April 28, 2012 |
The Federal Trade Commission hired a top Washington litigator to run its antitrust investigation of Google Inc., signaling that the agency might be preparing a lawsuit against the world's largest search engine. The FTC is bringing in Beth Wilkinson, who is known for winning the death sentence against Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Wilkinson, 49, has never lost a case. Google disclosed in June that the FTC had opened a broad antitrust investigation of its business practices.
June 28, 2010
City tourism and convention officials unveiled the Find Your Philly mobile application Monday at the Independence Visitor Center. Find Your Philly on cutting-edge SCVNGR (pronounced scavenger ) technology features five high-tech "tours," or treks, for exploring the city's arts, sciences, history and culture, as well as the expanding Convention Center. Philadelphia becomes the first city in the world to use the application that can be downloaded on iPhone and Android and also playable through SMS enabled devices.
June 4, 2010 |
The idea of introducing yourself to the world with a fantastically ambitious, genre-splicing, sci-fi concept album about a 28th-century android that features guests as disparate as OutKast rapper Big Boi and psychedelic indie rockers Of Montreal might seem weird to some people. But not to Janelle Monae. "That's just part of the Great Divide," says the 24-year-old behind The ArchAndroid , the full-length debut that was inspired by Fritz Lang's 1927 classic futuristic film Metropolis and is easily the most dazzlingly varied platter of pop music to come out in 2010.
January 2, 2014 |
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.
January 6, 1993 |
It's a good thing for CBS that technology hasn't progressed too far in the year 2104. When the network's new space rangers jump through doorways and start firing, their ultra-suave ray-gun-like high-tech blasters still bang away real loud, and bullets ricochet all over the place in those all-steel 2104 spaceships. That should keep the Dukes of Hazzard fans happy. CBS has begun '93 trying to be all things to all people. Its Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, which premiered last week, seeks to combine three genres: medical, Western and family.
February 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Google's stock price topped $800 Tuesday for the first time amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the growing mobile market. The milestone comes more than five years after Google's shares initially hit $700. Not long after breaking that barrier in October 2007, the economy collapsed into the worst recession since World War II and Google's stock tumbled into a prolonged malaise that eventually led to a change in leadership.
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.
June 14, 2013 |
Is your new baseball bat prone to falling apart? Is that lasagna pan a laceration hazard? Product safety, whether we're talking about toys or automobiles, can be tough to judge. Use these smartphone applications to identify safer choices and get word of product recalls. SaferCar , free for iPhone and iPod Touch, gives safety ratings on late-model cars and trucks, including the agency's tougher "five-star" ratings for vehicles from 2011 and newer. The SaferCar app is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which says an Android version is on the way. The app provides vehicle recall information going back to the 2000 model year.
August 2, 2013
GIZMO GUY is all a-Google this week, checking out the tech giant's just-launched Chromecast media streaming stick and superslick Nexus 7 tablet. Chromecast: Plug it into an HDMI port on your TV to pull, via Wi-Fi, online movies, TV and music from Netflix, YouTube and Google Play. Along with its stunningly low $35 price tag, Chromecast also has the rare talent to catch content streamed from a computer running a Chrome browser - within limits. The computer must be recent and powerful, ditto your home Wi-Fi network.
October 25, 2012 |
Smartphone applications can ease the business of trading contact information with new acquaintances and facilitate on-the-fly video conferences, thus enhancing your social-networking capabilities. Bump , from Bump Technologies Inc., is a free app for iPhone and Android that passes contact information or photos from one smart device to another by, yes, bumping them together. The move does not depend on both parties having the same type of phone, and it looks magical. What happens is that both devices communicate with Bump Technologies' cloud servers, which detect the smartphones' locations and their simultaneous "bump" to make an educated guess that the devices are trying to contact each other.