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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.
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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
September 12, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Jazz fans who are also Spotify subscribers probably can just say goodbye to their afternoon with the release of a new app from Blue Note Records. The free app opens up the iconic jazz label's catalog in a way that allows a depth of exploration tough to achieve in the analog world. Fans can search through a variety of entry points, including chronological, style ("tradition," "groove" and "voices") or instrument. Let's start with a straightforward search along a timeline that primarily breaks the label's output into four- to five-year chunks, which also functions as a mini-museum of the label's clean, evocative design aesthetic under the direction of Reid Miles since 1956.
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
March 21, 2012 | Michelle Maltais
The Mega Millions jackpot is still up for grabs at $290 million and counting, one of the biggest jackpots ever . You may have the numbers you're loyal to, but some of us are fairly random about it. As with everything, there's an app for that. If you're in one of the 42 states -- yes, California is one -- then you can take a chance. The game is simple, as Rene Lynch at the Nation Now blog explains : "Players pick six numbers from two different pools: The first five are numbers from 1 to 56, and the sixth is chosen from numbers 1 to 46. You win by matching all six numbers.
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.
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.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Facebook is hoping to pique the interest of young people with a new iPhone messaging app that lets them “poke” their friends. The giant social network on Friday rolled out Poke, which sends texts, photos and videos to friends that self-destruct within 10 seconds. The messaging app is a direct competitor to Snapchat, which has skyrocketed in popularity among teens who want to send private messages that pop up and, once read, disappear. (Old timers on Facebook will remember that old-school poking - as in saying hello -- was once all the rage among the desktop crowd.)
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