Tag: Consumer electronics

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People

‘Scandal’ star enjoys giving good tweet

This May 16, 2011 file photo shows actor Joshua Malina at the Academy of Television Art and Sciences’ event with the cast and producers of “Scandal”. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) by Alicia RancilioAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not coincidental that the stars of “Scandal” live tweet during episodes. They’re encouraged to do so. When several of the show’s actors recently visited New York to promote the premiere of season three, ABC made sure to book Kerry Washington on a return flight to Los Angeles that offered Wi-Fi. Other cast members had their trips extended so they could be available on the social networking site. Joshua Malina, who plays U.S. attorney David Rosen, relishes having a presence on Twitter. He describes his tweets as “self-promotion and dumb jokes.”

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Business

Moto X is the best Android phone

Google’s Moto X smartphone: Big ideas, modest execution (Motorola Photo) by Adrian Covert NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Moto X isn’t going to change your life. But a few extra features make the Moto X the best Android smartphone you can buy — and CNNMoney’s Best In Tech for the Android category.

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Generation Y

LA students breach school iPads’ security

Students photograph themselves with an iPad during a class at Broadacres Elementary School in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took just a week for nearly 300 students who got iPads from their Los Angeles high school to figure out how to alter the security settings so they could surf the Web and access social media sites, prompting district officials to halt a $1 billion program aimed at putting the devices in the hands of every student in the nation’s second-largest school system.

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Business

When BlackBerrys ruled the world!

BlackBerry on May 13 unveiled the Q5, a lower-cost, brightly colored smartphone aimed at emerging markets. (CNN Photo/Courtesy BlackBerry) by Jonathan Anker (HLN) — Hey bud, what’s up? Got a second for your old man? I wanted to tell you about something. Just, please, put your iPhone down for a second so we can talk, OK?

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Business

Tests: New iPhones less durable than iPhone 5

The iPhone 5S, left, and iPhone 5c are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in New York. The 5S offers a fingerprint sensor, a better camera and a faster processor, while the iPhone 5C is largely last year’s iPhone 5 with a plastic back and a choice of five colors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) by Anne D’InnocenzioAP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As Apple pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year’s model: They could break more easily. SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple’s new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren’t as durable as last year’s iPhone 5. The biggest loser, however, was Samsung’s Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and being dropped 5 feet off the ground, according to San Francisco-based SquareTrade.

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Business

LA to give every student an iPad; $30M order

Emmanuel Angeles, raises his hand to be called on while doing a worksheet in an English Language Learner summer school class at the Cordova Villa Elementary School, June 12, in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, California schools will receive an additional $3.6 billion this year, with much of it targeted to the neediest students. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) by Peter SvenssonAP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles’ school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks. The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved the purchase of $30 million worth of iPads as the first part of a multi-year commitment. It found that the iPad was the least expensive option that met its specifications.