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May 31, 2013 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2011
If I knew how to pick stocks, which I don't, that information might stay under my hat. But I will tell you about a new smartphone app that, according to its creator, provides more than the usual stock charts for making investment decisions. Chaikin Power Tools is a free iPhone app from Philadelphia-based Chaikin Stock Research L.L.C. The most striking thing about the app is the Chaikin Power Gauge - a screen of red-to-green bars that blares, at a glance, whether you should sell, hold, or buy a stock, as judged by the proprietary software behind the app. That software combines company earnings, expert opinion, share price-to-volume activity, and other "metrics" to render its findings.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2012
If you don't have an iPhone 4S, as you've probably heard, you can't get Siri. But owners of other smartphones and plain old computers can still get a taste of the same natural-language tools. Some possibilities: Vlingo. Siri got its start as a stand-alone app before Apple grabbed it for its latest smartphone and removed it from the App Store. Now Vlingo is one of several apps trying to follow in Siri's footsteps. Vlingo even offers to index your contacts, promising Siri-like integration.
TRAVEL
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.
TRAVEL
November 13, 2011
Postcard apps are getting better. Many send real postcards from smartphone images; with this app, though, postcards are created so quickly that you can spend more time taking the perfect photo. Name: Postcard on the Run Available for: Android and iPhone What it does: Helps you turn smartphone camera images into real postcards that can be sent anywhere in the world. Cost: The app is free, but mailing the postcards starts at $1.49. What's hot: Don't sweat it if you don't have a person's mailing address.
NEWS
March 1, 2013
1SERENDIP FREE MUSIC RADIO Really, this should be called free music a/v, as more videos than audio tracks came up after I entered some favorites . The content comes from YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud and BandCamp. Your social connections (Facebook/Twitter) also sway what gets play. 2H&M This freebie's not yet as good as the new Euro version, which lets visitors buy merch directly on a mobile phone or tablet. But at least you can see the new arrivals. 3STOW: THE MODERN PACKING LIST A $1.99 must for travelers who need reminding not to forget passport, pills, rain gear - whatever.
TRAVEL
June 2, 2013
With this app, collect and organize vacation ideas before your trip, as well as digital memorabilia afterward. Name: Springpad Available for: iOS, Android What it does: Saves notes, photos, videos, to-do lists, audio, books, music, and more to notebooks that multiple users can share and collaborate on. Cost: Free What's hot: This is not a travel-specific app, but it works nicely as one. For my predeparture trip planning, I used...
TRAVEL
August 7, 2011
Cooling your heels at the airport? This app will help you find dining options. And there are deals for bargain-hunters. Name: Gate Guru for Android and iPhone What it does: Puts information on amenities at more than 120 airports in your pocket. Covers the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, with 50 more airports to be added soon. Cost: Free What's hot: The food section of this app is handy if you're looking for non-fast-food options or want to avoid restaurants with slow service.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
1Google Glass Now in beta-test mode, this geeky blend of eye glasses and "heads up" monitor/camera/computer could be the biggest thing in wearable tech since the Walkman. 2Recon Jet From the pioneer in sports-minded heads-up displays, these new, high-tech sunglasses ($499) wirelessly connect to third-party devices to show critical info, including heart rate, cadence and power output. With built-in HD camera! 3iWatch Apple's recent poaching of talent and the spotting of execs wearing sports/activity sensors (FuelBand, Jawbone Up)
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