February 27, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - He's a painfully private entrepreneur with very public dreams for this city's decaying downtown core. Around Sin City, giddy officials are heralding online shoe retailer Tony Hsieh as a visionary, the latest in a line of moneyed Las Vegas dreamers such as billionaire Howard Hughes and casino mogul Steve Wynn. Mayor Carolyn Goodman says Hsieh is offering people a chance to open their dream businesses, and "that can't be bad. " Former Mayor Oscar Goodman's description of the city's confidence in Hsieh harks back to the mayor's days as a mob lawyer: Anyone who doubts Hsieh's sincerity, he said at a public meeting, should have his legs broken.
February 23, 2014 |
In the near future, airline passengers may be screened for weapons without having to stop walking or remove their coats and shoes. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is pushing for private contractors to create a screening machine with "screen and walk" capability for use at the nation's 160 international airports and thousands of federal facilities. The agency recently requested information from high-tech companies and other private firms about any new technology that can help speed up the security checkpoints managed by the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Protective Services.
February 23, 2014 |
In the near future, airline passengers may be screened for weapons without having to stop walking or to remove their coats and shoes. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is pushing for private contractors to come up with a screening machine with “screen-and-walk” capability for use at the nation's 160 airports and thousands of federal facilities. The agency recently requested information from high-tech companies and other private firms about any new technology that can help speed up the security checkpoints managed by the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Protective Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 |
In a ceremony that remembered victims of the deadly Chatsworth crash in 2008, the Metrolink passenger railroad Thursday launched a state-of-the-art safety system along sections of its 512-mile network in Southern California. The rollout of "positive train control" on three Metrolink routes distinguishes the line as the first commuter service in the nation to put the technology into daily operation. "Here is a small railroad bringing forward positive train control before major transit agencies and national railroads," said U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
February 18, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Personal information collected from credit card shoppers would be better protected by upgrading the country's entire payment system to technology that has dramatically reduced fraud in Europe. That was the consensus of a group of retailers, bankers, credit card companies and consumer advocates at a legislative hearing Tuesday. Legislators delved into the causes of a recent hacking of about 70 million computerized customer records at Target Corp. and a smaller incident involving about 1.1 million customers at Neiman Marcus department stores.
February 17, 2014 |
Few companies have benefited more from the explosion of the wireless market and the increasing sophistication of cellphones than Qualcomm Inc. The San Diego semiconductor and telecommunications company is the world's leading designer and seller of chips used in smartphones and tablets. It also generates billions of dollars of revenue by licensing its massive portfolio of wireless technology patents to manufacturers. Qualcomm's clients include Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., the two leading smartphone manufacturers, plus most of the world's major technology companies: Google Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., LG Electronics Inc. and Nokia Corp., to name a few. A pioneer of mobile Internet products, Qualcomm catapulted into the tech industry's forefront with microchips that powered Verizon Wireless networks and mobile phones.