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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.
TRAVEL
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.
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.
NEWS
June 13, 2014
M ICHAEL D'ALFONSO, 48, of Drexel Hill, is founder and CEO of Social WiFi, in Bala Cynwyd, which provides mobile commerce and Wi-Fi hotspot technology for local merchants. With four full-time employees, the firm just launched E-Pay WiFi, a mobile marketing platform with which consumers get free Wi-Fi in exchange for opting in to get digital coupons and daily deals from merchants. Q: How'd you get the idea? A: We began working on a cost-effective marketing platform that enables small business owners and merchants to mass engage local consumers on their smartphones and mobile devices using Wi-Fi.
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
February 17, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a view of the "jobless recovery" - there are still fewer Americans employed today than in 2008, despite rising business profits and share prices - take a look at what has changed at Vanguard Group's Chester County campus. And what hasn't. Vanguard assets have tripled, to nearly $3 trillion, since the stock market bottomed out five years ago. Its popular index portfolios, targeted-date retirement funds, and other products now account for nearly one-fifth of the U.S. mutual fund industry.
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
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.
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