June 24, 2012 |
The growing crop of digital wallet offerings is making it easy to pay for a variety of everyday things with just a few phone taps. Smartphone apps usually email you an electronic receipt, so no more crumpled wads at the bottom of your purse or pocket. But watch out, once you start paying with your phone, it may be hard to go back to pen, paper and plastic. Stores and restaurants Retail stores, coffeehouses and restaurants are increasingly getting wired to accept mobile phone payments.
February 16, 2012 |
A new furor has erupted over digital privacy concerns following disclosures that Twitter Inc. and other social networking companies are reaching into people's smartphones and retrieving their personal contact information without getting explicit permission. Twitter acknowledged this week that anyone who used its "Find Friends" feature on iPhones and Android phones was also sending every phone number and email address in his or her address book to the company, something that was not made clear to users.
March 26, 2013 |
Since the beginning of time, or at least until Sony rolled out the Walkman, listening to music has been a stationary experience -- you went to the source of the sound, whether it was a bunch of tribesmen beating their drums or the stereo system in the living room. But the Walkman and then Apple's iPod dramatically changed the way we listen to music. And now music apps are transforming the experience even more by turning smartphones into portable jukeboxes and radios. Because there are so many music listening apps coming out these days it's hard to keep track of them.
August 31, 2012 |
Labor Day is almost here, and you know what that means: the end of summer and a whole lot more traffic. But don't despair. Your smartphone can help ease you through this time of traffic transition. With the right app, you can turn your iPhone or Android phone into a potent weapon to fight the onslaught of back-to-work highway congestion. If, like me, you have no sense of direction and have lost your Garmin, I highly recommend Waze - a free app that helps users avoid traffic and gives verbal directions like the Garmin car navigation device.
May 9, 2011 |
When it comes to mealtime, I usually don't pay much attention to calories. I eat until I'm full, and then I stop. Briefly. But I can report that a recent breakfast — a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats, frozen blueberries and skim milk along with a few steak fries left over from the night before — added up to 343 calories, more or less. I can also report that if I wanted to lose a pound in the coming week, I should try to limit myself to about 2,100 calories for the entire day. And if I managed to get away from the computer long enough to exercise, I'd have extra room for a cup-sized serving of Haagen-Dazs pistachio ice cream (580 calories)
August 28, 2011 |
A variety of smartphone applications are being launched to help smooth out driving an electric vehicle. Some, such as the Chargepoint app, point out nearby charging stations on a map. Coulomb Technologies Inc. created the app to help users find the chargers it is installing across the country. The app notes whether stations are available, in use or out of service, all in real-time. It can also distinguish between free and paid chargers and be used to make reservations. ECOtality, an electric-vehicle infrastructure developer also in the midst of a nationwide build-up, launched a similar app linking to and named after its growing network of Blink charging stations.
November 24, 2011 |
Most people approach the annual rite of sending holiday cards with all the enthusiasm of filing income tax returns. It's just one more chore on a long to-do list this time of year. But this holiday season Silicon Valley is taking the wraps off an early Christmas gift that could make sending cards cool again: new smartphone apps that make it faster and easier to create and mail cards to far-flung family and friends. The card-sending apps from Apple Inc. and other companies work on iPhones, iPads and Android devices in a few minutes for a few bucks: Just download the app, choose a design and a photo, add a sentiment and click "send" to someone in your address book.
May 14, 2013 |
BlackBerry announced its third new device of 2013, a low-cost smartphone with a physical keyboard. The new smartphone, Q5, appears to be a basic version of the BlackBerry Q10, another smartphone by the Canadian company that is set to go on sale in the U.S. this summer. The Q5 is aimed at emerging markets and will begin selling in July. The phone will be available in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. No word on when or if it will come to the U.S. and how it would be priced.
January 16, 2011
Editor's note: Web Buzz will now also focus on apps for smart phones. Name: mTrip Travel Guides, http://www.mtrip.com Available for: iPhone, Android What it does: You get detailed trip planning and travel guide information for more than 20 cities across Europe, Asia and the U.S. from content partner Falk CIS, a European travel guide publisher. You can build an itinerary; get hotel, restaurant or activity suggestions; use offline maps; send postcards, and more.
June 30, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful article on Half Dome by Christopher Reynolds ["A Full View of Half Dome," June 16]. We were reminded, word by word, of our 83 years' experience in "our" valley. My wife, Virginia, first visited with her parents as a newborn, her mom and dad having spent their honeymoon in July 21, 1922, at Camp Curry. My introduction was made by Virginia the week after my discharge from the Army in 1955. Our four children have spent many summers in Yosemite Valley.