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March 29, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google, looking to boost use of its Android operating system, plans to sell its own tablet computers later this year, a news report says. The search giant, which has normally stuck to producing software when it comes to the smartphone and tablet markets, will make a stronger push by selling tablets itself, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The move comes as tablets powered by Android have failed to put a dent on the market dominated by Apple's iPad. Google will sell the tablets through an online store that the tech company has yet to announce.
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November 1, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Worried that computer hackers attacking banks and media companies could easily shift targets, the airline industry is taking preemptive steps to ensure it doesn't become the next victim. Although the "hacking" of planes midair to bring them down is unlikely, many networks, including airline reservation systems and airport parking meters, could be vulnerable to cyberattacks, which could disrupt air travel, weaken travelers' confidence and deal a major blow to a fragile economy. "The aviator guys are getting together because they see what's going on in every other sector," said Paul Kurtz, chief strategy officer for computer security firm CyberPoint International.
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BUSINESS
August 13, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is embarking on an ambitious plan for a new national digital newspaper to be distributed exclusively as paid content for tablet computers such as Apple Inc.'s iPad and mobile phones. The initiative, which would directly compete with the New York Times, USA Today and other national publications, is the latest attempt by a major media organization to harness sexy new devices to reach readers who increasingly consume their news on the go. The development underscores how the iPad is transforming the reading habits of consumers much like the iPod changed how people listen to music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Four Los Angeles schools, scheduled to receive iPads in this first rollout of the tablets, have pulled out of the initial phase, saying they want to wait at least until security and other issues are resolved. The rejection apparently is temporary - the schools still want the tablet computers - but their stance underscores ongoing problems faced by the L.A. Unified School District as it attempts to provide every student with a tablet over the next year. Opting out of the early start are Palms and Webster middle schools on the Westside, Muir Middle in Vermont-Slauson, and Revere Middle School in Pacific Palisades.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Pushy waiters and know-it-all sommeliers, step aside. Your days may be numbered. Tablet computers are starting to take over. In the last few months, restaurants scattered around the country have installed iPads and other technologies on which customers can place orders and perform additional tasks usually handled by staff. At Stacked in Torrance, which opened in May, iPads mounted on 60 tables enable patrons to flip through a touch screen to view pizza, burger and salad offerings.
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
February 14, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc.'s fight to use the iPad name in China has hit another snag after authorities seized dozens of the Apple tablet computers from store shelves in northern China. The seizures in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, were in response to a trademark infringement complaint filed by Chinese company Proview Technology, according to its attorney. Proview Technology, which is based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, said it holds the trademark for the hot-selling device in China.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | From Times staff
Apple introduced a smaller version of its iPad tablet computer today at a media event in San Jose. The new tablet, called the iPad mini, has a 7.9-inch screen, as compared with the 9.7-inch iPad introduced in 2010. The tablet's starting price will be $499. The new iPad would compete with Amazon.com's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7, both of which have 7-inch screens. Apple's smaller tablet has been widely anticipated and could help the Cupertino technology giant extend its lead in tablet computers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Surging sales of tablet computers are driving a fundamental change in how Americans read books. Twenty-three percent of Americans age 16 and older say they have read an e-book in the last year, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. That's up from 16% a year ago. At the same time, the number of those who read a printed book in the last 12 months fell to 67% -- a decline of five percentage points. The rise in electronic book reading coincides with an increase in the number of people who own tablet computers or dedicated e-readers such as Amazon's Kindle or Barnes & Noble's Nook.  A quarter of all Americans age 16 and up own an Apple Inc. iPad, Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab or other tablet computer, Pew reports, an increase from 10% in 2011.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
As the television industry seeks to capture viewers on their mobile phones and tablet computers, ICM Partners talent agency has formed a partnership with a maker of applications for these second screens. ICM said it will work with Screenz to create multiple screen experiences to fuel interest in TV shows, spur conversations online -- and, with luck, drive ratings.  "We want to be active in helping to shape the industry that we're in," said Keyvan Peymani, ICM's head of digital strategy.  Screenz has developed games that viewers can play as they watch a show, applications that incorporate conversations taking place on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and augmented reality technology to extend the TV experience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Four Los Angeles schools, scheduled to receive iPads in this first rollout of the tablets, have pulled out of the initial phase, saying that they want to wait at least until security and other issues are resolved. The rejection apparently is temporary - the schools still want the tablet computers - but their stance underscores ongoing problems faced by the L.A. Unified School District as it attempts to provide every student with a tablet over the next year. Separately, a state legislator is calling for an oversight hearing to review the $1-billion project, which is funded by school-construction bonds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It was a forum for Los Angeles Unified officials to promote the school district's ambitious plan to equip every student with an iPad. But the first question on the televised call-in program last week had nothing to do with tablet computers. Why doesn't the district train students in career skills, like machine shop, anymore, the caller wanted to know. It didn't get much better as the hour wore on. Callers concerned about bond money, board politics and school district priorities didn't give Supt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Calling the Los Angeles Board of Education dysfunctional and warning that academic progress is at stake, a senior school district administrator confirmed Friday that he is resigning. Deputy Supt. Jaime Aquino said he would remain with the nation's second-largest school system through Dec. 31. His departure removes the top manager for academic initiatives during a period of rapid and seminal change, including a new curriculum, a new program for students learning English, a mandate that all students meet college-preparation requirements and a program to distribute tablet computers to every student .  Aquino has been the right-hand man for L.A. schools Supt.
OPINION
September 6, 2013
Re "In iPad project, key need emerges," Sept. 3 Who in the Los Angeles Unified School District came up with the idea to give Apple iPads to 635,000 students? Who would select such a tech toy as opposed to many less-expensive options? And given that the district may end up buying wireless keyboards so students can type on their iPads, did officials forget that as with all tablet computers, the touchscreen keyboard takes up half the screen? I can only conclude that district officials have never used a laptop, a much more powerful product with two incredible features included: a keyboard and a mouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school officials are acknowledging a new looming cost in a $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every student: keyboards. Officials so far have not budgeted that expense, but they said the wireless keyboards are recommended for students when they take new state standardized tests. If keyboards were to be provided for all 650,000 students, the cost could be more than $38 million at current retail prices. It's not clear if the district plans to provide keyboards for all, and officials were not prepared to estimate the cost during a meeting last week of a Board of Education committee that is tracking the iPad initiative.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc., the world's most valuable Internet company, and Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software company, each disappointed investors with financial performances that fell short of Wall Street expectations. In Google's case, its second quarter showed the Mountain View, Calif., company was still wrestling with how to make as much money from selling ads on mobile devices as it does on desktop computers with consumers increasingly using smartphones and tablets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2013 | Steve Lopez
At Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills, every student has an iPad. That's 1,200 iPads, and if L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy can figure out how to pay for 660,000 more of them, every student in the district will have a tablet in the next few years. A good idea? "It's magical," declared a student at Valley Academy who loves his iPad. Maybe. But I've got lots of questions. Like many parents, my wife and I have tried to make sure our daughter reads real books and doesn't get addicted to everything digital.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2012
How the new energy standards will work California has imposed energy efficiency standards on portable electronics chargers that will affect just about every home and business in the Golden State. Q: What's the problem with chargers? A: They waste as much as 60% of the energy they consume, even when no device is connected. Q: What devices are covered by the new mandates? A: Cellphones, laptop and tablet computers, power tools, toothbrushes, razors and hundreds of other consumer electronics items.
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.
OPINION
June 23, 2013
Re "LAUSD awards pact to Apple," June 19 The decision by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide its 660,000 students with tablet computers is a step in the right direction. As the head of a nonprofit funder that provides computers and training to parents and teachers in three LAUSD schools, I have lessons to share: With our partners, we see schools thrive when teachers are well-trained and encouraged to coach one another in collaborative settings. Teachers who champion technology deserve support.
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