THE LATEST

Nine Must-Have Apps for Your Smartphone

TECHNOLOGY | By Mike Halterman | Dec 20
Who isn't glued to their smartphone nowadays? I have some apps that you should try, and I bet that once you do, you'll wonder how you survived without them!

D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' is a Transcendent Comeback Album

ENTERTAINMENT | By Jason St. Amand | Dec 20
Earlier this week, R&B genius D'Angelo shockingly released his third album "Black Messiah" with little warning. Not only did it surprise the world, simply because it exists, but it also turns out to be one of the best records since his 2000 opus "Voodoo."

Winter TV Preview

ENTERTAINMENT | By Mike Halterman | Dec 20
Set a date with your DVR and watch at least one of these twelve new offerings. Also, I've got the dish on eight of your returning faves.

'Sandra Bernhard Is #Blessed' Hits Joe's Pub For New Year's Eve

ENTERTAINMENT | By Winnie McCroy | Dec 20
The inimitable Sandra Bernhard returns to Joe's Pub at The Public with her all new show, "Sandra Bernhard is #blessed," as part of her annual year-end residency, which starts December 26 and leads up to her New Year's Eve spectacle.

Out There :: Russian Roulette

ENTERTAINMENT | By Roberto Friedman | Dec 20
Out There spent several happy days last week immersed in reading "Little Failure," the acclaimed memoir by author Gary Shteyngart (Random House) now out in a cute little paperback ($16).

The Best LGBT TV of 2014

ENTERTAINMENT | By Victoria A. Brownworth | Dec 20
It wasn't the gayest year on TV, but 2014 was still superb for good, better, best TV. Stellar series, incomparable acting, great writing -- it was all there.

Geyser Eruption App Launches

TECHNOLOGY | Dec 20
Yellowstone National Park fans can get a heads up on when Old Faithful and five other geysers are set to erupt thanks to a new app available for smartphones and tablets.

Drag Club Races to Open by New Year's Eve

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Dec 20
The sounds of power tools and hammering reverberate inside the confines of the former Club Caliente in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.

EQCA Plans Data, Immigration Work for 2015

NEWS | By Seth Hemmelgarn | Dec 20
In its year-end report, released this week, the statewide LGBT advocacy group Equality California laid out rough outlines of its plans for 2015, which include more engagement in data collection, immigration reform, and health care.

Only in Florida: Thief Fakes Heart Attack at Wal-Mart So Friend Can Steal Toys

NEWS | Dec 20
Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a Florida Wal-Mart store so his friend could steal toys.


Entertainment

'Serial' Podcast Airs Season 1 Finale

CULTURE | Dec 19
"Serial," the wildly popular podcast averaging more than a million downloads an episode, has posted the finale to its first season.


Business

Gift Guide: Home Products Come with Connectivity

CORPORATE | By Anick Jesdanun | Dec 19
Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what?


Technology

Six Cool Gadgets for the Home

PERSONAL TECH | By Mike Halterman | Dec 19
HDMI is the standard and transparent TVs are the future. What other cool items are out there for today's top-of-the-line homeowner? I researched six cool products that you should have in your house.


Finance

3 Tips to Help Use Remaining Health Account Funds

INSURANCE | By Tom Murphy | Dec 18
Sunscreen may not top many shopping lists this time of year, but stocking up now can keep you from wasting money. December is the final month for many people with employer-sponsored health coverage to spend the remaining balance.


Cars

Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief

AUTO NEWS | By Joan Lowy | Dec 18
The Senate confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags.


Style

Pampered Pets That Don Duds Move to the Mainstream

FASHION | By Sue Manning | Dec 20
Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work is becoming mainstream as animal lovers look to further pamper their pets.


Health/Fitness

The Soundtrack of Your Workout

FITNESS | By Stephen Mosher | Dec 18
There is a pulsating, motivating musical soundtrack to guide everyone through his or her workout. But what's the real truth behind the phenomenon of soundtracking your workout?


Travel

Rich Fun on A Low Budget: South Beach Side Streets

By Jennifer Kay | Dec 20
New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November.


Nightlife

On the Tab :: Dec. 18 - 25

LOCAL EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Dec 18
Whether with friends and family, or fellow orphans over the holidays, be of good cheer, despite (non)catastrophic precipitation, judicial monstrosities or cataclysmic economic crunches. It's the holidays! Smile. They'll be over soon.