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August 18, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
I'm no Type A personality, but I can say that there are few things worse than living with a terrible roommate. One of those is having to find a new roommate, fast. But finding a compatible roommate can be a long, hard quest. To help ease that burden, we scoured the Internet for roommate-finding apps and websites. Here are some of the best we found. Roommates: Finding the perfect roommate is comparable to finding a significant other. That's why the Roommates app by ApartmentList, a rental real estate search engine start-up, took a few pointers from online dating services that sync to the user's Facebook account to build a profile and pre-screen potential dates -- or, in this case, roommates.
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April 27, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If Mom and Dad refuse to give you money for your travels, this website offers hope. Name: http://www.Trevolta.com What it does: Helps travelers crowd fund their global adventures. Cost: Varies depending on whether you have a fixed or flexible funding campaign. There's also a PayPal fee (the method used to collect donations). What's hot: I love that many of the trips are purpose-driven. Your "funding campaign" is placed in a category such as "Charity and Volunteering," "Education and Research," "Music and Arts," "Meaningful" and more.
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March 14, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Some Apple users in England are bloody upset after the company changed the voice of their version of Siri. When the Cupertino tech giant released the iOS 7.1 update for iPhones and iPads earlier this week, it introduced a new female voice option for British users. However, the male voice was changed, to the displeasure of numerous users. VIDEO: Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 a powerful tablet but isn't a laptop substitute Users who want to hear the difference between old British Siri, new male British Siri and female British Siri, can check out them out in this YouTube video . The change to male British Siri led one user to post a eulogy titled " In Loving Memory of British Siri " for the old version on the Apple sub-reddit.
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April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AOL and Yahoo made changes to its email policies this month that will cause messages sent by some of their users to not be delivered. The changes have to do with the companies' DMARC email specification policies, and they are being adopted to prevent spammers from sending messages out of fake email accounts that are made to look like ones served by Yahoo and AOL. Spamming from these types of accounts is known as "spoofing. " VIDEO: Unboxing the Tonino Lamborghini Antares smartphone Yahoo made the change earlier this month and was followed on Tuesday by AOL , which adjusted its policy after many of its users complained spammers were sending messages to their friends and contacts from accounts that looked like their own. In some cases, spoof spam was being sent from email accounts that had been deleted by users long ago. But while the DMARC changes will circumvent spoof spam, it will also cause headaches for users whose email messages will no longer be delivered, said John Levine, an expert in email infrastructure.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Searching for status updates and other types of content on Facebook just got easier, thanks to an update announced Monday. Facebook said it has updated its Graph Search feature so that it will now show status updates, comments, check-ins and photo captions when users type in search queries. The revamped feature will roll out slowly, starting with a small number of users Monday, but it will eventually become available to most users. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 Here are new ways to search using Facebook.
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November 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
If you're having trouble loading up profile and other pages on Facebook on Friday morning, you aren't alone. A glitch appears to have affected several users of the world's most popular social network by leaving them unable to see their profile pages, their friends' or the pages of others whom they follow.  [Update 10:03 a.m., Nov. 8: Facebook said this glitch has now been resolved. "Earlier today, we experienced an issue that prevented some people from loading Timeline or Pages content for a brief period of time," the company said in a statement.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | By Laura Hautala
What does your email address say about your energy consumption? According to energy efficiency software company Opower, it could say a lot . The company's resident number crunchers say that Yahoo! Mail users spend about $110 more a year on energy in their households than Gmail users do. And Opower is quick to point out that the extra kilowatt hours expended by these profligate Yahoo users in a year could power the island of Barbados. Data came from households across the country, and controlled for differences in climate, according to Barry Fischer, a writer and analyst at Opower.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder
Social media giant Facebook says it's boosting antivirus offerings to its users. Facebook is directing people to its new malware "checkpoints" if users suspect their computers have been infected with a virus,  the company announced Tuesday . Through a self-enrollment system, users can access free antivirus programs from McAfee or Microsoft. Facebook this year created an “ antivirus marketplace ” where users could download trials of security software. The company also developed a system to notify users if their machines had become infected.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is opening its Gifts feature to all U.S. users, the social network said Tuesday. Gifts is one of Facebook's big attempts this year at creating additional streams of revenue to complement its advertising sales. The feature capitalizes on the birthday and congratulatory wishes people send one another via Facebook by giving them a quick and simple way to purchase someone a present and have it sent to them. Users can also use the Gifts feature to send an another gift cards or donate to charities and nonprofit groups.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Good news from everyone's favorite cryptocurrency. If you happen to be among the digital vanguard holding Bitcoins, then you're in line for some exclusive deals on Black Friday.  A group of online activists, Bitcoin boosters and retailers have launched a website called Bitcoin Black Friday. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' The site says: "On November 29, Bitcoin takes holiday shopping by storm, with the best deals for Bitcoin users, and easy ways to buy all your presents and give to charity with the new, world-changing digital cash!"
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com is rumored to be working on a smartphone that will go on sale later this year, and a report said Tuesday that users will be able to control the gadget by simply tilting it around in different directions. The rumored device is expected to include four low-power infrared cameras on its front side. Those cameras will allow the gadget to display 3-D effects on the phone's screen, as previously reported . But on Tuesday, tech news site BGR said that those cameras will also help the phone recognize the way users tilt it. By recognizing different tilts, the device will be controlled by users moving it around in different directions.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AOL Mail has changed its policies to prevent spammers from sending messages out of addresses that are made to look like real AOL email accounts. The company announced the change Tuesday afternoon after numerous users took to Twitter to complain that their accounts were being used to send spam and that changing their passwords was not resolving the issue. Some users complained that spam was being sent from AOL accounts that had been deleted. That was possible because the spam messages were not being sent from users' actual accounts.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
You've got (spam) mail. Several AOL users are complaining on Twitter that their email accounts have been hacked and are being used to send out spam to others. Multiple users have said that their accounts have been affected despite not being used in a long time. Among them is Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons. "I've gotten a couple of emails from friends telling me that my AOL account had been hacked and that they were getting spammed by it. The thing is, that account has been closed for at least two years," Parsons said in an email.
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April 20, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Get more quality time out of your vacations, let alone weekends at home, with this app. Name: AwayFind Available for: Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (requires iOS 6.1 or later) What it does: It alleviates the need to check your email continually by letting you filter which topics and people you need to hear from when you're away. Assign the priority email addresses or keywords and AwayFind will send you an SMS text to your smartphone when they arrive.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
An uncomfortable design, a steep price and a lack of features make Samsung's Gear Fit a device users should avoid. Along with two new smartwatches, the Gear Fit is one of three wearable gadgets Samsung began selling this month. The device is designed for owners to keep track of their health and fitness while also being able to check for any notifications they receive on their Samsung smartphones. At $199, the Gear Fit is one of the priciest fitness wearable devices. For the price, the Gear Fit, unlike its rivals, comes with a heart rate sensor -- the key feature to the device.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has applied for a patent that details a way to fit a camera into a contact lens. The patent has to do with the tech giant's smart contact lens project, which was first announced earlier this year . By fitting a camera into a contact lens, users could process all kinds of data that could then be relayed to a connected smartphone. The patent, which was reported by Patent Bolt , outlines a way that Google could fit a camera into a contact lens without drastically increasing its thickness.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A slight redesign to Twitter's website is causing confusion among some users, who believe the social network might be blocking them from tweeting. For some users, Twitter has removed its tweet compose box that is normally at the top left corner of its website and has replaced it with another box that says "Get Started. " The new box is prompting users to find more friends from their address books on various email services, such as Gmail and Yahoo. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on It's unclear if Twitter is testing a new design or if this is simply a glitch.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google said Thursday its social network, Google+, now has 135 million active users, up from 100 million in September. In total, Google+, which launched in the summer of 2011, has topped more than 500 million total members, and 235 million of them are active in some form -- meaning, they have hit Google's +1 button on one of the company's sites, such as Google Search or the Google Play store. "Today Google+ is the fastest-growing network thingy ever," said Google's Vic Gundotra, senior vice president, on a blog posted Thursday morning.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Sony is issuing a warning to users of its Vaio Fit 11A, telling them to stop using the laptops because the batteries could overheat and catch fire. According to the Wall Street Journal, the batteries made by Panasonic are found in nearly 26,000 Vaio computers. Sony has received three reports of batteries overheating, which caused partial burns to Vaio computers. VIDEO: Unboxing the Amazon Fire TV "The first incident was in Japan on March 19, followed by similar incidents on March 30 in Hong Kong and April 8 in China," the Journal reported , noting that Sony stopped selling the laptop at the beginning of this month.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
Earlier this week, Tumblr sent out a note encouraging users to change the passwords for all of their online accounts immediately due to the discovery of a major bug known as "Heartbleed. " As Times tech reporter Salvador Rodriguez reported , the Heartbleed bug makes it possible for "hackers to retrieve code from websites and other online services that would give them access to other information, including user data and passwords. " Heartbleed affects services that use the widely popular OpenSSL security library, which is used to secure websites using HTTPS encryption.
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