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March 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Ever wanted to know what your dog was doing all day without having to set up a complicated video camera system? People Power, a Palo Alto software company, has released a mobile app that can easily turn an old iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a security camera. The company's free app, Presence, makes it possible for users who have Wi-Fi to set up one Apple device as a video camera and another as a monitor. For instance, a dog owner could take an old iPhone, turn it into a camera and then watch the pooch on an iPad at work.
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April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A game developer has combined two of 2014's most addictive games - "Flappy Bird" and "2048" - into one addictive mashup called "Flappy48. " The free game challenges users to combine tiles into larger numbers, an element of "2048," while making sure they don't crash into columns that appear as the numbers fly through the screen, an element of "Flappy Bird. " "Flappy48" can be played on the Web on desktops and laptops. It requires the installation of the Unity Web Player. VIDEO: Unboxing the Tonino Lamborghini Antares smartphone Dan Moran, a game developer, created the game and released it earlier this week, according to his website and Twitter feed . Moran made the game in less than a day and said it was a tribute to both "Flappy Bird" and "2048.
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BUSINESS
March 5, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc. reached yet another milestone: More than 25 billion apps downloaded for use on iPhones, iPads and other devices. The tech giant made the announcement via a colorful banner on its website this weekend, telling customers: "A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion downloads. Thanks for getting us there. " Apple had been holding a 25 Billion Apps Countdown Promotion since Feb. 13 and said the winner of the contest would be listed online within about 10 days after the end of the promotion period.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Hungry for doughnuts? Let Doughbot guide you to the nearest shop. Doughbot is a new app released this month for the iPhone and iPad that helps users quickly find the nearest doughnut shops in their vicinities. "Never be lost without doughnuts again. Ever," the app's description reads.  PHOTOS: Comparing the HTC One (M8), iPhone 5s, Galaxy S5 Pulling information from users' smartphone GPS, Doughbot quickly finds the closest doughnut shops. Users can see the shops in a list, scroll through them or see them all on a map -- represented by big round sprinkled doughnut icons.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is investigating fraudulent activity following reports of a Russian hacker who found and published a way to make illegal in-app purchases. The Cupertino, Calif., company told the Los Angeles Times it is looking into the reports. "The security of the App Store is incredibly important to us and the developer community," said Natalie Harrison, an Apple spokeswoman. "We take reports of fraudulent activity very seriously, and we are investigating. " Alexey Borodin discovered a method to steal content from iOS apps by making in-app purchases without actually paying any money.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The creator of Flappy Bird has removed the popular game from both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Users who have already installed the game will be able to keep playing it, but it is not possible for new users to download the game, which was at the top of the free-apps chart for both Apple iOS and Android devices before being removed. Dong Nguyen, the game's developer, on Saturday tweeted that he would remove Flappy Bird from the app stores, just a few days after telling the Verge that Flappy Bird was making about $50,000 a day on average from advertisements.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's App Store may be experiencing some problems, possibly evidenced by various recently updated iOS apps that are inexplicably crashing. Numerous apps that have just been updated, many of which happened on Wednesday, have been crashing immediately after launching, causing issues for their developers. Instapaper developer Marco Arment wrote about the issue Wednesday, pointing out all the problems his recent app has been suffering that share characteristics with that of at least 50 other apps, on iOS and Mac. Apple hasn't responded to Arment, the Los Angeles Times or other publications' requests for comment, but it appears Instapaper's issues are over.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com has launched a mobile version of its MP3 store for the iPhone and iPod Touch, giving users a way to buy songs from the online retailer with their devices. The new store is a Web app, meaning Apple device users can access it using the Safari browser. By building a Web app rather than an app users have to download from the Apple App Store, Amazon doesn't have to give Apple the typical 30% cut developers pay the Cupertino company when someone buys their app or something within their app. Now iPhone and iPod Touch users "can access Amazon's huge catalog of music, features like personalized recommendations, deals like albums for $5, songs for $0.69, and they can buy their music once and use it everywhere,” said Steve Boom, vice president of Amazon Music, in a statement . PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 The store, at amazon.com/mp3 , has a catalog of 22 million songs, the company says.
HEALTH
March 24, 2012 | By Karen Ravn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Your smartphone: It's not just for texting, tweeting, waging war against little green pigs and - oh, right - calling people. It's also for making yourself a happier, less stressed-out, more self-aware person. Really, there's an app for that. Any number of apps. They come with names like Mood Swing and CBTReferee and BrainFreqz, and at their best, they offer users "'treatment' in the palm of their hand," says Dr. John Luo, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
"Temple Run 2," the sequel to the wildly popular mobile game, is now available for Android and Kindle devices. The app hit the Google Play store and Amazon.com Appstore early Thursday morning. Just like the original "Temple Run," the new game is also available free -- although users can purchase upgrades within the game. "Temple Run 2" is similar to the original game where users are running through an endless world, trying to survive and achieve the highest score possible.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple appears to be the latest entity to jump on the selfie bandwagon, adding a new section to its App Store dedicated solely to apps that are ideal for taking the self-portrait-style pictures. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company appears to have added a featured section, titled "Sharing Selfies," Thursday afternoon. The section is used to promote various apps, including Snapchat, Frontback, Everyday and Picr. The section can be found in both the mobile and desktop versions of the Apple App Store for iOS devices.
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March 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The creator of Flappy Bird, the extremely popular mobile game that was surprisingly and suddenly removed from app stores last month, said he is considering re-releasing the game. Speaking with Rolling Stone , Vietnamese independent developer Dong Nguyen said he is now considering reinstating Flappy Bird into the Apple App Store and Google Play after removing the game in February. Flappy Bird was a simple game that users played by tapping their screen. The point was to guide a bird through deadly pipes to attain the highest score possible.
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March 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Before being pulled from the Apple App Store and Google Play, Flappy Bird was the most popular mobile game. These days, there's no Flappy Bird, but the market is still being flooded by clones. During a 24-hour period last week, 293 new games were uploaded into the Apple App Store, of which 95 were copycats of Flappy Bird, according to The Guardian . "I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions about what this says about the mobile gaming world in early 2014," The Guardian's Stuart Dredge said in his post analyzing Flappy Bird clones.  PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor Flappy Bird was a mobile game that challenged users to earn the highest score possible by propelling a bird between deadly pipes by tapping the screen.
SCIENCE
February 14, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Psssst! Do you want to get freaky, give voice to your wildest or most romantic sexual Valentine's Day fantasies, and at the same time, contribute to legitimate scientific research? There's an app for that. The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, which has tracked and chronicled Americans' changing sexual habits and mores for more than 60 years, invites you download their free Kinsey Reporter app and dish on the erotic activities you have engaged in -- or wish you could engage in -- this Valentine's Day. Kinsey's mobile app, available from the Apple App Store and Google Play, allows scientists at Indiana University to collect anonymous data on sexual activity in the United States and around the world, and to make the organization's anonymous data and analyses available for public view.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The creator of Flappy Bird has removed the popular game from both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Users who have already installed the game will be able to keep playing it, but it is not possible for new users to download the game, which was at the top of the free-apps chart for both Apple iOS and Android devices before being removed. Dong Nguyen, the game's developer, on Saturday tweeted that he would remove Flappy Bird from the app stores, just a few days after telling the Verge that Flappy Bird was making about $50,000 a day on average from advertisements.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
"Flappy Bird" will not be available for download after Sunday morning, game developer Dong Nguyen said Saturday in a surprising series of tweets. The game has recently risen to the top of charts of both the Apple App Store and Google Play . Users tap their smartphone screen to propel a bird through a series of gaps between green tubes, which look like the ones in the popular Mario Nintendo video games. If a user hits a tube, his character dies. The point of the game is to get the highest possible score, but "Flappy Bird" is notorious for its extreme level of difficulty.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Before being removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play, an app called InstLike duped Instagram users into sharing their login information with the app in order to gain 'likes' and followers, a report said. The app asked users to share their Instagram username and password, all the while reassuring users that it would not misuse the information. But once users shared the information, InstLike turned accounts into digital zombies that would follow other InstLike users who had paid to gain followers and 'likes' for their photos.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Business travel is growing within the U.S. and across the globe, especially with the booming economies in China, Brazil and Australia. But an innocent hand gesture can doom what otherwise would be a very profitable trip across international borders. International business trips, launched from the U.S., reached 6.78 million trips in 2011, a 3% increase over 2010, according to the Global Business Travel Assn., a Virginia-based trade group. To help make sure those business trips go smoothly, Dean Foster, a cultural etiquette expert who has consulted for such companies as DreamWorks, Volkswagen, Heineken and Bank of America, has put his 25 years of expertise in a series of cellphone and tablet applications.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Christmas is over but users can keep getting gifts by downloading Apple's 12 Days of Gifts app, which is giving away free videos of Justin Timberlake performances Thursday. Apple released the promotional app earlier this month and will be giving users a free daily digital present -- music videos, songs, apps, etc. -- starting Thursday and ending on Jan. 6. On the first day of gifts, Apple is letting users download four live songs from Justin Timberlake's performance at the 2013 iTunes Festival in London.
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December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple will be giving away digital gifts every day for 12 days after Christmas to users of an app released Tuesday. The app, called "12 Days of Gifts," is available in the Apple App Store. Each day during the promotion users will be able to get a new gift, which could be a song, app, book, movie or something else that is available through Apple's digital stores. "Each day's gift will only be available for 24 hours, so download the free app to make sure you don't miss out," Apple says in the app's description page .  PHOTOS: Top 10 most-talked-about people, topics on Facebook in 2013 The promotion will run from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6. This is the first time that Apple has launched the "12 Days of Gifts" marketing campaign in the U.S. The promotion has been previously offered in other countries, according to 9to5Mac.com . The "12 Days of Gifts" app is available for the iPhone , iPad and the iPod Touch.
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