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August 18, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
I'm no Type A personality, but I can say that there are few things worse than living with a terrible roommate. One of those is having to find a new roommate, fast. But finding a compatible roommate can be a long, hard quest. To help ease that burden, we scoured the Internet for roommate-finding apps and websites. Here are some of the best we found. Roommates: Finding the perfect roommate is comparable to finding a significant other. That's why the Roommates app by ApartmentList, a rental real estate search engine start-up, took a few pointers from online dating services that sync to the user's Facebook account to build a profile and pre-screen potential dates -- or, in this case, roommates.
April 20, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Get more quality time out of your vacations, let alone weekends at home, with this app. Name: AwayFind Available for: Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (requires iOS 6.1 or later) What it does: It alleviates the need to check your email continually by letting you filter which topics and people you need to hear from when you're away. Assign the priority email addresses or keywords and AwayFind will send you an SMS text to your smartphone when they arrive.
October 30, 2011 | Mel Gilden
When Jim rang the bell of Uncle Ynar's old house, the front door slid aside. He was greeted by a tall silver robot who stared at him with glowing eyes. "Welcome, young Jim," the robot said in its strange electronic voice. "The master will see you. " The robot led him to Uncle Ynar, who was working in his laboratory. He was a large round man whose spiky black hair stuck up every which way. "What can I do for you, Jim?" he asked. "It's almost Halloween," Jim said.
April 16, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Marc's daughter is attending college in Michigan. She's also deaf. Sign-language interpreters have been provided for classes, but Marc wants to know if there's a more high-tech solution. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Isn't there an app for this? I put that question to the Hearing Loss Assn. of America. For its answer, check out today's Ask Laz video. If you have a consumer question, email me at or contact me via Twitter @Davidlaz .    
January 18, 2013
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December 23, 2012 | By Jen Leo
Some people travel according to their stomachs. Others according to museums. The Art Alert app gives you directions to nearby museums as well as an introduction to their artwork. Name: Art Alert Available for: iPhone, iPad What it does: Gives you directions, practical information and photos of representative works of art for more than 500 art museums around the globe. Art Alert is the companion app to the award-winning Art Authority app, a comprehensive and educational art app that houses nearly 60,000 works of art. Cost: $2.99 for an introductory period.
July 24, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
It seems the Windows Phone operating system has dialed up another fan: Box. The cloud-service provider has released an app for the OS. The free app will let Windows Phone users pin Live Tiles to the start screen; move, copy and delete content in batches; share files and folders as links as well as lock content with an app passcode. "We really love the opportunity to be on this device," Chris Yeh, vice president of platform at Box, told The Times. He was extolling the experience of the dynamic and updating Live Tiles.
April 10, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Is Facebook's buying Instagram the cue for you to exit stage left? Fret not. Your newly attuned eye and filtering skills need not be squandered. There are several alternatives to Instagram if you've got to shoot and share. Here are three for the road. Pixlr-o-matic - This app is available on iOS and Android . It is a Facebook app , a download for your PC or Mac and also a Web-based offering, so you can tweak photos from your files or straight from your webcam.
June 23, 2012 | By Karen Ravn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Suppose you could order a dream as easily as you can order a pizza - except that it would be free. "Dream on!" you might say, unless you know about Dream:On. That's the iPhone app for made-to-order dreams that has been something of a sensation since it was introduced at Scotland's Edinburgh International Science Festival in April. (In just the first week, it was downloaded more than 300,000 times.) With Dream:On, you choose a dream from a menu of possibilities before you go to bed, and the app delivers that dream shortly before your alarm is set to go off. But how?
August 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook, addressing the biggest complaint about its Camera app for cellphones, said it now will allow users to create photo albums. The social network said its first update since launching the app this year will let users add photos into existing albums if they don't want to create a new one. Previously, all photos uploaded through the app went into a Mobile Uploads album by default. Besides albums, the mobile update adds a news tab for photo-related notifications such as tags, comments and "likes.
April 11, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Looking for a jet-lag cure? A new mathematical model may help you overcome jet lag faster than anyone thought possible. And scientists need your help to test it out.  A research team from the University of Michigan and Yale University has released a free iPhone app that loads a complex, jet-lag conquering model right into your smartphone. You type in your current location and destination as well as what kind of light you will have access to, and the app gives you a schedule of light exposure that should reset your internal clock in the most efficient way. "These are the fastest schedules that have ever been proposed," said Olivia Walch, a PhD student at the University of Michigan who designed the app, called Entrain . "Our schedule takes what could be 12 days of adjusting down to four.
April 10, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Those interested in examining the specifics of this weekend's Coachella Arts and Music Festival, which begins Friday in Indio, Calif., with DJ Jimbo Jenkins warming the Yuma tent at 11 a.m., would be wise to download the annual festival's smartphone app. Filled with features including set times, bios, a handy scheduler, a list of food venders and a site map, the app has become an essential tool. (That is, if you can get a consistent signal.) From a fan's perspective, the app also has another useful feature: As part of its scheduling tool, the app lists the number of attendees who have added the gig to their hour-by-hour calendars.
April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook began notifying users of its mobile app Wednesday that it will soon disable the app's messaging feature. The Menlo Park, Calif., tech giant is instructing users to download the Facebook Messenger app -- a distinct entity from its main app -- if they wish to continue messaging friends from their smartphones. The Facebook Messenger app has been available for a number of years, and users who have both apps installed already can only message others through the separate app. But soon, all users will be forced to download the second app if they want to be able to message friends.
April 9, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
The New York Times ran a sob story last weekend about a woman who quit tech because she was shocked, shocked by the gross behavior of men in tech: “Elissa Shevinsky can pinpoint the moment when she felt that she no longer belonged. “She was at a friend's house last Sept. 8, watching the live stream of the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon on her laptop and iPhone. Entrepreneurs were showing off their products, and two young Australian men, David Boulton and Jethro Batts, stood behind the podium to give their presentation . 'Titstare is an app where you take photos of yourself staring at tits,' Mr. Boulton began, as photographs of women's chests on a cellphone flashed on the screen behind him….
April 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet - not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came with a purple protective casing and loaded with kids' apps and games. "Her eyes lit up when she opened it," said Stepka, 34, a Shakopee, Minn., father of three. "Everything else got put to the side. " That's exactly what tablet makers and companies that create children's entertainment were hoping for. PHOTOS: Top 10 gadgets we want to see this year Stepka's household is part of a growing group of consumers for whom traditional children's toys and games are not enough.
April 8, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival regularly draws a throng of 90,000 for each of its weekends - making it a Super Bowl of sorts for tweets, Instagrams and videos. As a result of all the cellular traffic, attendees often find it nearly impossible to get a steady, reliable smartphone connection. That's why Coachella - which kicks off its first weekend of festivities on Friday - may be the perfect testing ground for a new app called FireChat. Created by San Francisco startup Open Garden, FireChat allows Coachella attendees to talk to one another without having cellular service or Internet connection.
April 26, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Finally, iPad users can get LinkedIn. And the app for this tablet, released Thursday, really is more than a reformatted iPhone app. The app was designed with the functionality of the iPad and users' tablet tapping mostly in the morning and evening in mind, according to a blog post from LinkedIn. The layout is a bit reminiscent of Flipboard, with a design that integrates the multitouch navigation of the iPad. "This 'Coffee & Couch' behavior is so pronounced that we designed our new app to make every professional feel like they have their own personal assistant," it reads.
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Hungry for doughnuts? Let Doughbot guide you to the nearest shop. Doughbot is a new app released this month for the iPhone and iPad that helps users quickly find the nearest doughnut shops in their vicinities. "Never be lost without doughnuts again. Ever," the app's description reads.  PHOTOS: Comparing the HTC One (M8), iPhone 5s, Galaxy S5 Pulling information from users' smartphone GPS, Doughbot quickly finds the closest doughnut shops. Users can see the shops in a list, scroll through them or see them all on a map -- represented by big round sprinkled doughnut icons.
March 30, 2014 | By Jen Leo
For those who can't plan ahead, here's another app to help you find travel savings. Name: Last Minute Travel Deals Available for: Website ( ), Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Accesses flights from more than 175 carriers around the world, more than 100,000 hotels in 153 countries, nearly 20,000 vacation homes and about 10,000 activities. Last Minute Travel is able to offer hotel deals at wholesale rates because it buys rooms in bulk and well in advance of your travel.
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