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OPINION
December 28, 2012
Re “ Downtown market is going upscale ,” Dec. 27 I read with horror about the proposed “updating process” of Mercado Central. It has a unique character reflecting Los Angeles in days of yore. Wi-Fi, wine and couches have no place there. Does every place have to resemble Starbucks? It would be like changing Olvera Street. Christine Peterson Woodland Hills More letters to the editor ...  
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BUSINESS
December 19, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Boeing, the Chicago-based company that has built some of the world's most sophisticated aircraft, has turned to a very basic food staple to test airplane Wi-Fi: potatoes. About 20,000 pounds of potatoes were used as stand-ins for passengers during tests at the company's laboratories to ensure onboard Wi-Fi signals are consistent through the cabin without interrupting the navigation and communication systems, the company said Wednesday. The sacks of potatoes replicate the way human passengers reflect and absorb electronic signals, said Boeing spokesman Adam Tischler.
TRAVEL
December 8, 2012
Centrally located on Negril's legendary beach in Jamaica, White Sands offers 45 reasonably priced, comfortable rooms. Owner Henry Moo-Young and his family take pride in welcoming repeat guests to this lush property, which offers free Wi-Fi and safe deposit boxes, a private pool, a restaurant and a beachside bar. White Sands, Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril; (305) 503-9074 or (876) 957-4291, http://www.whitesandsjamaica.com . Rates from $69, Dec. 15-April 15. Elizabeth Bardsley Burbank
BUSINESS
November 7, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The social network is testing a project called Facebook Wi-Fi that provides free Internet access to customers who have a Facebook account and "check-in" at participating businesses. Businesses such as retail stores and coffee shops near Facebook's California headquarters in Menlo Park are using a router provided free of charge to test out the Wi-Fi program, a Facebook spokeswoman told The Times. When customers come in to a business' location and attempt to access its Wi-Fi network, they can do so by simply using Facebook's "Check In" feature.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
If restaurants aren't already using technology such as touchscreen tablet menus, digital loyalty programs and in-store Wi-Fi and flat screen televisions, they should probably start, according to a new report. The majority of consumers surveyed by research group Technomic said that eateries should integrate more technology in their restaurants. More than half said they expected to use more ordering kiosks, computerized take-out trackers and other digital options when eating out down the line.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple unexpectedly introduced the fourth generation of its 9.7-inch iPad tablet Tuesday. The Cupertino-based tech company said the new generation will include the company's new Lightning dock connector as well as a new A6X processor chip. The new chip is twice as fast as the one in the third-generation iPad. Apple also said the new chip would deliver much better graphics performance. PHOTOS: Apple unveils iPad mini Additionally, the updated iPad will include an improved front-facing camera, which now shoots video in 720p HD. Apple said the Wi-Fi 16 GB iPad will still start at $499, while the cellular-connected version will also continue to start at $629.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2012 | By Shan Li
Target Corp. is adopting a take-no-prisoners style this holiday to combat online rivals. The discount chain announced a host of new strategies to tempt customers to buy this season, including free Wi-Fi at all Target stores, new ways to shop from smartphones and a pilot program to test out an in-store navigator. Shoppers will soon be able to use their smartphones to buy items from TV commercials, bus station ads and catalog pages by sending a text or scanning a QR code. They'll also be able to scan those digital barcodes scattered within brick-and-mortar stores to buy products and ship them directly home.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The one remaining mystery surrounding the iPad mini is how much will it cost, but now, a new image on the Web appears to answer that question. Over the weekend, German tech blogger Florian Schimanke posted what looks like an inventory list of the various iPad mini models. And along with the various models, the list includes prices. According to the image, which you can see here , the iPad mini will be available in 16 different versions. It will come in both black and white and range in storage from as little as 8 gigabytes to as much as 64 GB. Additionally, the image indicates there will be versions of the device that can connect to cellular networks.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Despite the fear of identity theft and threats from computer viruses, the use of public wireless Internet has jumped by 240% in the last 12 months, a new survey has found. The top log-in sites were coffee shops and restaurants (75%), hotels (54%) and airports (38%), according to an online survey of 377 people by the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center in partnership with Private Wifi, a firm that develops online protection software. Still, Internet users are aware of the risks of using public Wi-Fi.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As we wait for an iPad mini event invite, the latest rumor surrounding the unconfirmed Apple tablet says the device won't be able to connect to cellular networks. Instead, it appears the iPad mini will be limited to Wi-Fi connectivity, just like its two competitors, the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. A report earlier this week by The Guardian says several unnamed sources told the British news outlet that they do not expect the iPad mini to be able to connect to 3G. IPad Mini tablet rumors [Photos]
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