From Apple’s new medicine feature to new AR on Amazon and more! | Tech News

Stay connected in the world of tech with the latest headlines in bite-size form. We are breaking down the top tech news from around the world so you can stay in sync. From Apple’s new medicine feature to new AR on Amazon and more, we have you covered in this week’s blog!

Apple’s New Medication Tracking Feature Coming in Latest iPhone Update

A new health tool will be coming to Apple’s health app soon. The company announced this week that both the iPhone and Apple Watch will soon allow for medication reminders. Apple’s new feature will allow users to receive alerts for taking their medication and keep track. This latest update will also include additional sleep tracking features as well. Users can add prescriptions to their iPhones by scanning the label on their medication bottles. Likewise, from there you will be able to create a custom schedule for each prescription. Additionally, the US version of the app also informs users if there are dangerous interactions between medications that they input. 

Amazon Launches AR-powered shoe try-on feature

If you have ever wanted a pair of shoes but were not sure about the fit, Amazon has found a solution. The company will not let iOS users virtually try on a pair of shoes from various brands. The virtual try-on lets customers use their cameras to scroll through and try. Likewise, the feature is meant to give an idea of how the footwear will look but cannot determine shoe size. Only available on iPhone 7 or newer at this time, it will soon arrive on Android devices as well. In addition to the shoe option, customers will also be able to try on glasses as well as custom Made for You t-shirts. 

TikTok Introduces New Feature to Limit Endless Scrolling

So goodbye to the days of endless scrolling on TikTok. If you want to that is. The company has announced a new feature that will let users set reminders to limit the usage of the app. Likewise, the feature is meant to limit prolonged use and endless scrolling through its addictive short-form videos. This latest update adds a new safeguard to existing daily limits like the Screentime setting for iOS. In addition, Teen users will also be prompted to use the screen time tool if they spend over 100 minutes on the app. The company will also add a new screen time dashboard to show a summary of app usage. These stats will include the amount of time the app was opened and a breakdown of daily usage. 

Xbox to Bring New Gaming Features to Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge will be getting a number of new features from Xbox soon. The company announced it will be bringing much-needed updates to Microsoft Edge. Likewise, these anticipated updates will include an option to prioritize cloud gaming integration and personalization for the blue browser. Microsoft has shown that it’s working to take steps in optimizing this service on browsers by providing a more gaming-forward experience. In addition to the cloud upgrade, other features include a built-in efficiency mode to reduce resource usage of the browser when a game is launched. Users of Edge will be able to look forward to a built-in menu with browser-based games like Microsoft Solitaire and Atari Asteroids.

You Can Now Weigh Lets and Lugguga with Wyze’s new smart scale features

A new smart scale has been launched by Wyze that will allow you to keep track of more than your own health states. The latest smart scale from the company will now allow users to weigh their pets, luggage, and baby through its latest modes. Ditching the extra need for math, the scale also features a Pregnancy mode, giving a rough estimate of your body composition via bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA). In addition to these other features, there is also a feature for those with medical implants which disables the device’s electric current in weight-only mode. For $33.99, users can measure 13 body composition metrics, adding muscle mass percentage on top of the weight, body fat, heart rate, lean body mass, and more. Likewise, with it being a smart scale, you will be able to sync the data to your Apple Health, Google Fit, or Fitbit device.

Top Sushi Shops to Check Out | LA Eats

Southern California is home to many excellent eateries, with cuisines from all around the world to suit all tastes. If you’re craving sushi, here are some of the best places around SoCal to fill up on delicious bites and other Japanese fares.

Top Sushi Shops to Check out in LA

Sushi Kiriko

Sushi Kiriko is located along W Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles. Recognized in the prestigious Michelin Guide, chef Ken Namba creates delectable dishes that reflect the blend of authenticity and modern influences of sushi bars in Japan’s bustling capital of Tokyo. Inspired by the seasons, dishes use high-quality fish and fresh ingredients. Dining is in the traditional omakase style, where the chef decides the menu.

UMEDA

Sitting on Hollywood’s Melrose Avenue, UMEDA offers a wide variety of tantalizing dishes, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free delights. Open weekdays for lunch and every day for dinner, the extensive menu has something to suit almost any palate. In addition, the restaurant has 12 types of steamed sushi, known as wappa, including shrimp avocado, sea eel, mixed mushrooms, and salmon.

California Rock’n Sushi

For great food in a fun atmosphere, check out California Rock’n Sushi in Koreatown. Dishes are a treat for the senses, combining delicious tastes with an artful presentation, and the menu includes creative fusion fare as well as sushi. Small dishes include the jalapeno bomb, sesame chicken, gyozas, and baked mussels. In addition, there is also the signature menu includes tuna tataki, salmon oyako, crunch onion albacore, and scallop with uni.

Top Sushi Shops to Check out in Westside and Beach Communities

Sakae Sushi

A well-loved establishment in Gardena, Sakae Sushi‘s budget-friendly options appeal to a diverse crowd. In operation since the early 1960s, the family-run sushi joint offers simple yet tasty homemade bites to go. The menu features just six items — tamago, California roll, saba, ebi, nori and inari — but the usual line outside shows how popular their food is. Note: the shop only accepts payments in cash.

Jinpachi

West Hollywood’s Jinpachi is a fabulously intimate place for a casual date night, although you can definitely treat yourself to a tasty sushi feast too! Likewise, the ambiance is relaxing and the menu caters to diverse tastes and budgets. Whether you splash out on the omakase or order deals from the a la carte menu, you won’t be disappointed. In addition, the regular menu includes other Japanese favorites like tempura, salads, crab, and chicken with ginger.

Sasabune Beverly Hills

The high-end Sasabune Beverly Hills exudes classic vibes and is often listed as one of the top sushi restaurants around LA. The omakase menu features several pieces of sushi, sashimi, and a roll, all expertly crafted by chef Nobi Kusuhara. Likewise, if you want a more traditional Japanese dining experience, try the more adventurous Japanese omakase, with items like sea urchin, salmon roe, and monkfish liver.

 

Top Sushi Shops to Check out in San Fernando Valley

Shin Sushi

Located in Encino, Shin Sushi has a coveted Michelin star. Open since 2018, the restaurant is known for its formal omakase style of dining. Essentially, patrons leave all decisions up to the talented chef, Taketoshi Azumi, who prepares tasty and artful authentic specialties from fresh seasonal ingredients. Savor a starter, soup and 14 pieces of sushi in an intimate refined atmosphere.

Sushi Note

A popular eatery in Sherman Oaks, Sushi Note offers both a la carte and omakase experiences. Chef Kiminobu Saito prepares tasty rolls and sashimi made from ingredients such as Japanese scallops, Canadian albacore, Spanish bluefin tuna, and Atlantic halibut. The menu also features a variety of roles and tempting appetizers like miso soup, edamame, and soft shell crab. In addition, the establishment is especially known for its extensive wine list and expert pairings.

Daichan

Eclectic and quirky, Daichan is a top sushi spot in Studio City. The dining room is filled with knickknacks and curios to capture your imagination as you sink your teeth into homey Japanese comfort food. Sushi rolls include salmon, tuna, eel, and cucumber, and the wide selection of bowls includes vegetarian-friendly options. In addition, Poki bowls, noodles, rice bowls, and seafood plates are just a few other items that might grab your attention.

Top Sushi Shops to Check out in Conejo Valley

Banzai Marina

The long-established Banzai Marina can be found near the main street in Ventura. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas, and you can also grab great food to go. In addition, you are welcome to bring your furry friend while you enjoy the nice weather on their patio. Known for its creative rolls, we recommend the namesake Banzai Marina roll, moonlight roll, ninja roll, and red dragon roll.

Q Sushi

An elegant establishment in Westlake Village, near Thousand Oaks, Q Sushi boasts an upmarket vibe, a tempting food menu, and a wide drinks menu. Try beautifully crafted cocktails with Japanese favorites made using fresh seasonal ingredients. From signature rolls, like the fire goddess, baked snow crab, and fatty bihn to luxurious carpaccio, skewers, and wagyu beef, there’s sure to be something that whets your appetite. Tempura battered Oreos and green tea churros are among the inventive dessert options.

ONYX

Located within the high-class Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, ONYX promises a sophisticated setting. The dining room is modern with chic accents and you can order fresh-to-order delicacies at the sit-down bar. Likewise, there are several types of Japanese sake to accompany your meal.

Out & About | The Best Antique Stores Around Town

Shopping for antiques can be an exciting hobby. Here in LA we have plenty of great finds and exploring antique stores can open the door to a treasure trove of vintage objects. Below you will find our list of the best antique stores around town. Read on and enjoy exploring them all!

1. JF Chen Antiques

Located on North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, JF Chen Antiques features a wonderful selection of antiques. Items here range from 17th-century limestone figures to Art Deco chairs. If you feel like splurging, this is one of the most amazing places you will find.

2. Olde Good Things Antique Store

Olde Good Things is nestled comfortably on S Grand Avenue in the heart of South LA. This antique store features one of the most wonderful selections of architectural salvage goods. Peruse around finds that range from doorknobs to stained glass and much more. It’s the perfect place to find exquisite vintage items for those who are restoring their homes or simply looking to add an individual personal touch to their new home.

3. The Mart Collective Antique Store

As one of the local favorite antique stores, this 16,000 expansion features the collections of a large number of dealers with individual stands, where you can find a wide range of unexpected treasures at lower prices than at other antique stores. It’s the perfect place to go if you are just starting your hunt for vintage items.

4. Vintageweave Interiors

If the French farmhouse style of antique stores is your thing, this delightful collection of antique and vintage plates, milk bottles, coffee mills and more is the perfect place for you to find the treasures you seek. Conveniently located on West Third Street, the best time to browse through this magnificent place is on weekday afternoons.

5. Pepe’s Thrifty Shop

This delightful little store is one that locals keep to themselves so visitors don’t end up taking all of its gorgeous antique and vintage items. Located on West Sunset Boulevard, its quirky exterior does no justice to the treasures you can find inside. It is a great place to find reasonably priced homier-looking antiques, but finding that special treasure can take time and patience given that the store is packed with merchandise and there’s little space for movement. Even so, it is well worth a try if you are simply looking for something unexpected and not a more specific type of item.

Weekend Events: June 3-5, 2022

It’s time for another weekend roundup of fun! We’re sharing our top picks of local things to do this June weekend. From the start of Pride to concerts, drive-ins, and more, read on for your weekend guide!!

LOS ANGELES JUNE WEEKEND EVENTS 

Last Remaining Seats

When: June 4-June 18

Where: Various Locations

What: Enjoy classic films in the most idyllic setting. Presented by the L.A. Conservancy, ‘Last Remaining Seats’ invites you to enjoy films like ‘To Sir, with Love’ and ‘The Kid’ in LA’s historic theatres. In addition, these screenings will also include a special introduction and post-film Q&A, so get your tickets before they’re bygone!

Gwen Stefani

When: June

Where: The Hollywood Bowl

What: Gwen Stefani kicks-off summer at the Hollywood Bowl for the first big performance of the season. Backed by Gustavo Dudamel, this June weekend event is sure to bring some joy and a little nostalgia to your plans. In addition, there will be guest appearances by Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, ballet dancer Roberto Bolle, and more!

LGBTQ+ Pride Night at Dodger Stadium

When: June 3 

Where: Dodger Stadium | Los Angeles

What: Show your Pride with the boys in blue this Friday. Dodger stadium invites you to kick off Pride month for their annual Pride Night. Likewise, the game will include Pride-focused gear, a celeb opening pitch, and fireworks!

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES JUNE WEEKEND EVENTS 

WeHo Pride

When: June 3-5 

Where: West Hollywood

What: One of the biggest Pride celebrations in the country kicks off this weekend is WeHo. The June weekend-long festivities will include an LGBTQ+ street fair, music fest, and parade. In addition, enjoy performances by Lil’ Kim, Jessie J, Marina, and Years & Years at the OUTLOUD: Raising Voices concert.

Getty 25 Festivals

When: June 4 & 5 

Where: Long Beach 

What: The Getty Center continues its 25 years celebration this weekend with a two-day art fair in Long Beach. Likewise, the event will include music, workshops, food, and of course art!

LAWineFest

When: June 4-5

Where: Long Beach

What: LAWineFest returns for its 17th season this weekend only. Enjoy a range of wines, brews, and spirits from around the world at this June weekend vino event. In addition, there will be seminars, live entertainment, boutiques, and food trucks! 

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY JUNE WEEKEND EVENTS 

Prince Skate Night

When: June 4 

Where: Moonlight Rollerway | Glendale

What: Jam to the beloved hits of the one and only Prince at this Saturday’s skate night. Moonlight Rollerway’s themed night will be having DJ SkateDogg spinning the tracks while you take your own spin around the rink.

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents Raiders of the Lost Ark 

When: June 4, 2022

Where: Electric Dusk Drive-In | Glendale

What: An epic tale packed with action, adventure, and archeology. Electric Dusk-Drive-In invites you to its screening of Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark this Saturday. Make your way to LA’s longest-running pop-up drive-in for an outdoor movie the entire family can enjoy. 

Summer Kickoff: a social event

When: June 4, 2022

Where: Santa Clarita

What: Kick off the season with drinks, food, and shopping at Mixed by Design. The interior design boutique invites you to view its latest collection while you sip and shop from vendor pop-ups like Double Shot Bar and White Fig Designs. In addition, guests who RSVP will be entered in to win a $100 gift card!

 

CONEJO VALLEY JUNE WEEKEND EVENTS 

Thousand Oaks Pop-Up Arts & Music Fest

When: June 3-4

Where: El Parque de la Paz | Thousand Oaks

What: Add some arts and culture to your weekend plans with the Thousand Oaks Pop-up Arts & Music Fest! The June weekend festivities will include “pop-up” public performances at various locations around town. Locals are invited to bring their own blanket/chair, as well as food and drinks while you enjoy an evening of entertainment beneath the stars.

Scandinavian Festival 

When: June 4-5

Where: Cal Lutheran | Thousand Oaks

What: It’s time for the 45th annual Scandinavian Festival. This celebration of Nordic culture is one of the largest in SoCal and is not to be missed. Likewise, the festival will include music, dancing, cooking and craft demonstrations, specialty Nordic craft vendors, and activities for people of all ages!

Neftin Westlake Mazda Love Run 2022 5K/10K/1 Mile and Half Marathon 

When: June 5

Where: 3011 Townsgate Rd | Westlake Village

What: Fit, fun, and on the run for the Neftin Westlake Mazda Love Run! The annual marathon will support Senior Concerns’ Meals on Wheels Program along with other resources for the organization. Participants can choose to join the 5K, 10K, 1 mile or half marathon, and registration is still open.

Giving Your Home a Summer Splash of Color | Home Tips

Thinking of giving your home a splash of color for summer? There are countless options to spruce up your interiors for sunnier days. From fresh summer flowers to vibrant pops of color, it’s time to make the most of this season. If you are looking to stylishly transition your space from winter to summer, here are five tips to start:

1. Fresh summer flowers

Even if you do not have the space or time to have a summer garden, there are plenty of ways to incorporate plants into your home. Try adding a potted lemon tree to your balcony or front door for something bright and fresh. Houseplants are also ideal for improving your mood and alleviating stress. Plus they make for a great and fresh way to add a summer splash of color!

If you do not have adequate floor space, adding hanging plants can add a vibrant pop of green to a room. Also, if you plan to travel or go on vacation, faux flowers are a great option to keep your home looking gorgeous without the hassle of running to the store and taking care of the plant.

2. Colorful Pillows

Pillows and cushions are fun and easy ways to add a summer splash of color to your home. Explore the freedom to mix and match patterns, textures, styles, and contrasting colors like royal blue and bright yellow.

Removable covers and cushions make it easy to switch to various options as your preferences change. Additionally, you can replace heavy winter curtains with sheer drapes to let more light in for a summery vibe.

3. Shaggy vintage rugs and runners

If your home has lots of dark colors, you may want to go for a breezier summer feel with a tightly-woven runner. Vintage rugs are always an excellent opportunity to savor the gorgeous summer weather. They complement a cozy seating area, making it feel more intimate. You can add luxurious accents and artwork to brighten your space and create a more balanced look.

4. Pop of color

Summer is the best time to change dull colors and add vibrance to your home. To start, look into adding a contrasting color, vibrant enough to fit the summer spirit. Incorporating a pop of color can completely change the feel, look, and mood of your space.

If your style is more muted or you do not feel confident enough to play with color, start with small steps. There are alternative ways to add some color by accessorizing your room with bold and cheerful décor pieces.

5. Embrace your outdoor living space

If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor space, a garden, patio, or balcony, take advantage of summer’s fresh air and sunshine. Investing in a patio chair accented with brilliant outdoor mats and waterproof pillows transforms a simple setup into a cozy treat. Potted plants are also a great way to add some greenery to your outdoor space.

Weekend Events: Memorial Day Weekend 2022 Edition

Memorial Day weekend 2022 is here, and so is a bounty of local fun! Enjoy all that your local community has to offer with exciting happenings around town. From food to music, festivals, and more, we have you covered with our roundup of weekend events.

LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS

 

AAPI Heritage Month Movie Night

When: Until May 27

Where: DTLA

What: Make your way to the Grand Central Market hosted screening of Parasite in honor of APAHM month. The screening will take place at Million Dollar Theater, with tickets available for $5 and craft cocktails courtesy of Vervet. There will also be concessions available from Asian-owned food businesses.

Witch Hunt

When: May 28

Where: Silverlake

What: Don’t miss this bicoastal stand-up show from Merril Davis, featuring a predominantly female lineup. Taking place at the Lyric Hyperion, this weekend’s show will include levity from the likes of Alice Wetterlund, Chelsea Devantez, Nori Reed, and more. 

LA County Fair

When: May 5 – May 30

Where: Pomona

What: It is the final weekend of the LA County Fair! Spend your Memorial Day weekend 2022 at the Pomona fairgrounds for what has been a local tradition since 1921. While there won’t be much livestock at the former agricultural fair, there will be plenty of fun, rides, performances, and more!

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES MEMORIAL DAY 2022 WEEKEND EVENTS

Fiesta Hermosa

When: May 28 – May 30 

Where: Hermosa Beach

What: What better way to spend Memorial Day weekend 2022 than at Fiesta Hermosa?! Enjoy this annual art festival of fine foods, music, and of course, art. Bonus: You’ll enjoy all of this oceanside, plus there are fun carnival activities the entire family can enjoy.

Babies! at the Aquarium of the Pacific

When: May 27, 2022 – April 30, 2023

Where: Long Beach

What: Cute baby sea otters? Yes, please! Miniature sea jellies? Say less. The Aquarium of the Pacific invites you to view their latest exhibit, “Babies.” The gallery features baby animals as well as the stories behind them and how they are cared for.

Poolside Cinema at the Fairmont Miramar

When: until September 4

Where: Santa Monica

What: Enjoy a seaside flick at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend 2022, fun film flicks are back at the Santa Monica hotel’s luxurious pool. Every Saturday night during the summer, you can catch a film while enjoying the sunset and delicious bites. 

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY MEMORIAL DAY 2022 WEEKEND EVENTS

Simi Summer Days Festival and Carnival

When: May 27 – May 30 

Where: Simi Valley Town Center

What: Make your way over to Simi Summer Days Festival for Memorial Day weekend 2022! The Simi Valley Town Center hosted event will feature a carnival, rides for all ages, a food court, live entertainment, and more!

The 818 Night Market

When: May 28 

Where: 14941 Devonshire St

What: Head over to the 818 Night Market this Saturday! This fun community special event will have plenty of vendors, art, music, games, collectibles, and more for non-stop Saturday night fun!

Plant Identification Walk at Brand Park Motorway

When: May 29 

Where: Brand Park Motorway, Glendale

What: Enjoy a family-friendly sunset hike, and learn about native plants through the seasons! In this class, you’ll learn ways to use community science applications to identify and track plants as we approach the end of the spring season.

CONEJO VALLEY MEMORIAL DAY 2022 WEEKEND EVENTS

Topanga Days Country Fair

When: May 29 – May 30

Where: Topanga Canyon

What: Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend festival surrounded by nature in Topanga Canyon. A local tradition, this Bohemian-Esq fest features music, food, arts, and of course, the joy of your natural surroundings. 

45th Annual Ojai Art in the Park

When: May 28 

Where: Libbey Park, Ojai

What: Ojai’s beloved art festival returns this weekend. Don’t miss the 45th Annual Art in the Park taking place this Saturday and Sunday. Started in 1977 by local artists at the Ojai Art Center, the festival gives artists a place to sell their work during Memorial Day weekend.

Food Truck Festival at Community Center Park in Camarillo

When: May 28

Where: 1605 Burnley St, Camarillo

What: What is better than one food truck? A festival of them, of course! Bring your friends and fam to Camarillo’s Food Truck Festival for the ultimate dining out experience. In addition to food trucks, there will be live music, lawn games, an inflatable obstacle course, and more. The best part? Admission is free!!

Best Rooftop Bars in Town | L.A. Eats

Los Angeles has no shortage of great cocktails and stellar views. With so many places to choose from, we thought to narrow down the results! Read on for our favorite rooftop bars to try this month!

Desert 5 Spot

Location: 6516 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The laid-back lounge provides a serene environment for relaxing in the evening. You can get colorful drinks such as Ancho Reyes Verde liqueur.

Mama Shelter

Location: 6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

An iconic rooftop bar offering a play to snack and have drinks. The bar offers an unobstructed view of the city.

Grandmaster Recorders

Location: 1518 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The bar is a 4,000-square-foot deck offering ample space for large groups. There is an elevator leading to the rooftop adding to the experience. The bar has signature cocktails and snacks you can try.

Harriet’s

Location: 8490 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Harriet’s rooftop bar is famous because of its colorful decorations. The creative use of lighting and decorations creates the ambiance.

The Rooftop by JG

Location: 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

If you fancy a rooftop bar that serves food throughout the day, the Rooftop by JG is the place to be. The bar offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin

Location: 1697 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

The bar is a great spot for evening snacks and meals. Because the bar is a popular joint, try to get there early before it fills up.

The Front Yard

Location: 4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602

The bar has a spacious patio for family and friends to hang out. The special feature of the rooftop bar is a fireplace which sets it apart from the competition. You can have your favorite cocktails as you enjoy the influence.

Bar Lis

Location: 1541 Wilcox Ave Los Angeles, CA 90028

The bar offers you the chance to explore cultures. It presents a mix of classic South France exploration together with the ease of South California. The rooftop is a capture of this spirit and style.

FIVE on the Hill

Location: 555 Universal Hollywood Dr North Hollywood, CA 91608

The bar is famous for its small plates and craft cocktails. Like other rooftop bars, you get a view of the sky as well as a great view of the city.

The Surfrider Malibu

Location: 23033 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265

The Surfrider is a luxury rooftop bar. It is in the midst of the historic beach-town community. It incorporates the surf culture of the California culture.

The Bungalow Santa Monica

Location: 101 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401

With bright lights and clever decorations, the Bungalow Santa Monica presents a fancy yet elegant look. It has an indoor space you might enjoy if you would rather not stay out in the open.

The Malibu Café

Location: 327 Latigo Canyon Rd Calamigos Ranch Malibu, CA 90265

The bar attracts numerous visitors because of its county kitchen cuisine. The bar sits on the mountainside, offering a great view for everyone.

From BeReal to ‘Netflix & Livestream’ and More! | Tech News

It’s time for another round-up of the latest tech headlines. We’re sharing bit-size versions of the leading news in the world of tech. From BeReal to Netflix & Livestream and more, we have you covered!

Robinhood Working on non-custodial Crypto Wallet

With the release of Robinhood’s first crypto wallet this year, the company has announced a second one. The company’s latest product will be a non-custodial. This gives users sole custody over the private keys necessary to control their money on the blockchain. In addition, Robinhood has also stated that the new wallet will be offered as a standalone app. Likewise, the company hopes that it will “feature the same simple and accessible design” as its main service. Robinhood’s new wallet will also offer the ability to store and trade cryptocurrencies. This will include many cryptocurrencies not available through the main Robinhood app with no network fees. In addition, the wallet will support NFTs and DeFi (decentralized finance) protocols.

Apple to Introduce New Accessibility Features like Live Caption

This week Apple announced the addition of several new accessibility features. The features are for its various computing platforms, debuting this year in software updates for iOS devices. One of the features, Live Captions, will be able to transcribe any audio content. This will include content for FaceTime calls video conferencing apps (with auto attribution to identify the speaker), streaming video, or in-person conversations. Apple is, of course, not the first tech giant to offer similar features on its devices. Google has been working on its Live Caption since the release of Android 10. Likewise, similar features are also available on a select number of other Android phones as well.

FDA Digital Health Leader Joins Google Team

Google has found its new senior director of global digital health strategy in Bakul Patel, the former FDA leader. The news comes as Google works to push further into its health and healthcare initiatives. Likewise, these ambitions have ranged from mining big data for algorithms to developing disease-detecting tools and more. Regarding the opportunity, Bakul Patel shared the following: “I am looking forward to learning from the teams in health across Google and Alphabet and helping build a unified digital health and regulatory strategy.”  

Netflix May Move Into the World of Livestreaming

As first reported by Deadline, Netflix is hoping to move into the world of live streaming. As far as what type of content, the company is looking to live stream for stand-up specials and various live events. Netflix seeking to expand on its featured content could, in turn, allow it to air live reunions, as noted by Deadline. Likewise, the live streaming feature would also be of use for competition shows and other types of content. The news comes after the streaming giant held its first-ever live and in-person comedy festival in Los Angeles, ‘Netflix is a Joke.’ While specials from the festival have not yet aired, the event proved to be a success. If the company is to move forward on the feature, they’ll join the likes of Disney + and more who have shown success in live streaming. 

BeReal, the Anti-Instagram App Grows In Popularity as Fun Alternative

An app that bills itself as the “anti-Instagram”, Beetle has become a popular favorite among Gen Zs and beyond. Although the app debuted in 2019, BeReal has seen a recent surge in users looking for something real. The app offers “a new and unique way to discover who your friends really are in their daily life,” according to the company. Users for the app receive a push notification, letting them know it’s time to “BeReal” during a two-minute window each day. Being that posting windows are at random, the app takes away the planned content option; in addition, users are required to take a photo simultaneously using both their front and back camera and post it to the feed. User’s that post late or takes multiple photos will be unable to see their friend’s feed. BeReal provides a gamification version of daily photo sharing without filters and content pillars. Those seeking to give the BeReal app a try can do so from their app store.

Weekend Events: May 20 – May 22

The weekend has almost arrived, and so has our weekly round-up of local fun. For all the best happenings this May 20 through May 22, read on!

Los Angeles Weekend Events for May 20 – May 22

Jazz @ LACMA

When: Until June 24

Where: LACMA | Mid-Wilshire

What: Music returns to the serene outdoor space of the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art. The mid-city museum is bringing back its annual summer series on Friday evenings underneath the stars. The best part? It’s free! 

90’s Skate Night

When: Until May 22 

Where: Wisdom | Arts District DTLA

What: If you dig 90’s aesthetic AND rollerskating, you’re in luck! Bucketlisters and Wisdome are taking it back a couple of decades to give you the 90’s roller night of your dreams. Glide over to their projection-filled dome and skate beneath the ultimate throwback.

LA County Fair

When: May 5 – May 30

Where: Pomona

What: There are only a couple of weekends left for you to make your way to the LA County Fair! Visit the Pomona fairgrounds for what has been a local tradition since 1921. While there won’t be much livestock at the former agricultural fair, there will be plenty of fun, rides, performances, and more!

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events for May 20 – May 22

Create to Distress Workshop

When: May 20

Where: Virginia Avenue Park | Santa Monica

What: Join this Friday’s Canvas Bag workshop ‘Create to Distress’ with Artist Carmela Morales. In this class, you’ll learn how to personalize a canvas bag while learning how to work on your mental well-being.

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: through July 4 

Where: El Segundo

What: This Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, catch a screening of ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Coco’ or ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ at El Segundo’s Rooftop Cinema Club series. The masters of alfresco rooftop movies provide the perfect setting for warm May weekend weather and an evening of fun under the stars.

Flamboyance: A Topiary Menagerie

When: Until July 31 

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

What: Over 100 topiary animals will be on view at the South Coast Botanic Garden now through July 31. The colorful installation, ‘Flamboyance’ includes 70 pink flamingos filled with begonias, as well as floral recreations of dogs, rabbits, monkeys, butterflies, and dolphins.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events for May 20 – May 22

7th Annual Subaru’s Great Big Family Play Day

When: May 22

Where: Griffith Park

What: LA’s most popular family festival returns this weekend for the 7th Annual Subaru Great Big Family Play Day. Head to Griffith Park this Sunday, May 22, for a day full of entertainment, special guests, giveaways, and of course, fun! 

All-Age Skate Night

When: Every Saturday

Where: Moonlight Rollerway | Glendale

What: Get your roll on this Saturday at Moonlight Rollerway’s All-age skate night. The Saturday night skate will be for all ages from 8 PM to 11 PM, with tickets required for entry.

Sundays at The Gentle Barn

When: February 27

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.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events for May 20 – May 22

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber 2022 Recognition Gala

When: May 20, 2022

Where: Hyatt Regency Westlake | Westlake Village

What: The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will host their Recognition Gala, celebrating the Art of Excellence, on Friday, May 20, 2022, from 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, honoring a number of winners in different award categories. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate with your local community members!

43rd Annual Young Authors Fair & Family Literacy Celebration

When: May 21 

Where: kidSTREAM Children’s Museum | Camarillo

What: Support the young local writers in your community at the 43rd Annual Young Authors Fair & Family Literacy Celebration. Young authors will have a chance to participate in fun book-related STREAM activities while reading the works of other writers. In addition, there will be an engaging presentation by Kirsten Larson, author of Wood, Wire, Wings: Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane.

Children to Love Fundraiser 

When: May 22

Where: Prospector Ranch | Thousand Oaks

What: Enjoy live music, food, wine, and more at the Children to Love Fundraiser: Benefiting Children in Ukraine and Uganda. In addition, the event will also feature local artists selling their trades. All funds will benefit children at Future for Children in Ukraine and Mercy Childcare Village in Uganda.

Weekend Events: May 13 – May 15

The weekend is here, and so is our round-up of local fun. Check out what’s happening in your neck of the woods. From film to art, food, and more, we have you covered this May 13 through May 15!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS MAY 13 – MAY 15

RuPaul’s DragCon

When: May 13 – May 15 

Where: South Park

What: RuPaul’s DragCon returns for this annual intersection of culture, couture, and diversity. Make your way to south park for the colossal convention from drag juggernaut RuPaul. Meet queens, pop culture personalities, and previous RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants—plus an appearance by RuPaul.

Getty 25 Festivals

When: May 14 – August 28 

Where: Inglewood

What: In celebration of the Getty Center’s 25th birthday, the city will be treated to a series of free festivals across L.A. On most weekends this summer, the Getty will collaborate with a different local community partner on a two-day art fair filled with music, workshops, and food. This weekend’s festivities kick off in Inglewood!

Cinespia Presents Jurassic Park

When: May 13 – June 4
Where: Chinatown

What: Don’t miss the giant blockbuster hit, Jurassic Park, as it takes over the big screen this weekend. Hosted by Cinespia’s beloved cemetery screening series, screen the film in L.A. State Historic Park.

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS MAY 13 – MAY 15

Sunshine and Noir: 1980s L.A. Horror Marathon

When: May 14 

Where: Santa Monica

What: An ’80s horror marathon with films set in L.A.? Say less and head to the Aero for this frightening series of creature features. Films to be screened include The Live, Society, Slumber Party Massacre, Chopping Mall, Blood Diner, and Angel. The day-long program is part of the LA Phil’s Gen X Festival. 

BeachLife Festival

When: May 13 – May 15 

Where: Redondo Beach

What: BeachLife Festival returns to take over the Redondo Beach coastline this weekend. The rock-focused lineup features Weezer, 311, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Steve Miller Band. In addition, there will also be performances by the Black Pumas, Cold War Kids, Vance Joy, Stone Temple Pilots, Sheryl Crow, and Lord Huron.

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: through July 4 

Where: El Segundo

What: This Friday, catch a screening of ‘Sing 2’, ‘The Goonies’ or ‘10 Things I hate About You’ at El Segundo’s Rooftop Cinema Club series. The masters of alfresco rooftop movies provide the perfect setting for warm May weekend weather and an evening of fun under the stars.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS MAY 13 – MAY 15

First Annual Brews Brothers Anniversary Beer Festival

When: May 14 

Where: Brews Brothers Brewpub | Burbank

What: The First Annual Brews Brothers Anniversary Beer Festival is coming to Burbank, California, this May 14th, 2022. Unlimited Pours All day!

All-Age Skate Night

When: Every Saturday

Where: Moonlight Rollerway | Glendale

What: Get your roll on this Saturday at Moonlight Rollerway’s All-age skate night. The Saturday night skate will be for all ages from 8 PM to 11 PM, with tickets required for entry.

Sundays at The Gentle Barn

When: February 27

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.

 

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS MAY 13 – MAY 15

An Afternoon with George Christie at the E.P. 

When: May 14 

Where: Foster Library in Ventura

What: Ex-Hells Angels president George Christie will visit Ventura’s E.P. Foster Library to deliver a lecture, slide show, and Q&A. For additional information, contact Karen Cruze, Librarian Specialist, at (805) 648-2716.

60th Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival

When: May 15 

Where: Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills

What: The Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival will be celebrating its 60th Festival, enjoying the distinction as one of the oldest music festivals in the USA. Headlining this year’s TBFCF will be a rare west coast performance of the Grammy-nominated Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, originally from Sevierville, Tennessee.

Music for Ukraine Benefit Concert in Ventura

When: May 15 

Where: 3290 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura  

What: Local music professionals, organized by flutist Caitlin Boruch, have joined together to channel their talent and passion for performing into Music for Ukraine: Benefit Concert Series for Humanitarian Aid, a fundraising concert series where 100% of donations benefit UNICEF’s coordinated response to the crisis in Ukraine.