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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 (!
March 15, 2013 |
If the world ever seems to be spinning too fast, my advice is to stay away from the latest crop of smartphones: Apples, Androids, Windows, probably even the latest BlackBerry. If you're not keeping up, the pace of progress can make you dizzy. The LG Spirit 4G, debuted in January by MetroPCS, is a case in point. For just $199 (after a $70 rebate), you get a responsive, full-featured Android smartphone with a 4.5-inch screen - longer and wider than an iPhone 5, yet less than four-tenths of an ounce heavier.