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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.
June 24, 2012 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
The growing crop of digital wallet offerings is making it easy to pay for a variety of everyday things with just a few phone taps. Smartphone apps usually email you an electronic receipt, so no more crumpled wads at the bottom of your purse or pocket. But watch out, once you start paying with your phone, it may be hard to go back to pen, paper and plastic. Stores and restaurants Retail stores, coffeehouses and restaurants are increasingly getting wired to accept mobile phone payments.
February 16, 2012 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
A new furor has erupted over digital privacy concerns following disclosures that Twitter Inc. and other social networking companies are reaching into people's smartphones and retrieving their personal contact information without getting explicit permission. Twitter acknowledged this week that anyone who used its "Find Friends" feature on iPhones and Android phones was also sending every phone number and email address in his or her address book to the company, something that was not made clear to users.
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.
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.
August 28, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
A variety of smartphone applications are being launched to help smooth out driving an electric vehicle. Some, such as the Chargepoint app, point out nearby charging stations on a map. Coulomb Technologies Inc. created the app to help users find the chargers it is installing across the country. The app notes whether stations are available, in use or out of service, all in real-time. It can also distinguish between free and paid chargers and be used to make reservations. ECOtality, an electric-vehicle infrastructure developer also in the midst of a nationwide build-up, launched a similar app linking to and named after its growing network of Blink charging stations.
May 9, 2011 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When it comes to mealtime, I usually don't pay much attention to calories. I eat until I'm full, and then I stop. Briefly. But I can report that a recent breakfast — a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats, frozen blueberries and skim milk along with a few steak fries left over from the night before — added up to 343 calories, more or less. I can also report that if I wanted to lose a pound in the coming week, I should try to limit myself to about 2,100 calories for the entire day. And if I managed to get away from the computer long enough to exercise, I'd have extra room for a cup-sized serving of Haagen-Dazs pistachio ice cream (580 calories)
August 31, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
Labor Day is almost here, and you know what that means: the end of summer and a whole lot more traffic. But don't despair. Your smartphone can help ease you through this time of traffic transition. With the right app, you can turn your iPhone or Android phone into a potent weapon to fight the onslaught of back-to-work highway congestion. If, like me, you have no sense of direction and have lost your Garmin, I highly recommend Waze - a free app that helps users avoid traffic and gives verbal directions like the Garmin car navigation device.
November 24, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Most people approach the annual rite of sending holiday cards with all the enthusiasm of filing income tax returns. It's just one more chore on a long to-do list this time of year. But this holiday season Silicon Valley is taking the wraps off an early Christmas gift that could make sending cards cool again: new smartphone apps that make it faster and easier to create and mail cards to far-flung family and friends. The card-sending apps from Apple Inc. and other companies work on iPhones, iPads and Android devices in a few minutes for a few bucks: Just download the app, choose a design and a photo, add a sentiment and click "send" to someone in your address book.
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.
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