From VW’s EV Debut to Mint Mobile joining T-Mobile and More! | Tech News

From VW’s EV debut to Mint Mobile joining T-Mobile and more, we have you covered for this week’s tech news. Read on and stay connected with what’s happening in the world of media, science, and technology!

Mint Mobile Merges with T-Mobile in $1.35B Buyout

T-Mobile has announced its acquisition of Mint Mobile, a low-cost wireless carrier co-founded by actor Ryan Reynolds. Mint Mobile, which launched in 2016, offers prepaid wireless plans at a lower cost than traditional carriers by selling service in three-month, six-month, or 12-month bundles. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but T-Mobile said it would not change Mint Mobile’s pricing or service offering. Reynolds will remain involved with the company as part of the acquisition. The move is expected to help T-Mobile compete in the prepaid wireless market, which has seen increasing demand in recent years.

VW Debuts Affordable EV Vehicle as Competition for Tesla

Volkswagen has announced the forthcoming release of its new ID.2 electric vehicles are expected to debut in 2025. The compact EV is anticipated to be the most affordable offering in Volkswagen’s ID lineup, with a starting price of around €20,000 ($22,600 USD). While details on the vehicle are still scarce, Volkswagen has confirmed that it will have a range of up to 400 kilometers (248 miles) and be available in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive models. The ID.2 is part of Volkswagen’s larger strategy to shift toward electric vehicles, with a goal of selling one million EVs per year by 2025.

Meet Microsoft Business Chat – Your AI Personal Assistant

Microsoft has announced the release of a new virtual assistant designed specifically for businesses. The AI-powered assistant, called Microsoft Business Chat, is integrated into Microsoft 365 and is designed to help users manage tasks such as scheduling meetings, booking travel, and accessing company information. Business Chat is accessible through a variety of channels, including Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and the Microsoft Office app. It is also designed to integrate with other business tools and services, such as Power BI, Dynamics 365, and LinkedIn. The move comes as companies increasingly seek to automate routine tasks. Likewise, Microsoft is positioning Business Chat as a key tool in this effort.

New Research Shows Humans Are Getting Closer to Limb Regeneration

Scientists have made an advance meant in regenerative medicine research. In a published research study, scientists from Northwestern Polytechnical University have successfully transplanted deer antler blastema progenitor cells onto the foreheads of mice. This resulted in the development of small stumps within a span of 45 days. The ability to regenerate limbs is a trait found in many animals but not in humans. However, research suggests that it may be possible to one day restore or regrow lost limbs in humans. While significant scientific hurdles remain, the field of regenerative medicine holds promise for the future of human health.

Scientists Confirm the Existence of Time Reflections

According to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, time-reversed echoes (TREs) are a real phenomenon. The result can be used to create more accurate ultrasound images. TREs occur when sound waves are emitted and then reflected back in time. Likewise, this allows for a clearer image to be produced by eliminating noise and distortion. Researchers believe that TREs could have wider applications in fields such as physics and engineering. The discovery of TREs also opens up new possibilities for manipulating sound waves and developing new technologies.

Weekend Events | March 17 – March 19

Say hello to the weekend and a new round-up of fun things to do! If you are in search of the weekend’s best activities, we have you covered. Read on for the top events happening in your neighborhood this March 17 through March 19. 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | March 17 – March 19 

L.A. Marathon

When: March 19

Where: Various locations

What: Starting at Dodger Stadium, this yearly display of physical stamina and communal camaraderie traverses a distance of 26.2 miles throughout Los Angeles and typically concludes in Santa Monica. However, for this year’s event, the path will once again circle back through West L.A. and head toward Century City. With over 25,000 runners expected to take part, the spectacle is sure to be thrilling, and even those not running can revel in the excitement as spectators.

St. Patrick’s Day party at Tom Bergin’s

When: March 17

Where: Central LA

What: The celebrations on the 17th will kick off at 6 am with a traditional Irish breakfast for early-morning revelers before they head to work. At noon, the party will ramp up with a lively outdoor gathering in the parking lot, featuring three bars, a band, and DJ, and a rousing performance by a live bagpiper. It may be wise to consider taking a day off work the next day.

The Movie Music of Spike Lee & Terence Blanchard

When: March 18

Where: Downtown

What: Listen to pieces from soundtracks such as Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Da 5 Bloods, and others as Thomas Wilkins leads the LA Phil in a performance featuring scores from Spike Lee’s collaborator. Along with the LA Phil, vocalists Lalah Hathaway and Tarriona “Tank” Ball will be making a guest appearance to perform Terence Blanchard’s compositions.

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | March 17 – March 19 

The Venice Love Fest

When: March 18

Where: Mar Vista

What: Support your community by shopping locally at this Mar Vista business celebration, which unites over 100 vendors, usually once per season. This event was created by the Gym Venice and Shop Morpheus, and you can expect to discover skilled artisans, delectable cuisine, and lively music from DJs along Venice Boulevard, stretching from Centinela Avenue to Grand View Boulevard.

George Condo: People Are Strange

When: April 22

Where: West Hollywood

What: Even without any context, the strikingly unconventional and sizable paintings by neo-expressionist George Condo are undoubtedly a sight to behold. However, we are especially intrigued by their exhibition in Los Angeles (which pays homage to The Doors’ iconic song) as it signifies the inaugural showcase at Hauser & Wirth’s new West Hollywood location, formerly a vintage car showroom. This particular exhibit piques our curiosity due to its location in the Arts District and the gallery’s grand size.

Astra Lumina

When: Until March 19

Where: Palos Verdes

What: Experience the year-end event at South Coast Botanic Garden by taking a stroll through a garden illuminated by celestial-inspired lights. Astra Lumina has created an approximately one-hour-long nighttime trail through the Palos Verdes garden featuring eight starry installations along the way.


San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | March 17 – March 19 

LA Roller Girls All-Age Workshop

When: March 19

Where: Moonlight Rollerway

What: Get your roll on this Saturday at Moonlight Rollerway’s LA Roller Girls All-age workshop. The Saturday skate will be for all ages, with tickets required for entry.

Yoga in the Park

When: March 4

Where: Verdugo Park | Glendale 

What: Find your balance with ‘Soulful Saturday’ yoga. Enjoy a morning of yoga, inspiring music, fresh air, refreshments, and community.

1984 Presented by Front Row Center & Eclipse Theatre LA

When: March 17 – March 26

Where: The MAIN | 24266 Main Street Santa Clarita 

What: Michael Gene Sullivan’s adaptation of George Orwell’s iconic novel, 1984, recounts the tale of Winston Smith, a mere cog in the colossal machinery of Oceania’s totalitarian state. Constantly monitored by the ever-present gaze of Big Brother, Winston has dared to seek out fragments of love and liberty in a world suffused with distrust and brutality.


Conejo Valley Weekend Events | March 17 – March 19 

Preparing for the Next Solar Eclipse 

When: March 17

Where: 7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark

What: Join Moorpark College and the Ventura County Astronomical Society for a “Total Solar Eclipse” stargazing event on Friday, March 17th at 7:30 p.m. On April 8, 2024, the shadow of the moon will traverse Mexico and the United States, delivering one of nature’s most spectacular events to our doorstep. Where will you be during the four-plus minutes of totality? Professor Hal Jandorf will deliver an enthralling illustrated talk about previous total solar eclipses. RSVP to

Point Mugu Air Show at Naval Base Ventura County

When: March 18

Where: 311 Main Rd | NAS Point Mugu

What: For 77 years, the Blue Angels have exhibited the skillful collaboration and expertise of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will be joined by the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, as co-headliners for the 2023 Point Mugu Air Show March 18-19, at Naval Base Ventura County.

Spring Spectacular at America’s Teaching Zoo in Moorpark

When: March 18-19 and March 25-26

Where: 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark

What: Spring Spectacular is America’s Teaching Zoo’s largest fundraising event of the year, with entertaining animal meet and greets all day. Spring Spectacular 2023 will take place the weekends of March 18-19 and 25-26 from 10 am to 5 pm. Main theater shows at 10:30 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm; wildlife presentations at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm and creature features at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.

Our Favorite Restaurants of the Week | L.A. Eats

Another week, another delicious round-up of our favorite restaurants around town. For the best places to dine this week, read below!

Los Angeles Favorite Restaurants of the Week


Location: 4001 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Soban offers a concise menu that includes a rare delicacy: ganjang gejang, which is raw marinated flower crab that represents the epitome of Korean cuisine with its rich, slightly fermented umami and buttery sweetness (particularly when paired with warm rice). For a complete culinary experience, we recommend trying our favorite dish, the spicy braised black cod and braised short ribs, which are flavorful accompaniments that perfectly complement the crab.

Antico Nuovo

Location: 4653 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Chad Colby’s Italian restaurant has become a staple in the Larchmont-adjacent strip mall, where it serves up some of the city’s most refined pasta dishes, grilled meats, and rustic Italian cuisine with a California twist. The menu features an extensive selection of focaccia (“pane”) with add-ons like burrata and scallion oil

Ruen Pair

Location: 5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Ruen Pair’s menu has broad appeal thanks to its bold spicing, quick service, and great value. Begin your meal with the papaya salad, which features raw crab legs, a satisfying crunch, and a perfectly balanced lime and fish sauce vinaigrette. The roasted duck red curry is another standout dish,and our favorite, with its combination of juicy pineapples, tangy tomatoes, and fresh Thai basil

Westside and Beach Communities Favorite Restaurants of the Week

Hatchett Hall

Location: 12517 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

At Hatchet Hall in Culver City, the dishes come out quickly and are a mix of elegance and old-fashioned charm. Although the restaurant is known for its Southern influence and lively atmosphere, Chef Wes Whitsell has added a modern California touch to the cuisine. The food is light with a balance of acidity and spice, and traditional favorites like cornbread and roasted meats remain on the menu. The presentation of the dishes is also impressive, served on beautiful plates that complement the flavors.

Felix Trattoria

Location: 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

If you’re looking for upscale Italian cuisine, Evan Funke’s pasta restaurant is one of the best places to go in Los Angeles. The stylish dining room gives off a nonna’s home vibe, while the menu offers a range of Italian classics, such as herb-infused gamberi in bagnetto verde, blistered pizzas, and crispy squash blossoms filled with ricotta. Of course, the freshly made pasta dishes, which are almost exclusively handmade (fatto a mano), are a must-try.

Sushi Chitose

Location: 402 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Chef Hirofumi “Gen” Sakamoto’s Sushi Chitose in Redondo Beach is a hidden gem that offers an exceptional omakase experience for less than $80 per person. Despite being under the radar, the sushi restaurant boasts a high price-to-quality ratio that’s hard to beat, featuring top-notch cuts of toro, hamachi, and mackerel expertly placed over perfectly cooked vinegared rice. Even the most discerning sushi lovers may not find a reason to spend more.

San Fernando Valley Favorite Restaurants of the Week

Anajak Thai Cuisine

Location: 14704 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Anajak Thai’s cozy and relaxed dining area exudes a lively party atmosphere every night, complete with shelves of natural European wines. The aroma of exquisitely crafted Thai cuisine, prepared by Justin Pichetrungsi and his family, fills the room. Diners can opt for a la carte options or the highly-coveted tasting menu, which is almost impossible to book. Anajak Thai’s menu caters to a variety of tastes with classic dishes like pad Thai and sticky fried wings, as well as their unique and creative Thai Taco Tuesdays, which take over the adjacent alley and parking lot for a lively wine-fueled celebration.

Gorilla Pies

Location: 12417 Burbank Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607

At Gorilla, a new Valley Village establishment, pizzas are cooked with a heavily charred, seriously cheesy, and impossibly crispy crust, offering a Pittsburgh-style experience to the neighborhood one pie at a time.

Uncle Paulie’s

Location: 3990 Vantage Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

Uncle Paulie’s, the trendy sandwich joint, has established its popularity among the Valley community in Studio City. Patrons arrive in droves, often early, to indulge in breakfast sandwiches like bacon, egg, and cheese, as well as East Coast-inspired subs and other casual favorites served during the day.

Conejo Valley Favorite Restaurants of the Week

Moody Rooster

Location: Westlake Village

Collin Crannell delivers an upscale experience at his own local eatery situated in a shopping center in Westlake Village. Moody Rooster, one of Conejo Valley’s initial advocates of farm-to-table cuisine, serves a concise, seasonal selection made with sustainable components. Although the menu is dynamic, some of the customers’ preferred choices are the crispy gnocchi and the harissa carrots.

The Gallery Restaurant 

Location: Westlake Village

Head over to The Gallery Restaurant in Westlake Village for a fine dining experience. The restaurant boasts stunning views of the lake and mountains, and the menu features seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. We suggest the pan-seared sea bass, which is perfectly cooked and served with a delicious citrus sauce.

Dong Ting Spring

Location: Newbury Park

Dong Ting Spring offers authentic Hunan cuisine to the area. Explore the Hunanese selection with dishes such as braised pork belly with preserved vegetables. Or indulge in lamb in golden soup and the more daring mashed eggplant with century egg.

How to Spend a Rainy Day in LA | Out & About

Los Angeles is known for its sunny weather and beaches, but even this sunny city experiences rainy days from time to time. When the weather takes a turn for the wet, locals can find themselves wondering what to do. Fortunately, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained on a rainy day in Los Angeles. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Visit a museum

Los Angeles is home to many world-class museums, and rainy days are the perfect opportunity to explore them. The Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) are all excellent choices. Not only will you stay dry, but you’ll also have the chance to expand your knowledge of art and culture.

Catch a movie

Los Angeles is home to some of the most iconic movie theaters in the world, and a rainy day is a perfect time to catch a film. Check out the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, the Art Deco-style Egyptian Theatre, or the iconic Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Santa Monica. You can also opt for a more modern movie-going experience at one of the many multiplexes throughout the city.

Go shopping

Los Angeles is a shopper’s paradise, with everything from high-end boutiques to outlet malls. Spend a rainy day browsing the shops at The Grove, the Beverly Center, or the Westfield Century City mall. You can also check out the outlet malls in Camarillo or Citadel.

Visit an indoor aquarium

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is a great place to spend a rainy day. With more than 11,000 animals from over 500 species, the aquarium offers a fascinating look at marine life. You can also check out the Stingray Touch exhibit, where you can touch and feed the rays.

Relax at a spa

What better way to escape the rain than with a spa day? Los Angeles has no shortage of luxurious spas, from the Four Seasons to the Beverly Hills Hotel. Book a massage, facial, or other treatment, and let yourself be pampered.

Get your game on

If you’re a gamer, a rainy day is a perfect time to head to an arcade. The 82 in Downtown LA is a retro arcade that features classic games from the 80s and 90s. Or check out Dave & Buster’s in Hollywood, which offers a mix of classic and modern arcade games, as well as food and drinks.

No matter what your interests are, there’s plenty to do on a rainy day in Los Angeles. So next time the weather is less than sunny, don’t stay cooped up at home. Get out and explore all the city has to offer.

10 Essential Homeowner Tasks | Home Tips

As a homeowner, it’s important to take good care of your home to ensure that it remains in good condition and retains its value. To do this, there are several key maintenance tasks that should be carried out regularly. Here are ten essential home maintenance tasks that every homeowner should do.

Clean gutters and downspouts

Gutters and downspouts play an important role in protecting your home from water damage by directing rainwater away from the roof and foundation. However, if they become clogged with leaves, debris, and other materials, they can’t do their job properly. To prevent this, clean your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year, in the spring and fall.

Check your roof

As a homeowner, your roof is one of the most important components of your home’s exterior. To ensure that it remains in good condition, inspect it regularly for signs of damage, such as missing or damaged shingles, cracks, or leaks. If you spot any issues, it’s important to address them promptly to prevent further damage.

Test smoke detectors

Smoke detectors are essential for keeping your family safe in the event of a fire. To ensure that they’re working properly, test them at least once a month and replace the batteries twice a year.

Service your HVAC system

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is responsible for keeping your home comfortable year-round. To ensure that it’s working efficiently and effectively, have it serviced by a professional at least once a year.

Check and replace air filters

For homeowners, air filters play an important role in maintaining good indoor air quality by removing dust, pollen, and other particles from the air. To ensure that they’re working properly, check them monthly and replace them as needed.

Seal windows and doors

To keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient, it’s important to seal any gaps or cracks around windows and doors. This can be done with weatherstripping, caulking, or foam sealant.

Check and clean your dryer vent

A clogged dryer vent not only reduces the efficiency of your dryer but it can also be a fire hazard. To prevent this, clean your dryer vent at least once a year.

Inspect plumbing

Check your plumbing for leaks, drips, or other signs of damage. If you spot any issues, it’s important to address them promptly to prevent water damage and mold growth.

Clean and inspect chimney

If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, it’s important to have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional at least once a year to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Trim trees and bushes

Overgrown trees and bushes can damage your home’s exterior and pose a hazard during severe weather. To prevent this, trim them regularly, especially if they’re close to your home.

By following these ten essential home maintenance tasks, you can keep your home in good condition and ensure that it remains a safe and comfortable place to live for years to come.

Weekend Events | March 10 – March 12, 2023

Oscars weekend has arrived, along with plenty of fun things to do for all. From film screenings to themed brunches and more, the city is buzzing with activities. Read on for our round-up of fun in the community happening March 10 through March 12. 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | March 10 – March 12

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: Until April 30 

Where: Arts District

What: Celebrate Oscars weekend by catching some of the nominated films at LA’s favorite Al Fresco Cinema. Rooftop Cinema will have screenings of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Fabelmans, and Everything, Everywhere, All At Once this weekend. Catch the flicks before Sunday’s awards show!

‘The Last of Us’ Brunch

When: March 12

Where: Los Feliz

What: Do you find yourself thinking about mushrooms after watching The Last of Us? If so, you’re not alone! The team at Atrium, located in Los Feliz, is also inspired by the show’s season finale and will be hosting a special one-day brunch on Sunday evening. The menu will feature various types of delectable edible mushrooms sourced from Smallhold’s local organic mushroom farm. Some of the dishes to look forward to include yellow oyster hash and roasted trumpet banh mi, along with cocktails named after the show’s characters, Joel and Ellie.

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

When: March 8 – April 9, 2023

Where: Downtown LA 

What: Anna Deavere Smith’s solo production, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, transformed personal interviews about the recent riots into a remarkable piece of documentary theater. Now, after thirty years, the play returns to the Mark Taper Forum (Mar 8–Apr 9) as an ensemble performance. During its Off-Broadway run in 2021, our theater critic in New York gave the play five stars and praised it as “a work of stunningly sustained concentration.”

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | March 10 – March 12, 2023

Festival of the Kite

When: March 12 

Where: Redondo Beach

What: Join in the celebration of the kite’s rich history and playful nature at this charming and free festival. Marvel as countless kites soar high in the sky, or bring your own and participate in competitions for the highest-flying kite, best handmade kite, and youngest kite flyer. Additionally, you can lend a hand in launching a massive 25-foot wide kite. Throughout the day, you’ll also find an array of miscellaneous activities on the pier, such as a hot dog on a stick eating contest and live dance performances.

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 11 

Where: Hermosa Beach

What: Although it may not be a lush emerald shore, Hermosa Beach brings a touch of Irish charm to the seaside town each year for its St. Patrick’s Day parade. The festivities include bagpipers, marching bands, automobiles adorned in green, and even festive pups from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California. These attractions can all be seen on the seven-block route, which commences near City Hall on Valley Drive, proceeds westward on Pier Avenue, and culminates at the intersection of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.

George Condo: People Are Strange

When: April 22

Where: West Hollywood

What: Even without any context, the strikingly unconventional and sizable paintings by neo-expressionist George Condo are undoubtedly a sight to behold. However, we are especially intrigued by their exhibition in Los Angeles (which pays homage to The Doors’ iconic song) as it signifies the inaugural showcase at Hauser & Wirth’s new West Hollywood location, formerly a vintage car showroom. This particular exhibit piques our curiosity due to its location in the Arts District and the gallery’s grand size.


San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | March 10 – March 12

Luxury Gala 2023

When: March 12

Where: Universal Hilton Hotel

What: Enjoy a glamorous evening at the luxurious Hilton Hotel, situated in the world-renowned Universal Studios, CA, where you will rub shoulders with notable celebrities and personalities at this star-studded event. You’ll feast on delectable cuisine while witnessing the Academy Awards Oscars® live. The evening will be a stunning affair, with an array of incredible shows, including a Silent Auction, Award Ceremony, Live Music Performance, Dance, and Fashion Shows.


When: March 12 

Where: Valley Relics Museum

What: “Oldest Los Angeles” combines history and local travel as it takes readers on a journey through the city’s past, starting with its founding. Tickets include access to viewing the museum, free arcade play, book signing, and PowerPoint presentation!

A Taste of Two Legends – Morton’s Burbank

When: March 11 

Where: Morton’s | Burbank

What: You’re invited to experience an unforgettable evening as Morton’s The Steakhouse and JUSTIN Wines come together to present one dinner that fuses five world-class Bordeaux-style wines paired previously with a handcrafted five-course menu from Morton’s distinguished cuisine.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | March 10 – March 12

75th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

When: March 10

Where: Earl Warren Show Grounds | Santa Barbara

What: The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, one of the most massive and longest-standing annual orchid exhibitions in the United States, is making a return after a three-year hiatus to the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The show, which marks its 75th anniversary, will run from March 10-12, 2023, with daily hours from 9 am to 5 pm. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ventura

When: March 11

Where: Downtown Ventura

What: Come join Ventura Elks Lodge #1430 for their yearly St. Patrick’s Day Parade, taking place on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 10 am on Main Street in Downtown Ventura. The parade begins at the San Buenaventura Mission on East Main Street and continues along East Main Street, finishing at the intersection of North Chestnut Street and East Main Street. The parade will feature up to 100 participants, and all are welcome to join in the festivities.

Wildflower Hay Wagon Rides at Rancho Potrero Equestrian Center

When: March 12

Where: 4790 Lynn Rd, Thousand Oaks

What: Rancho Potrero Community Equestrian Center will be providing Wildflower Wagon Rides on Sunday, March 12th, from 9 am until 1 pm to enjoy the wildflowers, local birds, and incredible scenery that surround the Conejo Open Space.

From EV debuts to a New Nokia Logo and More! | Tech News

 Stay connected with the world of tech! In this week’s blog, we’re breaking down the latest news from EV debuts to a New Nokia Logo and more. Read on for our weekly tech news round-up.

Kia to Soon Debut New Extra Large EV SUV

Kia has released a teaser of its 2024 EV9, an electric SUV that will be the first model built on the South Korean automaker’s E-GMP electric platform. The teaser shows a silhouette of the car’s side profile and hints at a sporty design with a long hood and sloping roofline. Kia plans to launch seven new electric vehicles by 2026 and aims to achieve 40% of its global sales from electric vehicles by 2030.

Spotify Unveils New Design with A Familiar Aesthetic 

Spotify has announced a new design for its mobile app’s home screen, placing more emphasis on personalized music, podcasts, and audiobooks. The new design will feature a “Your Library” section that shows a user’s recently played items, as well as recommendations and playlists based on their listening habits. The update also includes a new “Podcasts” section that will offer recommendations and featured episodes, as well as personalized suggestions based on listening history. 

NASA to Update Space Launch System Ahead of ahead of the Artemis 2 mission

NASA has announced the Artemis II rocket. The Artemis II is the first crewed mission of the agency’s Artemis program, which will launch this year. The mission will use the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to send astronauts to orbit the moon and return to Earth. The Artemis II mission will be the first crewed flight of the SLS rocket and the Orion spacecraft. Likewise, it will be a critical step in NASA’s plans to establish a sustainable presence on the moon by 2024. NASA has also announced plans for additional SLS launches in support of the Artemis program. Of course, this includes the Artemis III mission, which will land astronauts on the moon’s surface.

New Ring Offers Head-to-View for Easy Package Delivery Surveillance 

Ring has announced its new Battery Doorbell Plus. The new device features a removable battery pack that can be charged separately from the doorbell. Likewise, this allows users to keep their doorbell powered even while charging the battery. The Battery Doorbell Plus also includes a new feature called Pre-Roll. The feature can capture four seconds of video footage before motion is detected. This feature will provide users with more context about what triggered their motion alerts. The device will be available for purchase starting in April 2023.

The Lightship L1 Caravan is Built for EV Vehicles

The Lightship L1 is a new electric-powered motorhome that can drive up to 350 miles on a single charge. The motorhome features a spacious and modern interior with a full kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area. It also includes solar panels on the roof. There is also a battery system that can store up to 100 kWh of electricity. Purchases for the L1 are to begin in 2024, with prices starting at around $240,000.

Nokia Debuts New Logo

Nokia has introduced a new logo. The design aims to convey the company’s focus on the future and its heritage. The new logo features the word “Nokia” in a modern font. The company’s iconic ring symbol now features a 3D effect. The updated logo will be used across all of Nokia’s products and services, including mobile phones and telecommunications equipment.

The Top Trending Restaurants This March | L.A. Eats

With a diverse culinary scene, there are plenty of new restaurants popping up in town to check out. Save yourself the Google search and check out this week’s blog of the top trending restaurants this March. From Italian to Korean to Mexican, we have you covered!


Location: Los Feliz

Check out the latest offering from Matthew Egan and Chef Joshua Gil. Mirate is a multi-level restaurant that offers inventive and modern Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on snack-sized, flavor-packed dishes. The drinks are a major highlight as well, utilizing various agave spirits and indigenous ingredients. Come to Mírate and experience a new level of Mexican dining that combines creativity, flavor, and a great atmosphere.

Telefèric Barcelona

Location: Los Angeles

Whisk yourself away to Barcelona at Teleferic. The trending restaurant serves a classic array of Spanish tapas and favorites such as gambas al ajillo, jamón, croquetas, and pan con tomate. And if you’re in the mood for paella, you won’t be disappointed – the restaurant offers five different varieties, including lobster and squid ink. Visit this exciting new addition to LA’s Spanish dining scene and experience the flavors of Barcelona right here in Brentwood.

Saltie Girl

Location: West Hollywood

The popular Boston seafood restaurant Saltie Girl arrives on the Sunset Strip in LA. The menu features a variety of tinned fish platters, fresh oysters, and East Coast-style seafood. Be sure to indulge in some of the delectable desserts created by pastry chef Ben Sidell, Kathy’s son, such as the mouth-watering apple tarte tatin. Visit Saltie Girl and enjoy a taste of Boston’s seafood scene on the West Coast.

Café Basque

Location: Hoxton Hotel | DTLA

Located on the ground floor of Downtown LA’s Hoxton Hotel is the latest venture from renowned chef Daniel Rose. Rose brings his unique take on French Basque bistro cuisine to the city. Guests can enjoy dishes such as stuffed tomatoes, raw tuna slices with espelette oil, and chicken basquaise with ham, tomato, peppers, and onions. Open all day, Café Basque is sure to be a trending spot among Downtown residents and fans of Rose’s highly regarded French cooking.

Willie Mae’s Restaurant

Location: Venice

Renowned fried chicken eatery Willie Mae’s from New Orleans has opened its doors in Los Angeles. After a successful launch of a mostly takeout and delivery spot last year, Willie Mae’s is now serving up their ultra-crispy fried chicken and other beloved Southern classics in a cozy Venice space. Start your meal off with a serving of their delicious gumbo, and be sure to indulge in the irresistible crispy crust of their fried chicken that shatters upon the first bite. Visit Willie Mae’s and experience the taste of authentic Southern cuisine in the heart of Los Angeles.


Location: Culver City

Brought to you by Rohan Talwar, the mastermind behind Margot and Norah, comes Juliet. This suave trending restaurant offers a modern French approach to dining from breakfast through dinner. Their menu features classic French dishes such as endive salad, crepes suzette, sea bream tartare, and duck confit cigars. The restaurant’s wine program is top-tier, and its cocktails are stellar. Be sure to try the Coco Chanel, a delicious rum milk punch. Experience the sophisticated atmosphere and refined cuisine at Juliet, where every detail is carefully crafted to create an unforgettable dining experience.

Leona’s Sushi House

Location: Studio City

Leona’s Sushi House is quickly making a name for itself under the guidance of chef Shigenori Fujimoto, formerly of Asanebo. While sushi is certainly on the menu, Fujimoto incorporates a variety of other flavors as well, such as udon carbonara and black rice Peruvian chaufa paella, to create a unique dining experience. The patio restaurant boasts a spacious interior and well-crafted cocktails, making it a strong contender for one of the best upscale Japanese restaurants in the city.

The Best Day Trips to Take from LA | Out & About

Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis with endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. But sometimes, you just need a break from the city and want to explore the surrounding areas. Luckily, Los Angeles is surrounded by a variety of incredible day trip destinations that offer stunning scenery, outdoor activities, and delicious food. Here are some of the best day trips to take when you live in Los Angeles.

  1. Santa Barbara

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Located about two hours north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a charming coastal town that offers plenty of activities for visitors. The city is known for its Spanish colonial architecture, stunning beaches, and vibrant downtown area. You can spend the day lounging on the beach, exploring the shops and galleries on State Street, or checking out local wineries and breweries.

  1. Joshua Tree National Park

For outdoor enthusiasts, a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park is a must. At Joshua Tree, you’ll find unique rock formations and desert landscapes. You can hike through the park, climb on the boulders, and stargaze at night. It’s a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with nature.

  1. San Diego

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If you’re looking for a day trip that offers a little bit of everything, San Diego is a great option. Located about two hours south of Los Angeles, San Diego has beautiful beaches, a bustling downtown area, and plenty of outdoor activities. You can check out the famous San Diego Zoo, stroll through Balboa Park, or catch a Padres game at Petco Park.

  1. Solvang

If you’re looking for a more low-key day trip, Solvang is a charming Danish village located about two hours north of Los Angeles. The town is known for its Scandinavian architecture, bakeries, and wine-tasting rooms. You can spend the day walking around the town, sampling pastries, and sipping on local wines.

  1. Catalina Island

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For a true escape from the city, head to Catalina Island. The island is located about 22 miles off the coast of LA. Catalina Island offers stunning beaches, clear blue waters, and plenty of outdoor activities. You can hike through the island’s interior, rent kayaks or paddleboards, or simply relax on the beach.

In conclusion, living in Los Angeles doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time in the city. There are plenty of incredible day trip destinations just a short drive away. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure, beach relaxation, or charming small towns, there’s something for everyone. So pack a bag, hit the road, and explore all that Southern California has to offer.

Simple Spring Cleaning Tips | Home Tips

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to give your home a fresh start. Spring cleaning is a tradition that dates back centuries, and it’s the perfect way to prepare your home for the warmer months ahead. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips for spring cleaning your home so that you can enjoy a clean and organized living space.

Start with a plan

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Before you dive into your spring cleaning, it’s a good idea to create a plan. Make a list of all the areas of your home that need attention, and prioritize them based on their level of importance. You may want to tackle the more difficult tasks first so that you can enjoy the satisfaction of having them completed early on.


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Spring cleaning is the perfect time to declutter your home. Go through each room and get rid of anything that you no longer need or use. This can include clothes, toys, kitchen gadgets, and other items that are taking up valuable space. Consider donating items that are still in good condition to charity or selling them online.

Deep clean

Once you’ve decluttered your home, it’s time to start deep cleaning. This can include tasks like washing windows, scrubbing floors, and dusting furniture. Don’t forget to clean areas that are often overlooked, such as baseboards, ceiling fans, and light fixtures. Consider renting a carpet cleaner to give your carpets a deep clean, and use a steam cleaner on upholstered furniture.


After you’ve deep cleaned your home, it’s time to organize. This can include rearranging furniture, creating storage solutions, and labeling containers. Consider investing in some organizational tools, such as drawer dividers or closet organizers, to help keep your home tidy.

Add some fresh touches

Finally, add some fresh touches to your home to make it feel inviting for the spring season. This can include adding some plants or flowers, updating your throw pillows or bedding, and opening up your windows to let in some fresh air. Consider swapping out heavy curtains for lighter ones to let in more natural light.

Spring cleaning your home can be a daunting task, but with a little planning and organization, it can be a rewarding experience. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a clean and organized home that’s ready for the warmer months ahead.