August 21, 2016
Name: Safeture. What it does: The global safety app gives travelers real-time alerts about flight delays, fires, floods and other natural disasters, outbreaks of disease, political protests, and terrorist acts such as bombings and shootings that would cause them to change their destination or reroute their travel plans. Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In Google Play, requires 4.0.3 and up. Cost: From $3.99 for two weeks of service to $21.99 for one year.
August 17, 2016 |
LANE JOHNSON said he hasn't thought yet about where he'll go, what he'll do. Suspended players can't enter the practice facility or speak with coaches. Two years ago, during his first suspension, Johnson Skyped and texted with then-offensive linemate Todd Herremans, who isn't here anymore. For now, just having to make it through practice, knowing he is unlikely to play a real game before Nov. 28, takes pretty much everything Johnson has. "Mentally, it's probably the toughest thing, when you're going to be out there going through the motions, and you're not going to be (starting the season)
August 17, 2016 |
Lane Johnson said on Monday that he started taking an amino acid supplement - a brand apparently with a substance banned by the NFL - a few months ago. The Eagles tackle said he used the product for "pretty much the whole summer. " He said he would add the amino acid powder to water and drink it all day. But let's back up a step, a step that Johnson carelessly took. Before ingesting the supplement, Johnson said he scanned the bar code on an Aegis Shield mobile app to identify whether the product contained any ingredients that are on the NFL's banned substance list.
August 15, 2016 |
Lane Johnson said he purchased basic amino acids online, checked the ingredients with a smartphone application offered by the NFL Players' Association, and believed it was an approved supplement. Drug tests indicated otherwise, and the Eagles tackle is expecting to be levied a 10-game suspension for a second violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. His ire is directed at the NFLPA. "Every supplement I've taken has been approved by the Aegis Shield app, which the NFLPA gives us," Johnson said.
August 14, 2016 |
Kinks with the virtual reality version of the Rio Olympics have been driving tech lovers crazy. Thursday night, this early adopter lit into Comcast techies with his frustrations, as they showed off VR clips loaded onto Samsung Gear VR goggles to visitors at a Comcast Center Olympics celebration. Twice we heard the response, "It's not our fault; it's an NBC Sports problem. " Kind of ironic, since NBC is a Comcast division. Comcast senior technical fellow Mark Francisco and colleagues agreed to take on the complaints quickly with the NBC powers that be. And by the next morning, one serious wrong was righted with a fresh update of the NBC Sports VR app on my Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone.
August 13, 2016
The biggest hits of the Democratic National Convention - besides the Clintons, the Obamas, Cory Booker, and Gold Star father Khizr Khan - might have been the 57 colorful Donkeys Around Town. The fiberglass figures, each representing a state, U.S. territory, or Democrats living abroad, attracted both conventioneers and area residents. Coupled with a scavenger hunt app that had 2,213 participants combing the city Pokémon GO-style, the donkeys dressed up and showed off Philly, drawing thousands to shops, restaurants, museums, and public squares that visitors otherwise might have missed.
August 6, 2016 |
An app created to lessen food waste during the Democratic National Convention will continue to serve the homeless after collecting more than five tons of food over eight days. The Food Connect app, launched July 15 by Food Connect and other local antihunger organizations, allows restaurants, caterers, and individuals to enter their location and have extra food picked up by a vehicle driven by volunteers. Between July 21 and 29, the app collected 11,239 pounds of food, enough for 9,366 meals, city officials said Thursday.
August 4, 2016
By Roz Warren On a recent walk through my suburban neighborhood, I kept coming upon people who were standing on the sidewalk, gazing at their phones. They'd obviously been on a stroll, like me, but they'd been summoned by their ringtones and now stood there, absorbed in their devices. It wouldn't be worth commenting on except that I came upon several of these frozen tableaus during the course of my 30-minute ramble. I turned a corner, for instance, to find a couple I know, standing side by side, staring at the phones in their hands.
August 4, 2016 |
Being single is a time of endless possibility. It's a time to explore your own interests. It is, above all, a time for generous helpings of unsolicited advice from coupled friends. This year, as a relationship came to an end, the advice converged on one point: "Everyone is on Tinder," they told me. "It's not just for hookups now. " Running out of excuses, I conceded. I downloaded the Tinder app — and entered a hidden-in-plain-sight parallel universe of dating apps. Because, as I learned from asking questions (probably off-putting, prying)
July 31, 2016
Name: Avast Photo Space - cloud photo storage What it does: The Photo Space app takes your original high-quality, heavily weighted photos and, with your permission, uploads them to cloud services Dropbox or Google Drive (you will need accounts for those in advance). Then it optimizes your photos so you still have a lower-weighted copy on your phone. After they are uploaded and optimized, it asks your permission to delete the original photos from your phone, releasing the storage space.