September 21, 2016 |
Political consultants in suburban Philadelphia and Washington have joined forces to turn Uber 's "first ride free" program into a platform to help candidates' campaigns, issue groups, and other get-out-the-vote efforts target likely supporters and bring them to the polls Nov. 8, through a site they're calling VoterDrive.us. Uber offers up to $10 off your first ride. The company has, in previous elections, expanded the break on election days in the United States and in cities in Canada, India, South Africa and other countries as a way of attracting new users and appearing public-spirited.
September 19, 2016 |
Every morning, my iPhone reminds me to log in my food choices for the day, courtesy of a weight-loss app. The messages are pretty innocuous: "Don't let hump day get you down! Log in now!" "Eat your veggies!" And depending on my mood, I see them as encouraging or annoying. But the real stumper is whether or not they change my behavior, a question also posed by researchers who are trying to harness cellphone technology to improve diabetes care. "With 92 percent of the population in the U.S. carrying cellphones, the technology is ubiquitous," said Janice Miller, a diabetes educator and assistant professor at the College of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University.
September 19, 2016 |
More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. But most of those who are trying to lose weight are probably failing, given the bleak data on people who manage to keep off excess weight. One of the many aids developed to help are weight loss apps for smartphones. Their usefulness is mixed, but the hunt is on to find more effective tools. Drexel University psychology professor Evan M. Forman, co-director of the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change, and his team are working on two new apps that they hope will make the weight loss quest easier.
September 18, 2016
Points to consider when shopping for an app to help manage diabetes care 1. Are you looking for a wellness app or a medical app? Wellness apps allow you to log in material, such as food consumption, exercise minutes, and blood glucose readings, while medical apps recommend how much insulin to take, when to take medications, etc. Medical apps are supposed to have undergone clinical and human factor trials and received FDA clearance. 2. What do you want from your app? Do you want to lose weight, increase exercise, receive support?
September 5, 2016 |
Everything has gotten so much busier for Cristina Martinez. So much bigger. Ever since last month, when Bon Appétit magazine named the small eatery Martinez and her husband, Ben Miller, run out of a South Philadelphia rowhouse as one of the top 10 best new restaurants in America. "Happiness can't be bought. But two unimaginably delicious tacos and a bowl of consommé can, and the bill is $12," the magazine raved about South Philly Barbacoa. (The place is truly crazy good.
September 2, 2016 |
Technology has improved almost everything about the experience of going out to a bar: Plan your night with a group text, get there in an Uber, split the bill on Venmo, and document it all on Instagram. But getting a drink in a crowded bar? It's still just as much of a hassle as ever. First, shout your order over the din, then pay with cash and wait around for change, use a credit card and wait for the receipt, or start a tab and try to remember to close it out at the end of the night.
September 1, 2016 |
When Jack and William Maguire-Wright were 2, their mom, Jennifer, introduced them to a PBS drawing app. It was a creative activity they could enjoy together, and they loved being able to paint with their fingers "before they were even able to hold a crayon," Maguire-Wright of Mount Airy said. "The intent was to be able to interact with them using technology while still getting human feedback. " Now 4, the boys can navigate some apps on their own - like finding their favorite show on Netflix or using the Endless Reader literacy app. But their parents still enjoy using apps with them, Pokémon Go being a current favorite.
August 28, 2016 |
We love our four-legged pals to pieces, crave time with them, feel terrible when we're apart. Thank heaven (for little girl and boy animals) that a growing crop of innovators is working in the pet-tronics and pet-care space, helping to reassure us that Fifi and Fido are doing well even when we're many miles from home. Smile for the camera. Surveys suggest that "checking in on the pets" is a core reason for purchase and use of web-connected home- security cameras. Most video snoopsters also have a built-in speaker, so app-linked viewers can remotely coo words of comfort or bellow, "Get off the couch!"
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)