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May 15, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
The newly launched LinkedIn app for Windows Phone includes features that neither iPhone nor Android users see in their apps. The app includes two sections that don't appear in the other two apps: jobs and companies. Users can browse relevant jobs and save them for pursuing later. The app also lets users follow news and updates from specific companies. While this is exclusive to Windows Phone, it's worth noting that the app doesn't seem to incorporate the calendar function now present in the iOS apps.
April 26, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Picture this: Kindle Fire users finally get to join in the addictive fun of Draw Something. Amazon announced the app's release in a tweet on Wednesday night. Google Android users were already drawing stuff with the app, but the Kindle Fire tablet, which runs on an altered version of the Android operating system, doesn't have access to the apps on Google Play . Draw Something is also available for iOS users . Zynga's popular social sketching and guessing game comes in the free and ad-free $1.99 versions for the Fire.
February 14, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It’s getting easier to arrange trips to Las Vegas using smart phones. MGM Resorts , which owns 10 properties along the Strip, has expanded its apps service to include devices that use Google’s Android system.  Previously, they were available for iPhone users only. In March, the company plans to roll out apps for Blackberry’s OS too. The apps allow potential visitors to view and book guest rooms, order food from room service and even watch video previews of current shows.
March 26, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Meet Nick D'Aloisio, the 17-year-old British entrepreneur who just sold his popular news-reading app to Yahoo Inc. for close to $30 million, instantly becoming one of the world's youngest self-made millionaires. It's the classic Silicon Valley success story of a young software prodigy striking it ridiculously and improbably big. But this time the spotlight is shining on the other side of the pond. D'Aloisio, who taught himself to write software at age 12, built the free iPhone app Summly - which automatically summarizes news stories for small screens - in his London bedroom in 2011.
December 30, 2010 | Meghan Daum
The other day I went to the movies and forgot my BlackBerry. This proved disastrous, not because I missed any calls but because during the five or so minutes before the trailers began, I found myself in the terrifying position of having nothing to do. As nearly everyone in the theater soothed themselves with Facebook Mobile or tiny, hand-held rounds of poker, I had no choice but to be alone with my thoughts. Needless to say these thoughts were a self-loathing duet of "Ugh, why did I forget my BlackBerry?"
June 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Facebook introduced a new native Messenger app for users' computers. The app lets you "chat with friends without opening Facebook," according to Facebook's message introducing the app. The app is only available to Windows users, but the company has said Mac users will get it soon. It officially launched in March after leaking in December, and it is slowly rolling out to users. ROUNDUP: The freshest Facebook features The app, Facebook's first native desktop app, uses the same branding as Facebook's mobile Messenger app, which received an update on both Android and iOS on Monday.
August 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When it comes to getting pregnant, the size of your data does matter. That's the premise behind Glow , an app for the iPhone and iPad that couples can use to figure out the best time to try to get pregnant. The app predicts a woman's chances of conception on a particular day based on personal survey the user takes each day. Among those behind the free app is PayPal cofounder Max Levchin, who announced the app earlier this year saying he wanted to make a difference in the health industry with the use of data analytics.
June 2, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Stairmaster for 10 minutes, treadmill for 30 minutes, three sets of 10 repetitions including barbells, dumbbells, weight machines, and then repeat them all. Although I'm no stranger to the gym, it's challenging to stay fit and to keep track of my workouts. Luckily, there are a slew of fitness apps and tech tools to help. So much so, that the mobile health app marketplace has an estimated 97,000 apps for iOS and Android that want to help you lose weight, track your fitness, manage chronic diseases and address other health issues, according to Research2guidance research specialists.
May 19, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Forget Angry Birds. Your smartphone can be a powerful tool for improving your overall fitness if you give it half a chance. Whether you're a couch potato looking to start an exercise routine or a veteran runner looking to cross-train, there's an app for that. Our picks of some of the best downloads to get you moving, measure your progress and keep you motivated: Yoga With Janet Stone ($4.99 iPhone and iPad) There are a lot of yoga apps out there, but few are as sophisticated as this new release.
July 11, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Google's just-released Google+ iPad app is slick but could use a bit more tweaking before you make it a regular hangout.  At first glance, the user interface is well laid out and visually satisfying. Large photos display beautifully and boldly. Posts appear as large, photo-centric tiles that are easy to read and access, and the animation makes it appear that tiles are just floating into place. Unlike the iPhone app's black background, the one on the main page of the iPad app is a light whitish-gray.
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