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October 14, 2007 | Meghan Daum, Meghan Daum is an opinion columnist for The Times. Contact her at magazine@latimes.com.
Anyone can hire a personal assistant, but how do we decide whether we're busy or important enough to deserve one? Is it a matter of having disposable cash to pay someone $15 to $50 an hour to run to the dry cleaner or answer the phone and tell our mother we're in a meeting? Or must we hit bottom? Must we lose our library privileges because we didn't return our books? Must we forget our partner or spouse's birthday/anniversary/major surgery date once too often?
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BUSINESS
June 30, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
It's Thursday afternoon and I know I have a morning meeting at nine, a work event at 6, and drinks with friends sometime after that. When it comes time for me to leave I will look for the address, directions and hope to get there in time.   Let's be honest, keeping track of everything is difficult. And, with most of our phones being “smart”, its only a matter of time that the virtual personal assistant apps take rise. Apple's Siri helps you get things done just by asking.
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April 3, 1995 | DAVID EHRENSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
We may never know what the jurors in the O.J. Simpson trial think of prosecution witness Brian (Kato) Kaelin. But as far as Hollywood is concerned, the verdict is already in: He's hot . . . this minute. The 36-year-old, Z-movie bit-player (who can forget him in "Hail Caesar"?) and celebrity "house guest" has become a household word. In fact, personal assistants--the gofers who cater to the stars' every need and whim--are now, thanks to Kaelin, known as "Katos."
BUSINESS
April 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Now, a mobile feature designed by the Silicon Valley tech giant to give users information they might want before they search for it, is finally available for the Apple iPhone and iPad. The feature arrived Monday morning as part of the latest update for the iPhone and iPad Google app after debuting last summer exclusively for Android devices. Google Now is a big part of the search company's efforts to remain users' go-to service when seeking information on their phone or tablet.
NEWS
April 4, 1995 | DAVID EHRENSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
We may never know what the jurors in the O.J. Simpson trial think of prosecution witness Brian (Kato) Kaelin. But as far as Hollywood is concerned, the verdict is already in: He's hot . . . this minute. The 36-year-old, Z-movie bit-player (who can forget him in "Hail Caesar"?) and celebrity "house guest" has become a household word. In fact, personal assistants--the "gofers" who cater to the stars' every need and whim--are now, thanks to Kaelin, known as "Katos."
NEWS
May 9, 2001 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She will buy your kids' birthday presents. Field your business calls. Micro-manage your divorce. If you're famous, she'll shelter you from screaming fans. If you have a whim of iron, she'll charter a plane to pick up your puppy--or pay somebody $100 to give you their parking space. Kerri Campos has done all this, and much, much more, as a member of a curious but increasingly growing niche industry known as the personal assistant.
NEWS
June 30, 1995 | SCOTT SHIBUYA BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a veteran provider of the city's most quintessential service, Ron Holder is used to getting the best perks. He has flown the Concorde, trod the red carpet at film premieres and been up close and personal at the Oscars (third row center, right behind Tom Hanks). He has lazed on movie sets, toured first class throughout Australia and New Zealand, and sat around a piano belting out show tunes with Liza Minnelli.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 1989
. . . Downy fabric softener's coupon tie-in ads for the 50th anniversary video issue of "The Wizard of Oz," is downright musical: "$5.00 off to see the wizard." . . . Tough tour of duty: credits for "Casualties of War" list two personal assistants to soldier Michael J. Fox--plus, his personal make-up person and personal hair stylist.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2007 | Julie M. Makinen, Times Staff Writer
The friend's birthday gift, unmailed for weeks. The dental appointment, put off one month, then two. The Jiffy Lube sticker on my windshield, telling me my engine was 2,000 miles overdue for an oil change. It was a hot summer night, and I was driving home after another 11-hour day at the office, wearily contemplating my growing to-do list. How had I managed to let yet another week slip by without scheduling a haircut? That call would have taken two minutes.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LinkedIn, the business-centric online social network, is rolling out an iPhone app and website feature that combines users' address books, calendars and email accounts in one location. Like a virtual personal assistant, the new app, dubbed LinkedIn Contacts, culls contact information from the user's various email, calendar and address book services and puts them in one place. It also automatically updates the contact information each time there is a change, whether it be in the user's Google or Outlook account.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Some people talk to their cars. In the near future, their cars will talk right back to them. On Tuesday, Nuance Communications Inc., a company that specializes in voice and language solutions, announced a new product called Dragon Drive that will turn your car into a Siri-like computer personal assistant. "Millions of cars around the world already use Nuance voice recognition for voice dialing and controlling the climate system, but all those activities are relegated to controlling technology in the car," Mike Thompson , senior vice president and general manager of Nuance's Mobile division, said in an interview with The Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2010 | By Scott Martelle
There are a lot of reasons why Laura Skandera Trombley spent 16 years working on a book about a woman whom generations of Mark Twain biographers dismissed as inconsequential to his life. But the biggest catalyst was the 450-page elephant in the room -- a manuscript Twain wrote in his final years savaging the reputation of his former personal assistant, Isabel Van Kleek Lyon. That manuscript, never published but well known to Twain scholars, had little in common with "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and the other books that made Twain one of the nation's first celebrities.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2007
MAY 20 / If you object to high legal fees Prepaid legal plans can help you avoid getting overwhelmed by lawyer bills. Individuals can buy into prepaid plans on their own, but most people sign up through the workplace. Here are some tips: * Consider your needs: People usually tap into the plans for help with such things as buying or selling a house, estate planning, adoption, name changes, divorces, credit problems, identity theft, immigration difficulties and tax audits.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. military court at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has the right to try Osama bin Laden's former driver and bodyguard on charges of conspiracy and material support to terrorism, a Navy judge has decided. Capt. Keith J.
MAGAZINE
October 14, 2007 | Meghan Daum, Meghan Daum is an opinion columnist for The Times. Contact her at magazine@latimes.com.
Anyone can hire a personal assistant, but how do we decide whether we're busy or important enough to deserve one? Is it a matter of having disposable cash to pay someone $15 to $50 an hour to run to the dry cleaner or answer the phone and tell our mother we're in a meeting? Or must we hit bottom? Must we lose our library privileges because we didn't return our books? Must we forget our partner or spouse's birthday/anniversary/major surgery date once too often?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2003 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
They gathered on Sunday night, the keepers of Hollywood's secrets, those special souls who possess superhuman patience and Rolodexes that could run the world, for a rare self-congratulatory moment. For once, the personal assistants to stars were the award winners. They donned their sequins and carried acceptance speeches, and someone else carried the purses and gift bags.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2007
MAY 20 / If you object to high legal fees Prepaid legal plans can help you avoid getting overwhelmed by lawyer bills. Individuals can buy into prepaid plans on their own, but most people sign up through the workplace. Here are some tips: * Consider your needs: People usually tap into the plans for help with such things as buying or selling a house, estate planning, adoption, name changes, divorces, credit problems, identity theft, immigration difficulties and tax audits.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2007 | Julie M. Makinen, Times Staff Writer
The friend's birthday gift, unmailed for weeks. The dental appointment, put off one month, then two. The Jiffy Lube sticker on my windshield, telling me my engine was 2,000 miles overdue for an oil change. It was a hot summer night, and I was driving home after another 11-hour day at the office, wearily contemplating my growing to-do list. How had I managed to let yet another week slip by without scheduling a haircut? That call would have taken two minutes.
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