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May 10, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Mother's Day is only a couple of days away but -- wouldn't you know it? -- you have no gift, no card and no time! If you're just now scrambling to put something together and trying to make it work, remember, Mom deserves better than that. After all, we love our moms -- and yours too. To improve the gift-giving experience, we have a few “tech-centric” sentimental ideas to help save your Mother's Day. Put your smartphone to work and use it to make Mom feel extra special this Mother's Day. Cards : The first thing every mom needs is a card.
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BUSINESS
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.
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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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March 26, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Meet Nick D'Aloisio, the 17-year-old British entrepreneur who just sold his popular news-reading app to Yahoo Inc. for close to $30 million, instantly becoming one of the world's youngest self-made millionaires. It's the classic Silicon Valley success story of a young software prodigy striking it ridiculously and improbably big. But this time the spotlight is shining on the other side of the pond. D'Aloisio, who taught himself to write software at age 12, built the free iPhone app Summly - which automatically summarizes news stories for small screens - in his London bedroom in 2011.
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 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter turned 7 Thursday, and to celebrate the occasion, the social network posted a quick video timeline recapping its history from an idea on a notebook to the major tech player it is today. The video starts by showing the sketch for a site called my.stat.us that's drawn out with a big text field laid in the center so users can post their status. That, of course, is the foundation for the Twitter we have now. From there, we see the first tweet ever sent, written by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
You can do a lot with smartphones these days, but unless you're downloading the best apps for your device, you aren't really using it to its full potential. So if you aren't sure what to download, just make sure you have these 10 apps on your iPhone or Android device. Google Maps This app comes preinstalled on Android devices and should be the first app downloaded on iPhones. Besides top-notch design, the app is the best free voice navigation app for driving directions.
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March 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
PALO ALTO - Gentry Underwood's tiny start-up rolled out a mobile app last month that promised to tame the unruly email inbox, the bane of the digital age. Not surprisingly, the iPhone app became an overnight sensation as more than 1.3 million signed up just to be on the wait list. Dropbox apparently couldn't wait, and on Friday the online storage company bought Orchestra, the company that makes Mailbox. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We want to give Mailbox to everyone who wants it, and there are a lot of people who want it. We could raise more money and hire a bigger team but joining Dropbox gives us the opportunity to scale more quickly," said Underwood, chief executive and co-founder of the Palo Alto company.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
On a recent Tuesday night, I met with my blind date for drinks after a weeklong text courtship. Only this time I wasn't set up by my friend or neighbor. My smartphone played the role of matchmaker thanks to Tinder , a new free dating app that, in a twist on the "hot or not" game, matches users with potential partners in their area without the risk of rejection. The Tinder app, created by Los Angeles entrepreneurs Sean Rad, Justin Mateen, Jonathan Badeen and Christopher Gulczunski, was first introduced across college campuses and quickly downloaded by millions of millennials.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook revealed its redesigned News Feed and said the new feature will begin rolling out to users Thursday. The redesign emphasizes visual content and will be more in tune with the news feed of the Facebook mobile app. Facebook also said users can use a new switch  at the top right of the screen to toggle among different types of feeds to see different types of content. Among the feeds users will be able to switch among include close friends, games, all friends feed, most recent feed, music feed and following feed.
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