December 25, 2012 |
SAN LUIS OBISPO - Jake Devincenzi was thrilled to get his hands on Google's new Nexus 4 smartphone. He admired its sleek black case and large touch screen - and he couldn't wait to tear it apart. In a small room cluttered with discarded computer parts, Devincenzi picked up a blue plastic stylus and eased the tool into a seam on the side of the phone as three co-workers watched. Minutes later, a pop. The tear-down had begun. "We're in," he said, and grinned. Each time Devincenzi plucked a part from the Nexus 4, he took a high-resolution photo and posted it online.
November 27, 2012 |
Consumers hopped online for some more Internet shopping on Cyber Monday after last week's post-Thanksgiving Black Friday frenzy came to a close. Many started early this year: Online spending on Black Friday topped $1 billion for the first time as some shoppers turned to their computers instead of braving the crowds in person. Cyber Monday is "the Super Bowl of online shopping," said Jonathan Johnson, president of bargain site Overstock.com. As of late afternoon, the site's traffic was up compared with last year's Cyber Monday, he said, but it was too early to predict how the entire day's sales would shake out. In the last few years, he said, Cyber Monday shoppers with high-speed Web access have started browsing Overstock at home after a day at the office.
November 24, 2012 |
Black Friday shoppers headed to their laptops, tablet computers and mobile phones to scoop up deals. On the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the kickoff to the holiday shopping season, online sales jumped 20.7% over last year, according to study from IBM. That beat the 17.4% growth over Thanksgiving in Web sales. That reflects a trend that has swept through the retail industry as shoppers increasingly go online to find the best bargains and deals, forcing traditional brick-and-mortar retailers to adapt in in order to retain customers.
November 20, 2012 |
Best Buy Co. reported a significant third-quarter loss Tuesday as the electronics giant struggles with slumping sales and heavy restructuring costs. The Richfield, Minn.-based retailer has been fighting to turn around a steady erosion in its business as Web rivals such as Amazon.com lure away its shoppers and turn its stores into showrooms where customers can test products before buying them online at a lower price. Best Buy has also been...
November 5, 2012 |
Apple has rewritten a court-ordered notice on its UK website that makes it clear that Samsung did not copy Apple's patented tablet design. The new notice is shorter than the original notice that Apple put up on the site last week. It is also lacking the subtle snark of the last notice. And that's just what the British court wants. What we'll call the "snarky notice" chapter of Apple and Samsung's patent battle began Oct. 18 when the high court justice of England told Apple it had to place a simple statement on its website laying out the court's ruling that Samsung had not copied Apple's patented tablet design, and place a similar notice in British newspapers. Apple complied, but with a twist.
October 25, 2012 |
Microsoft Corp. has rolled out Windows 8, the most radical overhaul of its computer operating system in nearly two decades. With Windows 8, the Redmond, Wash., company is hoping to remain relevant in today's tech-savvy consumer market. The latest update includes a new interface called the Start Screen that is unlike anything seen before on a Windows operating system. The Start Screen was designed for tablets and touchscreen computers and features moving tiles similar to those on Windows Phone devices.
October 25, 2012 |
Microsoft today officially launched Windows 8 and the new Windows Store. The company said Windows 8, its latest operating system, will be available for purchase online and in stores today starting at $39.99. The operating system retains Windows' traditional desktop but also adds another view that is heavily geared toward touchscreen devices. Windows President Steven Sinofsky said that more than 1,000 computers have been certified for Windows 8 and that there will be some Windows 8 PCs that'll sell for less than $300.
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.
October 16, 2012 |
It looks like the iPad mini is ready to make its debut. Apple sent out a media invitation for an event to be held next Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the California Theatre in San Jose at 10 a.m. "We've got a little more to show you," the invite said. Read into that "little" as much as you want. Apple is widely expected to launch its rumored-for-months iPad mini at the event. The device, to rival Amazon.com's Kindle and other smaller tablet computers, is likely a 7.85-inch tablet that will start at $249, according to reports.
October 9, 2012
Re "Tablet plan doesn't compute," Editorial, Oct. 5 Like Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy, I support using tablet computers in our schools. But buying about 700,000 of them without an integrated plan for how they would be used, and therefore what features are essential for their use, would be spending money prematurely. Based on my 40 years in the computer field followed by 17 years as a volunteer tutor for middle school students, I look forward to the day when tablets are provided to each student with the content that allows the device to be used as a personal tutor.