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ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2012
Film buffs are eager to see where famed Hollywood stars lived and visit the locations of classic films. But few want to haggle with vendors who stand by the road selling star maps. But thanks to Turner Classic Movies, cumbersome maps are history. The Hollywood Homes & Classic Film Locations app available for iPhone and iPod Touch offers a look at 100 Hollywood locations including the homes of the rich and famous, movie studios, celebrity hangouts and film locations. TCM host Robert Osborne is on hand to introduce the app's features.
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BUSINESS
April 4, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
The Instagram app for Android is my new drug. It makes me frame everything as a potential snapshot to share. Beet sprouts in my garden. Dust bunnies in the hallway. Newspapers obscuring my view. A dead cockroach at work. Click, click, click. And the filters make it all look like "art. " Or at least photos that came from my childhood. Apparently, I wasn't the only one jonesing to get the app. Instagram for Android was downloaded a million times in less than 24 hours, CNET reports . Although I've had Instagram on my iPhone since the app was released, strangely enough, I can't remember ever using it. And I'm a snapping fool on my iPhone.
TRAVEL
June 26, 2011 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
To make sure your road trip doesn't hit the skids, check out these apps: Fuel assistance Subscription app SmartFuel can help you find cheap gas nearby or along your route — including at Costco — using Oil Price Information Service data to ensure accurate pricing. Free for iPhone with one-month service. Thereafter, service is $4.99 for six months or $8.99 for one year. GasBag finds cheap gas and provides a mileage log to track fuel efficiency.
NEWS
March 30, 2011 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Imagine four taps on an app, and you have a room for the night.  That’s what Expedia promises with its new iPhone/iPod Touch hotel booking app.  Expedia plans to add the free Expedia Hotels app to the iTunes App store by mid-April and an Android version to the Android Market by the end of April.  An iPad version is expected to be released later  in the year. Expedia Hotels works with your phone’s GPS to locate nearby hotels   Key features include: -- An interactive map view that shows hotels in the area, with green pins marking those recommended by TripAdvisor, a user-reviewer website owned by Expedia.
NEWS
March 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Lonely Planet often has limited-time offers for free downloads of their travel guides and apps. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the travel guide company offers its Dublin City Guide app for free along with an excerpt from its new Ireland guidebook. The deal: The app usually costs $5.99. To get the app, folks with iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch can download the Lonely Planet Travel Guides from the iTunes store, open that app and select the Dublin guide. (Android and non-Apple tablet users are out of luck for this freebie.)
BUSINESS
February 2, 2012 | By David Colker
Have you ever been out shopping, looked at a product and wondered if it's the subject of a government safety recall? Me neither. But just in case it comes up, there is now a federally sponsored app for that. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which operates the recalls.gov website that puts out warnings about recalled products, offers the app for free. It's only for mobile devices that use the Android operating system -- no iPhone version yet. Here's how the site describes the app: “Whether you're at your child's day care center of a yard sale, whether you're at a store or at home, you can now type a product's name into your phone and learn immediately whether that product has been recalled because of a safety concern.” It could come in handy if you're out shopping for, say, a fold-out bed and come across the Fold-Out Sleeper Ottoman made by the Perfect Generation World company.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Welcome to the 21st century, where a compass can be used to find the nearest pizza place. Thanks to Pizza Compass , an app released Tuesday, iPhone users can now turn their smartphones into their own personal guides toward melted cheese, warm crust and delicious tomato sauce. The app, which costs $0.99, works like any other compass with a few differences. For starters, the arrow is actually a pizza slice and it doesn't point north -- it points toward the nearest pizza joint it can find.
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.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
If your buddy owes you money, lacking cash is no excuse if he's got an iPhone. Just like sending contact information with the Bump app, you can now transfer money the same way with Bump Pay . The free app asks for your email address when it's initially opened. You and your iPhone-wielding friend bump hands; when you feel the vibration, the money's a-moving. The money will be associated with the email address you enter. If that one doesn't have a PayPal account associated with it, PayPal will send you an email to prompt you to create an account to get your money.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
You've heard of apps that help you lose weight, and apps that help you exercise, but on Wednesday author and pick-up artist extraordinaire Neil Strauss launched A Better Man -- an app that helps awkward dudes pick up girls. You might consider A Better Man a virtual coach that helps you learn the art of hitting on women by giving you real-life assignments and encouraging you to interact with strangers, no matter how uncomfortable it feels. The core of the app is a series of timed missions that begin at Level 1, and get incrementally harder as you advance.
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