January 10, 2013
Glass markers with personality Wine markers are great for stemware, but we've been to one too many gatherings where we try to remember where we set down our stemless glass. Solve the problem with these colorful figures that stick with tiny suction cups. And have fun assigning markers to your party guests. Who is Sneaky? Macho? Curious? Vacu Vin Party People Glass Markers, $6.95 for 12 at Sur La Table stores, or www.surlatable.com . - Ellen Dunkel iPad slipcover Many a cook has discovered the joy and convenience of cooking with an iPad, with literally millions of recipes and images at your fingertips.
August 14, 2011
Need a room? Orbitz's hotel app makes booking a breeze. Name: Orbitz-Hotels. Available for: iPad. What it does: Allows you to search the worldwide Orbitz hotel database based on your current location via GPS or by typing in an address, city, or zip code. Same-day bookings are available. Cost: Free. What's hot: Usability is extremely fast and efficient. The search results are displayed with the essential info on the left (hotel name, price, star rating, reviewer score, and location)
May 8, 2011
I'm always looking for a better USB car charger, one that won't get in my way or come loose from the car's power socket. Scosche's PowerPlug low-profile USB car charger for iPod, iPhone, and iPad solves both prob- lems, and brings some extra oomph for faster charging of power-hungry devices such as the iPad. The charger is designed to fit flush in the power socket, so nothing sticks out to get knocked loose or hog space. The 2.1-amp circuitry provides speedier charging than the typical one-amp car charger.
January 15, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Concert pianist Bob Taub watched his teenage daughter strive to learn the violin, and wondered: Could he design a digital tool to help her see and hear the exact notes where she was going astray? Last week, six years into an add-on career as an inventor, Taub was here at the massive International Consumer Electronics Show, moving his idea a bit closer to reality. His invention, MuseAmi, is already at the heart of an iPhone app that may prove to be the ultimate Karaoke tool.
September 21, 2012 |
The new Kindle Fire HD may not stir you to pass along your old iPad as a hand-me-down. But if you own an earlier small tablet running on Android or another operating system, or even last year's original Kindle Fire, you'll want to take a close look. The Fire HD isn't for everyone. Like its predecessor, it still draws potshots for seeming, as one critic put it, "like a shop window onto the world's biggest content department store. " Yet Amazon has refined an already impressive $199 device, while foreshadowing what it promises before Thanksgiving: an 8.9-inch Fire HD, including a 4G wireless version, that will compete more directly with Apple's 9.7-inch iPad.
August 5, 2012
A mobile trip itinerary planner popular with business travelers. Name: WorldMate Available for: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Phone. What it does: WorldMate helps you plan, book, and manage your trips. You'll be notified of delays and cancellations; you get a currency converter, a tip calculator, weather reports, and info on local restaurants, businesses, and more; and you can connect with your LinkedIn friends. Cost: Free / $9.99 (upgrade to Gold)
July 29, 2012
Here's a do-it-yourself travel-guide app and website that have promise. But will the operators hurry up and develop more cities and itineraries? Name: http://www.tripomatic.com Available for: iPhone, iPodtouch and iPad What it does: Helps you plan a day-by-day trip itinerary Cost: Free What's hot: I love the idea of making a day-by-day itinerary and then downloading it as a PDF when I'm done, as well...
April 5, 2013 |
Maybe it was the inflated claim of $1,500 for a stolen iPad that first caught the attention of insurance investigators. Or the report that there had been more than $116,000 in jewelry in a Louis Vuitton purse left on the backseat of the Lexus parked in Chester that was later reported stolen. But what sealed the case against Latrell Taylor of Morton, officials say, were her claims that the jewelry came from a store that had yet to open, and that the diamonds were a gift from her then-boyfriend who was in jail when the purchase was allegedly made.
September 29, 2011 |
Call it the shot heard 'round the high-tech marketplace. In a single salvo Wednesday, Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, fired directly on the last big bookstore chain standing, Barnes & Noble; hurled a shot across the bow of Apple and every other technology company; and even gave old-fashioned retailers new reasons to worry. Amazon's ammunition is four new versions of its Kindle, a brand introduced just four years ago for an e-book reader that has already upended the world of book publishing.
April 12, 2011 |
NEW ORLEANS - Tasers. SUVs. A top-of-the-line iPad. A fully loaded laptop. In the year since the Gulf oil spill, officials along the coast have gone on a spending spree with BP money, dropping tens of millions of dollars on gadgets and other gear - much of which had little to do with the cleanup, an Associated Press investigation shows. The oil giant opened its checkbook while the crisis was still unfolding last spring and poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Gulf Coast communities.