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February 23, 2012 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some applications actually help kids do their homework rather than avoid it. Here are a few that put the   smart in a smartphone: Math , from YourTeacher.com, is free for the first five lessons on an iPhone. To keep going, though, it requires a one-time $9.99 payment. The company makes instructional apps for Apple and Android. From the opening screen in Math, type a keyword, such as " equations," to see a list of lessons that include word problems and real-world uses for the knowledge, such as figuring sales taxes, discounts, and interest.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | Reid Kanaley
When a video won't run on your smartphone's native browser, or you need to scan and share a document, it would be good to have some software applications on hand that serve the moment. Here are some to keep in mind. Skyfire Web Browser , by Skyfire Labs Inc. is $2.99 on Apple devices and $4.99 for the full version on Android after a three-day free trial. Skyfire's usefulness on the iPhone is its ability to play many videos that run on Adobe's Flash software — something Apple's Safari browser doesn't do. The Skyfire trick for both Apple and Android devices is to compress incoming video, dramatically shrinking your data usage.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2012 | BLOOMBERG NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 23, 2011 | By Reid Kanaley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While you're waiting at the stores on Black Friday, why not check to see if that deal you're blowing the day for is available online for less money or less aggravation. Here are some key smartphone shopping apps for the holidays. Amazon Deals is one of several Amazon.com applications from AMZN Mobile L.L.C., which has Amazon apps for both Apple and Android devices. This one for iPhone delivers a stream of sales, a "deal of the day," and timed "lightning deals" available for the next few minutes.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2011
While you're waiting at the stores on Black Friday, why not check to see if that deal you're blowing the day for is available online for less money or less aggravation. Here are some key smartphone shopping apps for the holidays. Amazon Deals is one of several Amazon.com applications from AMZN Mobile L.L.C., which has Amazon apps for both Apple and Android devices. This one for iPhone delivers a stream of sales, a "deal of the day," and timed "lightning deals" available for the next few minutes.
NEWS
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.
TRAVEL
March 11, 2012
In the eternal quest for a better external keyboard to make typing on smartphones and tablets easier, Verbatim has debuted a battery-powered wireless Bluetooth folding keyboard, with big, responsive keys on a solid plastic base, that measures just 6-by-4-by-3/4 inches thick when folded. The keyboard pairs easily with most iPhones and iPads, as well as with many Android and some BlackBerry devices. It even has a little pullout stand that should work with most phones, and shortcut keys for the iPhone and iPad.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2010 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
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.
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