June 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Dashboard technology that lets drivers text and e-mail with voice commands - marketed as a safer alternative - actually is more distracting than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found. Automakers have been trying to excite new-car buyers, especially younger ones, with dashboard infotainment systems that let drivers use voice commands to do things like turning on windshield wipers, posting Facebook messages or ordering pizza. The pitch has been that hands-free devices are safer because they enable drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
May 24, 2013 |
Guy Grady Garrison, 85, of Radnor, professor and dean emeritus at the iSchool, Drexel's College of Information Science and Technology, died Monday, May 13, of heart failure at his home. "Since joining the college as professor and dean in 1968, Dr. Garrison was an integral leader, mentor, and friend of the Drexel community," the university said in a statement on its website. He served as dean for 19 years, until 1987, when he became the first Alice B. Kroeger Professor. He retired in 1992.
April 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Technology companies led the Standard & Poor's 500 index to an all-time closing high Monday. The stock market has recovered all the ground it lost over the previous two weeks, when worries over slower economic growth, falling commodity prices, and disappointing quarterly earnings battered financial markets. The S&P 500 index rose 11.37 points to close at 1,593.61. The 0.7 percent increase nudged the index above its previous closing high of 1,593.36, reached April 11. A pair of better economic reports gave investors encouragement.
April 6, 2013 |
Maybe someday, Alesia Brown joked, the futuristic Star Trek idea of instantaneously producing food items directly from an advanced computer system will come to Philadelphia's Central High School. If it does, said Brown, the teacher technology leader and computer support coordinator at Central, she would not be surprised. In the 30 years that Brown has been working with computers at Central, she has seen many changes in technology and its uses at the academic magnet high school.
March 31, 2013 |
John Marcucci knew that building the Gloucester County Institute of Technology baseball program was a major construction project. He just didn't realize that some of his first players would take such a literal approach to the job. "When we started, we had players come to practice in work boots and jeans," Marcucci said. GCIT has come a long way in seven seasons. The Cheetahs made the state tournament for the first time in 2010, won a playoff game for the first time in 2011, and reached the South Jersey Group 2 championship game in 2012.
March 16, 2013 |
If people are inside Larry Korff's Shore house in Loveladies, N.J., he can "see" them on his video camera from 72 miles away. In early spring, his summer home will "tell" him by text when the plumber stops by to turn the water back on. And never mind those days of entering a stuffy, shuttered house on a Friday night during a heat wave in August. "I can put my air conditioner on two hours before I get down to my beach house, and it'll be very comfortable when I arrive," says the businessman, 61, who also has burglary and fire alarm systems in his Wynnewood home, as well as a programmable thermostat, and sensors on the sump pump and basement walls to detect flooding.
February 19, 2013 |
Heart disease in women Does a heart attack really feel like an elephant on your chest? Not always, particularly if you are a woman. A study last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women, especially those under 45, were less likely than men to have chest pain before a heart attack. Symptoms can be more subtle: nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, and discomfort in the neck or back. Subtlety can be dangerous: For both sexes, the absence of the classic chest ache was linked to delayed hospital trips, slower care and a higher death rate.
February 17, 2013 |
When Delaware County officials recently hired a consultant to help solve a vexing funding shortfall for the county's 911 center, they were not alone in their concern. Across Pennsylvania, local and state leaders are talking about changing the way county 911 operations are paid for. The primary source of revenue for the call centers are monthly fees charged per phone line. The bottom line, many county leaders and others say, is that those dollars are not keeping up with the cost of these ever more highly technological - not to mention expensive - systems.
February 15, 2013 |
Richard E. DeFrancesco, 68, of Chester Springs, who grew from building a radio as a boy to supporting defense, space, and medical projects with his technological knowledge, died Sunday, Feb. 3, of a heart attack at Paoli Hospital. From the start, Mr. DeFrancesco, a Philadelphia native, was curious about how things worked, so he constructed a radio from Radio Shack parts. He was instantly hooked on such pursuits, and the foundation for his engineering career was laid, his family said.
February 8, 2013
IN TELEVISION, you get what you pay for, sooner or later. And in the case of Dish's Autohop technology - which allows DVR users to skip commercials while playing back programs from the four major networks - the price might be higher than advertised. Because those commercials we all love to hate? They pay for the "free" programming we don't want interrupted. Yes, yes, I know. "There's nothing good on network TV, anyway. " "I only watch cable. " "My dog ate my remote. " Great.