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.
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 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.
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.
October 15, 2012 |
Last year, Alex Groth and Kevin Jennison wanted to help charities and donate money to causes they cared about, but as busy and financially strapped college kids, they felt like they couldn't do anything that'd make much of an impact. So instead, they invented a way to donate money to charity just by surfing the Web. Groth and Jennison, both of whom now work for a start-up in Silicon Valley, created Tab for a Cause, an app for Chrome or Firefox Web browsers that will automatically donate fractions of a cent to charity each time someone opens a new tab. That may not seem like much, but those pennies can add up when you think of the number of tabs each person opens up each day. It works this way: The app replaces the blank pages that come up when you open new tabs to go to a website with special pages designed by the team at Tab for a Cause.
December 29, 2013 |
Here's an app that can help make your road trip more organized and less full of the kinds of surprises that leave you shaking your head. Name: Road Ninja Available for: iOS and Android devices What it does: Identifies your location and points you, exit by exit, toward gas stations, hotels, shops, camping, restaurants, pharmacies, coffee and more. You could even find popular hot spots for sushi, tacos and desserts, and it can handle unusual requests such as hot dogs or bagels or even finding government services.
June 18, 2012
Film buffs are eager to see where famed Hollywood stars lived and visit the locations of classic films. But few want to haggle with vendors who stand by the road selling star maps. But thanks to Turner Classic Movies, cumbersome maps are history. The Hollywood Homes & Classic Film Locations app available for iPhone and iPod Touch offers a look at 100 Hollywood locations including the homes of the rich and famous, movie studios, celebrity hangouts and film locations. TCM host Robert Osborne is on hand to introduce the app's features.
July 11, 2012 |
Google's just-released Google+ iPad app is slick but could use a bit more tweaking before you make it a regular hangout. At first glance, the user interface is well laid out and visually satisfying. Large photos display beautifully and boldly. Posts appear as large, photo-centric tiles that are easy to read and access, and the animation makes it appear that tiles are just floating into place. Unlike the iPhone app's black background, the one on the main page of the iPad app is a light whitish-gray.
November 20, 2012 |
Classic rock fans have an opportunity for a little more satisfaction with the new Rolling Stones Official App that is available for download free from iTunes starting Tuesday and initially exclusively for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. “We wanted to do something a bit special and innovative,” singer Mick Jagger said in statement. “An app that really connects with the user, lots of exclusive content, integration with social networks, and the ability to make a song request for the upcoming shows.” The content Jagger referred to includes previously unreleased interview footage and performances shot during preparation for upcoming Rolling Stones Live: 50 & Counting tour dates in London, Brooklyn and Newark, N.J. Users also will be able to vote for songs the band will play on the tour.