May 22, 2012 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2005 |
Helen White Williams, a longtime personal assistant in the Lyndon B. Johnson household who served as cook, maid, scheduler, travel aide, wardrobe coordinator, family confidante and surrogate mother to the Johnson daughters, has died. She was 81. Williams died Feb. 25 of a heart attack at Washington Hospital Center. Williams and her husband, Eugene, went to work for then-Sen. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson in 1950 after responding to a classified ad in an Austin, Texas, newspaper.
April 29, 2013 |
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.
April 25, 2013 |
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.
June 24, 2001 |
IT'S LIKE A CIA CONVENTION, A 12-STEP PROGRAM and a revival meeting all in one room. Here in an airless, pie-shaped Holiday Inn suite overlooking the 405 Freeway, a capacity crowd has paid up to $59 a person for tonight's Learning Annex seminar: "Becoming a Celebrity Personal Assistant." Let's get this straight: Being a celebrity personal assistant is not a glam job. According to the event's host, the Assn.
August 25, 1989 |
Rep. Barney Frank said today he hired a male prostitute as a personal employee but fired him two years ago when he became suspicious the man was selling sex from Frank's Capitol Hill apartment. "I was victimized," Frank said in a telephone interview. "I knew he had been a prostitute. . . . I was trying to get him to stop. I didn't know he was expanding his business.
May 20, 1990 |
Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh, attempting to shield his closest personal aide, helped conceal the fact that the aide flunked a lie detector test during a highly sensitive Justice Department investigation, the agency's departing No. 2 official charged Saturday. Thornburgh also sought to keep the probe out of the hands of the department's internal watchdog unit, and, failing that, refused to follow the unit's recommendations for further investigation, Deputy Atty. Gen. Donald B.
HOME & GARDEN
May 12, 2005 |
A striking photograph of golden currant (Ribes aureum), a favorite of wildlife and gardeners, greets visitors to the no-frills web page for this region-specific hotline, the area's first to offer free advice on gardening with California's diverse native plants. By telephone or e-mail, a live person based at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont will answer questions -- in detail -- on plant selection, planting and maintenance.
March 5, 1996 |
The anonymous note had been hand-delivered to the production office, though no one knew when or by whom. It read: "Shoot Butch and knock off the swearing or she'll end up in the unemployment line I guarantee." The threat was directed at Sharon Gless, who was then starring in the TV series "Cagney & Lacey." The actress had for years received unwelcome attention from disturbed fans, including a young woman who in 1990 barricaded herself inside Gless' home with a rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition.
April 16, 2005 |
In pursuit of the American dream, or just a regular paycheck, everyone has to start somewhere -- usually at the bottom. In "Chore Whore," a novel about the agony of a personal assistant to Hollywood celebrities, Corki Brown is pretty much where she started 20 years earlier. If you can believe it -- and I can't -- she juggles as many as 20 clients at $60 an hour, and each acts as if she works only for them. Now, after all these years, her employers are using her less. For one boss, money's tight.