Tens of thousands of L.A. area students still need computers or Wi-Fi 6 months into pandemic

People walk past the Grand View Boulevard Elementary School marquee in Mar Vista on July 13. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)</span>
People walk past the Grand View Boulevard Elementary School marquee in Mar Vista on July 13. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Six months after schools closed amid the coronavirus crisis and with online learning in full swing, tens of thousand of students remain without adequate digital access and school districts in Los Angeles County report they still need nearly 50,000 computers and Wi-Fi hot spots.

The numbers are a stark reminder that technology access continues to pose a significant barrier to distance learning as schools in Los Angeles County will not be allowed to fully reopen until at least November.

“I’m very concerned if there’s even a small fraction of students who aren’t accessing, especially when we’re talking about students who are already more vulnerable and disadvantaged,” said Debra Duardo, superintendent of the L.A. County Office of Education. “There is already a gap, whether you want to call it

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Ann Syrdal, Who Helped Give Computers a Female Voice, Dies at 74

Christel Deskins

Ann Syrdal, a psychologist and computer science researcher who helped develop synthetic voices that sounded like women, laying the groundwork for such modern digital assistants as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, died on July 24 at her home in San Jose, Calif. She was 74.

Her daughter Kristen Lasky said the cause was cancer.

As a researcher at AT&T, Dr. Syrdal was part of a small community of scientists who began developing synthetic speech systems in the mid-1980s.

It was not an entirely new phenomenon; AT&T had unveiled one of the first synthetic voices, developed at its Bell Labs, at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. But more than 40 years later, despite increasingly powerful computers, speech synthesis was still relatively primitive.

“It just sounded robotic,” said Tom Gruber, who worked on synthetic speech systems in the early ’80s and went on to create the digital assistant that

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Are printers, computers tax-free? 10 states hold sales tax holidays this weekend and some offer a tax break on tech

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Shoppers in 10 states should file this away: This weekend, you can pick up clothes and school supplies tax-free.

Sales tax holidays kick off Friday in nine states – Florida, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia – and Maryland’s tax holiday begins Sunday.

Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee already held their tax holidays. Maryland and Connecticut will offer tax breaks later in August. 

The back-to-school shopping season, the second-biggest period for retailers, behind the holidays, usually kicks off in mid-July and peaks in mid-August. This year, it’s off to a slow start amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts predict the shopping season will peak in late August and spill into most of September.

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Why it’s such a thorny issue when remote employees access porn on work computers

Christel Deskins

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  • Several new research reports on remote workers’ use of work devices in their homes show a spike in visits to porn sites.

  • “The increase in adult content and other risky behaviors is very closely correlated with the increase in people working from home,” Netskope found.

  • Experts say this presents a thorny management issue that can’t be avoided for security, legal, and human resources reasons.  

  • Companies must have a clear policy that addresses using a work device to access porn, experts say, and management needs to be prepared to discuss those rules, experts say. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Employees are going to porn sites on their work computers 600% more than last year during this time of remote work, according to new research, which means that employers are increasingly confronted with a thorny management issue.

While cybersecurity products can block access to

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