June 14, 2012 |
THE FIRST DAY of classes at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School last fall had "kind of an Oprah moment," recalled Jason Corosanite. All 250 of the school's sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were gathered at its Broad and Oregon location. Each was presented with an iPad to use throughout the school year. "You could hear the shrieks for blocks," said Corosanite. Clearly, it's not every student who gets to start (as opposed to end) the school term with the chant "no more books.
May 10, 2012 |
MOMS LOVE GIZMOS. They have a kitchen full of them—and several floating in their purse and plopped on the night table. And if you're looking to add to their pleasure (and, OK, the clutter), Gizmo Guy has some good last-minute suggestions for gifting this Mother's Day. Pad that tab A thoroughly modern mom is never without her tablet computer. If yours is toting the new, third generation iPad, she could happily wrap it in the Belkin Keyboard Folio. Unusually slim, light and versatile, this protective polyurethane cover can either flip behind the screen or form a stand on which the iPad can rest at different viewing angles.
May 9, 2012 |
Comcast Corp. made available to its cable-TV subscribers the WatchESPN service for iPhone and iPad devices, part of the TV Everywhere initiative. The WatchESPN app is free and allows Comcast subscribers to stream ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU to the mobile devices. Comcast subscribers also can watch the channels on WatchESPN.com if they provide their Comcast credentials. Later this week, Comast says WatchESPN will be available on XfinityTV.com. Comcast acquired the mobile-streaming rights to ESPN content in a 10-year rights deal, valued at about $26 billion, with the Disney Co in January.
April 29, 2012 |
Near the end of The Tempest by William Shakespeare, the magician Prospero promises that he'll retire, that "deeper than did ever plummet sound, / I'll drown my book. " Starting with the 1623 First Folio collection of Shakespeare, where it is the very first play, books have brought The Tempest to millions and millions of people. And now . . . there's Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad. Prospero would love it. It's like Ariel in a box. This app is, for one thing, an e-book, a carefully edited text of the play you can read just as in a book, 1616- or 1990-style.
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.
March 25, 2012
Whimsical time-waster or travel hero - you decide. Name: www.visastamper.com What it does: Creates a virtual representation of your passport. Back up your passport using the Visastamper website, or enter the dates and locations you've been to and Visastamper will create a passport for you. You can also stamp your current location while on the road, or use its iPhone or iPad app to help. What's hot: The graphics and stamps are cool. It really does look like a passport.
March 8, 2012 |
HERE'S the nitty gritty on "the new iPad" announced by Apple in San Francisco yesterday and going on sale worldwide on March 16. What it costs: To keep the "post-PC revolution" going, prices will still start at $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only version, bumping up to $599 for 32GB and $699 for a 64GB tablet, in your choice of black or white case. Also, the older 16GB iPad 2 will be priced at a more "school-friendly" $399, said Apple CEO Tim Cook. Screen improvements: The new screen maintains the familiar 9.7-inch size but now boasts QXVA 2048x1536 resolution.
March 8, 2012 |
An Apple executive touts the new iPad as "this magical pane of glass that can become anything you want it to be. " But for all the buzz about brilliant colors and blazingly fast 4G wireless speeds, here's what grabbed Tim Bajarin's attention when he finally got to handle the new iPad at its San Francisco unveiling Wednesday: its stunningly sharp text. Not fully trusting his memory, Bajarin reached into his briefcase for his own iPad 2 to compare the new iPad with Apple's previous gee-whiz tablet.
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.
January 29, 2012
Name: PicCollage Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: Helps you create a photo collage from your library photos, Facebook albums, or pics from the Web (if you're only pretending you took a trip to Africa). You can impress your mother, brag to your coworkers, and make your vacation look even better than it really was, all before you pack your suitcase to return home. Cost: Free. What's hot: It could be the fastest way you'll ever find to organize a batch of photos.