At that time, there were numerous questions about how and whether this would work. Could first-graders really take care of such expensive equipment? Who would be held responsible if one of the devices was stolen, lost or broken, or if apple juice was dripped into the circuitry? How would the district keep high-schoolers off porn sites?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
The L.A. County district attorney's office has declined to file charges against a Glendale mother who was arrested early Tuesday morning after her 3-year-old son was found wandering in his pajamas slightly less than half a mile from his home while carrying a tablet computer, police said. A woman driving to work at 2:49 a.m. saw the boy trying to cross the street near a Rally's Hamburgers at San Fernando Road and Brand Boulevard, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told the Glendale News-Press . She initially thought he was with someone, Lorenz said.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Chromebook laptops may be finally catching on and there are a few good reasons. The computers, which run Google's Chrome OS software, accounted for 20% to 25% of all laptops sold for less than $300 in the U.S. in the last eight months, according to NPD Group, a market research firm. A year ago, Chromebook's market share was insignificant, according to NPD Group. But that started to change late last year when a new wave of the Google computers started coming out along with a new marketing campaign . PHOTOS: Rare and vintage auctioned Apple items A Samsung-made Chromebook is currently the top-selling laptop on Amazon.com . Why are people buying Chromebooks?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
With the aim of improving 911 response times, a new Los Angeles city councilman is pushing for a far-reaching plan to expand the Fire Department's overhaul of its aging technology systems. Mike Bonin has asked the LAFD and city technology officials to develop a "master plan" to better coordinate a series of upgrades being made to the department's dispatching and data systems. Among other things, he wants city officials to work with private-sector experts to explore creating new applications that firefighters can use on tablet computers, such as Apple's popular iPad.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2010 | David Sarno
Both Verizon Wireless and its mobile rival AT&T announced Thursday that the companies' chains of thousands of U.S. retail stores will sell Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer starting Oct. 28, in time for the holiday buying season. The simultaneous announcements raised the stakes in the longtime feud between AT&T, exclusive wireless carrier of the iPhone and iPad, and Verizon, which has long been rumored to be next in line for Apple's popular mobile devices. Verizon's 2,000 stores will not carry versions of the iPad that work on the 3G wireless network.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
FiftyThree, the developer of the app that won Apple's iPad app of the year award, has raised $15 million in funding, led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The developer, with offices in Seattle and New York, rose to fame late last year when Apple selected its app, Paper, for the award. Paper is a free app that turns iPads into digital sketchbooks. Within the app, users can buy different types of tools so they can make more detailed sketches and draw in different colors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Apple Inc. won a $30-million contract Tuesday from the L.A. Unified School District, paving the way for the company to provide every student with an iPad in the nation's second-largest school system. The Board of Education voted 6 to 0 on Tuesday to approve the contract after hearing senior staff laud Apple's product as both the best in quality and the least expensive option that met the district's specifications. Tuesday's vote authorized an iPad rollout at 47 campuses. However, by choosing Apple as the sole vendor, the district also made a de facto commitment to spend hundreds of millions of dollars with the Cupertino, Calif.-based digital giant over the next two years.
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