Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsUser Experience
IN THE NEWS

User Experience

FEATURED ARTICLES
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Netflix, Hulu, Aereo and other new viewing options are making it so that pay-TV operators must improve their user experiences. That's a key takeaway from the cable industry's annual conference in Washington, D.C., according to industry analyst Craig Moffett of Moffett Research.  Because of all the new ways of watching video, people are increasingly demanding easier ways to find the television programming they want to watch. "There is an urgent need for pay-TV operators to offer a modern user interface and to accelerate new service introduction to meet competitive threats," Moffett wrote in a research report.
ARTICLES BY DATE
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
More than a year ago, Facebook unveiled plans for a drastic redesign of its website's News Feed that would place a greater emphasis on pictures and look a lot more like the social network's mobile app. Ultimately, Facebook discarded that look and went with a less drastic redesign, and the reason for that decision was that many of the company's users still have older computers and laptops, according to a blog post by Julie Zhuo, the social network's...
Advertisement
BUSINESS
May 21, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The sixth-generation iPhone is expected to have a larger screen, and several iOS developers say they would receive that change with a warm welcome. Rumors began earler this month saying the next iPhone, expected to arrive in October, could come with a 4-inch screen. Since its launch in 2007, Apple has never messed with the 3.5-inch size of its phone screen. But reports of the upcoming large-screen phone keep growing stronger, with some even saying Steve Jobs directly worked on this version of the phone.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The user names and phone numbers of more than 4.6 million Snapchat users were posted online this week by an anonymous hacker, just days after the Los Angeles start-up was warned that such a data compromise could happen. On a website called SnapchatDB, which may be run by an individual or a group, files containing Snapchat users' information was posted Wednesday. The website has since been taken down, but while it was live users could download the data in SQL or CSV format. The data contained the user names and associated phone numbers of many users, all located within North America but primarily in the U.S. The final two digits of each phone number were also censored in order to offer the affected users some protection.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Fullscreen, a digital media company that has built one of the largest network of channels on YouTube, has closed a round of Series A funding with backing from heavy hitters in the traditional entertainment world - the Chernin Group, Comcast Ventures and WPP Digital. The parties refused to disclose the size of the investment, which is believed to be in the "eight-figure range. " "We think there's tremendous opportunity in the digital media space to build a truly next-generation global media business," said Fullscreen Founder and Chief Executive Officer George Strompolos.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Palm fans will be happy to learn that webOS is alive and kicking and will reportedly be the operating system used by LG in future smart TVs. According to a CNET report Monday, LG has agreed to purchase the well-regarded but now rarely used operating system from Hewlett-Packard. WebOS was originally developed by the now-defunct Palm for use in its smartphones. When Palm was purchased by HP, the company said it would use webOS for its mobile efforts, but essentially HP released only the TouchPad tablet, which it quickly stopped selling.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Lookout, a smartphone security app, said its software will now flag adware -- mobile advertising that could be a security risk -- on Android devices. The company defines adware as mobile advertising that interrupts users' experience. Some malicious adware has been known to surreptitiously gather the user's contact information. Lookout updated its Android app Wednesday to quickly notify users know if they have downloaded an app that contains adware. PHOTOS: The 10 biggest tech gadget fails If Lookout detects adware has been installed on a user's phone, it will let users choose to either ignore the threat or begin a removal process that will uninstall the app containing intrusive mobile ads. The company said adware is prevalent in 6.5% of the apps found on the Google Play app store.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Skype has fixed a security flaw that made it possible for hackers to reset passwords simply with a user name and an email address. The Microsoft-owned video-chatting service temporarily disabled users' ability to reset passwords after tech news site The Next Web gave Skype a heads-up on the security hole. "We apologize for the inconvenience but user experience and safety is our first priority,” Skype told TNW . TNW wrote that instructions for the hack were posted on a Russian online forum two months ago. The news site chose not to link to the forum because the hack "is very easy to reproduce," and indeed, TNW said it tested out the hack multiple times and successfully took over a pair of its staffers' Skype accounts.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
SAN JOSE -- After Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in January 2007, Samsung had two choices: It could beat Apple fairly in the marketplace, or it could make a copycat smartphone. That's what lawyer Harold J. McElhinny asserted during Apple's opening statement in federal court Tuesday. McElhinny said Samsung -- whose smartphone devices looked bulky and altogether different before the launch of the iPhone -- did what was "easier" and was soon developing a near-identical smartphone under the Samsung name.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2012 | By David Pierson
BEIJING -- Google Inc. began warning some users of its Gmail service Tuesday that their computers may be compromised by a state-sponsored cyberattack. The search engine company alerted the users with a pink banner on their email service, explaining the company wanted to thwart third parties from accessing their accounts. “If you see this warning it does not necessarily mean that your account has been hijacked,” Eric Grosse, Google's vice president for security engineering, said in a blog post . “It just means that we believe you may be a target, of phishing or malware for example, and that you should take immediate steps to secure your account.” Grosse said Google could not explain how it knew the accounts were being compromised without aiding hackers, but added, “our detailed analysis -- as well as victim reports -- strongly suggest the involvement of states or groups that are state-sponsored.” Though Grosse did not name China, the move immediately brought the country to mind because of its suspected cyberhacking capabilities and massive online censorship apparatus.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Lookout, a smartphone security app, said its software will now flag adware -- mobile advertising that could be a security risk -- on Android devices. The company defines adware as mobile advertising that interrupts users' experience. Some malicious adware has been known to surreptitiously gather the user's contact information. Lookout updated its Android app Wednesday to quickly notify users know if they have downloaded an app that contains adware. PHOTOS: The 10 biggest tech gadget fails If Lookout detects adware has been installed on a user's phone, it will let users choose to either ignore the threat or begin a removal process that will uninstall the app containing intrusive mobile ads. The company said adware is prevalent in 6.5% of the apps found on the Google Play app store.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Fullscreen, a digital media company that has built one of the largest network of channels on YouTube, has closed a round of Series A funding with backing from heavy hitters in the traditional entertainment world - the Chernin Group, Comcast Ventures and WPP Digital. The parties refused to disclose the size of the investment, which is believed to be in the "eight-figure range. " "We think there's tremendous opportunity in the digital media space to build a truly next-generation global media business," said Fullscreen Founder and Chief Executive Officer George Strompolos.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Netflix, Hulu, Aereo and other new viewing options are making it so that pay-TV operators must improve their user experiences. That's a key takeaway from the cable industry's annual conference in Washington, D.C., according to industry analyst Craig Moffett of Moffett Research.  Because of all the new ways of watching video, people are increasingly demanding easier ways to find the television programming they want to watch. "There is an urgent need for pay-TV operators to offer a modern user interface and to accelerate new service introduction to meet competitive threats," Moffett wrote in a research report.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Palm fans will be happy to learn that webOS is alive and kicking and will reportedly be the operating system used by LG in future smart TVs. According to a CNET report Monday, LG has agreed to purchase the well-regarded but now rarely used operating system from Hewlett-Packard. WebOS was originally developed by the now-defunct Palm for use in its smartphones. When Palm was purchased by HP, the company said it would use webOS for its mobile efforts, but essentially HP released only the TouchPad tablet, which it quickly stopped selling.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
A wristwatch that reads your text messages out loud, a jacket that heats up when you're cold, eyeglasses that display directions as you walk down the street. Gimmicks, or fashion of the future? Although those products may seem like something out of a James Bond movie, the world's largest technology companies and start-ups alike believe "wearable tech" is the next big frontier, and they have been pouring money and research into developing high-tech clothing and accessories.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Did LinkedIn send you an email saying you had one of the top most viewed profiles of 2012? Congratulations! But wait, LinkedIn also sent that to 10 million other users. The business-centric social network came up with some clever marketing recently to get users to talk about LinkedIn on Facebook and Twitter. Over the last few days, the company has been sending out emails to users congratulating them for having one of the top 1% or 5% most viewed user profiles out of their 200 million members.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
EveryBlock, a website that aggregated local news, has suddenly announced that it "has closed its doors. " Users of the site were greeted to an unexpected farewell message Thursday morning via email or upon logging in to the site. EveryBlock also linked to its goodbye blog on Twitter, saying "Farewell, neighbors. " "Thanks for the contributions, for the questions, and for allowing us to connect you to each other, in many cases to make great things happen in your community," the message reads.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If someone on Skype asks you "lol is this your new profile pic?" don't click the link. A type of malware known as Dorkbot is going around the video-calling service tricking people into being scammed by asking that question, in both English and German. Once users click on it, they are redirected to download a file from hotfile.com that holds the malware. The worm was discovered by Trend Micro, a security firm that wrote about the malware Monday. Trend Micro says that once infected, computers become part of a botnet, or a network of computers controlled by hackers to execute denial of service attacks, in which attackers try to jam a website by getting large numbers of computers to contact it at the same time.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
EveryBlock, a website that aggregated local news, has suddenly announced that it "has closed its doors. " Users of the site were greeted to an unexpected farewell message Thursday morning via email or upon logging in to the site. EveryBlock also linked to its goodbye blog on Twitter, saying "Farewell, neighbors. " "Thanks for the contributions, for the questions, and for allowing us to connect you to each other, in many cases to make great things happen in your community," the message reads.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Skype has fixed a security flaw that made it possible for hackers to reset passwords simply with a user name and an email address. The Microsoft-owned video-chatting service temporarily disabled users' ability to reset passwords after tech news site The Next Web gave Skype a heads-up on the security hole. "We apologize for the inconvenience but user experience and safety is our first priority,” Skype told TNW . TNW wrote that instructions for the hack were posted on a Russian online forum two months ago. The news site chose not to link to the forum because the hack "is very easy to reproduce," and indeed, TNW said it tested out the hack multiple times and successfully took over a pair of its staffers' Skype accounts.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|