Staycation in Ojai | Out and About

Surrounded by picturesque mountains and hills, Ojai offers you an ideal place to unwind and relax. No matter the season, Ojai maintains its own brand of beauty. In fall, the golden grasses on the slopes have a perfect glow as they sit in the waning sun, while in spring, orange blossoms fill the air with a beautiful fragrance. You can enjoy various activities from golfing, horseback riding, and hiking in the scenic trails. There are also several luxurious places to stay and dine.

Stay Awhile

There is no shortage of luxurious hotels and resorts in Ojai. You can choose one of these options:

Ojai Valley Inn

The Ojai Valley Inn is famous for its Spanish-style buildings and stunning grounds. You’ll feel at home due to the several luxurious amenities from the pool, spa, golf, gym, and the camp Oak, where children enjoy outdoor activities. The rooms are fully equipped with amenities from tv streaming service, luxurious Frette beddings, ultra-premium label terry, and more.

Su Nido Inn

Su Nido Inn is a collection of luxurious cottages with each named after specific birds. Every suite has its own specialized luxury décor, and every area is fully equipped with everything that gives Su Nido Inn its outstanding reputation. In each suite, you’ll get a private kitchen and fireplace. You can also enjoy outdoor activities like golfing or bike-guided tours.

Dine & Sip

If you want to taste some sumptuous meals in Ojai, there are several luxurious dining and bar options to choose from, such as:

Azu

Azu is ideal for an upscale meal in Ojai from Spanish bacon, mussels, honey-baked brie, tapas, and garlic sauteed prawns. The wine list is extensive, with lots of several local offerings, wines, and beer. You’ll love the friendly service coupled with a warm atmosphere.

The Ranch House

 

If you want to have a taste of the best California cuisines and award-winning wines, head over to The Ranch House. You’ll enjoy fine dining with your loved ones on a lovely patio that overlooks the herb garden as you try out tasty fillet steaks, wedge salads, and more. The Ranch House is famous for friendly staff who are always ready to serve.

Shop and Play

There is a range of activities to enjoy during your staycation in Ojai, including:

Hope in the Saddle

Enjoy exploring Ojai’s countryside on a horseback ride through the rocky canyons, golden grassland, Enchanted Forest, and the Ventura River Valley. The Ojai Valley Trail riding Company has guided tours that suit everyone from beginners to experienced riders. These scenic tours are a perfect opportunity to enjoy gorgeous views of the Topa Topa Mountains.

Browse the Books

Bart’s Books is the largest outdoor bookstore on the globe. The store has about 130,000 books covering a range of genres from health, travel, and more. Pop in at Bart’s Books and pick your next page-turner or mouth-watering recipes. For book lovers looking for a rare specimen, you might find it here.

Just in case you were unsure of the perfect place to go for a staycation, Ojai offers all the luxurious activities, dining, and hotels. Even better, the weather is pleasant all year round, so you’ll enjoy every activity that you ever desired during your staycation in Ojai.

The 7 Best Outdoor Fire Pits for Your Yard | Home Tips

Fire pits bring a unique glow to your outdoor space in vibrant, blending colors that move with each beat. They’re perfect for social gatherings and the fall nights ahead. Here are the Top 7 outdoor fire pits that will make a stunning addition to your yard.

Riverside Concrete Propane Fire Pit by Real Flame – $1,059.99

This long-lasting, fiber-cast concrete fire pit by Real Flame takes little space. It also provides an attractive addition to yards, decks, and porches of all kinds.

Belle Concrete Propane Outdoor Gas Fire Pit Table by Orren Ellis – $819.99

Orren Ellis’ sleek and elegant design includes crisp lines and precise angles. It’s perfect for easy placement on any patio. This fire pit also provides ample seating room for everyone to enjoy cozy warmth.

Merser Outdoor Concrete Propane Gas Fire Pit by Sand & Stable – $739.99

Seeking a sleek and polished piece to add to the entertainment space of your yard? Sand & Stable’s outdoor fire pit might be the one for you. Made of fiberglass-reinforced concrete, this long-lasting pit is durable and stylish.

Lisdale Concrete Propane Fire Pit Table by 17 Stories – $719.99

This fire pit from 17 Stories is sure to start a conversation. With its sturdy, faux stone and fire-retardant fire pit table, it’s a great option for your yard.

Simple to use with an ignition button and temperature-adjustment knob, the fire lights up within a stainless-steel bowl filled with natural red lava rocks.

This outdoor fire pit produces no soot or ash and keeps the air clean with zero smoke.

Concrete Propane Fire Pit by Ebern Designs – $669.99

Ebern Designs’ outdoor fire pit brings style and comfort with its classic, circular design.

Made with durable lightweight concrete, this fire pit is easy to place and rearrange in your outdoor space, all while providing ample warmth within its built-in tank holder.

This outdoor fire pit comes with a cover and has a simple operation of an ignition button and temperature adjustment knob.

Horwich Stone Propane Fire Pit by Loon Peak – $399.99

This sophisticated gas-powered fire pit by Loon Peak would look great in your backyard entertainment area with its timeless design and easy operation over a bed of lava rocks.

This propane-powered pit is made with concrete to prevent cracks or tipping no matter the weather. It is a sturdy construction made with a ceramic polish finish in a classic wood style.

Outdoor Propane Fire Pit Table by Endless Summer – $247.99

For those with a desire for a stylish fire pit that keeps the camp essence, Endless Summer’s propane-powered pit is perfect.

It’s a handcrafted piece made with a tile and steel mantel while concealing the propane tank behind its elegant metal walls.

Enjoy the minimalistic but decorative addition to your yard with a warm fire over lava rocks that produce no ash, and utilize the provided cover to protect your fire pit whenever it’s not in use.

From LG’s $1.7M TV to Space X’s Civilian Space Launch and More! | Tech News

Stay current on the latest tech news from LG’s $1.7M TV to Space X’s Civilian Space Launch and More! Read on for this week’s leading tech stories from around the globe.

LG Unveils 2,000 Pound TV for $1.7 Million


If you have the space and the cash, LG has the perfect 325-inch TV for you. This week the tech company announced their new lineup of Direct View LED (DVLED) home cinema displays. The TV’s range in size from a 108-inch HD screen to a massive 325-inch 8K panel that rings in at $1.7 million. Likewise, the devices have usually been reserved for commercial buyers, but will now be available for purchase “general” consumers. The devices can be considered a suitable replacement for a high-end projector for those who wish to splurge.

The Top Highlights from Apple’s California Streaming Event

This week Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the latest lineup of devices at the tech giants ‘California Streaming’ event. Within the slew of new products includes the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini. Likewise, the phones will be similar to the iPhone 12 but with a smaller notch and diagonal camera array. The new devices will also have the A15 Bionic chip with an improved dual-camera system and longer battery life. Of course, also underway later this fall will be the Apple Watch Series 7 which includes an oximeter and varying sizes. In addition, Apple Fitness will also be adding  group fitness classes and pilates as new features.

CRISPR Startup Seeks to have Woolly Mammoths Walk the Earth Again

In what sounds like the plotline of Jurassic Park, a start-up company has high hopes of bringing back Wooly Mammoths. Using revolutionary gene-editing technology, startup company Colossal is seeking to bring back the Ice Age giants. The company’s goal would be to use the technology to bring the species back from extinction by 2027 using CRISPR. Likewise, the company would not necessarily be re-creating true woolly mammoths. Instead, they’ll use cold-adapted genetic traits, to create a hybrid that can wander the tundra. This would be the first of its kind to do so in over 10,000 years if successful. “Our true North Star is a successful restoration of the woolly mammoth, but also it’s successful rewilding into interbreeding herds in the Arctic,” said Colossal co-founder Chief Executive Ben Lamm. “We’re now focusing on having our first calves in the next four to six years.”

Zoom to Add Live Translation Services and Facebook VR Integration

This week Zoom announced plans to expand its support for automatic live transcriptions. The change will include the addition of live translation, and turn its whiteboard feature into more of a fully-featured app. Next year, Zoom will launch on Facebook’s Horizon Workrooms app. Users will be able to connect to Zoom Whiteboard, according to Zoom. Likewise, the tool will let users pin a Zoom Whiteboard to a virtual desk or to the wall for everyone to utilize. Most importantly, meeting participants will have the ability to attend and interact in the meeting through a traditional computer.

Space X Makes History with Inspiraiton4 All-Civilian Launch

On Wednesday of this week, history was made with the first civilian launch to orbit. Space X’s Inspiration4 took flight on Wednesday evening in Florida. The flight includes commander Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor, and Chris Sembroski. Billionaire Jared Isaacman bought the entire commercial launch in February of this year after the flight was announced by Space X CEO Elon Musk. The three other civilian participants won their ticket to space after Isaacman donated two seats to St. Judes Hospital and one in a separate raffle. Most importantly, Isaacman and the rest of the crew are aiming to raise $200 million from the mission to go towards St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Few have come before, and many are about to follow,” Isaacman said in his first communication with Space X mission control after launch. “The door’s open now and it’s pretty incredible,” he said.

Weekend Events: September 17-19, 2021

We’re almost midway through September and right on time for some weekend fun! Enjoy events throughout town from the tasty to the spooky. Read on for our pick of the best weekend events from around town.

 

LOS ANGELES 

Bite-Sized Fair

 Weekend Events: September 17-19, 2021

When: until Sep 26, 2021

Where: Pomona

What: It may not be the full shindig, but you’ll still love the bite-sized version of the LA County Fair. The ‘Bite-Sized fair’ will be a bites-only event at the Fairplex. Enjoy this food-only edition with more than 30 food stands throughout September.

LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze

 Weekend Events: September 17-19, 2021

When: Until March 20, 2022 

Where: USC/Exposition Park | DTLA

What: In this insightful exhibit artist LaToya Ruby Frazier chronicles the lives of shutdown GM plants workers. Spanning a half-century through 67 documentary-style photos and videos, view this remarkable architecture-like installation.

Cinespia Presents: School of Rock

 Weekend Events: September 17-19, 2021

When: September 17, 2021 | 8:00PM

Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetary | Hollywood

What: Are you ready to rock with Jack Black? Then don’t miss this weekend’s Cinespia showing of the ‘School of Rock’. Enjoy movies under the stars with DJs, a photo booth, bar, and snacks.

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES

Oogie Boogie Bash

When: until October 31, 2021

Where: Disney’s California Adventure, Anaheim

What: Mr. Oogie Boogie returns for a haunting bash at Disney’s California Adventure. Have a ghoulish time after-hours at the happiest place on earth for the Oogie Boogie Bash.

Critter Carnival

When: September 18, 2021 | 11:00AM

Where: 12005 Bluff Creek Dr. | Los Angeles 

What: Having fun and adopting pets? You heard that right. The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace invites you to explore all things critters this weekend. Local animal shelter reps will have a variety of small animals to see and adopt. Spend time exploring the center and possibly bring home a new companion of your own!

Redondo Beach Pier 47th Annual Festival of the Kite

When: September 19, 2021 | 12:00PM – 5:00PM

Where: 100 Fisherman Wharf | Redondo Beach

What: The 47th Annual Festival of Kite returns to Redondo Beach for a weekend of fun. This year’s event is presented by Redondo Pier Association and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Participants will have a chance at prizes like Best Handmade Kite, Highest Flying Kite, Youngest at Heart Kite Flyer, and more.

 

CONEJO VALLEY

Simi Valley Concert Series Presents: Natalie Wattre

When: September 18, 2021

Where: 1555 Simi Town Center Way – East Court | Simi Valley

What: Add some tunes to your weekend festivities with the Simi Valley Concert Series. This free summer concert event will bow out for the year on September 25, so don’t miss out!

37th Annual Ventura County Coastal Cleanup Day

 Weekend Events: September 17-19, 2021

When: September 18, 2021

Where: various locations Ventura County

What: Spend the weekend helping your community. Join the 37th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. The community clean-up day will be at beaches and waterways throughout California. Let’s help keep California clean together!

She.Is.Beautiful 5K and 10K in Santa Barbara

When: Sep 18, 2021

Where: Santa Barbara, CA

What: Make your way to Santa Barbara for this weekend’s She.Is.Beautiful 5K and 10K race. The women’s only race will be a fun and inspirational event for all ages. Proceeds benefit Girls Incorporated in Santa Barbara.


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Electric Dusk Drive-In presents The Lion King (2019)

When: September 19, 2021 | 6:30 PM 

Where: Sears Parking Lot | Glendale

What: Enjoy this revamped Disney Classic at LA’s Longest Pop-up Drive and Outdoor Move! The Link King (2019) will be at the Electric Dusk Drive-In this weekend for a night that’s perfect for the whole family.

Sundays at The Gentle Barn – California

 

When: September 19, 2021

Where: 15825 Sierra Highway | Santa Clarita

What: Connect with nature this weekend at The Gentle Barn. Stop by on Sunday from 10 am-2 pm to hug the cows, cuddle the turkeys, and enjoy a beautiful day at the barn!

Halloween Radio Spooktacular

When: September 18, 2021

Where: The Actors Group | Burbank

What: It may not be October but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate spooky season early. Break out your costumes and head to the ’30s and ’40s with  Worst Ever Productions “Halloween Radio Spooktacular!” This special one weekend only invites the audience to partake in a haunting show. 

Rodeo Realty Welcomes 131 Agents Year To Date

We support our teammates at every step of the journey. Our commitment to supporting our agents include a 7,000 square foot service center, which houses a graphic arts division, digital marketing division, and print advertising division. The company also has a full-time publicist and PR center, in-house print shop, and a post-office/mail room. Interested in becoming a real estate agent at the largest independent real estate company in the nation?

Contact your local office for more information! 

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LA Eats of the Week: Trendy Places to Dine

Switch up your dining routine this week with our LA Eats selection of trendy places to dine. With so many options around town, your eatery list deserves an upgrade. Read on for our favorite places to dine from LA to the Westside and SFV to Conejo Valley. 

Trendy Places to Dine for LOS ANGELES

Ardor

Location: 9040 Sunset Blvd | West Hollywood

After reopening in June, Ardor has quickly reclaimed its spot as one of the most trendy places to dine. The WeHo establishment from John Fraser offers an elegant ambiance and delicious fare. Enjoy solo or for an evening out for a truly memorable experience.

Melanie Wine Bar

Location: 8310 W 3rd St | Los Angeles

If you’re a fan of Augustine or Sushi Note, then add Melanie Wine Bar to your list. One of LA’s new trendy places to dine, the eatery serves as the perfect neighborhood spot. Enjoy a wine-friendly menu and an extensive set of vintage picks by the glass.

Daedo Sikdang

Location: 4001 W 6th St | Los Angeles

The South Korean barbecue chain Daedo has expanded its popular to restaurant chain to Koreatown. For beef lovers far and wide, the eatery offers upscale vibes and high-quality prime-grade ribeye. As one of the best new and trendy places to dine, we absolutely recommend an evening at Daedo Sikdang.

Trendy Places to Dine for the Westside and Beach Communities

Winstons Place

Location: 23 Windward Ave | Venice

One of Venice’s newest eateries has quickly become a trendy place to dine. Winston House in Venice Beach offers great food and music in a relaxed setting. The ambiance is reminiscent of Delilah, with the patrons nearly the same. Just don’t forget your vaccine card if heading over to dine, as the restaurant requires proof of vaccination for entry.

Wise Sons Jewish Deli

Location: 9552 Washington Blvd | Culver City

After immense success in San Fran, the deli chain Wise Sons has landed in Los Angeles. The Culver City deli serves up sandwiches, bagels, and other deli favorites. For LA deli’s with delicious bites, you’d be wise to make your way over Wise Sons.

Mom’s Touch

Location: 1400 W Redondo Beach Blvd Unit 120 | Gardena

Fans of fried chicken will rave after a serving of Mom’s Touch South Korean fried chicken. The Gardena eatery has become a trendy place to dine for a number of reasons. From the out-of-this-world sauces like apple sing to its ultra crispy wings, you’ll enjoy every bite. 

Trendy Places to Dine for San Fernando Valley

Sushi Katsu-ya

Location: 11680 Ventura Blvd | Studio City

Locals from the valley to LA, are familiar with Katsuya but the original still reigns supreme. Sushi Katsuya in Studio City may not be as “zhuzhed up” at its Hollywood locations but it’s just as delicious. Enjoy an array of fresh seafood options at the valley’s favorite sushi spot. 

Davenport’s Restaurant

Location: 16120 Ventura Blvd | Encino

A sleek modern eatery in Encino, Davenport’s Restaurant offers cuisine prepared with care from quality ingredients. Enjoy starters like the Smoked Trout Spread or mains like the Parmesan Crusted Jidori Chicken Breast. 

The Six Chow House 

Location: 12650 Ventura Blvd | Studio City

This New American GastroBistro has so much to offer for Studio City locals. The Six Chow House has a range of seasonal menu items to delight every type of tastebud. Dig into the Six Mac n’ Cheese with six artisan kinds of cheeses. Or go for the Turkey Sloppy Joes with portobello. 

Trendy Places to Dine for Conejo Valley

Social Monk Asian Kitchen

Location: 4000 Thousand Oaks Blvd Spc C1 |  Westlake Village

For an elevated dining experience in an upscale casual setting, you’ll love Social Monk Asian Kitchen. The award-winning Chef Mohan Ismail serves up dishes with exotic spaces and bold flavors to enhance every dish. Dine for lunch or dinner with friends or family for a truly trendy place to dine.

Spumoni Italian Restaurant

Location: 1714 Newbury Park Rd. #E | Newbury Park

For a delicious Italian feast, we highly recommend Spumoni in Newbury Park. The restaurant offers high-quality Italian cuisine using the freshest ingredients. Enjoy a range of options from traditional pasta and pizza to Spumoni’s signature Gnocchi Bar”.

Bui Sushi

Location: 23733 Malibu Rd | Malibu

If you’re looking for amazing sushi in Malibu, you will find plenty, especially at Bui Sushi. With fresh fish and an eclectic menu and reasonable prices, it’s easy to see why Bui Sushi is a favorite. Treat yourself to options like the hamachi carpaccio or a specialty roll like the Malibu Sunset.

 

The Best Outdoor Movies and Drive-Ins Around Town | Out & About

When it comes to fall the drive-in and rooftop movies are a perfect way to spend your evening. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best ones from around town for you to enjoy.

Santa Monica | Drive-up and Outdoor Movies

The Best Outdoor Movies and Drive-Ins Around Town

The Drive-Up at Santa Monica Airport brought to you by Rooftop Cinema Club, offers a great outdoor movies experience for the whole family, including the four-legged members. Iconic flicks play on a sixty-four-inch screen, and guests have an option to view the movie from either the Drive-In section or the Lawn Box seating area. They are open for most of the year when the weather permits. You’ll find them on Santa Monica Interim Open Space, Off the I-10 Fwy W, exit S. Bundy Drive.

Downtown | Outdoor Movies

The Best Outdoor Movies and Drive-Ins Around Town

For good fun with like-minded adults, you will enjoy the scene at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA.  Entrance is limited to 18 and above with a full bar and array of good food to choose from. They offer two seating options, an adjustable deckchair lounge Seat for solo dates or a wide-width, adjustable deckchair Love Seat for couples. Enjoy a range of outdoor movies offered at this downtown venue. Dates are available till October and they are located at 888 South Olive St, Los Angeles.

San Fernando Valley | Drive-in 

The Best Outdoor Movies and Drive-Ins Around Town

If you are a movie buff that pays attention to the little details, you will certainly appreciate the San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In. It is a pop-up cinema Halloween extravaganza. The screenings will be in Lake Balboa until Mid-October.

Street Food Cinema | Outdoor Movies

The Best Outdoor Movies and Drive-Ins Around Town

Street Food Cinema is a perfect marriage of food, music, and movies. Changing locations on a weekly basis, they partner with local talent in music and culinary arts and put on a show to remember. They will be screenings across Los Angeles, so do check their website for the schedule and venue.

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo | Drive-in and Outdoor Movies

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo features a state-of-the-art LED screen, which means the whole family can enjoy a movie outdoors before bedtime, just in time to catch the sunset. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy lawn games, delicious food from local eateries, and the lovely scenery. They operate on 1310 E Franklin Ave, El Segundo Thursday through Sunday, with dates till October.

We can finally bid adieu to indoor movies on the small screen and enjoy classic movies under the stars.

The Top 10 Fall Plants to Add to Your Garden | Home Tips

Fall is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to rotate the inhabitants of your garden.

Fall plants offer just as much charm as their spring and summer counterparts.

But what can you nurture in your garden that screams fall’s warmth, but is still colorful? Here’s a list of the top 10 best fall plants for your garden!

Asters

fall plants

If you want to bring a little wildflower essence to your fall garden, asters would be a great choice to make. These small daisy-like flowers can be planted at any time of the year and add subtle charm with their blue or purple petals.

If planted in the fall, asters can also be a final source of nectar for pollinators, which are greatly attracted to the plant’s scent.

Autumn Sedum

Autumn sedums bring life to any fall garden with their fresh foliage of star-shaped flowers that either sit in a cluster or spray out to showcase their ever-changing colors throughout the season.

Easy to grow and known for their durability, these fall plants come in a variety of sizes with unique blossoms that begin as pink, develop to bronze rose, and ultimately flourish in deep red.

Chrysanthemums

As the meaning of its name implies, the “golden flower” chrysanthemums originally came only as gold, but now they’re found in a variety of colors from the most vibrant reds to the softest lavenders.

Chrysanthemums are amazing fall plants for any garden because of their balance of youth and maturity, and limitless possibilities of design.

Helenium

Heleniums are simple plants to grow and are a top choice for any garden whether it’s in the planning stages or already in blossom. These lovely flowers range from gold, red and brown, and come in a wide range of styles, and sizes.

Because of these unique traits, Heleniums are more than capable of being the solo plant species in a garden, as it provides a world of interest all on its own with not one bed identical to another.

Marigold

fall plants

Marigolds are popular garden plants because of their rich blends of yellow to orange and long-lasting bloom.

Active during spring, summer, and the fall, these easy-to-grow flowers offer a bright welcome to many companion flowers, so pairing has little to no hassle. Marigolds also give the overall appearance of any garden an attractive pop that can light up your day.

Pansy

fall plants

Pansies are a classic spring and fall plant because of their easy care and variety of colors.

These charming flowers are hardier than they appear, able to last up to eight months if planted in the fall. This means you’ll have a colorful array of petals all throughout fall, winter, and spring to bring an endless light to your garden.

Purple Fountain Grass

fall plants

The purple fountain grass is popular for its beauty and versatility as a centerpiece or sophisticated border. The unique blend of white and purple and the natural, elegant pose of this plant make it a beautiful accompaniment to fall gardens of many arrangements.

The plumes, or feathery seeds at the tips of the flowerheads, can also be used for dried flower arrangements for your home.

Shrub Rose

fall plants

Shrub roses are hardy fall plants with long-lasting times of bloom and have a natural resistance to disease! Able to be planted from spring to fall, these plants are easy to care. They also require little hassle or later nurturing.

Their color ranges from humble white to eye-catching purple. This makes the garden arrangement a breeze when pairing with your other plants.

Sweet Alyssum

fall plants

Sweet alyssum is a unique plant in that most varieties fade in the heat.  They thrive in cooler temperatures, such as early spring and all throughout the fall season.

They are a simple plant to grow that blooms quickly and comes in a wide range of colors. A blanket of tiny cross-shaped sweet alyssums would add charm to any garden or landscape.

Viola

fall plants

Violas are a fast, long-lasting plant that blooms primarily in the cool seasons. They can remain in bloom even during warmer temperatures.

Violas are easy to grow, but self-seed most often. This brings an almost everlasting and colorful resident to your garden no matter the season.

From the iPhone 13 to Tesla’s Laser Windshield Wipers and More! | Tech News of the Week

Stay current on the latest tech news from the iPhone 13 to Tesla’s Laser Windshield Wipers and more!

Robinhood Launches Slow and Steady Approach to Crypto Investing

From the iPhone 13 to Tesla’s Laser Windshield Wipers and More! | Tech News of the Week

If you happen to be a Robinhood user, we have good news for you. The popular investment trading app will soon roll out features to let you automatically invest in cryptocurrency. The automatic investments can be daily, weekly, or monthly. Users will be able to invest in notable cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, and other supported cryptocurrencies. Those seeking to invest are still advised to speak with an expert before investing. The approach from Robinhood would be for automatic investing, not trading, as it will not sell crypto for you. Instead, the feature helps to steadily build your crypto portfolio. The company has stated that the feature will be “gradually” rolling out to its users throughout the month.

Tesla’s Latest Patent Seeks to Use Lasers as Windshield Wipers

From the iPhone 13 to Tesla’s Laser Windshield Wipers and More! | Tech News of the Week

In unsurprising news, Tesla’s latest patent want’s to use lasers to clean your windshield. The US Patent and Trademark Office granted the boundary-pushing company its unique patent this week. Tesla’s latest venture seeks to use laser beams to clean the debris off a windshield, as well potentially other glass parts of the car. According to the patent, the laser beams would act as a cleaning apparatus for a vehicle”. The beam would consist of optics assembled to emit a laser beam that can irradiate a region on a glass article installed in the vehicle. The patent was filed in 2018, but there’s no clear timeline for when this tech concept may be seen at a vehicle charging station.

iPhone 13 and more to be Unveiled at Apple’s Sept 14 ‘California Streaming’ Event

From the iPhone 13 to Tesla’s Laser Windshield Wipers and More! | Tech News of the Week

Eager Apple fans will not have to wait too much longer for news on the next iPhone launch. Apple’s highly anticipated annual product unveiling will take place on Sept 14. Titled “California Streaming”, the event will be held virtually as a pandemic safety precaution. Expect to hear announcements on a new Apple Watch Series 7 with a revamped design, alongside the iPhone 13 (or potentially called the iPhone 12S). While iPhone can generally always expect a camera upgrade, whispers on the web are also expecting the capability to make emergency calls and text without cell service. Additional announcements expected at the event could also include new Mac computers with upgraded chips and new iPads. 

US government forms committee to advise on AI competitiveness

From the iPhone 13 to Tesla’s Laser Windshield Wipers and More! | Tech News of the Week

The US Department has formed a new committee to advise the federal government on AI research and development. Named The National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee, the new committee will focus on a range of issues related to AI. These issues will relate to AI systems in both the public and private sectors. “AI presents an enormous opportunity to tackle the biggest issues of our time, strengthen our technological competitiveness, and be an engine for growth in nearly every sector of the economy.” Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said in a release. The secretary also added that the committee must be wise in facing the challenges of AI. The news of forming the committee comes as the U.S. seeks to regain its footing as the world tech leader. 

Amazon’s Cashierless Grocery Stores to Expand Out West

Sherman Oaks will be one of the first areas in the country to experience Amazon’s “Just Walk Out” tech at Whole Foods next year. The tech giant announced its cashier-less service will be expanding to Whole Food locations in Sherman Oaks and Washington DC. This news comes after Amazon tested the service at Amazon Go stores in the year prior. Store patrons will be able to op into the service as they enter one of the stores. Old-fashioned payment options will also still be available at a self-checkout lane or the customer service booth. The company stated that they will maintain “a comparable number” of workers to existing Whole Food locations of similar sizes. 

The Gmail App Will Now Let Users Make a Call

If you’ve ever wanted to make a call from your Gmail account, you now can. Google has announced additional Workspace features this week. The redesign will allow the company to be a central hub for all of Google’s communication apps. Included in the revamp will be the ability to “ring” another Google user with Google Meet, within the Gmail mobile app instead of the Meet app. According to Google, the Meet app will get the same ability to place calls at some point in the future. Users will be able to hide tabs that they don’t use, according to Google. The redesign will first launch to enterprises with the features available for regular consumers soon after that time.

Twitter Test New Timeline Feature

If you made a visit to your Twitter app this week, you may have noticed a slight change. The popular social media app has launched its new timeline feature. The update which is still in testing mode includes edge-to-edge media in tweets on iOS and a community section. The expanded timeline will create a more full-screen appearance, similar to Instagram for photos and videos. The “Communities” space will serve as a feature similar to Facebook groups. The new space invites users to tweet specifically to interest-based communities instead of just to your followers. Tweets shared with specific interest-based groups will still be public but with replies limited to other community members.