September 12, 2013 |
A fingerprint sensor to provide the ultimate security. A dual-flash camera that reads color temperatures and adapts. A 64-bit processor that adds speed and power. It's easy to shrug off the latest advances from Apple, which largely seemed to confirm Silicon Valley rumors Tuesday when it unveiled two new iPhones, the 5S and the 5C, that will go on sale Sept. 20. Yes, it's true: The top-of-the-line iPhone 5S will boast built-in fingerprint authentication, to add a layer of security that would seem sci-fi spectacular if Disney didn't already use something similar at its theme parks.
August 23, 2013
EATS BEAT * Sample from 17 burger interpretations at the Wilmington Burger Battle, presented by the Kenny Family Foundation to benefit the Ministry of Caring's Emmanuel Dining Room. The event takes place noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Twin Lakes Brewing Co., 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville. $45 ($50 at the door) includes food, beer tastings, soft drinks and music. wilmingtonburgerbattle. brownpapertickets.com. * Culinary literacy is all the rage, and where better to school yourself than the Parkway Central Library?
July 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Apple Inc. broke antitrust laws and conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices significantly in spring 2010, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, citing "compelling evidence" from the words of the late Steve Jobs. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said Apple knew that no publisher could risk acting alone to try to eliminate Amazon.com's $9.99 price for the most popular e-books, so it "created a mechanism and environment that enabled them to act together in a matter of weeks to eliminate all retail price competition for their e-books.
July 5, 2013 |
Independence Day coincides this week with remembrances of the pivotal Civil War battle 150 years ago at Gettysburg. So, here are smartphone applications for studying that battlefield - in person or virtually - and for grilling up a revolutionary red, white, and blue barbecue. Gettysburg Battle App is one of several Neotreks apps for Android and Apple devices that commemorate Civil War conflicts. Others cover the Battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg, for example. The Gettysburg app holds a series of maps and narratives for taking walking tours that explain each day of the battle.
June 21, 2013
After putting up some eye-popping numbers with Taiwan's EDA Rhinos (.352 average 43 RBIs, 8 homers in 49 games), Manny Ramirez figures it's time for the big leagues. The Rhinos said they tried to keep Ramirez (promising to raise his monthly pay from $25,000 to almost $60,000, which is a lot of money in the Chinese Professional Baseball League) but the 41-year-old, 12-time all-star said he missed his family. He left Taiwan and was to arrive in New York on Friday. "This whole thing with Manny in Taiwan was a phenomenon.
June 19, 2013 |
For anyone with a smartphone or tablet, it is the most fundamental of gestures. A simple swipe or "pull" of the finger, and the screen is "refreshed" - revealing the presence of new e-mails, tweets, messages, whatever. The brainchild of some vast corporation? Nope. Meet Loren Brichter, a low-key 28-year-old who lives in Bella Vista. "Pull-to-refresh" was a feature of an app that he created in 2008, which allowed people to use Twitter with their iPhones. Twitter bought him out in 2010, and after working there for a year or two, he now has created another company.
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 9, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. has a lot riding on next week's introduction of its new mobile operating system, even though new devices are not expected to surface until later in the year. Monday morning will see the kickoff of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers' Conference. At the keynote session, chief executive Tim Cook and other top executives are expected to preview the latest versions of iOS and OS X - the operating systems that power the company's family of computing devices that include the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computer lineup.
May 31, 2013 |
A clever assortment of smartphone applications can augment your experience of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, which runs from June 10 to 16 at Merion Golf Club on the Main Line. Follow the high-profile event and get into golf with these apps. Golf Channel is free from the NBCUniversal-owned cable outlet. The app features a home screen of news feeds, with items tiled in rows. Tap the sprocket icon to reach settings, where you can reorder items on the home screen to your liking.
May 24, 2013 |
Jaded by juggling multiple remotes? Confounded by the connections linking your TV to your cable box to your DVD and other devices in your television room? Ignorant of how to switch inputs - or even which control to use? You know who you are, and some of you have spent time at my house. Microsoft, the long-dominant software-maker lately eclipsed by Apple's smartphones and tablets, says it has an answer: a central command station for your television, gaming, music, Internet video, even Skype video calls - all controlled by your voice and gestures.