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July 31, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
Smartphone users will be the first to know who Mitt Romney has chosen as his vice presidential pick, the Romney campaign said Tuesday as it unveiled a new smartphone app. Mitt's VP app, available for Apple and Android devices , promises “an exclusive notice of his VP selection before anyone else,” according to an email to supporters from campaign adviser Beth Myers. It will unveil “America's comeback team,” the Romney campaign's name for the GOP ticket. On the site for the app is this pitch: “It's a question everyone's asking: who will be Mitt Romney's VP?
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March 23, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Whoever said you can't save both time and money hasn't tried this parking app. Name: ParkMe Parking Available for: Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch What it does: Provides a "heat map" of real-time parking spaces in lots and garages that are available in 1,800 cities around the world. Sometimes you can pay in advance to reserve a spot. Cost: Free What's hot: Great for business and leisure travelers alike. The app and Web version ( www.ParkMe.com )
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BUSINESS
April 11, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Can a smartphone app influence your dreams? That's what the makers of Dream:ON, a new app and mass-participation experiment available for iPhone users hope to find out. Dream:ON was designed by Richard Wiseman, a professor at the University of Hertfordshire in Britain, who said it may be possible to influence dreams by monitoring people's sleep patterns to discern when they go into REM sleep (when dreaming happens), and then play soundscapes designed to create a desired dream.  To use the Dream:ON app , you would select from one of several prerecorded soundcapes such as a peaceful garden (the gentle twittering of birds)
BUSINESS
December 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Attention procrastinators and the mall-averse, we have good news: You can still find deals for those last-minute gifts, all from the comfort of your smartphone. Here are five handy mobile apps to help you avoid being called a scrooge. 1. Ebay Ebay has been around for years, but it can easily be overlooked. The website rose to prominence as an online auctioning service, but these days, it has become one of the best all-around shopping apps. Whenever users are shopping for a product, they should make sure to search for it first using the Ebay app. There's always a chance the item may be available on Ebay for less than it is at traditional retailers.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to create computer software, and you feed him for a lifetime. That is how the saying goes, right? A homeless New York City man named Leo Grand released a smartphone app called Trees for Cars on Tuesday, after learning how to code software over the last three months. Grand's story has been documented since August when he was approached by Patrick McConlogue, a professional programmer who offered him two options: $100 or a cheap laptop , programming books and daily computer coding lessons.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
OPINION
April 12, 2012
Facebook's decision to pay $1 billion in stock and cash to buy Instagram, a company with one product and no revenue, inspired many people to consider a new career writing smartphone applications. Others wondered whether the purchase was just the latest sign of a new dot-com bubble, with the mania this time inspired by social technology and mobile apps. The truth is that the deal is more a reflection of the evolving economics of the Internet than a sign that valuations have lost all connection to reality.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Palo Alto Imagine if you could instantly see photos, videos and comments of friends ? and strangers ? at restaurants, ballparks, concerts or at more intimate gatherings such as birthday parties and weddings. Color, a Silicon Valley start-up, is about to release a smartphone application that does just that. And, if widely embraced, the free app for iPhones and Android devices could stretch social norms by bringing people together who are in the same physical place, not just hanging out together online.
OPINION
December 4, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
If Hollywood remade "The Graduate" and set it in 1980, the one word the businessman would have for Dustin Hoffman's character wouldn't be "plastics. " It'd be "medallions. " That's because the single greatest investment you could have made over the last 30 years isn't in gold or silver or even Apple stock. It's in New York City taxicab medallions. Since 1980, New York's taxi medallions - essentially the license to drive a cab in the Big Apple - have appreciated more than 1,000%.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
There's a new device you might not want to blow off. Breathometer began taking pre-orders Wednesday for its keychain-sized breathalyzer device that plugs into a smartphone and tests a user's blood-alcohol concentration level. The Breathometer, which works in conjunction with a smartphone app, is taking reservations on Indiegogo . The Burlingame, Calif., company plans to begin shipping the device this summer if it can raise $25,000. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Breathometer says it hopes the device and app will help users drink responsibly.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to create computer software, and you feed him for a lifetime. That is how the saying goes, right? A homeless New York City man named Leo Grand released a smartphone app called Trees for Cars on Tuesday, after learning how to code software over the last three months. Grand's story has been documented since August when he was approached by Patrick McConlogue, a professional programmer who offered him two options: $100 or a cheap laptop , programming books and daily computer coding lessons.
TRAVEL
June 30, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful article on Half Dome by Christopher Reynolds ["A Full View of Half Dome," June 16]. We were reminded, word by word, of our 83 years' experience in "our" valley. My wife, Virginia, first visited with her parents as a newborn, her mom and dad having spent their honeymoon in July 21, 1922, at Camp Curry. My introduction was made by Virginia the week after my discharge from the Army in 1955. Our four children have spent many summers in Yosemite Valley.
TRAVEL
June 23, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Stop hiding from your friends. With this website, meet-ups just got easier, whether you're traveling the globe for business or pleasure. Name: MochaMeet.com What it does: Simplifies the planning process for group meet-ups around the world. What's hot: Enter a city and dates for your next trip. Then MochaMeet pulls data from your Facebook friends to let you know who will be near your destination. You can also add people by email if they're not on Facebook. Click on the friends you want to invite, pick a date or dates if you want to offer a choice, and do the same for location.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
It's past midnight on Saturday and the Enabler is riding shotgun in a cherry red Honda Fit with a woman named Ruth Grayson. We're trolling the streets of Hollywood, looking for people to pick up. No, the Enabler is not desperate for a date, she is checking out a new car service called Lyft that set up shop in L.A. in January. Lyft is part of a growing number of smartphone-app-based car services, including Uber and SideCar, that aim to fill the safe-ride gap left by traditional cabs, which can be pricey, impersonal and, quite often in Los Angeles, late.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
BlackBerry announced its third new device of 2013, a low-cost smartphone with a physical keyboard. The new smartphone, Q5, appears to be a basic version of the BlackBerry Q10, another smartphone by the Canadian company that is set to go on sale in the U.S. this summer. The Q5 is aimed at emerging markets and will begin selling in July. The phone will be available in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. No word on when or if it will come to the U.S. and how it would be priced.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2013 | By David Lazarus
I want to feel good for Nick D'Aloisio, I really do. It's not every day that a 17-year-old kid becomes a millionaire after spending off-hours while attending school writing code for a smartphone app. My petty jealousy aside, though, D'Aloisio's story got me thinking: Are there any other industries -- other than entertainment -- that would create opportunities like this? I can't think of any. First of all, there just aren't a lot of businesses that allow teenagers to participate, even on the periphery.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Honda's luxo-nameplate Acura will use the 2012 L.A. Auto Show to bring back some much-needed chutzpah to the brand. The company plans to unveil an all-new flagship sedan, which it will call the RLX. Unlike fellow Japanese luxury brands like Infiniti and Lexus, Acura's king kahuna will be front-wheel drive and powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 310 horsepower. Other goodies on this 2014 model include four-wheel steering, a collision-avoidance system, lane-keeping assist, LED headlamps and a smartphone app enabling remote locking and unlocking and alarm notification.
TRAVEL
June 23, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Stop hiding from your friends. With this website, meet-ups just got easier, whether you're traveling the globe for business or pleasure. Name: MochaMeet.com What it does: Simplifies the planning process for group meet-ups around the world. What's hot: Enter a city and dates for your next trip. Then MochaMeet pulls data from your Facebook friends to let you know who will be near your destination. You can also add people by email if they're not on Facebook. Click on the friends you want to invite, pick a date or dates if you want to offer a choice, and do the same for location.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Since the beginning of time, or at least until Sony rolled out the Walkman, listening to music has been a stationary experience -- you went to the source of the sound, whether it was a bunch of tribesmen beating their drums or the stereo system in the living room. But the Walkman and then Apple's iPod dramatically changed the way we listen to music. And now music apps are transforming the experience even more by turning smartphones into portable jukeboxes and radios. Because there are so many music listening apps coming out these days it's hard to keep track of them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
SAN YSIDRO - Two eternal truths about crossing the Mexican border: It's worth the drive to Rosarito Beach for Tacos El Yaqui. And coming back is hell. In the last several years, crossing the border from the Mexican side has become a test of nerves. Two-, three-, even four-hour waits are typical. As you burn gas, jockey for position in the lanes and swerve to avoid the vendors and begging children who weave on foot between cars, you are consumed by feelings of helplessness and rage that cannot be assuaged by all the striped blankets, Sponge Bob piñatas and plaster Last Suppers in the world.
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