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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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)
October 12, 2011
THE GIZMOS: Two bargain-priced smartphones - Samsung Focus and LG Thrill 4G - grab our eyes and ears. SCREEN JEMS: Tired of squinting at small print on your mobile phone? Longing for a bigger/cooler playing field for social networking, gaming and movie watching, too? Grumbling that the new iPhone 4S uses the same old 3.5-inch screen? These smartphone alternatives deliver a bigger-screen experience plus some unique twists and at a much lower price: the four-inch Super AMOLED display Samsung Focus, now running the just-updated Windows 7.5 "Mango" operating system, and the aptly named LG Thrill 4G, a standout in the Android phone family thanks to its generously sized and 3D-capable (!