March 29, 2013
WOULDN'T it be great to have Wi-Fi wireless Internet connectivity everywhere for our gadgets? Someday maybe we will - if big guns like Google and Comcast and forward-thinking municipalities ever decide to build hot spots to totally blanket the town. But at the moment, we can make do with freedom-breeding, Wi-Fi signal-spreading devices such as the D-Link DAP-1320 Wireless Range Extender and Novatel's aptly named MiFi Liberate mobile hot spot. Plug 'n' Play Designed for home use, the tiny D-Link plug-in booster does a pretty decent job of extending the signal range of your current wireless router, which improves the speed and stability of signal reception at "fringe" zones far removed from the wireless router.
April 9, 2012 |
Philadelphia Media Network Inc. released its 2012 Philly Pro Baseball app for the iPad, iPhone, Android phone, and Android tablet Monday. The publisher of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com said the app, which was developed in-house, will provide Twitter updates, blogs, columns and articles from the newspapers' Phillies' sportswriters. It also incorporates a play-by-play feature that will enable Phillies' fans to follow the progress of a game. The price of the app is 99 cents for the iPhone version and $2.99 for the iPad on Apple's iTunes, free on the Google Play app store, and 99 cents for phone and $1.99 for tablet on Amazon's Appstore for Android.
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.
March 5, 2013 |
It's early on Saturday evening, and South Philly's own Rocco Palmo emerges from what he calls "the bunker" after a week of hunkering down and heads toward Center City. It's time for a breather. Time for a change of scenery. Grab it while you can because on Monday, "the craziness" will simply grow in intensity. Palmo, 30, hair already thinning, body all angles, conversation careering from baseball to Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua to iPads and back again, is smack-dab in the middle of something no one alive has seen: what happens when a pope resigns.
January 17, 2012 |
FRESNO, CALIF. - Police say a woman who shot her two children, their father and a cousin in California's Central Valley and then committed suicide took video of herself on her iPad as she smoked methamphetamine several hours earlier. The apparent murder-suicide by Aide Mendez, 23, began Sunday morning after an argument she had with the father of her two children, Eduardo Lopez, 33. Lt. Mark Salazar, homicide commander for the Fresno Police Department, said that police arrived to find Lopez outside the Silver Lakes Apartment with knife and gunshot wounds.
December 8, 2011 |
With so many tablets on the market this season, even a dedicated technophile is likely to fear an overdose. There's the iPad, of course, and wannabes such as Samsung's Galaxy, an Android tablet designed to mimic the iPad's mix of size, power, and price. There are discounted tablets that use the Android, RIM, or Windows operating systems. There are even kiddie tablets such as the Vinci and InnoTab aimed at the "edutainment" sweet spot. (Will clicking now count as a developmental milestone?
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...