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March 26, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
SAN YSIDRO - Two eternal truths about crossing the Mexican border: It's worth the drive to Rosarito Beach for Tacos El Yaqui. And coming back is hell. In the last several years, crossing the border from the Mexican side has become a test of nerves. Two-, three-, even four-hour waits are typical. As you burn gas, jockey for position in the lanes and swerve to avoid the vendors and begging children who weave on foot between cars, you are consumed by feelings of helplessness and rage that cannot be assuaged by all the striped blankets, Sponge Bob piñatas and plaster Last Suppers in the world.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
You can do a lot with smartphones these days, but unless you're downloading the best apps for your device, you aren't really using it to its full potential. So if you aren't sure what to download, just make sure you have these 10 apps on your iPhone or Android device. Google Maps This app comes preinstalled on Android devices and should be the first app downloaded on iPhones. Besides top-notch design, the app is the best free voice navigation app for driving directions.
HEALTH
September 1, 2012
Each year the arrival of fall brings with it the urge to start over and get our house and routine in order. No one wants to be the one who is perpetually scrambling to come up with a healthy dinner, find a clean outfit, track down our belongings or line up childcare for those forgotten school holidays. However, many of our best efforts at organization fail because there's not a good backup system. Here are five apps that can help you meet your goals. Astrid (Free for Android and iPhone)
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Classic rock fans have an opportunity for a little more satisfaction with the new Rolling Stones Official App that is available for download free from iTunes starting Tuesday and initially exclusively for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. “We wanted to do something a bit special and innovative,” singer Mick Jagger said in statement. “An app that really connects with the user, lots of exclusive content, integration with social networks, and the ability to make a song request for the upcoming shows.” The content Jagger referred to includes previously unreleased interview footage and performances shot during preparation for upcoming Rolling Stones Live: 50 & Counting tour dates in London, Brooklyn and Newark, N.J. Users also will be able to vote for songs the band will play on the tour.
NEWS
December 31, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Hurry! Paris-based pastry chef and blogger extraordinaire David Lebovitz is offering free downloads of his app "Paris Pastry" from now until 10 a.m. tomorrow. That's Paris time . Available on iTunes, the app points out more than 300 bakeries, chocolate shops, ice cream salons and more, and includes over 500 color photos of Lebovitz' favorite desserts and sweet treats in Paris. Most useful: his Top 25 list of recommended “must go-to” visit places, an expansive glossary of French pastry terms, new GPS integrated maps that will guide you to the closest addresses, and more!
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
MTV may not play a lot of music on its network anymore, buy it is bringing music to your smartphone. After success with an app that curated content from its roster of shows, the network has rolled out an app that will connect users with musicians -- and help them discover new acts.   On Thursday, the network debuted MTV Artists, a new app exclusive to the iPhone, that offers everything from artist discovery to retro archives to bio info from well-known acts to curating exclusive content from artists.
NEWS
May 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
Getting a last-minute room in Las Vegas is about to get easier. HotelTonight , the free mobile app that lists same-day hotel discounts in a dozen cities, plans to expand to Sin City starting at noon Thursday. Here's how it works: At noon local time each day, HotelTonight lists three hotels at different levels of comfort (such as elegant or basic) in each destination that can be booked until 2 a.m. If rooms sell out at one location, HotelTonight adds a different hotel to the listings.
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