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.
May 10, 2013 |
Apps for a pet? You bet. Smartphone applications will help you choose the right sort, find one for you to buy, and then coach you on feeding and training. What kind of dog would suit your lifestyle? Try Perfect Dog - Ultimate Breed Guide to Dogs , for iPhone and Android. The Perfect Dog app opens to an alphabetical listing of breeds, but tap "Group" and you see the breeds listed under categories such as "companion," "herding," and "designer. " To get more specific, tap "Match" and begin choosing the canine characteristics you think you are looking for: size, living space, need for exercise, behavior type, and so on. Then tap "Go. " The results I got ranged from "Pretty good matches" to "So-so" to "Probably not for you. " If you see a dog while you are out and about and are baffled about its breed, you could ask the owner.
April 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Boston Marathon bombers were headed for Times Square to blow up the rest of their explosives, authorities said yesterday, in what they portrayed as a chilling, spur-of-the-moment scheme that fell apart when the brothers realized the car they hijacked was low on gas. "New York City was next on their list of targets," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators from his hospital bed that he and his older brother decided on the spot last Thursday to drive to New York and launch an attack.
April 15, 2013 |
WHEN IT comes to cracking down on gun violence, New York has become America's model city. Word is out that police and prosecutors in the Big Apple don't mess around when they catch people who carry or use illegal weapons. It is unlawful to carry a gun without a New York license, even if the owner has a permit from another municipality. Hunters avoid driving through the city, fearing they could get nabbed. And punishment is swift and harsh. In 2007, New York passed a 3 1/2-year mandatory-minimum sentence for illegal gun possession.
April 6, 2013 |
Peter Beik, 16, has noticed an ad campaign from Samsung for its Galaxy S III smartphone, but the iPhone user doubts that it will dent Apple's dominance of the industry. "Samsung's ad campaign for the GS III, it's not so much saying, 'Look at how cool our product is,' but rather, 'Hey guys, we make phones, too,' " said Beik, a junior at Masterman High School. Like many consumers, he believes that Apple will continue to dominate the global information technology race, with other companies playing catch-up.
April 6, 2013
Have you ever noticed people so glued to their smart phone that the mobile device appears as if were a part of them? One would think that the iPhone was the greatest invention since, well, the iPhone. Check it out the next time you are at a food court in the mall, or at school, or waiting to see your doctor - we are so caught up in our high-tech world that we might often miss some of the simple, fleeting moments of life. A recent survey found that some of us interact with our mobile devices an average of 40 to 80 times a day. That leaves very little time to inhale and smell the roses.