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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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2013 | By Michael Liedtke, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Google's stock price topped $800 Tuesday for the first time amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the growing mobile market. The milestone comes more than five years after Google's shares initially hit $700. Not long after breaking that barrier in October 2007, the economy collapsed into the worst recession since World War II and Google's stock tumbled into a prolonged malaise that eventually led to a change in leadership.
NEWS
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
February 1, 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.
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.
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