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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.
April 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet - not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came with a purple protective casing and loaded with kids' apps and games. "Her eyes lit up when she opened it," said Stepka, 34, a Shakopee, Minn., father of three. "Everything else got put to the side. " That's exactly what tablet makers and companies that create children's entertainment were hoping for. PHOTOS: Top 10 gadgets we want to see this year Stepka's household is part of a growing group of consumers for whom traditional children's toys and games are not enough.
September 3, 2011
According to a survey by Robert W. Baird & Co., the tablets customers want the most are: 1. Apple iPad Height: 9.5 inches Storage: 16, 32 or 64 GB Cost: $499 - $829 2. HP TouchPad Height: 9.45 inches Storage: 16 or 32 GB Cost: $99.99, $149.99 3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Height: 10.1 inches Storage: 16, 32 or 64 GB Cost: $499.99 - $799.99 4: Motorola Xoom Height: 10.1 inches ...
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is a powerful tablet with a huge screen rivaling that of laptops. But don't think of it as replacing your laptop anytime soon. The South Korean tech giant has packed the Galaxy Note Pro with an enormous 12.2-inch screen and numerous software features meant to let users perform the same types of tasks that they could on a computer, such as running one app on top of another at the same time. Samsung says it made the tablet so users can be productive and look professional holding it. The tablet features Samsung's stitched faux-leather back cover that the company has begun to use on many of its products.
October 22, 2013
iPad Air Capacity: 16 to 128 gigabytes Price: $499 to $929 Weight: 1 pound Display: 264 pixels per inch iPad (fourth generation) Capacity: 16 to 128 GB Price: $379 to $789 refurbished (Apple no longer sells new) Weight: 1.44 pound Display: 264 pixels per inch iPad Mini with Retina display Capacity: 16 to 128 GB Price: $399 to $829 Weight: 0.73 pound Display: 326 pixels per inch iPad Mini Capacity: 16 GB Price: $299 to $429 Weight: 0.68 pound Display: 163 pixels per inch
May 4, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
Bristol-Myers Squibb is voluntarily recalling one lot - more than 1.8 million tablets - of the blood-thinner Coumadin, also known as warfarin. It seems that testing suggested the pills might be overly potent. The affected bottles each have 1,000 tablets of 5-milligram Coumadin Crystalline (warfarin sodium), according to a company representative. They were distributed to pharmacies for further distribution to patients. The expiration date on the bottles is Sept. 30, 2012, and the lot number is 9H49374A.
August 12, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
On his blog Rough Type last week, Nicholas Carr addressed the flattening of e-book sales . Citing a report from the Assn. of American Publishers , Carr noted that “in the first quarter of 2013, overall e-book sales in the U.S. trade market grew by just 5 percent over where they were in the same period in 2012.” What this means, he concludes, is that the “explosive growth of the last few years has basically petered out, according to...
September 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not wanting to get left behind, Barnes & Noble on Wednesday announced two new tablets: the 7-inch Nook HD and the 9-inch NOOK HD+. The two tablets are playing catch-up to Apple, Google and, most notably, Amazon, which just this month announced its own set of new tablets. The new Nook HD features a 7-inch screen with a higher resolution than its competitors at 1,440 by 900 pixels. Barnes & Noble said the Nook HD also weighs just 315 grams, or 11 ounces, has a 1.3Ghz dual-core processor and is available starting at $199 for an 8 GB model and $229 for a 16 GB version.
May 31, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Looking to make desktops more competitive in price with tablets and mobile devices, more PC makers are turning to Android. In the latest blow to the new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, Acer is expected to launch a second Android-based desktop next week, CNET reported . The all-in-one device combines the computer and the monitor into one slate. It's expected to come with a powerful new Intel processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and as much as 16 gigabytes of hard drive space. With an expected price of about $400, the rumored device would be able to do what a tablet does -- except on a much bigger screen and with a more traditional setup.
January 10, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
This week at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, we have reported on personal computer makers' attempts to reinvent the laptop . The wild popularity of tablets has stymied sales of laptops. As a result, PC makers are trying to create machines that combine the best of tablets and laptops.  But there's another piece of that trend that didn't make it into our earlier report. That same dynamic is now extending to ye olde desktop PC, which is now in line for its own radical changes.  Sales of desktop computers are also declining.
February 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 mobile tablet that can also control your TV and function as a video gaming console. Users can hold the tablet in their hands when they want to surf the Web, read e-books or check their social media. They can also hook up the tablet to its dock and use a wireless remote when they want to watch content from apps such asNetflix and HBO Go on their TV. And when they're ready for a video game, users can launch a gaming app on the tablet and play a game on the TV wih a controller that comes with the device.
February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Tablet, game console, smart TV -- the Snakebyte Vyper tries to be all three. With a video game controller, a wireless remote and a dock that connects to TVs, the Vyper is unlike other 7-inch tablets on the market. The gizmo is designed to be used like a traditional tablet when users have it in their hands, but can also be used as an entertainment system when it is plugged into its dock. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor The dock sends the Android tablet's video signal to users' TVs through an HDMI cable, allowing them to stream content from apps such as  YouTube and Netflix and watch it on their large screens.
February 23, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Unless you buy your smartphones and mini-tablets in Mexico, the Caribbean or Central and South America, chances are you've never heard of InfoSonics Corp. The San Diego company designs, manufactures and sells wireless handsets and other devices, such as tablets, to other manufacturers, distributors and consumers. Its research and development center is in Beijing. The company also maintains a small quality-control office in Shenzhen, China, close to its manufacturing facilities.
January 25, 2014
Re "Handing out iPads isn't enough," Opinion, Jan. 19 Although the idea of providing access to technology by giving iPads to students is being considered and implemented in some school districts - namely, Los Angeles Unified - the thought of giving children expensive electronics with no performance expectations violates everything we know about good parenting. Why not take advantage of the powerful incentive these tablets provide and set academic expectations for earning them?
January 14, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Continuing its efforts to provide every student with a computer, the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to distribute iPads to 38 more campuses, begin the process of purchasing laptops for seven high schools and buy as many tablets as needed for new state tests in the spring. In doing so, the board adopted the proposal of schools Supt. John Deasy rather than following the advice of an oversight panel that had recommended purchasing thousands fewer of the devices. The goal of the $1-billion effort is to provide a computer to every student, teacher and administrator in the nation's second-largest school system.
January 5, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
A number of forces will combine to drive global consumer spending on technology down 1% in 2014, according to a study by the Consumer Electronics Assn. The projected decline was released Sunday as part of a press day at the International Consumer Electronics Show. CEA hosts CES, and each year offers up a series of reports that examine market trends and offers an outlook for the global consumer electronics market. The picture painted in the latest report is not a pretty one for the industry, according to Steve Koenig, director of industry analysis for the CEA.   CES 2014: Follow out full coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show Overall, Koenig said he expected global consumer spending on tech to decline by 1% in 2014, down from about 3% growth in 2013.
May 15, 2013 | By David Ng
Here's a proposal that would have a hard time finding support in the United States. A new government study in France suggests levying a new tax as high as 1% on the sale of smartphones, tablets and other Internet devices, with the funds going toward funding cultural initiatives. The proposal was submitted Monday to President Francois Hollande as part of a larger report on digital culture. The report was created by a team led by Pierre Lescure, a journalist and former executive at Canal Plus.   The focus of the report is the so-called French cultural exception in the changing digital landscape.
July 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft appears to be having a hard time selling its Surface RT tablets. The computer giant announced Thursday that it had to take a $900-million charge against earnings because of what it described as "inventory adjustment" for the device. The large write-off may explain why Microsoft cut the price of its Surface RT models by $150 this month and gave away thousands of free Surface Pro tablets to attendees at its developers conference in June. Surface RT runs on a stripped-down version of Windows 8. News of the Surface's struggles is a bad sign for the company, considering that the tablet was essentially the flagship Windows 8 device and required that Microsoft step out of its software comfort zone and into the world of hardware manufacturing.
January 4, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
To glimpse the future of consumer electronics, get a grip on the world's first Internet-connected tennis racket. With tiny sensors embedded in the handle, the racket measures a player's strokes, topspin and just about everything else that happens when the ball is struck. All that information is instantly relayed via a wireless Bluetooth connection to a smartphone app. The player can later view and analyze it on the Web. "It's going to be a huge change for the tennis player," said Thomas Otton, director of communications for Babolat, the French tennis company that invented the original cow-gut racket strings 140 years ago. "They are going to have access to all kinds of information and data that will help them progress much faster and have more fun. It's a true revolution.
January 3, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation SKG is premiering its first computer tablet, one that will teach kids how to be their own animators. The Glendale-based creator of the "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" movies has partnered with El Segundo-based Fuhu Inc. to create DreamTab, billed as a state-of-the-the art tablet designed for kids. The 8-inch by 12-inch device, which features a new 4.4 Kit Kat Android based operating system, will allow kids to stream movies, TV shows and play games with various innovative parental controls and educational tools.
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