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February 5, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
One day before its 10th anniversary, Facebook released Paper, an app that gives iPhone users a new way to see the content their friends post on the social network. Paper is laid out like a magazine, with numerous sections for users to turn to. The first section includes posts from users' friends and the pages they follow -- it's essentially a new take on the News Feed. Users can customize the Paper app to add whichever sections they want. The available options range from top headlines, tech and sports to Pride, a section about gay rights.
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BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - If you want to get a glimpse of Facebook's future, download Paper, the social network's new mobile news reader. The app for the iPhone is part of what Facebook says is its big push to deliver "the best personalized newspaper in the world. " But it's more than just an app for reading news. It's Facebook reimagined for the smaller screen. Paper doesn't just help users discover news on dozens of topics. It can also be used by users to browse their News Feed, get messages and notifications and search Facebook.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery for some. But not for FiftyThree, the maker of a popular app called Paper. The startup is spitting mad that Facebook on Monday rolled out a new app also called Paper. Facebook should get, well, more creative with the name of its new mobile news app, Georg Petschnigg, chief executive and co-founder of FiftyThree, said in an interview. His company's iPad app is all about the human need to create, he said. The drawing app lets tens of millions of people share their ideas all over the Web -- and on Facebook.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook on Thursday unveiled Paper, an upcoming iPhone app that offers users a new way to view stories posted by their friends and the pages they follow. Paper is essentially a personalized-magazine app that lets users add or delete sections based on topics that interest them. The first section in Paper is content drawn from users' Facebook News Feeds. Unlike on the Facebook app or website, News Feed posts displayed in the Paper app appear in an uncluttered, aesthetically pleasing, full-screen design that's free of advertisements -- for now. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 Besides viewing content in a new way, Paper also allows users to post directly to Facebook.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles entrepreneur Jason Calacanis is back with a new mobile news app that summarizes articles in 300 characters - - or about 40 words - - or less. His bet: With more people hoovering up news while on the go, they need a news app built for their smartphones . It may not be a groundbreaking notion, but its aim is true. Inside searches out the original article rather than rewarding someone who rehashed someone else's scoop and then slapped a clever, link-baiting headline on it (not to mention feel-good fluff and the now ubiquitous listicle )
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Tech entrepreneurs are known to skew young, but at 14 years old, Daniel Singer's ahead of the game. The high school freshman at Harvard-Westlake has created YouTell, a website that enables users to solicit anonymous opinions from friends, and Backchat, an anonymous mobile messaging app. Daniel, who says he was defragmenting his computer's hard drive when he was 4, has been focusing his attention on Backchat, which he created with his father, Uri...
BUSINESS
January 25, 2014 | By Sarah Hashim-Waris
How well does Google Translate really work? The translation service supports more than 70 languages on Android and iOS (and 80 languages on the desktop version). It gives users voice, text and picture input options. I was hoping to pick up some basic phrases on my recent trip to Tokyo using the free app on my iPhone. Pressing questions like, “Where is the nearest cat cafe?” and “Where is the best place in the city to get nail art?” Disclaimer: there have been complaints about Google Translate's inability to properly decipher certain Asian languages, which come with a buffet line of regional dialects (versus Latin-based tongues)
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
What do you get when you combine Google Glass, “selfies” and sex? Yep, a new app called Sex With Glass. Oh, Lord, please don't let Kim and Kanye get a hold of this one! Now, the L.A. Times is a family newspaper, and a serious newspaper, so (spoiler alert!) there will be absolutely no pictures accompanying this post such as those on the website of the Guardian -- which you would think is a serious newspaper, having broken the Edward Snowden/NSA surveillance scandal and all, but I guess still retains its British cheek, shall we say. Anyway, the app: The basic idea is that Sex With Glass will allow a couple, both properly equipped with said devices, to experience sex from a, ahem, different point of view.
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Want to find "where the hipsters hang out" in a city you're traveling to? Homesick and want to video chat with up to nine people at once? There's an app for all that. In fact, many apps that can be resources for travelers in their everyday needs, said Jen Leo, writer of the Web Buzz travel column for the Los Angeles Times. From flight alerts to photo-taking tools, Leo reveals some of her top app picks at "Smartphone Travel: The Best Apps for Your Next Trip" panel at 3 p.m. at the L.A. Times Travel Show on Sunday.
TRAVEL
January 19, 2014 | By Jen Leo
There is no question that smartphone and tablet apps can improve your travel experience - whether it's for business or pleasure - by helping to inspire, plan, organize and save time and money. The travel apps below are either new, recently launched or have made significant improvements in the last year. AFAR Media : AFAR Media (you might have heard of its AFAR travel magazine) has released a stunning travel app by the same name. Find guides, highlights and individual travel hot spots in more than 7,000 cities and towns in 239 countries that will appeal to culture seekers, foodies and wanderers alike.
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