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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.
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BUSINESS
April 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has begun expanding the free voice calling feature on its Messenger app to Android users. Earlier this year, the company introduced free voice calling for iPhone users, letting them use the Messenger app to call other Facebook members. The app uses smartphones' Internet connections to make the call, either through a Wi-Fi network or over 3G or 4G networks. Now, three months after introducing the feature for iPhone users, Facebook started rolling it out to some U.S. Android users Thursday afternoon and says more users will get the feature throughout Friday.
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.
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.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Flipboard, the popular social magazine, launched a version of its Android app Thursday that's optimized for large-screen tablets, including the Google Nexus 10. The app, which originally launched for the iPad in 2010, connects to users' social networks to draw in content and then present it in magazine form. The old Flipboard app for Android devices worked with tablets but was essentially an enlarged version of the app designed for smartphones. QUIZ: What set the Internet on fire in 2012?
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.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Shazam, the app that identifies a song's name and artist, is being updated for the iPad, giving tablet users many of the tools already found on the iPhone app as well as a cool new feature: automatic tagging. The feature comes turned off by default, but if users choose to turn on auto-tagging, the app will automatically identify songs, TV commercials and other audio that your iPad picks up. Previously, if users heard a song or saw a commercial they wanted to tag with Shazam, they had to unlock their device, launch the app and touch the tag icon.
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!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles County transit officials announced a new app Wednesday that allows train and bus commuters to report crimes throughout the system. With the free L.A. Metro Transit Watch app, riders can directly call the transit unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is responsible for patrolling bus and rail lines. Riders can also fill out an online report and send it to authorities. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who is chairman of the Metro board, said the new app is the latest tool in the agency's "comprehensive effort to enhance safety for our riders.
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