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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...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 1987 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
NEWS
June 16, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christopher Gray couldn't even afford college application fees, let alone tuition. His single mother was out of work, and there were two siblings to think about, then ages 2 and 3. But with a passion for entrepreneurship, the Birmingham, Ala., student dreamed of attending a college in the Northeast so he could be close to New York City and other major business centers. "So the onus was really on me. I had to deal with it myself," recalled Gray, now 21 and a rising junior at Drexel University.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2012 | Michael Armstrong
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2013 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
TRAVEL
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.
TRAVEL
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.
NEWS
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?
BUSINESS
September 21, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
The new Kindle Fire HD may not stir you to pass along your old iPad as a hand-me-down. But if you own an earlier small tablet running on Android or another operating system, or even last year's original Kindle Fire, you'll want to take a close look. The Fire HD isn't for everyone. Like its predecessor, it still draws potshots for seeming, as one critic put it, "like a shop window onto the world's biggest content department store. " Yet Amazon has refined an already impressive $199 device, while foreshadowing what it promises before Thanksgiving: an 8.9-inch Fire HD, including a 4G wireless version, that will compete more directly with Apple's 9.7-inch iPad.
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July 4, 2016
Name: Moldiv. What it does: It's a photo-editing app that can do everything from polishing the look of your selfies to turning your vacation pics into glossy layouts worthy of a travel magazine. Available: In the app store, requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In Google Play, requires Android 4.0 and up. Cost: Free to download; add-ons start at $1.99. What's hot: I bought the app's full update, which has 135 magazine layouts to choose from.
TRAVEL
May 16, 2016
Name: Transit App. What it does: Tells you how to get from Point A to Point B using bus, train, metro, ferry, Uber, and other transportation options in 127 metropolitan areas in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and Kenya. Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. In Google Play, requires Android. Offers Apple Watch and app for Android wear. Cost: Free. What's hot: You won't realize how much time you can save planning until you use this app. It takes the guesswork out of navigating and maps a route to your destination.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WITH JUST TWO months to go until showtime, the World Meeting of Families team yesterday announced the release of its mobile app - "Go Philadelphia!" - and the addition of a family friendly film festival that will coincide with the faith-based congress. The "Go Philadelphia!" app, which can be downloaded for free on Apple and Android devices, provides tourists with maps, schedules and places to visit in the greater Philadelphia area from Sept. 18, the Friday before the World Meeting of Families begins, to Sept.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
M ORGAN BERMAN, 29, of Fairmount, is founder and CEO of MilkCrate, a mobile app that has been described as "Green Yelp with Soul. " Berman, who has a master's degree in sustainable design from Philadelphia University, got frustrated having to look on Google for eco-friendly businesses in Philadelphia. A 30-day Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, launched Sunday, had raised at least $4,410 of a $20,000 goal as of yesterday. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for MilkCrate? A: There was so much great information on websites, but no central place someone could go to figure out how to live more sustainably in Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.)
NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is your cat breathing normally? There's an app for that - for knowing what's normal, that is. Is your dog not breathing? Then it's hoped you will have watched the dog CPR video on the American Red Cross' new mobile app called "Pet First Aid. " The app, available for 99 cents on Apple and Android mobile devices, went on sale in December, but the Red Cross launched its awareness campaign Thursday in Philadelphia. The Philadephia connection comes from the humanitarian agency's collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Colleen Kane, For The Inquirer
It's that time of year again when we make predictable resolutions we will forget by Valentine's Day. (Does anyone even remember what they resolved to do last year?) With the help of technology, it doesn't have to be that way. Perhaps the mobile device we check 100 times daily can hold the answer to making a change in 2014. (Or, maybe our resolution is to stop wasting time checking that device - there's an app for that, too.) Here are 10 common resolutions and some innovative solutions to get us to success.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2013 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The typhoon disaster in the Philippines may have you wishing to help with a charitable contribution. You can use smartphone applications to check out the helping groups, and in some cases to send your donation. An International Committee of the Red Cross app, free for Android and Apple, has a news feed with updates on how the Swiss group, which focuses on war-related emergencies, is attempting to respond to humanitarian crises in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and other hot spots in addition to the Philippines.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Smartphone application developers, along with banks and merchants, have been in search of the mobile payment method that can "go viral. " Many apps are already available with payment functions, including various "wallet" apps - Google Wallet , Square Wallet , Lemon Wallet . Others are waiting in the wings, including Flint and Clinkle , the latter a well-financed effort with the backing of Virgin Group founder Richard Branson....
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