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April 6, 2013
Have you ever noticed people so glued to their smart phone that the mobile device appears as if were a part of them? One would think that the iPhone was the greatest invention since, well, the iPhone. Check it out the next time you are at a food court in the mall, or at school, or waiting to see your doctor - we are so caught up in our high-tech world that we might often miss some of the simple, fleeting moments of life. A recent survey found that some of us interact with our mobile devices an average of 40 to 80 times a day. That leaves very little time to inhale and smell the roses.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2010 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
With many thousands of "apps" available for smartphones and other devices, finding the right ones for helping you manage your finances could be daunting. These sites can simplify. Shop, get gas. Here, from 20somethingfinance.com, is a list of "best" money-saving personal-finance apps for devices that run on Google's Android software. The list includes Gas Finder, which identifies nearby gas stations and what they're charging, and ShopSavvy, which compares prices on any item whose bar code you can scan.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2013 | By Barbara Ortutay and Michael Liedtke, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. is reshuffling its business in an attempt to promote faster innovation and a sharper focus on devices and services. The move by the world's largest software maker comes amid lukewarm response to the latest version of its flagship Windows operating system and a steady decline in demand for PCs as people turn to tablets and other mobile gadgets. CEO Steve Ballmer said in a memo to employees Thursday that the changes mean the company is "rallying behind a single strategy" and organizing by function.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
By late July, drivers in Philadelphia will be able to pay for parking with their cellphones and other mobile devices, under a contract announced Thursday by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. The PPA selected Pango USA, an American subsidiary of an Israeli company, to create a parking mobile-payment system that will allow users to pay by using a PPA smartphone app, visiting a PPA website, or calling an interactive voice system. Users will be required to pay a "convenience charge" of 1 cent per transaction, and there may be additional "minor" fees, PPA spokesman Martin O'Rourke said Thursday.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2000 | By Miriam Hill, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Venture capitalists and bankers gave the green light to Internet traffic service Traffic.com yesterday, giving the Wayne company $45 million in funding. That's among the largest amounts given to a young company this year, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Money Tree survey. Traffic.com, of Wayne, uses roadside traffic sensors to monitor the volume and speed of traffic on major routes. Computers analyze the numbers and factor in reports from drivers, pilots and cameras to predict delays so that drivers, by monitoring Traffic.
TRAVEL
October 30, 2011
Epson's new Stylus NX430 Small-in-One mobile copier/scanner/wireless printer is not the tiniest model on the market. But it's the smallest full-featured multitasker to be able to handle full-size 8.5-by-11-inch paper, including iron-on and photo paper, as well as envelopes. The NX430 has a 2.5-inch LCD touch panel and high-speed memory card slots for PC-free photo selection and printing; USB and WiFi connectivity for printing e-mails and file attachments from mobile devices; and a range of photo-enhancement functions.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - A group of about 100 high school students traveling from New York to Atlanta Monday were thrown off a flight, along with their chaperones, after the pilot and crew lost patience with some kids who wouldn't sit down and put away their cellphones. The teenagers, all seniors at the Yeshiva of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, were ordered off the AirTran flight about 6 a.m. Monday as it sat at a gate at LaGuardia Airport. AirTran's parent company, Southwest Airlines, said in a statement that flight attendants asked passengers several times to take their seats and put their mobile devices away.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. will announce Tuesday the launch of cloud-based digital-video recorder services in the Philadelphia area, New Jersey, and northern Delaware. Cloud-based DVR service places more of Xfinity cable onto distant computer servers as compared with residing on set-top boxes inside the home. Comcast says it will introduce the additional cloud-based Xfinity features to other U.S. markets through 2014. The new DVR services come with Comcast's X1 platform, which Comcast has said it will license to other cable companies and which blurs the line between cable TV and the Internet.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Renmatix , the King of Prussia company that hired former Gov. Mark Schweiker three years ago to help scout locations for biofuel refineries, among other duties, is still raising piles of money. But it has shifted its focus from building its own large-scale facilities to licensing larger companies to use its Plantrose high-pressure process for converting waste into fuels and plastics. It's not that the oil-price crash has depressed the alternative-fuels market, says Mike Hamilton, the former Rohm & Haas executive who is Renmatix's chief executive officer.
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Ten thousand thousand fruit to touch," as Robert Frost puts it in "After Apple-Picking. " He was talking about apples. But Apple-picking is now slang for the theft of one of the most lucrative things you can steal: a cellphone. And Philadelphia, according to the AAA, is the number-one town in the United States for Apple-picking. Now, after industrial dickering and resistance, consumers may finally get some control of the situation. At issue is the so-called kill switch, a way for owners of stolen or lost mobile devices to lock them and/or erase info on them remotely.
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