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July 16, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Live Nation Entertainment Inc., the biggest fish in the live music business, has purchased Rexly Inc., a tiny minnow of a music start-up based in San Francisco.  The acquisition, announced Monday, is part of Live Nation's ambitious expansion into digital, which the Beverly Hills company views as a potent channel for reaching new audiences and, ultimately, selling more tickets to its concerts. Last year, Live Nation acquired BigChampagne, a Los Angeles company that measures digital media consumption, particularly music.
April 22, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Free rides to and from the airport are hard enough to come by, let alone free rides on demand. Taxi Magic is changing that for customers who use its mobile app to hail a cab in the Los Angeles area this week. Here's how it works: Download the Taxi Magic app (if you haven't already) or sign in to your existing account. Enter the promotion code "TAXIBACK," and you'll receive a $15 credit for your next cab ride. (For those who haven't used it, you pay for fares using the app too.)
March 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sorry Tumblr fans, ads are coming to the social network's mobile app. Tumblr, the social network known for its following among teens and young adults, said it will start letting companies promote their posts to mobile app users within the next three months. The mobile ads will work similarly to those added to the website version of the social network a couple of months ago, said Tumblr Vice President Derek Gottfrid, according to Bloomberg . That means companies have to pay to promote their own Tumblr blogs so they'll be seen by more people.
April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook began notifying users of its mobile app Wednesday that it will soon disable the app's messaging feature. The Menlo Park, Calif., tech giant is instructing users to download the Facebook Messenger app -- a distinct entity from its main app -- if they wish to continue messaging friends from their smartphones. The Facebook Messenger app has been available for a number of years, and users who have both apps installed already can only message others through the separate app. But soon, all users will be forced to download the second app if they want to be able to message friends.
January 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Starbucks has updated its iPhone mobile payment app in response to concerns raised earlier this week by a cyber security researcher. The Seattle coffee company said the new version of its mobile app comes with added layers of security that will keep sensitive user information protected. The update comes after Daniel Wood published a report saying the Starbucks iOS mobile app stored user passwords, emails, user names and GPS location files in plain text, which hackers can easily access.
April 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LinkedIn wants to give its mobile app a spark, and the social network is doing so by simplifying and customizing it to individually fit each of its users. The business-focused social network rolled out the major app update late Wednesday night. The updated app features an overhauled design and minimized build that's intended to let users access as many features as possible with as few finger taps as necessary. "We designed with one key core principle in mind: having all the stuff you care about one tap away from you," said Tomer Cohen, a LinkedIn senior product manager and mobile phone lead.
September 29, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Good news for the smart phone travel crowd: Priceline on Thursday adds a new feature to its mobile app that offers same-night discounts at selected three- and four-star hotels. Tonight-Only Deals displays three hotel options and prices -- no bidding involved -- at 11 a.m. local time daily that can be booked until 11 p.m. Sound familiar? Hotel Tonight fans will recognize this service. Tonight-Only Deals works much the same way, but posts hotel options an hour earlier (Hotel Tonight starts at noon)
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 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.
February 6, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
The city of Los Angeles now has a newly redesigned website and, coming next month, a mobile app. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the new tech tools during his first Google+ Hangout news conference Wednesday afternoon. (Check out a replay here .) Speaking from Google's offices in Venice, Villaraigosa conceded that the moves were overdue. He said that the tech scene in L.A. has grown rapidly in recent years and the city wanted a website and app to match that momentum.
April 30, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Anti-discrimination action has found its way into a new app for iPhone and Android phones launched today. The FlyRights app, created by the Sikh Coalition, offers air travelers a way to record the details of incidents of perceived discrimination during screening directly to the Transportation Security Administration. Not just focused on racial profiling, the app includes a reporting page that walks users through the type of discrimination they feel they were subjected to including gender and ability -- that's in addition to racial, religious, and ethnic -- and includes a way to memorialize all of the relevant information right after it happens.
April 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Count Twitter as the latest company to jump on the emoji bandwagon. The microblogging service said it will now display the cartoon icons on its website. The San Francisco company made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in a tweet filled with a dozen of the playful icons. ¿¿¿¿ Twitter users love tweeting emoji from their phones - now you can view these emoji on web! #emojiparty ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿ - Twitter Support (@Support)
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
You've got a decent set of speakers but almost all of your music is in your smartphone. You could attach a cable or buy yourself a wireless Bluetooth speaker for hundreds of dollars. Or you could consider getting the $49 Rocki, a tiny device that turns traditional speakers into "smart" ones that can be controlled with a smartphone. The gadget is essentially a low-cost alternative to getting a Sonos wireless sound system. Rocki attaches to the back of the speaker's auxiliary port.
March 12, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks customers using the company's iPhone app will be able to show some love to their baristas by tipping them through their smartphones starting March 19. The Seattle coffee giant enhanced its mobile app for Apple's iOS system to allow digital tipping at more than 7,000 company-owned stores in the U.S. Customers will be able to tip 50 cents, $1 or a maximum of $2. The company said the service was the upgrade most suggested by its customers...
February 28, 2014 | By James Barragán
Tia Smith clutched her new phone in one hand and a phone case in the other as she shopped at a West Hollywood Best Buy. She clicked away into her smartphone's tiny screen and searched for the case in other nearby stores. "I'm trying to buy this Otter phone case for my new phone," she said. "But I'm trying to see if Target or Wal-Mart has it for cheaper so they can honor the price match," she said, as she scrolled through Target's mobile site on her new phone. As more people turn to their smartphones and tablets when they're thinking about making a purchase, retailers and marketing companies are rushing to figure out ways to transform these mobile browsers into buyers.
February 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Less than two years ago, disillusioned investors were fleeing Facebook Inc. stock, worried the company would never figure out how to make the leap to mobile devices from personal computers, let alone make money on them. Now, more than half of the giant social network's advertising revenue is coming from ads for its 1.2 billion users on smartphones and tablets. And it's buying WhatsApp after outbidding rival Google Inc. for the most popular mobile app for sending messages on smartphones.
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.
September 9, 2013 | By Kate Mather
California law enforcement officers will soon have access to a mobile app allowing them to check state and federal criminal databases from the field, officials announced Monday. California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said the "JusticeMobile" app -- tested by more than 600 San Francisco police officers in recent months -- will be now be rolled out to agencies statewide. The Los Angeles Police Department plans to provide the app to 3,600 officers, the attorney general's office said.
September 11, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Google Inc.'s YouTube has released a new mobile app for the iPhone and iPod touch that boosts new search and video sharing features -- and supports advertising. The new stand-alone YouTube application unveiled Tuesday morning allows users to view the channels they subscribe to on the site, find new videos via search and share their discoveries on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ social networks. Perhaps the biggest change for users is that the new YouTube app will, for the first time, support advertising.
February 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The 2014 Winter Olympics have begun, and once again people can watch the action live on the Web and through their mobile devices. NBC, which has the rights to the U.S. broadcast of the Games, is letting people watch the sporting events through as well as the NBC Sports Live Extra app, which is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices. Live streaming of the events began Thursday and goes through Feb. 23. To watch, viewers are required to have a cable or satellite subscription with one of NBC's participating partners.
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 )
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