June 26, 2016 |
Before shelling out big bucks for an alarm system, take basic measures to improve your home's security. Many effective strategies cost very little or nothing. Most burglars enter homes by opening unlocked doors or windows, or by pushing, kicking, or prying locked ones until they open. Some break glass to reach in and unlock windows or doors. Only a few will break enough glass to walk or crawl through, or bash in a well-secured door, and they seldom pick locks. So start by making doors and windows as difficult to penetrate as possible.
October 22, 2015 |
Lawyers for a group of China-based scrap-metal recyclers have asked a federal court in New Jersey to return $5.5 million in cash, a Porsche Cayman Coupe, and a Texas warehouse, all seized last winter during a Homeland Security probe of worn coins sold to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. Federal border control agents acted illegally when they decided the worn coins were fakes and seized the mint's payments to Wealthy Max Ltd., America Naha Inc., and XRacer Sports Co. Ltd., along with the car and warehouse, their lawyer, Bradford L. Geyer wrote in a filing asking a federal judge in Newark to dismiss the case.
June 4, 2015 |
"Hey, Siri, will home automation and smart security play a big part in my future?" Pundits have been saying just that, predicting a multibillion-dollar business built on web-connected home-control devices you install yourself or pay others to connect and monitor. And if you ask the dear girl today on your Apple smartphone or tablet, Siri will answer in the affirmative. Ditto local interested parties at Lehigh Valley's Lutron Electronics and Malvern's Zonoff Inc. On Tuesday, Siri's corporate parent, Apple Inc., unveiled the first wave of home automation products sporting a "Works with Apple HomeKit" logo.
July 5, 2014
ISSUE | STAYING SAFE Leave it to the pros The increase in fireworks-related injuries is easily explained, and I speak from experience as a commander for nine years of the Police Department bomb squad ("Fireworks-related injuries zoomed last year," July 2). Laws regarding who can purchase and use fireworks in Pennsylvania are as murky as the Schuylkill, making fireworks too accessible. That often puts them in the hands of individuals who have been drinking. Most disturbing, some adults allow children to use fireworks.
January 11, 2013 |
AS "ZERO DARK THIRTY" sparks debate over waterboarding, we're left to wonder if there might be some other way to obtain information from enemy non-combatants. I'd suggest forcing them to watch "A Haunted House," the new Marlon Wayans movie and alleged comedy, a parody of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. A parody that is, in its own way, more horrifying than the real thing. "House" stars Wayans as Malcolm, a single man about to invite his girlfriend (Essence Atkins) to move in with him. For about two minutes, it looks like Wayans might be on to something - looking for humor in the idea of a significant other invading your house and upending your life like some kind of poltergeist.
September 19, 2012 |
Tyco International Inc., the global conglomerate based in tax-friendly Switzerland but operated by a group of Philadelphia-area executives from offices near Trenton, is breaking up again. The company's shareholders voted Monday to approve chief executive Edward Breen's plan to spin off its best-known consumer brand, the ADT home and small-business alarm service, into a separate company, ADT Corp. The stock will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 1. ADT hopes to use what Naren K. Gursahaney, who has run the unit since 2007, calls the "cool factor" of home automation - new systems using smartphones and other remote devices to link to home video and temperature sensors, check security networks, connect to local law enforcement, and turn on lights, appliances and utilities.
May 26, 2012
Special Events Annual Tango Festival Featuring workshops, social dances & performances. Ruba Club, 416 Green St. $30-$250. Closes 5/27. Decorate-a-Cupcake Fridays Bakery provides chocolate & vanilla cupcakes, icing & all the toppings to make your own cupcake. Bredenbeck's Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor, 8126 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-7374. Donations accepted; free 12 and under. Germantown White House Exhibits Interactive exhibits featuring George Washington's family & household.
April 19, 2012 |
As the owner of a solar-energy business with offices in four states, Len Biko travels frequently. But you might say he never fully leaves his Chester County home. He takes its control pad with him. From his smartphone, iPad, or laptop, Biko can see live video feeds showing what's going on inside the house and at its front and back doors. He can switch lights on and off, and raise or lower the thermostat. He can watch his garage door from the inside — a camera starts recording the moment it opens.
June 8, 2011
In the Region Pa. House to vote on benefits bill Pennsylvania's House of Representatives has scheduled a vote Monday on legislation that would keep 20 weeks of federally funded extended benefits from ending June 11 for 45,000 unemployed Pennsylvanians. The benefits are the final 20 weeks of payments anyone can receive. If passed, a retroactive measure in the bill would allow benefits to be restored, even after June 11. The extension is just one part of the legislation, which is designed to deal with the state's unemployment trust fund, now insolvent.
January 26, 2009 |
Louis Stilp had a nice idea of helping parents keep track of their children through their cell phones. But TruePosition Inc., Stilp's company, really made it when the technology was adapted to geographically pinpoint someone dialing a 911 emergency call over a cell phone. In 2000, Stilp sold TruePosition, of Berwyn, for several hundred million dollars to Liberty Media Holding Corp., and its equipment is now on about 75,000 cell towers. The Drexel engineering graduate was not done.