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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
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TRAVEL
April 6, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Here's the latest trip-planning website that can help you craft your own guidebook. Name: http://www.BonVoyaging.com What it does: It's a Web bookmarking tool that lets you collect and store your travel itineraries, complete with maps and the ability to download and share. Cost: Free What's hot: This website has two things that will keep me coming back: its beautiful, design-friendly layout, and the ability to print out a PDF of my itinerary. I love being able to access my travel plans from my smartphone or tablet, as well as sharing with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but I'm still a paper girl at heart.
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BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is now letting users create their own Street View-like virtual tours with a new feature that has been added to the company's Views website. Now, when users post 360-degree panaromas -- otherwise known as photo spheres -- onto the Views photo-sharing website , they'll be able to stitch them together to create their "own Street View experiences. " Google has been letting users share their photo spheres publicly since late last year, and it launched the Views website this summer.
HEALTH
March 21, 2014 | By Lily Dayton
If organization is a vehicle that helps us achieve our goals, then time management is the oil that keeps the vehicle running. "Time management has a huge role in organization. Anything you want to do in life you have to make time for," says Julie Morgenstern, organizational guru and author of "Time Management From the Inside Out. " She approaches time management the same way she approaches cleaning out a closet. Like sorting objects into bins, she sorts tasks into the appropriate time slot.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is bringing awareness to global deforestation with a new website that lets users see how the world's forests have been being cut down since 2000. The Silicon Valley tech giant has partnered with the World Resources Institute and numerous other organizations to launch Global Forest Watch , a visual map website that lets anyone track deforestation around the world Global Forest Watch shows data for deforestation going back to 2000, and it includes numerous analytical features.
OPINION
January 10, 2013
Re "Addressing an epidemic of Rx deaths," Editorial, Jan. 7 The Times' news articles and editorial on California's prescription drug monitoring program (CURES) demonstrates the importance of this public health tool. As an emergency physician, I frequently use CURES when evaluating patients. It saves lives, decreases addiction, eliminates unnecessary prescription costs and decreases society's costs resulting from overdoses. Unfortunately, the funding for CURES expired Dec. 31. A reliable funding mechanism is needed immediately.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2012 | By Shan Li
Daily Deals site Groupon is trying to take the pain out of booking appointments with the launch of Scheduler, an online scheduling tool for small businesses. With Scheduler, which officially launched Monday in beta form, bargain hunters can buy coupons -- say for a manicure, cooking class or haircut -- and then book an appointment for that service through their Groupon account. The tool is free for all small appointment-based merchants in the U.S. and Canada. “Effectively managing appointments and staffing schedules is critical for small businesses, but it takes a tremendous amount of time and energy,” said David Katz, general manager of Scheduler for Groupon.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo said the 140-character social media platform is working on a way to let you see all of your old tweets. Currently, Twitter only lets you go back and see a certain number of your older tweets, but Costolo said that will change. “We're working on a tool to let users export all of their tweets,” Costolo told The New York Times . “You'll be able to download a file of them.” That's good news for any users who want to go back to look at their old content, but of course, Twitter isn't the first social network to let you do this.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has announced a tool called Graph Search that will let users search their networks for information that has been shared with them. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the new feature Tuesday morning at Facebook's headquarterers, saying that Graph Search is designed to show the answers and not links to answers.  In a demonstration of the feature, Zuckerberg showed that users can simply type in the top blue bar of the Facebook website...
BUSINESS
July 18, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
On Wednesday, YouTube launched a new tool that allows users to blur all the faces in a video before uploading it to the site. Admittedly, we see comedy potential here--"the faces of these kittens have been blurred to protect the innocent"--but the service is not designed for fun and hijinks.  Instead, it comes after years of lobbying from activist groups that want to use YouTube to display human rights footage, but also want to protect the...
BUSINESS
March 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Celebrate #ThrowbackThursday this week by looking up your first tweet, thanks to a new tool by Twitter. The San Francisco microblogging social network this week turns 8 years old, and to celebrate, it launched first-tweets.com , a website that makes it easy for users to quickly find their very first tweet.  "Using this Tweet tool, you can look back to find your very first Tweet -- or for that matter, anyone else's," Twitter said in a...
NATIONAL
March 17, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Uneasiness filled the room at an otherwise routine congressional budget hearing last week as Rep. Jackie Speier took the microphone and lit into the nation's top military commanders about a crude chain of emails. Speier, more than most in Congress, does not get intimidated when talking bluntly to Pentagon brass. She has faced tough times before: She was left for dead on the tarmac of an airfield in Guyana during a fact-finding mission 36 years ago, when followers of cult leader Jim Jones killed the congressman she was working for and hit her with five bullets.
HEALTH
February 28, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Erica Eihl speaks in a voice that her kindergartners can hear only if they are as quiet as the church mice in children's storybooks. And with a couple of squirrelly exceptions, they stay that quiet for 15 or 20 minutes - a near eternity - as Eihl guides them to use all their senses to consider a piece of apple, with directions such as, "Looking at the apple, look on the outside. Look on the inside.… Remember, keep it in your palm and just look at it. " When she asks for their input, she gets raised hands and comments such as: "It smells juicy and apple-y" and "I see little tiny white spots.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is bringing awareness to global deforestation with a new website that lets users see how the world's forests have been being cut down since 2000. The Silicon Valley tech giant has partnered with the World Resources Institute and numerous other organizations to launch Global Forest Watch , a visual map website that lets anyone track deforestation around the world Global Forest Watch shows data for deforestation going back to 2000, and it includes numerous analytical features.
OPINION
February 15, 2014
Re "History lessons, with popcorn," Opinion, Feb. 12 Zach P. Messitte is spot-on regarding the influence that films with historical backgrounds have on today's college students. Since 1991 I've been teaching at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. I've witnessed many changes there, both in technology and student attitudes, particularly when a historical incident is adapted into a film. In my generation I saw how films like "Apocalypse Now" and "The Deer Hunter" affected American audiences regarding Vietnam.
HEALTH
February 14, 2014 | Roy Wallack, Gear
If the five-toed shoe and the kettle bell were among the biggest innovations in workout gear in recent years, how do you make them better? That's the question that inventors face every day as they try to improve the seemingly unimprovable. Below, find four valiant - and fairly successful - new takes on old fitness standbys. Split-toe running shoe TOPO ATHLETIC Run Trainer: Ultralight low-rise running shoe with a split-toe "Tabi" design that separates the big toe from the rest of the foot, theoretically allowing it to move independently and work as a key stabilizer, amplifying the foot's natural biomechanics.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter is finally using a country-specific censorship tool that caused online protests when it was first announced in January. The social network's general counsel announced the move Wednesday night on Twitter, saying the San Francisco company was "withholding" content of a German neo-Nazi group. The account and tweets from the group, Besseres Hannover , can no longer be seen in Germany although it is still visible throughout the rest of the world. Twitter censored the neo-Nazi group's account after receiving a letter from officials of the German state of Lower-Saxony, which the social network posted online . "The Ministry of the Interior of the State of Lower-Saxony in Germany has banned the organisation 'Besseres Hannover,'" the letter reads.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Finding the coveted gold iPhone 5s just got a little easier. Since the shiny Apple gadget went on sale last month, the golden iPhone 5s has been in short supply, due to its popularity and supply constraints. Many stores sold out of the phone as soon as it was released and there is a long wait if the device was ordered online. But software developer Mordy Tikotzky has built a simple-to-use website that quickly tells shoppers how many gold iPhone 5s devices are available at Apple Stores near them.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - President Obama's sixth speech on the state of the union will spotlight many issues, but more than anything may illuminate the vast gap between his policy ambitions and the tools he has to achieve them. The president made the ambition clear last month, when he referred to a “dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” in the United States  as the “the defining challenge of our time.” His overriding goal, he has said in speeches and interviews, is to reverse the trend in which incomes for most Americans have stagnated since the late 1970s while the share going to the wealthiest has soared.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The hundreds of cameras installed inside Los Angeles County jails in response to an inmate abuse scandal have been powerful tools in vetting allegations against jailers, according to a watchdog report released Thursday. For years, critics of the Sheriff's Department's jails pushed the agency to install cameras in the lockups since independent witnesses are rarely present when deputies use force. In 2011, after an onslaught of inmate abuse allegations, the department began installing hundreds of cameras.
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