September 16, 2011 |
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.
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July 5, 2013 |
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.
February 14, 2012 |
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.
October 23, 2012 |
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.
December 27, 2012 |
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.
October 3, 2012 |
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.