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March 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Roku has announced the Roku 3, the latest version of its flagship media player that will go on sale online Wednesday for $99. The company said the Roku 3 is designed to be faster than its predecessor thanks to improved hardware and a redesigned user interface. The new media player has been outfitted with a dual-band 2.4GHz-5GHz Wi-Fi, which the company said gives the device a wider range and enables it to download content faster. Photos: 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 The Roku 3 replaces the Roku 2 XS but will still have the ability to do the same types of functions, including showing full 1080p HD video.
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February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For the next week, customers who buy an Apple TV at one of the tech giant's retail stores will reportedly receive a $25 iTunes gift card as part of a promotion that could signal a new Apple TV is on its way. Apple news website 9to5Mac reported that Apple informed its retail employees about the promotion Friday morning. The bonus of a $25 gift card will be available to customers who buy a $99 Apple TV at an Apple Store between now and March 5, the report said. In the world of tech, discounts and promotions can often be signs that a newer version of a product will soon be rolled out. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor That was the case earlier this month when the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was heavily discounted by two retailers.
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BUSINESS
September 2, 1990
I read Michael Schrage's article, "Quill or Computer? Makes No Difference" (Aug. 9), on research by Marcia Halio. I have read the original paper, and I think he gave her research an unfair airing. First, Halio's subjects are composition students at a university. Schrage is a professional writer. The difference should be obvious to him. Halio's conclusion is based on the effects of different computers, software, or user interface on the work of novice writers. I don't think you can generally apply it to experienced writers.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung is holding a media event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, during which it is expected to unveil the Galaxy S 5. The South Korean tech giant teased the event earlier this month with an image that seemed to imply the company will unveil the latest version of its flagship smartphone. Users who wish to watch can simply hit play on the YouTube video above. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor   The latest rumors surrounding the Galaxy S 5 said the device will feature a drastically redesigned user interface.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The next version of Apple's mobile operating system may feature a simpler user interface now that Jony Ive, the company's hardware design guru, is leading the team that is designing the way the software should look. Although the changes to the look of iOS 7 are expected to be "pretty conservative," the Apple operating system may start moving toward a more "flat design" that the Wall Street Journal reports would be "starker and simpler. " The Journal cites unnamed third-party developers who say they have spoken to Apple employees.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung is holding a media event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, during which it is expected to unveil the Galaxy S 5. The South Korean tech giant teased the event earlier this month with an image that seemed to imply the company will unveil the latest version of its flagship smartphone. Users who wish to watch can simply hit play on the YouTube video above. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor   The latest rumors surrounding the Galaxy S 5 said the device will feature a drastically redesigned user interface.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2001 | GARY CHAPMAN
One safe technology prediction for this year is that we'll see new operating systems and new user interfaces on personal computers. Mac OS X (referred to as "10"), Microsoft's code-named "Whistler" update to Windows and Eazel Corp.'s new user interface for Linux are all expected to debut in 2001. Many people are eagerly awaiting these products, and some analysts are hoping they'll deliver a much-needed jolt to the personal computer industry.
BUSINESS
January 29, 1995
"Ignorance Is Bliss in the High-Tech Marketplace" (Dec. 29) by columnist Michael Schrage argues that technological ignorance is the dominant driver of the computer industry, and the changing nature of the consumer demands simplicity because we do not have the knowledge, skills or patience necessary to use computers. However, there is a fundamental flaw in his philosophy toward information technology. Computers are just a tool; they are not the purpose of the user's intent. Rather, they are "enablers"--they allow people to better perform the tasks they are educated for. The role of understanding the sophisticated computer environment is for software engineers who create the user interface.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Google Search for iPhone has gotten a complete overhaul that makes the app much cleaner, speedier and a bit user-friendlier, if you will. The updated app, complete with the day's Google Doodle, now automatically fills the screen in both portrait and landscape orientations with search results. You scroll down, and the controls are hidden. You scroll up to reveal them again. Across the bottom of the screen, you find the categories of search areas including images, videos, news and blogs.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For the next week, customers who buy an Apple TV at one of the tech giant's retail stores will reportedly receive a $25 iTunes gift card as part of a promotion that could signal a new Apple TV is on its way. Apple news website 9to5Mac reported that Apple informed its retail employees about the promotion Friday morning. The bonus of a $25 gift card will be available to customers who buy a $99 Apple TV at an Apple Store between now and March 5, the report said. In the world of tech, discounts and promotions can often be signs that a newer version of a product will soon be rolled out. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor That was the case earlier this month when the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was heavily discounted by two retailers.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- This is not the kind of word of mouth LinkedIn was looking for. Last week, four users filed suit against the professional networking service in San Jose federal court. They accused the company of accessing their email accounts without permission and harvesting the addresses of everyone they have ever emailed in order to send out unwanted invitations to join the service. The lawsuit, which is seeking unspecified damages, has seen an outpouring of public interest.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
PasswordBox launched itself into the competitive password management space on Tuesday, joining the ranks of LastPass , 1Password , MSeven and KeePass . Across computers, Android devices and Apple iOS gadgets, the PasswordBox application encrypts and stores website user names and passwords. A master password unlocks “the box” and automatically logs a user into websites. Users can share their logins, say for a Netflix account, with friends and family without revealing the actual password.
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
May 15, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - It may be too soon to call Facebook Home a flop. But it's clearly not the breakout hit that some expected. One month after its splashy debut, fewer and fewer people are downloading Facebook's new mobile software. It took weeks for Facebook Home to hit 1 million downloads - less than 0.1% of its 1.1-billion monthly active user base. QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook? And many who have loaded it onto their smartphones don't like it. Home has a two-star rating in the Google Play store, with more than half of the 17,000-plus reviews giving Home just one star, the lowest possible rating.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook users are apparently not making themselves at Home. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Home - - Facebook's new Android software for mobile phones -- on April 4 to much fanfare. It hit the Google Play store on April 12. Despite some splashy (and quirky) commercials -- including one with Zuckerberg standing in a swimming pool -- only a tiny fraction of Facebook users has installed the softwaret. And the HTC First, the first phone to preload the software, isn't selling briskly, one analyst reports.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The next version of Apple's mobile operating system may feature a simpler user interface now that Jony Ive, the company's hardware design guru, is leading the team that is designing the way the software should look. Although the changes to the look of iOS 7 are expected to be "pretty conservative," the Apple operating system may start moving toward a more "flat design" that the Wall Street Journal reports would be "starker and simpler. " The Journal cites unnamed third-party developers who say they have spoken to Apple employees.
BUSINESS
May 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
Some of the nation's top computer scientists, angry over a wave of lawsuits seeking to copyright basic computer software, picketed Wednesday outside the headquarters of Lotus Development Corp. The scientists said Lotus and a handful of other computer companies are trying to lock up rights to software that is as fundamental to computers as a steering wheel and pedals are to a car. "If there were copyrights like this on cars, then every manufacturer would have to give you a different way to steer," said Richard Stallman, a programmer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Viddy, a Venice, Calif., developer of the namesake short-video sharing app, has redesigned the app for the iPhone, adding several new features that users may enjoy. The updated app, also available for iPod Touch and available for download now from the Apple App Store, is the latest effort by the struggling Silicon Beach startup to boost users. In early February, amid a drop in user traffic, Viddy fired its co-founder Brett O'Brien. That was followed last week with Viddy's board announcing it had laid off about a third of the staff.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Roku 3, the latest version of Roku's media streaming device, gets an impressive speed improvement that will appeal to new users. But existing owners of Roku devices may want to skip upgrading to the new one unless speed is a priority. The Roku's new media streaming box sells for $99 and replaces the Roku 2 XS, a model of the same price with essentially the same features. Like its predecessor, the Roku 3 is capable of streaming full 1080p HD video and has a motion control for use with games like Angry Birds.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Roku has announced the Roku 3, the latest version of its flagship media player that will go on sale online Wednesday for $99. The company said the Roku 3 is designed to be faster than its predecessor thanks to improved hardware and a redesigned user interface. The new media player has been outfitted with a dual-band 2.4GHz-5GHz Wi-Fi, which the company said gives the device a wider range and enables it to download content faster. Photos: 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 The Roku 3 replaces the Roku 2 XS but will still have the ability to do the same types of functions, including showing full 1080p HD video.
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