Last Build Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:45:21 -0700Copyright: ©2017 Los Angeles Times
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:05:00 PDT
Emoji can't convey everything.
For instance, you can't currently use emoji to indicate that you're a breastfeeding woman in a hijab who's also a zombie hungry for brains.
But that's about to change.
The Unicode Consortium, the shadowy organization that approves and encodes emoji, has announced...(image)
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:45:00 PDT
Last fall, Aaron Hirschhorn was telling investors that his Santa Monica start-up DogVacay had quarterly sales that tripled compared with a year earlier, had profits well in sight and had grand ideas for new features.
But one big challenge lingered: DogVacay’s main rival in pet-setting and dog-walking...(image)
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:20:00 PDT
Samsung seems to be playing it safe — at least with its battery — as it unveils the Galaxy S8, its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.
The Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, both bigger than comparable models from last year. To maximize display space, there's...(image)
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:05:00 PDT
Uber Technologies Inc. shed light on the gender and racial diversity of its workforce for the first time Tuesday, releasing a batch of data that even its recruiters reportedly couldn’t access.
The numbers show the ride-hailing giant is enduring the same struggles as much of the tech industry to...(image)
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:45:00 PDT
The Facebook app’s introduction of Snapchat-like features sent shares of Snap Inc. tumbling Tuesday.
Facebook Inc. said it wants to let people’s cameras “do the talking,” as more people are posting photos and videos instead of blocks of text. That’s both a compliment and a big challenge to Snapchat,...(image)
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:20:00 PDT
Elon Musk is starting yet another company, this time to create implantable brain chips to treat neurological disorders and one day, perhaps, protect us from evil robot overlords.
In a tweet Monday night, Musk confirmed a Wall Street Journal article on the new company, called Neuralink.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:25:00 PDT
Amazon purchased the Middle East's biggest online retailer, Souq.com, on Tuesday for an undisclosed amount, a day after a state-backed firm disclosed an $800-million counteroffer.
A joint statement described the purchase as expanding Amazon's influence into the Mideast as the chairman of the state-supported...(image)
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:15:00 PDT
Waze's traffic navigation app already shows ads prodding drivers to swing by fast-food joints like Dunkin' Donuts and Taco Bell. Now it's adding a new item to its menu — the ability to place orders at some shops.
On Tuesday, the Google-owned app will start letting drivers purchase coffee and other...(image)
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT
A decade in, Michael Wayne finally has a clear vision of what his company can be.
The former Sony Pictures Entertainment executive had been driven by the idea that video would overtake the Internet, and he wanted to be the leader in producing high-quality digital shorts. But what they’d cover,...(image)
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:00:00 PDT
Healthcare product maker Johnson & Johnson and automaker General Motors Co. are among the latest companies to halt advertising on YouTube after concerns that Google is not doing enough to ensure brands’ ads are not appearing near terrorist content.
New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson said in a statement...(image)
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:25:00 PDT
Shares of Snapchat maker Snap Inc. jumped Monday, closing at their highest price in three weeks.
The leap — shares rose $1.09, or 4.8%, to $23.83 — followed several stock analysts’ new recommendations to buy or hold on to shares of the Los Angeles company.
The analysts had been barred from publicizing...(image)
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:10:00 PDT
After a self-driving Uber SUV was struck in a high-impact collision Friday night, the ride-hailing company is suspending tests of its autonomous vehicles while it investigates.
Officials say Uber’s SUV was operating on its own when it was hit by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection...(image)
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:05:00 PDT
Walt Disney Co.’s chief executive has no interest in having theme park visitors strap on virtual reality headsets that block out their view and place them inside a digital world.
Smaller rivals, including Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld and Six Flags, have turned to such virtual reality experiences...(image)
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:30:00 PDT
Google’s advertising machine is under siege.
Two of the nation’s biggest ad buyers and several other major companies announced Wednesday their intention to halt or reduce deals with Google over concerns that the search-engine giant had failed to protect their brands from being intertwined with...(image)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:15:00 PDT
Apple Inc. announced a new, cheaper iPad and Product Red special editions of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus early Tuesday. All three products will be available to order online and in stores beginning Friday, it said.
Apple’s new iPad, a refresh of its iPad Air 2, boasts a 9.7-inch Retina display,...(image)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT
Jack and Paullie Etienne, co-founders of professional e-sports teams, are so obsessed with winning that they cut off their players’ Internet at 2:15 a.m. to encourage decent rest before practice.
The Etiennes measure how much players practice, including on their own time, and how encouraging they...(image)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT
A year ago Mendocino Farms didn’t offer delivery at any of its 15 Southern California locations. Now Ellen Chen, co-founder of the artisanal sandwich chain, is knocking down restaurant walls to make room for delivery drivers.
“It’s kind of crazy,” Chen said.
Since partnering with the San Francisco...(image)
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:20:00 PDT
Do you remember what you were doing on Twitter in 2010?
Twitter accounts have been compromised by a range of security issues lately — and in at least one case the vulnerability is tied to a decision users made years ago. It might be time to double check how secure your account really is.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:40:00 PDT
McDonald's said its main Twitter account was hacked Thursday morning, resulting in an insulting tweet directed at President Trump.
A tweet posted after 6 a.m. Pacific Time on McDonald's main account called Trump a "disgusting excuse of a President" and issued a judgment of his hand size. The tweet,...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:20:00 PDT
After mounting quarterly losses, botched product launches, and having its stock price hit record lows, camera maker GoPro on Wednesday announced it would cut 270 full-time jobs to lower operating expenses.
The San Mateo, Calif., firm said in a news release that the cuts would not affect its plans...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:10:00 PDT
Uber's recent stumbles could be giving Lyft a chance to gain ground in the ride-hailing market as customers shift allegiance, new market data suggest.
The study comes as Uber has been dealing with a run of bad news.
Lyft's customer base has grown 7% since Jan. 29, when the company tried to capitalize...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:05:00 PDT
Yahoo users who searched the Web for erectile dysfunction medication may have inadvertently enriched a Russian cybercriminal in a hack that shows unparalleled intrusion into a technology giant’s infrastructure, information security experts say.
Alexsey Belan, a hacker included on the FBI’s “most...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:45:00 PDT
The Russian spies wanted secrets; the hacker was motivated by money.
Together, they orchestrated one of the largest thefts of consumer data in history: pilfering detailed user information from more than 500 million Yahoo accounts, including those of diplomats, journalists, Russian officials and...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT
The gig: Jonathan Swanson, 34, is the co-founder and president of Thumbtack — a services marketplace that is sort of like the Yellow Pages of the digital age. Instead of trawling through hundreds of listings for plumbers, electricians, masseuses and tutors on paper, customers tell Thumbtack what...(image)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:55:00 PDT
Hundreds of Bay Area tech workers converged on Palo Alto’s King Plaza on Tuesday afternoon in a show of solidarity against the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric, which the industry believes are a threat to the “values that drive Silicon Valley.”
The rally, organized by software engineer...(image)