August 8, 2013 |
The custom-suit comeback - replete with cuff links, pocket squares, suspenders, and gingham-checked dress shirts - has arrived in the City of Brotherly Love. Within the last two years, three companies offering made-to-measure services hit the Philly streets: Indochino, Robbini Bespoke, and Suitsupply. Before those, Henry A. Davidsen Master Tailors & Image Consultants and Commonwealth Proper started making inroads as a new generation of tailors. And don't forget the established haberdasheries we've come to know and love - Ron Wilch Custom Tailoring and Boyds Philadelphia.
September 23, 2012
Toddy Gear has come up with an innovative twist on cleaning cloths for cellphones, GPS units, and other small electronics. The triangle-shaped Toddy Wedge not only wipes smudges off your screen; it also doubles as a stand. The bottom edge of the microfiber silk cloth is stuffed like a little pillow, creating a niche for the phone to nestle in while remaining more or less upright - like a hankie-shaped little sofa for mobile devices. The cloth has an antibacterial coating and comes in a wild range of colors and patterns, from neon paisley to pink peace symbols and pin stripes.
November 6, 2012
Philadelphia School District officials have their eye on millions in federal funds they hope to reap through grants to be awarded in December. The Race to the Top program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, has previously awarded money to 21 states and the District of Columbia for programs aimed at boosting student achievement. Now, the department is offering money to individual school districts that plan to "personalize learning, close achievement gaps, and use 21st-century tools to prepare students for college and careers.
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.
August 29, 2010 |
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.
December 6, 2013 |
Did shoppers spend a ton on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and through the beginning of this week? Did stores make their numbers? Are iPads still the hot buy, malls the place to be, and is the Internet Hoovering more sales than ever? Speculation seems foolish when the real data doesn't come out for a few more months. So instead of nibbling on unripe questions, feast on a few nuggets about the gift-giving race. What follows should make the guessing game a bit interesting, if incomplete.
July 13, 2013 |
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.
February 6, 2014 |
Months after Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. dissolved a technology partnership, Comcast-owned NBCUniversal announced Monday that it has opened a $17 million, 340-employee technology center at its complex in Englewood Cliffs, Bergen County, N.J. This is the same complex that houses CNBC, NBCUniversal's cable-TV business news channel. The new technical center, which includes the futuristic-looking NBCUniversal Media Labs, is part of a broad investment by Comcast into software engineers and innovation in its cable-TV, Internet, and entertainment businesses.
October 26, 2000 |
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.
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.