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.
February 15, 2012
THE GIZMO: Apptivities and App-cessories seize the day at the 109th Annual American International Toy Fair. Kids (and toy makers) have often turned household items into favorite playthings. Say, connecting tin cans and string to make a primitive phone. Or poking plastic body parts into a vegetable or piece of fruit - how the enduring Mr. Potato Head was born 60 years ago. Today, the apple of kids' eyes is often mom and dad's smartphones and tablets. The young 'uns are all over 'em, even when the devices aren't hosting a storybook or "Yo Gabba Gabba" video.
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.
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 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.
September 18, 2011
Need to spice up your weekends? Think outside the box - and your own backyard. Adventure Weekends West, for iPhone and iPad, is an app that offers information on 99 adventure getaways in California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. Name: Adventure Weekends West Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: Offers ideas, information, descriptions and photos for 99 adventure getaways in California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska.