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February 8, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Booking appointments is one of life's pesky hassles. Your favorite restaurant never seems to pick up the phone and doesn't use OpenTable, your massage therapist prefers calls but your hair stylist prefers texts, your yoga studio uses its own online scheduler. By the time you finally get through to someone, the appointment time you want isn't even available. Start-up MyTime , which officially launched Thursday in Los Angeles only, is eliminating those various channels by consolidating appointments onto one site.
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BUSINESS
April 11, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Leave it to "The Daily Show"host Jon Stewart to express the collective shock over Facebook paying $1 billion for Instagram. “What is Instagram?” Stewart asked. When told it's a mobile app that makes your photos look like they were taken with a Polaroid, he's even more baffled at the blockbuster price tag. “A billion dollars of money? For a thing that kind of ruins your pictures?” he exclaims. “The only Instagram worth a billion dollars would be an app that instantly gets you a gram.” Stewart turns to his senior youth correspondent Jessica Williams to explain yet another technology story that makes absolutely no sense to him. “How in god's name is that worth a billion dollars?
SPORTS
December 28, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have released an official mobile app for both Android and iOS platforms. Partnered with developer Lucid Appeal, the Lakers app provides "news, statistics, schedules, image and video gallery, user profiles, and more," according to a release from the team. "Launching this mobile app is a part of our long term strategy to engage Lakers fans across digital platforms and deliver content to fans in all the ways they want to consume it. We're excited for this launch, but even more so for the long-term road map we have for the mobile app and the dynamic features coming in future versions," said Nick Kioski, director of new media and technology for the Lakers.  To download the free app, navigate to the App Store on an iOS device, or to Google Play on an Android device.
NEWS
December 13, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has a little holiday present for you. The New York City mobile app usually costs $5.99, but you can download it free through Thursday. Save it on your iPhone and iPad for your next trip to the Big Apple, and tell your friends. It's like regifting, without have to re-wrap anything. The deal: Start by going to the iTunes store and downloading the free mobile app labeled "Lonely Planet Travel Guides, Phrasebooks and Maps. " Select the New York City guide and download.
BUSINESS
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...
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
In another move to beef up its mobile offering, Facebook has hired the entire staff of Lightbox, a tiny start-up known for its popular photo sharing app for Android smartphones. The hiring of the seven-person team at Lightbox comes as the social network nears what is expected to be the largest ever Internet initial public offering. Investors have been weighing the value of Facebook and have questioned how well it will be able to generate ad revenue from mobile devices. Facebook made more than $3 billion off of ads seen on its laptop and desktop website in 2011 but has not yet figured out how to monetize its 500 million mobile app users.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Looking for a home or want to sell one but not yet ready to retain a real estate agent? Homesnap , a Washington, D.C., start-up, has developed an Apple mobile app that provides real estate information for users who are on the hunt or curious about selling -- that can be found just by snapping a photo of a house.  Within seconds, the app will display on the iPhone or iPad the address of the house and other real estate information, including...
BUSINESS
March 14, 2012 | By David Sarno
Apple Inc. now says it gets more than 26,000 apps submitted to its iPhone and iPad app store every week -- or about 1.3 million a year. The pace of application submissions has grown substantially since Apple launched its mobile app store in 2008. In mid-2009, Apple told the Federal Communications Commission it was receiving 8,500 submissions every week, and as recently as 2010, that number was up to 15,000 -- still only half of what the company says it is getting now. But Apple also says it now rejects close to 30% of submitted apps for failing to adhere to its developer guidelines.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Shazam, the mobile app that instantly recognizes songs and TV commercials, has announced a $40-million round of funding led by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. The app, which users turn on when they hear a song that they want to identify, said the funding is being headed up by Slim's company, America Movil, one of the world's largest wireless communication firms. Shazam Chief Executive Rich Riley called the investment a milestone. “It's a great continuation of the incredible momentum that we have,” he said.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is working on a new mobile app that could track a user's location even when the phone isn't being used. The app would allow users to find each other using the GPS capabilities of their devices, a Bloomberg Businessweek reported Monday. Unlike Facebook 's current mobile app, which allows users to let others know where they are by "checking in" at a restaurant or a landmark, the new app would continuously track the user once the app is activated.
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