May 11, 2015 |
The visitor who was run over and killed by a Ride the Ducks vehicle Friday in Chinatown has been identified as Elizabeth Karnicki, 68, of Beaumont, Texas, police said. Police also said a witness reported seeing the victim walking while looking at an electronic tablet and crossing the street against a red light just before she was hit. The duck boat - an amphibious boat and street vehicle - was westbound on Arch Street toward the busy intersection at 11th Street about 5:20 p.m. when it struck Karnicki.
December 11, 2014 |
Caitlin Zielinski, 10, thought she wanted a phone for Christmas. She did online research to find models that would meet her requirements - she could text, call, and play games like Be Funky and Skyburger - while acknowledging her parents' - they could tighten the reins if she texted too much or tried to download unapproved apps. Ultimately, Caitlin decided she didn't want to deal with monthly bills, so she revised her Christmas wishes: A laptop is now at the top of her list. Not all children are as likely to weigh the pros and cons of their technological gifts-to-be.
May 2, 2014 |
In a bid to attract younger crowds, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. is planning to introduce gambling on smartphones and tablets at Parx Casino in Bensalem. "The idea is to try to expand our business, create more revenue both for us and the state by offering something that would appeal to a whole new generation of slots players," John Dixon, Greenwood's chief technology officer, said Wednesday at a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hearing in Harrisburg. Greenwood Gaming's attorney, Alan C. Kohler of Eckert Seamans, told the board that the company would like to file a petition in the next three to six months seeking permission to introduce a system called betcloud.
October 25, 2013 |
What do you do if you have more than $145 billion in cash on hand - enough, say, to pay off Detroit's bankruptcy nearly eight times over? If you're Apple, you use some to update much of your product line in time for the holidays. You build on your lead in some areas, and answer competitors' advances in others. Oh, and you cut your laptop and desktop prices by a couple hundred bucks, and start giving away key software. Apple's pitch has always been that it charges more for premium products built around an integrated hardware-software ecosystem.
July 30, 2013 |
The Delaware River Port Authority is spending twice the original cost estimate to buy iPads for its top officials. The 26 electronic tablets for DRPA commissioners and senior staffers will cost $17,995, according to a memo sent to Gov. Christie's office Friday. A DRPA spokesman had said earlier this month that the cost was expected to be about $9,000. The difference was attributed to more people getting iPads than originally anticipated, spokesman Tim Ireland said Friday. The iPads will replace paper agendas and reports delivered monthly to 16 commissioners and to senior staffers and administration officials in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
June 22, 2013
The Riddle of the Labyrinth The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code By Margalit Fox Ecco Press/HarperCollins. 384 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Richard Di Dio If George Smith, the 19th-century Assyriologist, supposedly stripped and ran screaming with excitement through the British Museum upon finally translating the Epic of Gilgamesh , what might happen with a translation exponentially more difficult?...
April 12, 2013
ON SATURDAY, Microsoft opens a pop-up-style specialty store at the King of Prussia Mall, offering a "curated selection" of Windows PCs and tablets, Surface PC/tablet hybrids, Xboxes, Kinect peripherals, games, software, mice, keyboards and more. Samsung is going the trendy, store-within-a-store route with Samsung Experience Shops inside Best Buy. starting this week at the stores on Bethlehem Pike in Montgomeryville and Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philly. This Experience will expand in the next week or two to Best Buys around the region.
February 15, 2013 |
Microsoft's new Surface Pro is tough to pigeonhole. Is it a tablet that doubles as a laptop? A teeny laptop that doubles as a tablet? An upgrade to last fall's Surface RT that runs actual Windows 8? A svelte solution to the age-old hassle of taking work home or on a plane? On the surface, here's the Pro: an $899 tablet that, with a couple nifty add-ons, morphs into a $1,100 micro-laptop. With its sharp, HD display and Windows 8's "live tile" apps, the touch-screen tablet will keep its owner engaged for four or five hours without a power cord.
January 9, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Nearly six years after Apple's iPhone turned the smartphone into a hub of the high-tech universe, mobile technology continues to capture an outsize share of a trillion-dollar global consumer-tech market. But this year's Consumer Electronics Show, which opens here Tuesday, demonstrates that the focus on mobile apps hasn't slowed innovations of every variety. Reports on the eve of CES 2013 showed that spending on smartphones and tablets continued to surge everywhere in 2012, even as Europe struggled with a recession, U.S. growth sagged, and sales of single-function devices such as cameras and GPS units slumped - cannibalized by the growing capacities of apps on mobile devices.
December 30, 2012 |
WENCHI, Ethiopia - The children in this village wear filthy, ragged clothes. They sleep beside cows and sheep in huts made of sticks and mud. They have no school. Yet they all can chant the English alphabet, and some can make words. The key to their success: 20 tablet computers dropped off in their village in February by a U.S. group called One Laptop Per Child. The goal is to find out whether kids using today's technology can teach themselves to read in places where no schools or teachers exist.