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.
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.
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.
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?
December 5, 2011
PERLMAN AT KIMMEL Israeli-born classical music superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman takes the stage with pianist Rohan de Silva to perform Schubert's Rondo for Violin and Piano in B minor, D. 895, Op. 70, "Rondeau Brillant"; Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 100 and Hungarian Dance No. 3; and Saint-Saëns Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75. Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St., 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $40 to $100, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org....
November 30, 2011 |
More than any other object, I love buying books. Some colleagues might argue otherwise, pointing to my desk drawer filled with heels. But I own more books than shoes - honest! - and holding a novel provides the sort of pleasure a pump never can. You do not join dear friends in a boot group. At least not that I'm aware of. 'Tis the season of the tablet. Cyber Monday spawned spam pushing every Nook and Kindle. I remain conflicted. Our shelves are crashing from myriad volumes, many never to be opened again, while so many more wait to be read.
November 17, 2011 |
With a swift strike and counterpunch, Amazon and Barnes & Noble just opened a new theater in the Tablet Wars. Call it the Battle of the Booksellers, 7-inch edition. Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's $249 Nook Tablet, unveiled in quick succession Tuesday and Wednesday, each hope to capture part of the territory Apple staked out less than two years ago when its hugely successful iPad created a whole new product niche. With its 9.7-inch touchscreen - a size that many, including Apple founder Steve Jobs, considered perfect for personal use - iPad owners can read, watch movies and TV, play games, surf the Web, or basically do anything else imaginable on a computer.
November 8, 2011 |
SALEM, Ore. - Oregon was first in the nation to have all residents vote by mail. Now it's pioneering another idea: Vote by iPad. Voters in five counties are filling out and returning their mail-in ballots for a Tuesday special primary election to replace former U.S. Rep. David Wu, who resigned after a sex scandal. A handful will mark their ballots not with a pen but with the tip of their finger. It's the latest attempt at using new technology to help voters with disabilities cast ballots privately.
November 3, 2011 |
The success of Apple Inc.'s iPad isn't just drawing more competition to the tablet market. It is attracting thousands of counterfeit and knockoff products. On a single day in July, almost 18,000 fakes and clones resembling the iPad and Android devices were available for sale on 23 e-commerce sites, according to MarkMonitor Inc., a San Francisco-based firm that helps companies protect their brands. The tablets can be illegal - for instance, if they have a bogus Apple logo - and often they do not work well and have no warranty protection, said Fred Felman, chief marketing officer of MarkMonitor.