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June 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The world of tech is known for its ingenious inventions, but sometimes, it's flops are even more memorable. From Google to Twitter to Microsoft, every major player in the tech industry has at one point or another also invented and released a gadget so bad that they will never be able to live it down. Take Apple for example. The company gave us the iPod, iPhone and the iPad, but do you remember the Apple Newton? That 90s device was supposed to function like a personal digital assistant that could recognize users' handwriting.
April 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google, Microsoft, Facebook and several other tech giants have teamed to create an initiative that will be used to fund important open-source projects that are in need of financial assistance such as OpenSSL, which was recently plagued by the discovery of the Heartbleed bug. A dozen companies are pledging $100,000 a year for three years to support the Core Infrastructure Initiative, which will identify key open-source projects and direct funds their...
July 8, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Calabasas technology company Ixia will expand its headquarters after signing a new lease worth about $26 million. Ixia, which provides wireless network tests, agreed to expand its offices to 110,000 square feet from 83,000 square feet in a 10-year deal at Corporate Center Calabasas, said David Binswanger, executive vice president of landlord Lincoln Property Co. The lease renewal and expansion were welcome because the economic downturn hit...
April 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
Talk of Silicon Valley losing steam was put on hold as two technology titans, Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc., tallied better-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenue. Apple's stock climbed more than 7% in after-hours trading after it reported that sales of iPhones blew past Wall Street's projections. Facebook's shares spiked 4% after it said ad revenue rose 82% year over year. Although many tech stocks slid in recent weeks, the robust financial results demonstrated that, at least for now, the underlying businesses of these two leading companies remain strong.
June 5, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Tech start-ups and accelerator programs have been popping up all over Los Angeles and Santa Monica recently, and now there's a map for that. On the newly launched Represent.LA map, more than 300 technology-related companies have been plotted online, including 257 start-ups, 22 accelerators and incubators, and 34 investors. Click on the icons and a short description of each firm appears. Viewers can submit the names of companies they think should be added to the map. The map was created by three techies, including Alex Benzer, founder of SocialEngine, who said their hope is to connect and promote the local tech start-up community.
January 8, 2013 | Michelle Maltais
LAS VEGAS -- Just about everything with a battery or cord is on display in the desert, including massive-screen TVs, wearable tech and window-washing robots. The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas, and The Times has sent a gaggle of reporters to comb the convention center for what's next, best or a little offbeat. Tech reporter Andrea Chang and I chat about what we've seen so far in previews -- some of the hits, misses and a Microsoft head scratcher. Be sure to check our continuing coverage in live updates , on the Tech Now blog and follow us on Twitter . ALSO: CES 2013: Fisher-Price playing between virtual and real toys CES 2013: Drawing on creativity without touching your tablet CES 2013: Flower Power lets plants communicate their needs Follow Maltais on Twitter  @mmaltaisLAT
March 23, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Can you go for a day without your tech tools and toys? The third annual National Day of Unplugging starts at dusk today, so get in all your iPad gazing, mouse clicks, text taps and screen pinches before dusk. Organizers call the National Day of Unplugging "a respite from the relentless deluge of technology and information. " The intentional digital blackout goes from sundown Friday to sunset Saturday. Sound familiar? It's in line with the Jewish Sabbath . That's by design.
February 1, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Silicon Beach is mourning the death of entrepreneur and Ecomom co-founder Jody Sherman this week. Sherman, 47, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said. Since his death Monday, several L.A. tech bloggers, friends and venture capitalists have taken to Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs to share memories of Sherman, who co-founded Ecomom in Santa Monica in 2009. The company, which sells eco-friendly and healthful products for children, mothers and the home, moved to Las Vegas about a year ago. The messages also emphasized the need for a more open dialogue about the pressures of creating a start-up and running a business, with entrepreneurs and others calling on the tech community to open up and offer support to colleagues who may be suffering from depression.
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March 27, 2013 | By David Lazarus
I want to feel good for Nick D'Aloisio, I really do. It's not every day that a 17-year-old kid becomes a millionaire after spending off-hours while attending school writing code for a smartphone app. My petty jealousy aside, though, D'Aloisio's story got me thinking: Are there any other industries -- other than entertainment -- that would create opportunities like this? I can't think of any. First of all, there just aren't a lot of businesses that allow teenagers to participate, even on the periphery.
April 22, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu
Wearable fitness trackers are in survival-of-the-fittest mode. Touted as the next big thing in technology, wearable tech has spawned a dizzying array of Internet-connected wristwatches and head-mounted devices. Leading the fledgling industry are fitness gadgets that count steps taken, calories burned and other measurements of activity. But in racing to meet the hype, many companies may have outpaced demand and rushed out products too soon. Nike said Monday that it plans to lay off a small number of employees who work on its line of FuelBand fitness accessories to "align resources with business priorities," signaling that the sporting equipment giant is scaling back its wearable hardware efforts.
April 20, 2014 | By Michael S. Teitelbaum
We've all heard the dire pronouncements: U.S. science and technology is losing ground to its global competitors because of a nationwide shortage of scientists and engineers, due primarily to the many failures of K-12 education. But are these gloomy assertions accurate? Nearly all of the independent scholars and analysts who have examined the claims of widespread shortages have found little or no evidence to support them. Salaries in these occupations are generally flat, and unemployment rates are about the same or higher than in others requiring advanced education.
April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If "Watermark" does nothing else, it will make you question society's contradictory view of water use. The clear liquid is as essential to human life as it is threatened, yet we don't seem to be able to do what it takes to make sure it stays available enough to keep us alive. As co-directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, "Watermark" is a kind of companion piece to the pair's earlier "Manufactured Landscapes," which looked at how new industrial structures are transforming the face of the planet.
April 16, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Julie Makinen
The largest tech IPO of the year will come from a company that many Americans have never heard of. Alibaba -- a Chinese e-commerce behemoth that produces more sales and net income than Amazon and EBay combined -- has decided to go public in the U.S. after months of speculation that it would list in Hong Kong. The company could raise up to $15 billion at an estimated valuation of up to $200 billion. “We expect it to be the largest tech IPO ever, the largest IPO of the year, the largest Chinese IPO of the year,” said Max Wolff, chief economist and strategist at Citizen VC. “It's a big number, probably a record-breaker by any metric.” PHOTOS: Top 10 tech acquisitions Alibaba's initial public offering plans are part of a wave of Chinese companies going public in the U.S. this year.
April 16, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Julie Makinen
The largest tech IPO of the year - and perhaps of all time - isn't coming from Silicon Valley. Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce behemoth with more sales than Amazon and EBay combined, has decided to go public on Wall Street after months of speculation that it would list in Hong Kong. The company could raise $15 billion at an estimated valuation of up to $200 billion. "We expect it to be the largest tech IPO ever, the largest IPO of the year, the largest Chinese IPO of the year," said Max Wolff, chief economist and strategist at Citizen VC. "It's a big number, probably a record-breaker by any metric.
April 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not sure what to spend that tax refund on? Well, Google has an idea. The tech giant on Tuesday is selling Glass, its $1,500 wearable device, from its website to any adult U.S. resident. Normally, the company sells Glass only to users who have an invitation to join its "explorer" program, but it decided to remove that restriction for one day only. PHOTOS: Top 5 tech acquisitions of 2014 so far Buyers can choose the color of their device, a frame design and their preferred attachable shades.
January 30, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Los Angeles tech professionals fared well last year, on average earning a 4% pay raise that boosted salaries to $95,815. That outpaced the U.S. average, according to a survey by Dice, a career website for technology and engineering professionals. Nationally, salaries for technology professionals rose 3% year over year to $87,811. The survey also found that 36% of L.A.-based tech pros got an average annual bonus of $8,165. That was lower than the U.S. figure: Nationally, 34% of tech professionals received a bonus totaling $9,323 on average.
August 14, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Will success spoil San Francisco? Or, is too much of a good thing a bad thing? Seems the tech boom that is fueling the Bay Area's economy is also creating a San Andreas-like “let them eat cake” fault line in Baghdad by the Bay, pitting Silicon Valley's nouveau riche against, well, S.F.'s nouveau poor. As Times reporter Jessica Guynn wrote Wednesday: Fueling the growing rift is a common belief that the vast wealth being amassed by the tech industry is not spilling over into the community.
April 12, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is impressive enough in a straight line, ripping from zero to 60 in less than three seconds. But what happens on a smooth mountain road, at the apex of an uphill, right-hand sweeper, must be experienced to be believed. While G-forces are pressing your face sideways, the car seems to barely notice it is death-gripping a curve at 70 mph. This is a high-tech weapon aimed at the limits of physics. Lurking beneath the shapely body panels is an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, active aerodynamics and suspension, twin-turbocharging, torque vectoring, and rear-wheel steering, among other delights.
April 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
The global wearable computing market is rapidly expanding beyond early-adopter status.  After a strong year in 2013, shipment volumes for wearable tech will exceed 19 million units this year, more than tripling last year's sales, according to market research firm IDC. It projected that the global market would surge to 111.9 million units in 2018, with more functional and stylish lifestyle accessories getting added to the mix of products. Fitness-related accessories such as the Nike+ FuelBand, Jawbone Up and Fitbit are expected to lead the industry through 2018 thanks to ease of use and low prices.
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