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February 1, 2013
MORE THAN half the Super Bowl TV viewing audience will also use a smartphone to enhance network coverage, and 26 percent of viewers expect to use a tablet and smartphone, according to mobile advertising network Mojiva. Some cool apps driving the trend: 1CBSsports.com Delivers advance features, alternative camera angles on big plays, a live stream of the halftime show and immediate access to fave commercials. Play it again, Ford. 2TOK Football Not invited to a Super Bowl party?
BUSINESS
January 31, 2013
Great news: The Internal Revenue Service began accepting tax returns this week. OK, maybe that's not so great. But smartphone applications are here to help with the chore, though they need improvement. Be cautious. Even though some apps promise free filing for simple federal returns, many still charge to prepare a return, or to file a state return. Sure, TurboTax SnapTax , by Intuit Inc., is free for Android and Apple devices, but filing costs $24.99, and the app's uses are limited.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2012
You may be fine with your smartphone's onboard camera software, and maybe the popular Instagram photo-edit-and-post app, but there are many alternatives to them. Here are a few. Snapseed , a photo-editing app for Android and Apple devices from Nik Software, is now free. It used to cost $5, but Google Inc. bought Nik this year and has tuned the app to work smoothly with the Google+ social network. Some longtime users say the heart of the app remains about as it was, and it happily posts to Facebook (which owns Instagram)
NEWS
December 13, 2012
You may be fine with your smartphone's onboard camera software, and maybe the popular Instagram photo-edit-and-post app, but there are many alternatives to them. Here are a few. Snapseed , a photo-editing app for Android and Apple devices from Nik Software, is now free. It used to cost $5, but Google Inc. bought Nik this year and has tuned the app to work smoothly with the Google+ social network. Some longtime users say the heart of the app remains about as it was, and it happily posts to Facebook (which owns Instagram)
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012
Apps for smartphone privacy can hunt down malware, find a lost phone, hide files, and boost security for online accounts. All these are free, and most are for Android and Apple devices. Lookout by Lookout Inc. has useful, even entertaining functions that will check your phone for malicious software, tell you whether you're on a secure WiFi connection, and track down your device if it gets taken or misplaced. If your phone is lost or stolen, Lookout offers several options, though they require you to have GPS activated before the device goes missing.
TRAVEL
December 2, 2012
Can a trip planner work overtime as a travel journal and protect confidential documents too? Maybe. Name: Tripini Available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android What it does: This app keeps all of your pertinent travel information - medical, passport, visa, flight, hotel, car rental information, photos, and more - locked in a password-protected area on your Apple or Android device. Cost: Free, for an introductory period. What's hot: The password system worked for me, and I would feel safe leaving my information on the app. I hesitated only when I came to filling out my debit and credit card info.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2012 | Reid Kanaley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Check out these smartphone applications for shopping in the holiday season. All are free and have versions for Android and Apple devices. ShopAdvisor , by Evoqu Inc., will ask you to turn on your phone's GPS or enter your zip code and then search for any product. The results you see will indicate online and brick-and-mortar sources, prices, and, in the case of local stores, a map to the nearby locations. For online sources, you may add the product to a virtual shopping cart, or place a call if the selling website has a telephone option.
NEWS
November 28, 2012 | By Reid Kanaley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Check out these smartphone applications for shopping in the holiday season. All are free and have versions for Android and Apple devices. ShopAdvisor , by Evoqu Inc., will ask you to turn on your phone's GPS or enter your zip code and then search for any product. The results you see will indicate online and brick-and-mortar sources, prices, and, in the case of local stores, a map to the nearby locations. For online sources, you may add the product to a virtual shopping cart, or place a call if the selling website has a telephone option.
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.
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