December 15, 2013 |
This app provides a quick visual take on popular destinations - it's like having a concierge in the palm of your hand. Name: Jetpac City Guides Available for : iPhone, iPad What it does: Analyzes public Instagram photos and turns their research into fun, bite-sized, list-driven guides to 5,000 cities around the globe. Cost: Free What's hot: It's a wild, refreshing destination guide using Instagram photos - whether you're looking for Hipster Hangouts, Bars That Women Love, Top Outdoor Places, Top Urban Spaces, Top Places to Stay or more.
December 13, 2013 |
Back in the day, "Just do it" was the standard exercise mantra, a simple, silent pact between an individual and his or her motivation. Well, that's so Rocky Balboa. Today's data-drenched workout world doesn't need no stinkin' willpower of steel - just a USB port, Bluetooth and an Internet connection. Smart bracelets, smart goggles and other techy stuff worn on our bodies are turning us all into cycling cyborgs and robo-runners, with enough built-in coaches and clever distractions and real-time performance readouts to raise a top athlete's game and get the most dedicated couch potato moving.
December 13, 2013 |
Yahoo's email service outage, or what has come to be known on Twitter as #YahooMailFail, is entering its fifth day and continues to keep some users from accessing their messages. The company said Thursday that it has restored access to email for 97% of the affected users. It said it was able to deliver 80% of the messages those users missed during the outage, which began late Monday night. By now, those figures have likely improved, but many users are still tweeting that they cannot access their accounts.
December 10, 2013 |
Apple will be giving away digital gifts every day for 12 days after Christmas to users of an app released Tuesday. The app, called "12 Days of Gifts," is available in the Apple App Store. Each day during the promotion users will be able to get a new gift, which could be a song, app, book, movie or something else that is available through Apple's digital stores. "Each day's gift will only be available for 24 hours, so download the free app to make sure you don't miss out," Apple says in the app's description page . PHOTOS: Top 10 most-talked-about people, topics on Facebook in 2013 The promotion will run from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6. This is the first time that Apple has launched the "12 Days of Gifts" marketing campaign in the U.S. The promotion has been previously offered in other countries, according to 9to5Mac.com . The "12 Days of Gifts" app is available for the iPhone , iPad and the iPod Touch.
December 10, 2013 |
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to create computer software, and you feed him for a lifetime. That is how the saying goes, right? A homeless New York City man named Leo Grand released a smartphone app called Trees for Cars on Tuesday, after learning how to code software over the last three months. Grand's story has been documented since August when he was approached by Patrick McConlogue, a professional programmer who offered him two options: $100 or a cheap laptop , programming books and daily computer coding lessons.
November 29, 2013 |
Credit "Thanksgivukkah" for Instagram's busiest day ever. The combination of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah helped make Thursday the busiest day ever for Instagram. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing social network didn't give any statistics, but it said this is the second year in a row that Thanksgiving broke Instagram's usage record. PHOTOS: Top tech deals on Black Friday Last year, the company said, more than 10 million photos whose captions included Thanksgiving-related terms were posted, and for several hours photos were being uploaded at a rate of more than 200 per second.
November 26, 2013 |
What do you give a loved one who's got everything? How about a small figurine of yourself? A new app has been released for Kinect, Microsoft's motion sensor device for Windows computers and Xbox game consoles, that can be used to create 3-D selfies. The app, Shapify.me , works by having users stand a few feet in front of the Kinect. The app then asks users to pick a pose that they can easily hold for at least a minute. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' Shapify.me will then scan users for a few seconds before asking them to turn 45 degrees to the right so it can scan another angle.
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November 26, 2013 |
Amardeep Singh is a typical American guy -- born in New Jersey, raised by a soccer mom, die-hard Yankees fan, player of fantasy football, married with two kids, attorney. Yet almost every time he travels, he said, he is pulled over by TSA agents for a secondary screening. Why? Singh is Sikh. For religious reasons, he wears a turban. And the turban makes TSA agents nervous. Most times he flies, said Singh, agents pat down his turban and swab his hands for traces of chemicals.
November 25, 2013 |
Waze users can now add a little laughter to their rides thanks to newly added voice commands by comedian Kevin Hart. The Google-owned navigation app is now letting users adjust their settings to select Hart as the voice for their turn-by-turn commands. "Kevin's got your back, keeping an eye out for traffic hazards and getting you where you need to go," Waze said in a blog post . "Bonus -- he's hilarious. " Need a laugh? Let this website come up with your next Facebook status To enable Hart's voice commands, users need to go into the settings portion of the Waze app, then tap "Sound" and choose the "English - Ride Along" option.
November 20, 2013 |
The brilliant brains of many new cars can share their secrets through the Internet, allowing car owners to be alerted through their smartphones about when exactly to fill up with gas, what might be causing that funky engine noise and when their children are taking out the family car for joy rides. Now, several companies are trying to give owners of many older cars the same ability to constantly and wirelessly access the knowledge hidden in on-board diagnostics units. The companies are building gadgets somewhere in between a Fitbit-like health monitor, a motion sensor and Google Chromecast.