September 6, 2013 |
It's back-to-school season, so put these applications on your smartphone or tablet to help with the important educational matters of free reading, writing, and comic books (yes, comic books). Free Books , from Digital Press Publishing L.L.C., provides access to an advertised 23,469 classic books. The Apple version is 99 cents, the Android version from the Google Play site is free. You'll find everything from Alice in Wonderland to the Kama Sutra . In Free Books, search for a book you've been assigned to read, or browse by genre or among the featured selections.
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.
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.
September 27, 2013 |
Attacks such as the one at the Navy Yard in Washington and a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, or a natural disaster like the Colorado flooding, sent me looking for smartphone applications that could help in a public emergency. One place to start when you get wind of an unfolding disaster is Police Scanner by Critical Hit Software L.L.C., which comes in free versions for Android and Apple devices. In the Philadelphia area, Police Scanner can tune in to city police and fire broadcasts, along with SEPTA, Camden, and suburban emergency radio.
August 10, 2012 |
As students in Drexel University's computer-science program, the seven seniors had tasted the high-tech life. They'd done co-ops at places like Microsoft, learned how computer skills could win jobs in fields like finance or medicine, and been exposed to the frenzied pace at tech start-ups. They could see a world of opportunities as they weighed options for their nine-month senior design project – including some that came with built-in chances to network. But the seven chose to do something different: help another set of students who could see more limited horizons because they are blind or visually impaired.
May 31, 2013 |
A clever assortment of smartphone applications can augment your experience of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, which runs from June 10 to 16 at Merion Golf Club on the Main Line. Follow the high-profile event and get into golf with these apps. Golf Channel is free from the NBCUniversal-owned cable outlet. The app features a home screen of news feeds, with items tiled in rows. Tap the sprocket icon to reach settings, where you can reorder items on the home screen to your liking.
November 4, 2012
IN THE REGION VWR buys U.K. lab supplier VWR International L.L.C. , of Radnor, acquired Lab3 Ltd. , a scientific laboratory supplies distributor in Bristol, United Kingdom. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. It's the third acquisition for VWR in 2012, with previous purchases of a lab-supplies distributor in the Czech Republic and a German distributor of clean-room products. The privately held VWR had 2011 net sales of $4.1 billion. - Mike Armstrong Layoffs by Acme parent Acme Markets owner Supervalu Inc. said it would lay off 700 people at its Shaw's and Star Market supermarkets across New England by Nov. 3 in a cost-cutting move coinciding with ongoing efforts to find a buyer for the debt-addled corporation.
September 29, 2011
Technology has made taking great, sharp, richly colored photographs easy. So, of course, it's now cool to make pictures look as if they were taken on pinhole cameras or broken Instamatics with exploding flashcubes. Smartphone applications for achieving that vintage look are enormously popular and make it easy to doctor photos and then post them online. Here are two: Instagram , free from Burbn Inc., has an array of preset photo effects that you can apply while taking a picture, or use to alter an existing photo from the camera roll in your iPhone.
August 30, 2013 |
With an eye on Labor Day, here's a look at smartphone applications that deal with labor issues such as getting a job, hiring a laborer, and, of course, clocking labor pains. Two free job apps, Job Search by Indeed.com and Monster.com Jobs by Monster Worldwide, provide intuitive searching from their opening screens, where you type in keywords and a location. Both provide many other services, such as resumé posting, links to apply for jobs, and notifications for registered users.
April 10, 2011
Do you use your AAA membership for only roadside assistance? This app reminds you that there are many opportunities to save money with your card when traveling. Name: AAA Discounts Available for: iPhone and Android What it does: Uses GPS to pinpoint and track your location, then sends you merchant discount offers in your area. You can plug in a city you might be traveling to and check discounts before you book your travel. I found 20 percent off hotel bookings and car rental, plus train discounts and cheaper tickets to museums.