The times symbol represents the cross product operator. It is common for the symbol to represent multiplication when it is first introduced, but later is dropped in favor of the interpunct symbol. For clarity, this site does not use the times symbol to represent multiplication. Instead the times symbol represents the cross product operation in expression like this:
$v×w$
In plain language, this means take the cross product of the vector $v$ and the vector $w$.
Symbol  Format  Data 

×  Unicode 

$×$  TeX 

SVG 