August 8, 2010
Exactly a week ago, in a cozy theater, it happened: The Apple "cult" got a taste of its own medicine. An ex-iPhone owner - a tech addict who owns more remote controls than kitchen glasses - pulled an Android smart phone out of his pocket and shoved it into the face of a man seated in front of him. The unsuspecting victim, minding his own business, smiled awkwardly as he held up an iPhone that looked oddly peevish against the provocateur's Google-backed...
April 10, 1987 |
Near the outset of Making Mr. Right, an android who rejoices in the name of Ulysses spills the contents of a woman's purse onto the floor, and out pops a copy of Smart Women, Foolish Choices. The latter title is a sadly apt summation of what has happened to director Susan Seidelman in her first feature since the delightful Desperately Seeking Susan. Although it seems to offer Seidelman a chance to bring her zanily bemused skepticism and wit to the plight of women in the '80s, Making Mr. Right turns out to be the wrong choice.
June 2, 2011
I used to crack open my old copy of the Merck Manual to see whether I had symptoms of the disease listed on any random page. Usually I did, but that was just me. Now, I can do the same thing on my smartphone. The Merck Manual Home Edition is a $9.99 app version of the venerable medical tome from Agile Partners Technologies L.L.C. Once loaded onto your mobile device, the nearly 20MB app doesn't require a data connection to function. Of special note is the button for "Emergencies & Injuries" on the home screen that switches on a list of unfortunate events that might make the app incredibly handy - allergic reactions, poisoning, human bites, burns, and nosebleeds.
April 9, 2012 |
Philadelphia Media Network Inc. released its 2012 Philly Pro Baseball app for the iPad, iPhone, Android phone, and Android tablet Monday. The publisher of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com said the app, which was developed in-house, will provide Twitter updates, blogs, columns and articles from the newspapers' Phillies' sportswriters. It also incorporates a play-by-play feature that will enable Phillies' fans to follow the progress of a game. The price of the app is 99 cents for the iPhone version and $2.99 for the iPad on Apple's iTunes, free on the Google Play app store, and 99 cents for phone and $1.99 for tablet on Amazon's Appstore for Android.
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.
August 3, 2014 |
How does an idea - a way to do something, learn something, make connections or community - become an app? This is the story of Spotlight ( www.spotlight.is ), a social media app that went live on the Apple Store and Android on Friday. It's roughly a two-year-long arc from patent (August 2012) to thing (August 2014). (Full disclosure: Since October, the developer of Spotlight - a little start-up called VUID Inc. - has had offices in the same building as The Inquirer. Interstate General Media, which owns the newspaper, is providing office space and staff support to promising start-ups as part of the Project Liberty Digital Incubator.)
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.
November 20, 2011
Get hyper-local with Trover. Share your discoveries with fellow travelers, from a delicious meal in New York to a pride of lazy lions in Kenya. Name: Trover Available for: Android, iPhone What it does: Opens up the world one image at a time. Merges geolocation and photo-sharing to let users capture and share snapshots from their current locations. Cost: Free What's hot: Launched by online names such as Rich Barton, chairman and founder of Expedia.com and cofounder of Zillow, and Jason Karas, who founded the eco-social gaming company Carbonrally.com.
December 2, 2012
Can a trip planner work overtime as a travel journal and protect confidential documents too? Maybe. Name: Tripini Available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android What it does: This app keeps all of your pertinent travel information - medical, passport, visa, flight, hotel, car rental information, photos, and more - locked in a password-protected area on your Apple or Android device. Cost: Free, for an introductory period. What's hot: The password system worked for me, and I would feel safe leaving my information on the app. I hesitated only when I came to filling out my debit and credit card info.
February 1, 2013
MORE THAN half the Super Bowl TV viewing audience will also use a smartphone to enhance network coverage, and 26 percent of viewers expect to use a tablet and smartphone, according to mobile advertising network Mojiva. Some cool apps driving the trend: 1CBSsports.com Delivers advance features, alternative camera angles on big plays, a live stream of the halftime show and immediate access to fave commercials. Play it again, Ford. 2TOK Football Not invited to a Super Bowl party?