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October 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia announced a new tablet and two new smartphones this week, but perhaps the most significant move the company made was adding the Instagram and Vine apps to its devices running Windows Phone operating system. Since being caught off guard by the Apple iPhone and devices running on Google Android, Nokia has been trying hard to bounce back in the smartphone market. To stand out, the Finnish company decided to go with Microsoft's Windows Phone software for its smartphones' operating system.
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BUSINESS
October 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft released Windows 8.1 online Thursday, making it possible for users to begin updating their computers to the company's latest operating system. Windows 8.1 is the Redmond, Wash., company's first major update to Windows 8, a new version of the Windows operating system that was released last year. Windows 8 represented a major change for Microsoft, as it was designed and fine tuned for touchscreen devices. Users who purchased Windows 8 can get Thursday's update online for free.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft will officially retire its Windows XP operating system early next year, but Google on Wednesday announced it will continue to support its Chrome browser for the platform through at least early 2015. The Mountain View, Calif., Web giant announced it will keep sending out updates and security patches to the Windows XP version of Google Chrome "until at least April 2015. " That's good news for Windows XP users, who will stop receiving the same type of support for the operating system from Microsoft.
TRAVEL
October 13, 2013
Question: I recently had to fly to Northern Ireland after my brother's death and had my travel agency make the reservation. I was booked on British Airways, arriving at 10 a.m. in one terminal and connecting to a flight at 11:15 a.m. in another. I made it with seconds to spare. On the return trip, the flight was 30 minutes late leaving, ran into air traffic upon arrival, and I missed the connection. The travel agency said the airlines set the times, and I've contacted British Airways and am awaiting a reply.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
There have already been numerous issues reported with Apple's iOS 7 , but a new error that's starting to be reported is reminiscent of a common problem Windows users are all too familiar with: the blue screen of death. Users are taking to Apple's forums to report that when they use iWorks apps -- like Pages, Keynote and Numbers -- on the iPhone 5s, the device will sometimes crash and flash a blue screen before rebooting itself. The error seems to occur when users are in one of those apps and then double tap their home button to switch directly to another app. The problem seems to be exclusive to iPhone 5s users.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Walt Disney Concert Hall - quite possibly Los Angeles' most photographed building - didn't come with a complete list of care instructions prior to opening. Architect Frank Gehry, the mind behind the $284-million structure, didn't know how the building's swooping stainless-steel arches would stay spotless. "Not only Frank Gehry but the window-cleaning consultant … were unsure how to clean certain areas," said Zane Britt, president of the Burbank-based Sunrise Window Cleaners.
WORLD
September 17, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
DAMASCUS, Syria - The thud of an artillery round hardly drew a reaction from the many people lingering, apparently carefree, Monday near Jaheth Park, a stretch of green in this Syrian capital's upscale Abu Rummaneh district. "From inside the bubble to outside the bubble," said Maysam, 29, tracing the trajectory of a shell aimed at some rebel stronghold in embattled suburbs. "We all live in a bubble here. No one really knows what's going on outside of our little bubble. " After 2 1/2 years of conflict, the Syrian capital is a deeply divided place.
NEWS
September 7, 2013 | By Kyle Schuneman
September is one of the most popular months to move, but busy renters may not feel as if they have the energy or time for DIY projects in a new home. I've pulled together five products that are easy ways to put a personal stamp on a new space. Whether you are moving now or simply refreshing the same ol' place, these quick fixes may give you the look you're after without leaving a permanent mark on your rental. 1. Cutting Edge Stencils: This company's “Geometric/Allover” stencils are a great way to update an old or cheap bookcase.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
In "TV Man: The Search for the Last Independent Dealer," director Steve Kosareff digs his old 12-inch black-and-white Zenith Jetlite out of his closet, dusts it off and turns it on. Nothing happens. He's clearly attached to the set - he sold Christmas cards to buy it for $100 when he was 14 - and sets out to find someone to repair it. This is a fair enough structure for this documentary in which a fan visits six of the few remaining mom-and-pop joints that sold and repaired televisions back in the day, although he's a bit disingenuous when his first step is to dial a 50-year-old phone number off an old flier.
SCIENCE
September 4, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
A window in the skull won't let anyone read your mind, but it may give doctors on-demand access to take images of the brain or check the progress of cancer without repeated surgeries. UC Riverside researchers say they have engineered the right material for a window that would be about 10 times stronger than glass and facilitate diagnosis of cancer, study of brain function or delivery of therapies aimed at neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders. The team successfully imaged a mouse's brain through the engineered pane using optical coherence tomography, the light-based equivalent of a sonogram that can produce minutely detailed images of soft tissue.
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