AT&T launches Data Perks app that offers extra data for completing surveys
AT&T is offering its subscribers a way to increase their data allowance, in exchange for their opinions and other actions. The carrier's Data Perks app allows users to earn data by filling out surveys or taking up certain shopping offers, with provided data added to a bank that can be transferred to the main allowance of a data plan whenever the user wishes.
Sony expands PlayStation Vue reach to Los Angeles, San Francisco
PlayStation Vue, Sony's Internet television service, is expanding its footprint into the Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, allowing PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners to watch television from their consoles. Sony also revealed at E3 that it will be starting to add a la carte channel subscription options, so users will be able to pay just for the channels they want, with Showtime arriving in July for $11, Fox Soccer Plus for $15, and Machinima for $4 per month. PlayStation Plus subscribers get a $2 discount from each of the channel subscriptions.
Apple music honcho raising money to fight pediatric cancer
Ian Rogers, who was previously the CEO of Beats Music and is still running the service now that it's at Apple, is auctioning a private lunch date in either Los Angeles or Cupertino as part of a charity fundraiser for The Pablove Foundation, a pediatric cancer research nonprofit. The auction, which is being run through Charitybuzz.com, estimates the value of the lunch at $3,000 but is of course hoping to raise much more.
Rollout of $800,000 LA subway connectivity project to take two years
Users of the Los Angeles subway will be able to access the Internet while in transit in the future, as the city catches up with other cities with similar systems. A project by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transport Authority will bring Wi-Fi and cellular service to the underground rail system over the next two years, with the entire project expected to cost around $800,000 once completed.
More legal trouble for Uber while Lyft settles with District Attorneys
Uber is being sued by the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, for unlawful business practices. The District Attorneys of both cities claim the cab company is misrepresenting how effective its driver background checks are to its users, as well as including fare calculations and other fees that have not been approved by the state itself.
FBI leaves with 20 boxes of documents, school district officially terminates contract
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) visited the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on Monday in relation to an investigation of the latter's botched iPad program. The Common Core Technology Project attempted to bring iPads to each student in the 47 schools in the district, but drew scrutiny based on the way the district handled the implementation under former Superintendent John Deasy.
Lyft, Sidecar and Uber receive letters accusing them being misleading, breaking California laws
District attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles drafted a letter to the three large ride-sharing operations, asking them to make changes to the way they do business, or face legal action. The letters state that the companies make misleading statements regarding the background checks into drivers, on top of the shared-ride fees running afoul of California law.
After iPad issues, district allows high schools to pick from one of six devices
After a $30 million deal to provide Apple iPads to students at 47 campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District went sour, the district is now turning toward a hodgepodge of laptops and hybrid computers. In an article from the Los Angeles Times, the shift marks a departure from the one-device standard that was previously adopted.
Analog TV switch-off to free up bandwidth for faster connections
Time Warner Cable is planning to improve its Internet and paid television service in Los Angeles and New York under a new initiative, the cable company has revealed. Under the name "TWC Maxx," the company hopes to provide faster Internet speeds, a new TV experience, and a more reliable network, with work on the upgrades expected to start later this year.
Sails on Google barge to cost $350,000 alone
The mysterious barge construction in San Francisco could have cost Google $35 million to undertake, according to a new report. The project, dubbed Hanger 3 after the Treasure Island hanger it is being worked on, will apparently be one of three floating buildings, with a similar structure set to be moored in areas of Los Angeles and New York City, as well as in San Francisco itself.
City drafts proposal requests for widespread fiber network rollout
Citizens of Los Angeles could receive broadband or even a gigabit connection in the future, according to new plans. The Los Angeles City Council is drafting a request for proposals from companies to develop the network, which will require "fiber to be run to every residence, every business, and every government entity within the city limits of Los Angeles."
Move follows restriction of device use to school grounds following 'hack'
As fallout from the "hack" enabling unrestricted use of school iPads, two Los Angeles high schools are pulling back the devices from the student body. Students at Westchester and Roosevelt high schools, and possibly other schools in the district, are being forced to return the devices acquired in the billion-dollar deal to school administrators, with use prohibited until further notice. According to reports, about 70 percent of the 2,100 devices have been returned by the students.
Apple contract will kick off with 31,000 iPads, covers all K-12 students
A total of more than a half-million iPads will be given out by the Los Angeles Unified School District, covering 1,124 schools by the end of 2014 in a deal worth "hundreds of millions" to Apple -- far larger than the $30 million contract initially reported. That contract covers only the first deployment of iPads, covering 49 schools and an estimated 31,000 students that will be given out by the end of the year. As reported earlier, Apple will be the sole vendor for the ambitious project, resulting in costs of nearly $415 million over the first two years for the iPads alone.
$200 value, or $100 off registration ends soon
An opportunity to take the Apple Certification Exam for free -- or just get $100 off on registration -- is ending on October 27th. MacTech Conference 2010, being held on November 3-5 in Los Angeles, includes the exam (a $200 value) in their $899 advance registration fee. Participants who don't need the exam can simply take $100 off the price via a special offer.
Victims leaving computers unattended
A Los Angeles-area crime ring may be targeting Apple Store shoppers, says the Orange County sheriff's office. The county's district attorney's office has charged three people with burglary and grand theft, in association with 28 cases in which thieves broke into cars and stole computers from people who had been to Apple Stores. The Manhattan Beach Police say that an investigation is still underway into 15 cases tied to the Village Mall Apple Store, on Sepulveda Boulevard.