August 3, 2012 |
For the nation's new weather-alert system, Wednesday was a spectacular local debut. The frightening "Severe alert! Flash flood warning" messages certainly caught the attention of mobile-phone users across the region. The only problem: Most of the folks who received the warnings that afternoon were in no danger whatsoever. Philadelphians learned what people in the San Diego region had discovered two days earlier: The alert system has a major technological glitch. Some of the areas warned were far removed from the areas endangered.
July 26, 2012 |
A company whose mobile app offers a "social reader" that can be customized to capture news and blog content that users find especially engaging. A company whose software connects people with similar interests as they search the Internet, and fosters collaboration among them. A company that aims to improve the effectiveness of ads delivered to mobile devices. Those are the three new tenants of the Project Liberty Digital Incubator, founded by the parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and the Philly.com website to encourage innovations in digital media and funded by a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
June 26, 2012 |
The Assembly approved legislation to allow mobile gambling devices at Atlantic City casinos was approved 77-0-2 Monday — allowing the Shore resort to offer what Las Vegas has offered since 2006. "In order to remain attractive to visitors and competitive with neighboring states, it's important that Atlantic City keep up with the latest innovations and trends," said Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D., Gloucester), one of the prime sponsors. The bill, described by sponsors as "a smart 21st-century adaptation," allows patrons to enjoy gaming while waiting for a dinner reservation at a casino restaurant, at a casino lounge, or poolside at any A.C. casino.
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 4, 2012 |
Soon Philadelphians will be able to report problem potholes, trashy blocks and broken streetlights on their smart phones with the city's new, free 311 mobile application. Managing Director Richard Negrin said yesterday that the city's nonemergency call center, which handles a million calls a year, could roll out a mobile app by summer. The announcement followed a question posed by City Councilman Bill Green during Tuesday's budget hearing. "We're absolutely going to have one," Negrin said.
April 4, 2012 |
SOON Philadelphians will be able to report problem potholes, trashy blocks and busted streetlights on their smartphones with the city's new free 3-1-1 mobile application. Managing Director Rich Negrin said Tuesday that the city's nonemergency call center, which handles a million calls a year, could roll out a mobile app as early as this summer. The announcement followed a question posed by City Councilman Bill Green during Tuesday's budget hearing. "We're absolutely going to have one," Negrin said.
March 12, 2012 |
Getting to the school in a remote Tanzanian village meant 22 hours of travel, including three plane rides and an exceedingly bumpy, four-hour Jeep trek. But Sister Francesca Onley, the 79-year-old president of Holy Family University, is glad she made the trip. With money from a United Nations organization, Holy Family teamed with a Stanford University professor to give handheld learning computers and phones to teenagers who live in impoverished conditions who had little previous experience with technology.
December 25, 2011 |
I've got less than a week to finish off everything I started during 2011. I'm one of those people who need a clean slate at the beginning of every new year. I don't think I've ever actually achieved that goal, but I always make the effort with great enthusiasm. However, I don't believe in greeting the new year with a list of resolutions. For example, when I decided in 2003 to lose 90 or so pounds (which I've been able to keep off for almost nine years), the effort began in July.
November 24, 2011 |
Pick up a smartphone or tablet, and you're picking up a small powerful computer. But does that mean it's just as vulnerable as your laptop to malware? Could your phone start taking orders from a botnet, or record your calls and send audio files to an attacker? Could your tablet start signing you up for useless subscriptions, or shipping your private data to cybercrooks in Siberia? Thankfully, the answer to all those questions is probably no - though with an asterisk pointing to the phrase, "It depends on how you use the device.