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Tech Review: A Strong Range Of New Bluetooth Tracking Devices

Jim Rossman

March 20, 2014


Filed under Technology

Most of you are familiar with some popular uses of Bluetooth, such as wireless keyboards or mice. You also know Bluetooth as a term used to describe those small earpieces that help you make hands-free calls. If you have a fairly new car, it may have a Bluetooth link to connect your smartphone to make...

New Video Games Aim To Be Deeper Than First-Person Shooters

New Video Games Aim To Be Deeper Than First-Person Shooters

By Todd Martens

February 25, 2014


Filed under Lifestyles, Technology, Video Games

Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Miguel Oliveira is developing a video game in a tiny apartment near the University of Southern California, worlds away from the high-tech studios of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. He works on a laptop surrounded by folding chairs and red plastic cups. The...

Samsung Announces Galaxy S5 With Fingerprint Scanner

Samsung Announces Galaxy S5 With Fingerprint Scanner

February 24, 2014


Filed under Business, Technology

By Salvador Rodriguez Los Angeles Times (MCT) Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S5, the latest version of its flagship smartphone. The device includes a fingerprint scanner and will go on sale in April. Unlike in previous years, when Samsung announced new Galaxy S models with larger and larg...

Google opens talks on expanding Fiber home Internet service

Google opens talks on expanding Fiber home Internet service

By Brandon Bailey

February 20, 2014


Filed under Lifestyles, Technology

San Jose Mercury News (MCT) Google is inviting 34 cities around the country to begin talks on joining the gigabit-speed home Internet service known as Google Fiber, in a move that promises lightning-fast downloads to millions of consumers while transforming a former sideline into a substantial b...

Do smartphone traffic apps really work?

Do smartphone traffic apps really work?

By Katie Humphrey

February 20, 2014


Filed under Lifestyles, Technology, Travel

Do smartphone traffic apps really work? Mobile apps promise real-time traffic info, but — honk! honk! — picking the best route is still a gamble. It’s the commuter’s constant question: Stay the course despite the traffic jam or stray in search of a faster route? Winter weather only...

Dreamweaver and Fireworks: Creating a Website

Dreamweaver and Fireworks: Creating a Website

Karly Liska, Reporter

February 13, 2014


Filed under Campus, Technology

If you want to learn the basics of creating a Dreamweaver website and using Fireworks, Dreamweaver and Fireworks, INFO 1730, is the right class for you.  The class is split into eight weeks for each computer program and the teacher, Gigi Simonsen, takes you through the lessons step-by-step.  After Mrs. Simons...

DJs give new gear a spin amid boom in electronic dance music

DJs give new gear a spin amid boom in electronic dance music

February 11, 2014


Filed under Technology

By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (MCT) It was DJ Miguel Garcia’s first time at last month’s National Association of Music Merchants’ big trade show in Anaheim, Calif., but he was in his element, hunched over an expensive DJ rig while spinning his own dance music. “These are proba...

Web Buzz: A new Spin on togetherness

Web Buzz: A new Spin on togetherness

January 28, 2014


Filed under Technology

By Jen Leo Los Angeles Times (MCT) This new app provides “real-time together experiences” for groups on the platform. Name: Spin: The New Together Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: It’s a real-time video-chat and photo-sharing app for iOS users. Up to 10 friends ca...

What Americans should fear in cyberspace

What Americans should fear in cyberspace

January 23, 2014


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By P.W. Singer Los Angeles Times (MCT) A recent Pew poll found that Americans are more afraid of a cyber attack than they are of Iranian nuclear weapons, the rise of China or climate change. Such fears are not only out of proportion to risk; if they take hold, they could threaten the positiv...

Starbucks’ iPhone app said to leave customers’ data exposed

Starbucks’ iPhone app said to leave customers’ data exposed

January 16, 2014


Filed under Technology

By Angel Gonzalez The Seattle Times (MCT) SEATTLE — The Starbucks iPhone application stores customers’ personal data in unencrypted form that leaves it vulnerable to computer-savvy phone thieves, according to a cybersecurity expert whose discovery of the flaw was disclosed this week. ...

Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

November 12, 2013


Filed under Technology

By Jen Leo Los Angeles Times (MCT) This app lets you create your own Instagram-like travel journal. Name: Spottly Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: Uses your smartphone and desktop photos and your own notes to make personal travel bucket lists. Lazy? You can use photos from the Internet...

Colleges offering credit for massive open online courses

October 25, 2013


Filed under Technology

By Tricia Bishop The Baltimore Sun (MCT) BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland University College expects to be among the first wave of schools this academic year awarding transfer credit to those who have taken — and can prove they learned from — certain “massive open online cours...

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