May 10, 2013 |
Apps for a pet? You bet. Smartphone applications will help you choose the right sort, find one for you to buy, and then coach you on feeding and training. What kind of dog would suit your lifestyle? Try Perfect Dog - Ultimate Breed Guide to Dogs , for iPhone and Android. The Perfect Dog app opens to an alphabetical listing of breeds, but tap "Group" and you see the breeds listed under categories such as "companion," "herding," and "designer. " To get more specific, tap "Match" and begin choosing the canine characteristics you think you are looking for: size, living space, need for exercise, behavior type, and so on. Then tap "Go. " The results I got ranged from "Pretty good matches" to "So-so" to "Probably not for you. " If you see a dog while you are out and about and are baffled about its breed, you could ask the owner.
March 14, 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 town 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.
May 10, 2012 |
Some smartphone applications will relieve you of having to lug around a deck of reward cards for supermarkets and retail outlets, offering not only convenience but reduced pocket clutter. And, if you're intent on posting your every move as a social-media event, such apps help to turn a trip to the drugstore into a likable moment among your Facebook friends. These apps include tutorials that explain how to get your loyalty and reward accounts loaded into the phone and ready to flash at the cash register.
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.
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.
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.
August 10, 2012 |
Personal finance applications can speed your decision-making and keep you within a budget. These good apps are all free, and each is available for Android and Apple devices. Mint.com Personal Finance from Intuit Inc. is an app for detailed tracking of your money. Every penny of income or expenses is broken down. Was that a cash, check, or credit purchase? Mint.com will keep score. You set up a budget on the touch screen with ease, then let the app monitor your cash flow. Of course, it's only as good as you are at typing in your spending as it happens.
September 24, 2013 |
Amid the slow U.S. economy, writing software applications for iPhone and Android smartphones is a rare growth industry. Companies are spending big to follow their workers and customers into mobile apps, backed by remote ("cloud") computer servers, just as they moved online by adding pioneer websites 20 years ago. Here are a few examples of Philadelphia software developers getting paid to go mobile: Philly-built John Guillaume moved his family to Philadelphia from Denver after Comcast Corp.
January 4, 2013
T ED MANN, 35, of Haddonfield, is founder and CEO of start-up SnipSnap, which has four employees and operates from an old industrial building on 8th Street near Callowhill, just north of Chinatown. With financial backers including Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin, a mobile app was launched in May. It lets people clip and use coupons on their iPhones. Mann, a Penn grad, has raised $1 million for his company. Q: So how did you come up with the idea for SnipSnap? A: I was working for Gannett in Web and mobile strategy and got enamored of mobile coupons.