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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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)
June 16, 2013 |
Christopher Gray couldn't even afford college application fees, let alone tuition. His single mother was out of work, and there were two siblings to think about, then ages 2 and 3. But with a passion for entrepreneurship, the Birmingham, Ala., student dreamed of attending a college in the Northeast so he could be close to New York City and other major business centers. "So the onus was really on me. I had to deal with it myself," recalled Gray, now 21 and a rising junior at Drexel University.
June 14, 2013 |
Is your new baseball bat prone to falling apart? Is that lasagna pan a laceration hazard? Product safety, whether we're talking about toys or automobiles, can be tough to judge. Use these smartphone applications to identify safer choices and get word of product recalls. SaferCar , free for iPhone and iPod Touch, gives safety ratings on late-model cars and trucks, including the agency's tougher "five-star" ratings for vehicles from 2011 and newer. The SaferCar app is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which says an Android version is on the way. The app provides vehicle recall information going back to the 2000 model year.
June 7, 2013 |
Springtime and a reviving economy may send you house hunting. If they do, there are plenty of smartphone applications to streamline your search. The following apps are free, and most will put you directly in touch with listing agents. The Realtor.com app, by Move Inc. for Android and Apple, is tuned for families in search of homes in a school district of choice, or in an individual school's neighborhood. In the app, select a location, find the school marked on the screen map, and tap to view the school's catchment area so that you'll see the available properties within that area.
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...