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March 26, 2013 |
SAN YSIDRO - Two eternal truths about crossing the Mexican border: It's worth the drive to Rosarito Beach for Tacos El Yaqui. And coming back is hell. In the last several years, crossing the border from the Mexican side has become a test of nerves. Two-, three-, even four-hour waits are typical. As you burn gas, jockey for position in the lanes and swerve to avoid the vendors and begging children who weave on foot between cars, you are consumed by feelings of helplessness and rage that cannot be assuaged by all the striped blankets, Sponge Bob piñatas and plaster Last Suppers in the world.
March 22, 2013 |
The smartphone revolution has invaded every facet of modern life, even the sanctity of the saloon. But there are some useful applications that can take your beer-hunting into the digital realm. Apart from the all-purpose apps like Yelp and the social networks, here are a pair of useful options for your iPhone or Android device that can help you find places to drink, discover new beers, and even remember what was in last night's ill-advised flight of imperial stouts. TapHunter is an app that can help you find those elusive brews that you've been hunting.
March 13, 2013 |
There's a new device you might not want to blow off. Breathometer began taking pre-orders Wednesday for its keychain-sized breathalyzer device that plugs into a smartphone and tests a user's blood-alcohol concentration level. The Breathometer, which works in conjunction with a smartphone app, is taking reservations on Indiegogo . The Burlingame, Calif., company plans to begin shipping the device this summer if it can raise $25,000. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Breathometer says it hopes the device and app will help users drink responsibly.
February 17, 2013 |
A social travel guide that will change the way you decide where your next vacation will be. Name: Minube Available for: Android, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad What it does: The Minube app sets your sights on the world, literally, with pictures, videos and destination recommendations from its community of more than 500,000 real international travelers. It had a solid start in Europe and Latin America before launching in the U.S. Cost: Free What's hot: It's the best travel inspiration finder I've seen in a smartphone app. I love the versatility.
February 7, 2013 |
The new BlackBerry Z10 won't come to the U.S. until March, but it's already out in other countries and sales are hot, according to the maker. BlackBerry's new Z10 touch screen smartphone has gotten off to a better start in Britain than any of the company's previous models, it said. To be precise, the Z10 is "selling almost three times better" than previous BlackBerry models have in their first week, according to a Bloomberg report that cites company Chief Executive Thorsten Heins as the source.
February 6, 2013 |
Twitter plans to release an update for its Apple and Android apps Wednesday that will make it easier for users to open links from the apps' Timeline. The update would fix an annoying feature of the app that required users to go through two separate pages to open up a link. Currently, when users tap on a link, the tweet containing that link expands and displays a new page. Users then have to tap the link a second time before they are taken to the link's web page. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 It might seem trivial, but heavy Twitter mobile app users will no doubt appreciate the faster process.