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September 12, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
WHILE THE tech press obsessed over Apple product speculation, actual gadget news was happening at the giant IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. SENSATIONAL SOUND: Wireless (WiFi-fed) sound systems that let you stream the same or different music to every room in your house are a booming, beautiful thing. Newcomers Monster, Harman Kardon, Polk, Definitive Technology and Panasonic demonstrated sweet systems at IFA. Market leader Sonos showcased user enhancements and popped the news yesterday that it's debuting the premium-sounding (true CD quality)
BUSINESS
September 11, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
The biggest iPhones ever, with new and improved sensors. A new mobile-payment system with Apple's pedigree and a promise to protect your financial data. A camera with a long list of gee-whiz features such as 240-frames-per-second video. And, coming next year, an Apple Watch that aims to upend the fledgling market for wearable technology - and that starts at $349 and requires an iPhone to work. It's hard to avoid superlatives when talking about a company that lays claim to creating the most revolutionary consumer product in a generation - the smartphone - and that boasts a world-leading market value of nearly $600 billion.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
APPLE WILL CLAIM the center stage today with announcements of new, bigger, maybe even renamed iPhones and, most likely, the maker's first entry in the smart-watch category. Should you dump your current gadgets on the resellers market? Buy Apple stock? All will be revealed at 1 p.m. with an event streaming at apple.com/live . Here's what it will take to get Gizmo Guy hustling off to the Apple Store.   The 'iPhone 6' * Screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches are widely confirmed, up from the current 4-inch on the iPhone 5S and 5C. Phone makers like Samsung have been eating Apple's lunch with larger-screen models.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
If you're thinking of gambling on the coming Alibaba Group IPO, hear out this tech bull and growth-company fan. He's not buying. The Chinese version of eBay, Alibaba promises explosive growth and has filed to raise between $21 billion and $25 billion in its initial public offering. Paul Meeks, director of institutional investing at Saturna Capital and portfolio manager of the Sextant Growth Fund (symbol:SSGFX), isn't comfortable with the online retailer's accounting, or the fact that the China tech darling has several times rewritten its offering documents.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
M ORGAN BERMAN, 29, of Fairmount, is founder and CEO of MilkCrate, a mobile app that has been described as "Green Yelp with Soul. " Berman, who has a master's degree in sustainable design from Philadelphia University, got frustrated having to look on Google for eco-friendly businesses in Philadelphia. A 30-day Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, launched Sunday, had raised at least $4,410 of a $20,000 goal as of yesterday. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for MilkCrate? A: There was so much great information on websites, but no central place someone could go to figure out how to live more sustainably in Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 21, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Corbett announced Tuesday that Apple Inc. would provide a free online educational resource through iTunes that features courses and other programs, such as algebra 1, biology, and English language arts, the core-curriculum subjects that students must pass in order to graduate from high school. In an appearance at Concord Elementary School in Garnet Valley, Corbett called Pennsylvania Learns on iTunes U a "virtual one-stop shop of high quality information ... all at the fingertips of Pennsylvania students.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
It may seem a little like bringing coals to Newcastle, but the small show of Cézanne still-life paintings soon to open at the Barnes Foundation is more like bringing a shiny apple to school. In fact, it's a lot like bringing many apples to school - along with a skull or two. "The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne" opens in the Barnes' special exhibition space on June 22 and runs through Sept. 22 before traveling to the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, where it will be a centerpiece of the gallery's 2014 centennial exhibition season.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Three years ago, Madison Square Garden embarked on a three-phase, $1 billion renovation to the "World's Most Famous Arena. " Concourses were widened. Ice-level suites were added. A sparkling new scoreboard was hung. Every seat was ripped out of the building. Apparently, also cleaned out was any ability for the Flyers to string together three periods somewhat resembling professional hockey there. Amid the buzz and the bright lights of Broadway, the Flyers' biggest stars from Broad Street simply forgot to show up in a befuddling, 3-1 loss last night that could serve as an ugly harbinger of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp., which inked a deal last month with streaming service Netflix Inc., is now talking with Apple Inc. about advancing that company's long-cherished dream of entering the streaming TV business in a big way, according to sources and a published report. The recent Comcast/Apple discussions are considered very preliminary. Apple, manufacturer of the iPhone and the iPad, also is speaking with programming companies about acquiring additional entertainment or news content. Apple TV's current content includes free movies, TV reruns, and music.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
DISNEY Channel graduate Vanessa Hudgens goes gritty again in "Gimme Shelter," playing a homeless, pregnant teen who finds refuge in a shelter. It's Hudgens' second consecutive I'm-a-grown-up-now role - she was one of the armed party girls in last year's over-the-top consumerist satire, "Spring Breakers. " "Gimme Shelter" is a far more sober affair - it's drawn from the work of Kathy DiFiore, a New Jersey woman who opened her home to pregnant teens in the 1980s, and who has since expanded to a string of not-for-profit shelters in the state.
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