CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 |
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 |
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.
January 4, 2014 |
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 |
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.
January 2, 2014 |
Online sales swelled 10.3% this holiday season compared with the same period in 2012, with massive surges in mobile use, according to the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. During the fourth quarter, mobile traffic made up nearly 35% of all online visits, up 40% from last year, according to IBM. Nearly 17% of digital sales originated from mobile devices, a 46% upswing year over year. Major shopping days such as Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday all enjoyed record online sales, as shoppers were lured by increasingly attractive Internet-exclusive promotions and free shipping deals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 |
A committee that oversees school bond spending has rejected major portions of a proposal to expand the use of iPads in the Los Angeles Unified School District. District officials had sought approval from the panel for $135 million in spending. Instead, the committee on Wednesday authorized $45 million. The panel failed to approve plans to provide iPads to all teachers and school administrators. And, it reduced the number of iPads requested for students. The decision creates new complications in the $1-billion effort to provide tablets to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system.