June 29, 2011
THE GIZMO: The consumer electronics industry turned New York City into a tech wonderland of product showcases and seminars recently. And they called it CE Week. SPECTRUM GRAB: In his keynote speech, Consumer Electronics Association president/CEO Gary Shapiro called for Americans to sign a "Declaration of Innovation," supporting policies that promote creative and economic growth for U.S. tech concerns. Tops on the agenda - Senate passage of the Spectrum Act (S-911)
June 9, 2011
An app war is brewing. Pressure to break the grip of app stores and the need for multiple versions of applications to run on the slew of devices out there are driving some companies, notably media outlets, to test tablet apps that essentially are websites. These apps include new ones for NPR , Huffington Post , and, this week, the Financial Times and could help these companies avoid paying the likes of Apple Inc. and Google Inc. an outsize cut of tablet-derived revenue.
May 29, 2011 |
The Trenton Line into Center City: A couple of guys tap at their iPads, cruising e-mail, scores, stocks, games. A few women are immersed in their Nooks or Kindles. If you've ever seen this picture, you've seen support for studies of how we use new media such as tablet computers (iPad, HP Slate, Motorola Xoom) and e-readers (Nook, Kindle, Sony Reader). In a study released in August, Forrester Research found that 56 percent of computer tablet owners are male, while 55 percent of e-reader owners are female.
May 18, 2011
THE GIZMO: While a certain Mr. Jobs opines that tablet computers work right in only one size, other makers see a competitive market developing in small, medium and larger (i.e., Apple iPad) sizes. We certainly see the logic in a trio of new models we've been testing from BlackBerry, T-Mobile/LG and Acer. SCREEN GEMS: While clearly a work in progress (with software upgrades appearing every few days), the 7-inch-screen BlackBerry PlayBook from Research In Motion already has a whole lot going for it. It's proven to be my favorite among the three new tablet computers I've been testing.
May 13, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - There was a time when Steve Mehta was on his laptop nonstop. Nowadays, he hardly touches it. The 43-year-old attorney uses his tablet computer to highlight legal briefs, take notes for court cases or flip though a digital version of the California probate code. "The laptop is so limited," Mehta he said as he stood against the wall of a crammed Los Angeles subway car, watching an episode of Modern Family on his tablet. "But everything you want to do, this thing does.
January 10, 2011
Prostate-cancer patients fare better with exercise While there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for prostate cancer, new research suggests there may be a universal supplement to treatment: exercise. The authors of the report, published online last week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, used a research database of 51,529 men whose health and habits had been tracked for 18 years; 2,705 were diagnosed with prostate cancer during that time and deemed appropriate for analysis.
September 22, 2010
Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc., of Chadds Ford, said today that the Food and Drug Administration had granted priority review status for a new formulation of Oxymorphone, a pain medication. The new formulation is for a long-acting tablet that is crush-resistant, to thwart non-medical abuse and accidental overdoses. It is designed for "the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain in patients requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioid treatment for an extended period of time," the company said.
May 19, 2010 |
Philadelphia doctor Ronald S. Brown was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for giving thousands of people illegal prescriptions for painkillers and tranquilizers in 2008 and 2009. At times, the supposed patients were lined up on the sidewalk outside his Germantown home, from which he illegally prescribed nearly 50,000 doses of OxyContin, Percocet and Xanax, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Foa. It was the second time Brown, 60, was sentenced for illegally distributing medical drugs.
January 10, 2010 |
It's the most eagerly awaited tablet since Moses. As with the tablets handed down from on high, no one knows what's on it. Or even what it is. They know only that it's coming. Loud is the hype surrounding what's popularly called the "Apple tablet. " Many observers, including Ken Doctor, news-industry analyst for Outsell Inc., expects it to be "a 10-inch tablet with features like an iPhone, big enough so I can actually read easily. " Bloggers and media snoops claim it will, in unprecedented, cosmos-rocking ways, combine popular applications (Web?
August 19, 2004 |
Susan Perloff lives and writes in Philadelphia At the time of her suicide five years ago, my mother had taken her seventh Paxil tablet. Until that moment, no one knew she was suicidal. Even the doctor who wrote the prescription was surprised she took her life. She died on a Friday in August, at home, alone, with every detail perfectly planned. She arranged for her husband to eat lunch with a colleague, strongly suggesting a particular restaurant some distance from home. So she had plenty of time.