February 25, 2013 |
Viddy, a Venice, Calif., start-up that has been described as the Instagram of video, has laid off a dozen employees, or about a third of its staff. The company's board issued a statement Monday saying it had slashed the workforce to cut costs. "As the board continues to review Viddy's business, we've identified specific ways to streamline costs which include eliminating some positions," the board's statement said. "These changes will allow the Viddy team to be focused on bringing the most innovative and engaging social mobile video product to market.
February 20, 2013 |
Las Vegas has been "engaged in a high-stakes restaurant arms race since it welcomed Spago 20 years ago," the New York Times wrote last year of the area's eateries that brought in $8 billion in 2011. Amid all the Godzilla -sized mojitos and celebrity-chef-driven menus on the Strip, healthy fare usually isn't at the top of the list. So I was surpised to find a Healthy Eating mobile app from (drum roll) MGM Resorts International . Of course, "healthy" is a subjective term (more on that later)
February 16, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO — When someone buys Sebastian Holst's Mobile Yogi app in the Google Play store, Holst automatically gets something he says he didn't ask for: that person's name, location and email address. No other app store transmits users' personal information to third parties when they buy digital goods, he said. And he and other mobile app developers say many people are unaware that their personal details are being shared. "Google is not taking reasonable steps to ensure that this data is used correctly," said Holst, whose apps have 120,000 users.
February 8, 2013 |
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.
February 6, 2013 |
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.
February 6, 2013 |
Twitter plans to release an update for its Apple and Android apps Wednesday that will make it easier for users to open links from the apps' Timeline. The update would fix an annoying feature of the app that required users to go through two separate pages to open up a link. Currently, when users tap on a link, the tweet containing that link expands and displays a new page. Users then have to tap the link a second time before they are taken to the link's web page. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 It might seem trivial, but heavy Twitter mobile app users will no doubt appreciate the faster process.
February 4, 2013 |
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.
February 1, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Federal Trade Commission called on the fast-growing mobile device marketplace to do a better job of alerting consumers to what the various market players do with their personal information. It released guidelines for mobile privacy on Friday. The guidelines target major players in the industry such as Apple and Google as well as mobile app developers, advertising networks and others. Among the recommendations: asking platforms such as Apple and Google to let consumers know immediately what apps will do with their personal information and let those consumers give their permission for that data to be collected.
January 27, 2013 |
Looking for a free place to stay or to broaden your community of travel enthusiasts? Name: Couchsurfing.com Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad; Android What it does: This app connects travelers for lodging, meet-ups, conversation and more. Cost: Free What's hot: I always thought staying on someone's couch was only for broke backpackers. Not so. The Couchsurfing network spans all demographics. I value the safety features that let you fine-tune your search results to specify gender, profiles with pictures, and profiles that have been vetted.
January 19, 2013 |
It's only a rock 'n' roll festival, but evidently they don't like it. Despite a series of suggestions to the contrary, the Rolling Stones will not play the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, according to Rolling Stone magazine, which cited a source "close to the band" late Friday night. Speculation about the legendary British group's visit to the desert began in December after the Stones' mobile app showed a listing for a mid-April concert date in Indio, where Coachella takes place at the Empire Polo Club.