CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - They piled into their white Prius in Los Alamitos at midnight and arrived at City Hall here not long after sunrise Saturday with one simple goal in mind: A marriage license. Right now. Sandy Palmer and Mary Dang knew they couldn't get the crucial piece of paper over the weekend in Orange County, where they have lived together for 10 years. And they worried that the right to marry granted by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday afternoon could be taken away again Monday morning.
June 26, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Taking the stage at Microsoft's developers conference, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer on Wednesday revealed a new version of Windows that offers what he called a "refined blend" of the traditional desktop and its new touch-focused operating system released last year. "We pushed boldly in Windows 8," Ballmer said. "And yet what we found is that we got a lot of feedback from users. If I were put it in coffee terms, they said, 'Why don't you refine the blend here?' Let's go re-mix the desktop experience and the modern interface.
June 26, 2013 |
Sprint announced two new Windows Phone 8 devices for its lineup that will be capable of connecting to its LTE network: the HTC 8XT and the Samsung Ativ S Neo. The HTC 8XT is the first Windows Phone 8 device the Taiwanese smartphone maker has outfited with dual front-facing speakers. Between the phone's two speakers, the 8XT features a 4.3-inch screen. Additionally, the HTC device has an 8-megapixel rear camera, 8 gigabytes of storage and it runs on a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.
June 21, 2013 |
Samsung has announced a number of new devices, including an Android camera with interchangeable lenses and a Windows tablet that can also run the Android operating system. The camera, called the Galaxy NX, is designed to take professional-quality images while also letting users quickly share them on the Web. It can do that by running apps like Instagram and connecting to 3G and 4G data networks. The Galaxy NX features a 20.3-megapixel APS-C Sensor and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
June 19, 2013 |
Vevo, an online streaming service for music videos, has launched on Windows 8, the company said Wednesday. Users of the Microsoft operating system can access Vevo, which has 75,000 videos, through Vevo's app. The New York-based company, which provides videos through YouTube, has been expanding viewing options in an effort to increase revenues. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 In March, it launched Vevo TV, a 24-hour broadcast-style network available through its website, mobile devices and game consoles.
June 12, 2013 |
Two window washers were rescued 46 floors above street level Wednesday afternoon after their scaffolding collapsed outside a skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. Before firefighters removed part of a window and pulled the workers inside, the two workers were calmly awaiting rescue from opposite sides of a scaffold that appeared to have buckled in the center. Two rescuers at Hearst Tower, on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, laid atop the lip of the roof staring down at them. One worker chatted on his cellphone as rescuers milled about on the roof of the avant-garde skyscraper.
June 10, 2013 |
Before the Internet and multitasking, writers had more static distractions. More than anything, they looked out their windows. Most writers, in fact, still engage in the time-honored ritual of looking away from their keyboard, their manuscripts, and allowing their eyes to take in the landscapes visible through a pane of glass. Over at the Paris Review blog, a wonderful project is underway in which writers are asked to describe their windows. They call it: “ Windows on the World .” A drawing accompanies each writer's thoughts. The most recent entry comes from the Brazilian writer Tatiana Salem Levy, who lives in a city -- Rio de Janeiro -- with many beautiful distractions.
June 7, 2013 |
Builders are eyeing the next wave of potential home buyers - the so-called millennials - but whether this rising generation will embrace big mortgage debt remains an open question. These 95 million people ages 10 to 32 outnumber their baby-boomer parents by 10 million. The young adults among them, sobered by the recession, have relatively modest material expectations; many say they'd be happy with smaller living spaces. The housing industry will have to convince the next generation that home loans are as necessary and prudent as the student debt so many of them already carry.
May 31, 2013 |
Looking to make desktops more competitive in price with tablets and mobile devices, more PC makers are turning to Android. In the latest blow to the new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, Acer is expected to launch a second Android-based desktop next week, CNET reported . The all-in-one device combines the computer and the monitor into one slate. It's expected to come with a powerful new Intel processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and as much as 16 gigabytes of hard drive space. With an expected price of about $400, the rumored device would be able to do what a tablet does -- except on a much bigger screen and with a more traditional setup.
May 30, 2013 |
Microsoft is providing a first look at Windows 8.1 , and among the new features in the update is the return of the Start button that was taken away in Windows 8. The button, a fixture of prior Windows operating systems, will be located where it had been in the past -- at the bottom left of the screen when the operating system is used in desktop mode. When users click the button, they'll be taken to the Start Screen, which features all of their applications. Additionally, users will have more options for what they set as their Start Screen background.