April 26, 2012 |
Picture this: Kindle Fire users finally get to join in the addictive fun of Draw Something. Amazon announced the app's release in a tweet on Wednesday night. Google Android users were already drawing stuff with the app, but the Kindle Fire tablet, which runs on an altered version of the Android operating system, doesn't have access to the apps on Google Play . Draw Something is also available for iOS users . Zynga's popular social sketching and guessing game comes in the free and ad-free $1.99 versions for the Fire.
February 20, 2012 |
Would anyone describe typing on an iPhone as a pleasant experience? I think the answer lies in all those "sent from iPhone, excuse any iTypos" signatures out there. Here to texters' rescue is Braille Touch, a new app that enables people to type messages on an Android or iOS touch screen without having to look down. The app is designed for people who are visually impaired, but that doesn't mean the rest of us can't use it too. "We have become slaves to keyboards that are too small and that have too many buttons," Mario Romero, a post-doctoral fellow at Georgia Tech's School for Interactive Computing and the lead researcher on a paper about Braille Touch, said in an interview with The Times.
February 14, 2011 |
It’s getting easier to arrange trips to Las Vegas using smart phones. MGM Resorts , which owns 10 properties along the Strip, has expanded its apps service to include devices that use Google’s Android system. Previously, they were available for iPhone users only. In March, the company plans to roll out apps for Blackberry’s OS too. The apps allow potential visitors to view and book guest rooms, order food from room service and even watch video previews of current shows.
September 6, 2013 |
The Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband is one of the latest entries in the growing field of wearable fitness tracking devices. The wristband, arriving on the heels of the Jawbone Up and the Nike Fuelband but priced lower at $99.95, is a cool little gadget that, like the others, motivates you to up your activity game. Unlike its predecessor, the Fitbit One, the Flex is a minimalist silicone bracelet that comes in small or large, black or slate, to be worn 24/7 so you're always on the hook.
December 30, 2010 |
The other day I went to the movies and forgot my BlackBerry. This proved disastrous, not because I missed any calls but because during the five or so minutes before the trailers began, I found myself in the terrifying position of having nothing to do. As nearly everyone in the theater soothed themselves with Facebook Mobile or tiny, hand-held rounds of poker, I had no choice but to be alone with my thoughts. Needless to say these thoughts were a self-loathing duet of "Ugh, why did I forget my BlackBerry?"
June 26, 2012 |
Facebook introduced a new native Messenger app for users' computers. The app lets you "chat with friends without opening Facebook," according to Facebook's message introducing the app. The app is only available to Windows users, but the company has said Mac users will get it soon. It officially launched in March after leaking in December, and it is slowly rolling out to users. ROUNDUP: The freshest Facebook features The app, Facebook's first native desktop app, uses the same branding as Facebook's mobile Messenger app, which received an update on both Android and iOS on Monday.
July 21, 2012 |
When it's time to meditate, sit comfortably, focus your attention … and reach for your smartphone? More and more people are doing just that, ifApple's iPhoneApp Store is any indication - a search for "meditation" results in more than 1,000 possible downloads. But isn't the point to unplug? The guidance offered in these apps "allows you just to let go and stop worrying about whether you're doing it right," says Stephan Bodian, a psychotherapist in Tucson and the developer of the Mindfulness Meditation app. "You can just relax and let yourself be led. " Plugging in to a meditation app - having turned off the phone's ringer and other functions, of course - could have a host of benefits.
July 3, 2013 |
If Chief Executive Elon Musk was at all concerned about Tesla's position as the most technologically advanced electric car on the market, a new app designed for Google Glass just might cement the luxury brand's status. Software engineer Sahas Katta, who at 24 years old has already founded two tech companies, has created an app that allows Tesla owners to control a host of car functions from the head-up displays on Google Glass. GlassTesla lets drivers check how much battery and range their cars have left, stop and start charging to avoid paying higher rates at peak hours, and find the vehicles on a projected map -- all done remotely through Google Glass' Internet connection.
June 26, 2013 |
Lookout, a smartphone security app, said its software will now flag adware -- mobile advertising that could be a security risk -- on Android devices. The company defines adware as mobile advertising that interrupts users' experience. Some malicious adware has been known to surreptitiously gather the user's contact information. Lookout updated its Android app Wednesday to quickly notify users know if they have downloaded an app that contains adware. PHOTOS: The 10 biggest tech gadget fails If Lookout detects adware has been installed on a user's phone, it will let users choose to either ignore the threat or begin a removal process that will uninstall the app containing intrusive mobile ads. The company said adware is prevalent in 6.5% of the apps found on the Google Play app store.
March 21, 2012 |
The Mega Millions jackpot is still up for grabs at $290 million and counting, one of the biggest jackpots ever . You may have the numbers you're loyal to, but some of us are fairly random about it. As with everything, there's an app for that. If you're in one of the 42 states -- yes, California is one -- then you can take a chance. The game is simple, as Rene Lynch at the Nation Now blog explains : "Players pick six numbers from two different pools: The first five are numbers from 1 to 56, and the sixth is chosen from numbers 1 to 46. You win by matching all six numbers.