May 17, 2013 |
Travel and entertainment become priorities as summer approaches. So here are smartphone applications that smooth the way through an unfamiliar airport, or that find your favorite band performing at a nearby venue. Get around unfamiliar airports with Gate Guru by Mobility Apps L.L.C. The free app for Android and Apple devices has terminal maps and a list of eateries, shops, ATMs, and other amenities, including reviews of the food, that you can filter by terminal within an airport.
May 10, 2013 |
Apps for a pet? You bet. Smartphone applications will help you choose the right sort, find one for you to buy, and then coach you on feeding and training. What kind of dog would suit your lifestyle? Try Perfect Dog - Ultimate Breed Guide to Dogs , for iPhone and Android. The Perfect Dog app opens to an alphabetical listing of breeds, but tap "Group" and you see the breeds listed under categories such as "companion," "herding," and "designer. " To get more specific, tap "Match" and begin choosing the canine characteristics you think you are looking for: size, living space, need for exercise, behavior type, and so on. Then tap "Go. " The results I got ranged from "Pretty good matches" to "So-so" to "Probably not for you. " If you see a dog while you are out and about and are baffled about its breed, you could ask the owner.
May 3, 2013 |
Using smartphone applications to learn a language or as a personal translator will broaden your horizons. Take a look at these options. Duolingo is an ambitious Web translation project masquerading as a language-learning app. Dreamed up by a team of geniuses at Carnegie Mellon University, the free Duolingo teaches Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, or Italian while the student translates Web content. The team has promised an Android version this month, but at the moment only an iPhone version is available.
April 26, 2013
Next week, Amazon will start to sell Philips' new, personal control, Hue LED bulbs. Boasting a built-in microprocessor and Wi-Fi receiver, each Hue can be remotely triggered to turn on, dim, and change color from a free app loaded onto an iOS, Android or Kindle device. A starter bundle of three "60-watt equivalent" Hue bulbs and (Internet linked) base-station module will go for $199.97 at the online retailer.
April 12, 2013
Now that it's baseball season, smartphone applications are making it easy to check scores during important meetings and dinner dates. Just keep nodding. ESPN ScoreCenter , free for Android and iOS from ESPN Inc., lets you check any score, anytime, for virtually any sport. To set up the app for your favorite sports and teams, you'll need to log in with a Facebook account or register at http://espn.go.com . Then log in from the app and start selecting. While following a live baseball game, you can see who's at bat, check stats, tap on "game feed" to read about each pitch, tap "social" for a Twitter feed, or comment in an area called "Section 140," where you are warned that your posts "may be used on TV and other ESPN media platforms.
April 6, 2013 |
Peter Beik, 16, has noticed an ad campaign from Samsung for its Galaxy S III smartphone, but the iPhone user doubts that it will dent Apple's dominance of the industry. "Samsung's ad campaign for the GS III, it's not so much saying, 'Look at how cool our product is,' but rather, 'Hey guys, we make phones, too,' " said Beik, a junior at Masterman High School. Like many consumers, he believes that Apple will continue to dominate the global information technology race, with other companies playing catch-up.
April 5, 2013 |
MENLO PARK, Calif. - With its new "Home" on Android gadgets, Facebook aims to put its social network at the center of people's mobile experiences. If users choose to download Facebook's Home software starting next Friday, the social network will become the hub of their Android smartphones. A phone from HTC that comes preloaded with Home will also be available starting that day, with AT&T Inc. as the carrier. The idea behind the software is to bring Facebook content right to the home screen, rather than requiring users to check apps.
March 15, 2013
A proliferation of place-specific apps can help you catch a bus, stop blight, or drop the dime on municipal fraud. Many cities have released "311" apps that help individuals report potholes, illegal dumping, and the like to the proper authorities without a lot of phoning, running around, and filing of forms. There are NYC 311 , Baltimore 311 , Grand Rapids 311 , and so on. Philly311 is a free app for Android and Apple devices. Its maker, PublicStuff, has a roster of apps for municipalities around the country under titles such as Fix It Plano for that North Texas suburb and DigiTally for the good citizens of Tallahassee, Fla. With Philly311, if you spot an eyesore - say, graffiti on a building or a mattress by the roadside - tap the "New Request" icon on the menu screen.
March 15, 2013 |
If the world ever seems to be spinning too fast, my advice is to stay away from the latest crop of smartphones: Apples, Androids, Windows, probably even the latest BlackBerry. If you're not keeping up, the pace of progress can make you dizzy. The LG Spirit 4G, debuted in January by MetroPCS, is a case in point. For just $199 (after a $70 rebate), you get a responsive, full-featured Android smartphone with a 4.5-inch screen - longer and wider than an iPhone 5, yet less than four-tenths of an ounce heavier.