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  • BRPD encourages residents to use app to report suspicious activity

    May 4, 2017 1:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Police Department is encouraging residents to use the "See Something Send Something" app to report information about criminal activity. The app can be accessed on mobile devices and can connect residents to criminal intelligence centers nationwide. The app can be used to submit... more »
  • Uber suspends self-driving car program in 2 states after crash

    March 27, 2017 12:49 PM

    NEW YORK - Uber says its self-driving cars remains suspended in Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, following a crash over the weekend. There were no serious injuries reported in the incident in Tempe, Arizona on Friday night. Police said the self-driving Uber SUV was obeying the law while the human driver... more »
  • Waitr CEO apologizes for Valentine's Day delivery fail

    February 15, 2017 9:08 PM

    The CEO of popular food delivery app Waitr is apologizing to customers after a busier-than-expected Valentine's Day rush. CEO Chris Meaux issued the apology Wednesday, saying they did not expect as big of a rush for Valentine's Day 2017 and staffed based on last year's orders. "While no... more »
  • Looking for crawfish? There is an app for that Play Video

    February 10, 2017 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Just ahead of crawfish season, one family launched an app that compares prices and finds sellers for mudbugs in the area. Ryan King and his wife decided to create an app after looking for crawfish. "We called around probably about an hour and a half... more »
  • Lyft service launches in Baton Rouge

    January 25, 2017 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The popular ride-sharing company Lyft will launch in Baton Rouge Thursday at noon. Baton Rouge is one of 40 cities across the country where the service will launch this week. Local passengers will be able to download the app and request an affordable ride to their... more »
  • sLocal app allows users discounts while giving back to schools Play Video

    November 25, 2016 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE – sLocal, an app dedicated to giving money back to education, launched in Baton Rouge just three weeks ago and the team hopes it will benefit several schools locally, statewide and even nationally. The sLocal app, with more than two years of development, allows businesses to sign... more »
  • Uber takes its app down new road with redesign

    November 2, 2016 12:22 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Uber is taking its ride-hailing app down a new road in an effort to make it smarter, simpler and more fun to use. The redesigned app also will seek to mine personal information stored on smartphones in a change that could raise privacy concerns, even though it... more »
  • Opinions on smartphone app driver's license remain divided Play Video

    August 1, 2016 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new law state law has paved the way for Louisiana residents to use a smartphone app in place of their physical driver's license. At this point, the state is still developing the official driver's license app. Louisiana will become the first state in the country... more »
  • Sheriff warns: Stop trespassing to find Pokemon on new app

    July 11, 2016 3:52 PM

    GOOCHLAND, Va. - Searching for Pokemon on a popular new smartphone game is not a valid excuse for trespassing. That's the warning from a central Virginia sheriff's office. In a post on its official Facebook page, the Goochland Sheriff's Office links a rise in reports of trespassing and suspicious... more »
  • Snapchat introduces new way to save old snaps

    July 6, 2016 4:08 PM

    NEW YORK - Snapchat's commitment to the ephemeral message was ... ephemeral. The popular visual messaging service is giving users a new way to save old "snaps" they shared with friends. The tool, called Memories, lets you save photos or videos or photo montages called "stories." You can later scroll... more »
  • Tinder to block minors from using app

    June 9, 2016 2:06 PM

    Tinder users under the age of 18 will no longer be able to use the dating app, according to company officials. Since the founding of Tinder in 2012, the app has allowed users from ages 13 to 17 to use its app for matches within their age groups. However, starting... more »
  • FBI releases new version of app to help ID missing children

    May 24, 2016 1:11 PM

    The FBI announced recently the reboot of an app that provides parents with a way to store their children’s pictures and information in case their children go missing. The app, called Child ID App, allows users to store images and physical descriptions that could help responders in the event of... more »
  • Uber could come to Ascension Parish with council ordinance

    May 18, 2016 2:37 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish President says the Parish Council is to consider the introduction of an ordinance that would allow ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to operate within the boundaries of the parish. The ordinance will be discussed at a Thursday meeting of parish officials. “This... more »
  • Google launches new Gboard app

    May 13, 2016 5:18 PM

    Google has launched a new app called Gboard, that integrates Google Search into the iPhone’s keyboard. Once the app is installed on to Apple’s iPhone, a small icon will appear on the device’s keyboard and when tapped users can conduct Google searches without leaving the app they are in. The... more »
  • State hopes to use technology to ease traffic trouble Play Video

    March 30, 2016 12:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Since most proposed fixes to solve Baton Rouge's traffic problems, like a new bridge or a loop are too costly, the state Department of Transportation and Development is looking at more affordable options like improving technology. One example is signs on each side of the river providing... more »
  • New app for smartphones allows citizens to request city services

    March 9, 2016 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden announced the launch of a new web and smartphone app that aims to provide easy-to-use tools so residents can request government services and report issues in real-time. The app, called Red Stick 311, allows users to create online accounts to request... more »
  • Police: Mom's iPhone app helped cops find kidnapped daughter

    February 18, 2016 11:58 AM

    MILESBURG - Police say they were able to rescue a Pennsylvania woman kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend thanks to her mother's iPhone tracking app. Police say the 18-year-old man met the woman Tuesday in East Stroudsburg to discuss custody of a young child. They say he bound her hands, feet and... more »
  • Area high school students developing winning app for disaster assistance

    January 8, 2016 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge high school student attending the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches is one of five in a group competing to win an award for an app that solves problems in local communities. The group, which also includes a... more »
  • New gadget: the pregnancy test for your phone

    January 6, 2016 2:59 PM

    LAS VEGAS - The beginning of life itself? Now there's an app for that. Pregnancy-test maker First Response is introducing a new Bluetooth-enabled stick that still requires nature's call. But it'll also distract a would-be mom with in-app videos or quizzes from BuzzFeed while she waits three minutes before she... more »
  • EBR launches city-parish services feedback app

    November 2, 2015 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new app designed to give East Baton Rouge residents a way to give instant feedback on city-parish services launched Monday, according to Mayor-President Kip Holden's office. Director of Information Services Eric Romero said the new app, called "Expresit", lets anyone with a smart phone or... more »
  • Cyber crimes cops tell parents to delete app from kids' phones Play Video

    August 13, 2015 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office encouraged parents to forbid their children from downloading the kik messenger app - and told parents who have kids who use it to delete the app from their phones. "Far too many child extortion cases have involved this app," the state's legal... more »
  • Harvard student loses Facebook gig for app that shows flaws

    August 13, 2015 10:58 AM

    BOSTON- A Harvard University student says he lost his internship at Facebook after he launched a browser application that exploited privacy flaws on its mobile messenger. Aran Khanna's app showed that users of Facebook Messenger could pinpoint the exact locations of people they were talking to. Khanna posted the app... more »
  • App would let seafood buyers meet their fisherman

    May 25, 2015 2:33 PM

    PORTLAND, Maine - A group of scientists and fishermen in Maine is working on a new tool they say will allow seafood consumers to learn the backstory of a piece of fish by scanning a code at the supermarket. Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Maine Coast Fishermen's Association are... more »
  • New safety app now available to LSU community

    September 9, 2014 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU launched a new app Tuesday designed to make the task of reporting emergencies or crimes easier for students, staff and faculty of the university. LSU Shield, available for free on both Android and iOS operating systems, will make reporting emergencies with more timely and accurate... more »
  • German Court parks ridesharing service Uber

    September 2, 2014 3:41 AM

    BERLIN, Germany - A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in a fight with the country's taxi drivers. The state court in Frankfurt ruled that Uber can't offer its services without a specific permit under German transport laws, news agency... more »
  • Taxi drivers celebrate Berlin's Uber ban

    August 14, 2014 6:33 AM

    BERLIN, Germany - Berlin taxi drivers are celebrating a decision by authorities to ban the ridesharing service Uber from operating in the city. The Berlin Taxi Drivers' Association said Thursday that the move means its members aren't put at a disadvantage by having to abide by rules that Uber doesn't.... more »

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