October 30, 2013 |
Americans are spending more time on their digital devices, and that won't change for years, according to a new study. The USC report released Wednesday shows that Americans consume "an enormous amount" of media via television, radio, phone and computer, amounting to an average of 63 gigabytes per person per day last year. All told, total U.S. media consumption reached 1.46 trillion hours in 2012, an average of 13.6 hours per person per day, a year-over-year increase of 5%. In comparison, U.S. media consumption averaged 33 gigabytes per person per day in 2008.
October 28, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings and revenue exceeded Wall Street's expectations as sales of iPhones soared. But there were some signs of struggle for iPad sales, which remained flat. The diverging fortunes of its two marquee products raised again the question about whether the iPad has peaked or simply hit a lull. On a conference call with analysts Monday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook expressed confidence that the launch of the iPad Air this week and the iPad Mini with a Retina screen in November would turbocharge sales again.
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October 23, 2013
Join us at 9 a.m. when we discuss the latest on the L.A. Unified School District's plans for providing iPads for students with Times reporter Howard Blume. On Tuesday, district officials acknowledged that they understated the cost of providing iPads to students, but also said the deal could ultimately save millions of dollars. LAUSD hopes to provide a tablet to every student and teacher, and, for months, has reported the cost as $678 per device. But a revised budget released Monday found that the tablets could cost as much as $770 apiece.
October 23, 2013 |
You might not have noticed, but Microsoft began selling the latest versions of its Surface tablets Tuesday. The Redmond, Wash., company started rolling out the Surface 2 and the Surface 2 Pro on the same day as Apple unveiled the latest versions of its iPads, and as you would expect, the iPads got more attention. But despite launching in the shadows of Apple's iPad Air, Microsoft has high hopes for its Surface 2 tablets. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 3 p.m. as we unbox Microsoft's latest tablet Join The Times' Stacey Leasca and me at 3 p.m. as we unbox the Surface 2, the light version of Microsoft's two new tablets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 |
Los Angeles school district officials acknowledged Tuesday that they understated the cost of providing iPads to students, but also said the deal could ultimately save millions of dollars. The L.A. Unified School District hopes to provide a tablet to every student and teacher, and, for months, has reported the cost as $678 per device. But a revised budget released Monday found that the tablets could cost as much as $770. The previous amount, officials said Tuesday, did not include taxes and a mandatory recycling fee. Once those costs are added in, the price rises to about $744, said Daphne Congdon, a district information technology administrator.
October 22, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Thinner. Lighter. Free. Those may have been the three most important words uttered at an event Tuesday where Apple launched slimmer versions of its iPad tablets with hopes of supercharging sales of a pioneering device that lately has been on a slide. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant also announced that buyers of its devices, including tablets, smartphones and computers, will get free of charge 20 of its popular apps that otherwise would cost more than $100. Piling on the incentives for consumers, it added that the latest version of its operating system for desktops and laptops would be available for download at no extra cost.