If you're flying to see family anytime soon, you might want to look over Mel Martin's list of his favorite apps for holiday travel. He lists his choices for everything from turn-by-turn GPS driving directions (Navigon, $32.99) to keeping track of flight departure and arrival times (Flight+, $3.99). I use Flight+ myself, and I like it. If he weren't limited to five apps, I might also have suggested Just Landed ($1.99), an app meant to be useful when you're waiting in the arrivals area, instead of departures. It tracks inbound flights and traffic conditions and uses them to give you an alert when it's time to leave for the airport to pick up whomever you're picking up. And when we're driving — most of our travel is on the road — we like using My-Cast ($3.99) to keep track of weather conditions. It's getting a little long in the tooth, but it's still my favorite weather radar and forecast tool. Add an annual severe weather subscription, and you can get an alert every time there's a lightning strike within 20 miles (definitely worth the investment here in Florida)....
You might think everyone is done with their holiday shopping by now. Or you might be like me. I'm not in the market for a new iPhone or iPad right now, but if you are, you might find MacRumors' list of the best holiday deals useful. An iPhone 5c for as little as $20? Who wouldn't want to know about that?...
They'll start playing automatically, under the social network's current plan, but mercifully without sound. As always, the questions with any ad-based revenue model are: Will you watch the ad, or scan past it? And more importantly, will you buy something because it's advertised in your Facebook news feed?...
It'll be a while before you can buy one of these to help you around the house, but it's still pretty cool. A Defense Department competition at Homestead Miami Speedway will welcome 17 humanoid robots that will try to climb into vehicles, drive them, open doors — all things a person can do easily, but might not want to have to do in a disaster zone....
If you're surprising someone a new smartphone for Christmas … well, first of all, I'm pretty jealous of whomever they are.
But in all seriousness, those are treacherous waters to swim in. It's like giving someone a puppy as a gift: You'd better know them well, and know what you're doing, because you're making a choice they'll have to live with for years....
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"Practically anyone can use GlassesOff to improve near vision sharpness by improving the image processing function of the brain," says the app's description in Apple's App Store. "some people will be able to completely eliminate their dependency on reading glasses by enhancing their brain's image processing function. … Just 12-15 minutes a day, 3 times a week over a period of about 3 months — that's all it takes to improve your near vision sharpness."...
Macworld posted what seems like another pretty good guide to troubleshooting it today.
Remember just yesterday, when I was going on about what was being said about getting the fingerprint sensor working on your fancy new iPhone 5s (or five-esses)? It turns out there's more talk on the Interwebs today from blogger "Dr. Drang," described by 5by5 as "a consulting engineer well known amongst nerds on the Internet," and Daring Fireball's John Gruber. (Tip o' the hat to Boy Genius Report.)...
Visiting family over Thanksgiving, I saw my sister was carrying a brand-spankin'-new iPhone 5s. She and her husband had changed carriers and got the new phones as part of the deal.
("iPhone 5s" still looks to me like the plural of "iPhone 5." What are the plurals of those supposed to be? "iPhone5ses" and "iPhone 5ives"? But I digress.)
We were talking about how she liked it, and I asked her about the fingerprint sensor on the home button. She said, a little sheepishly, that she hadn't set it up. It turns out the two of them had upgraded before changing carriers, and the iPhone 5s (the new one, singular) she'd been given by her old carrier didn't unlock when she touched the sensor. She'd almost always end up making multiple attempts and then being prompted to enter her passcode, so eventually she just turned TouchID off and used the passcode. When they changed carriers and they got their new phones, she'd just adopted the same setup....
I don't know about you, but over the past 10 or 15 years my family has accumulated a ton of Christmas music. I'm pretty sure we could start playing it around the time the fake trees show up at Lowe's and never repeat a single track all the way through Valentine's Day.
Not that we would ever, ever do that.
But with all that music, it would be nice to actually be able to listen to it. And having it play on the iMac in the corner of our bedroom isn't really what I have in mind. What's the easiest way to get all that music from the computer to the stereo in the family room?...
How many Americans would you guess will be traveling next week, either heading to the airport or taking to America's safe highways for a get-together with friends and family for Thanksgiving?
Well, I don't know. But I bet it's a lot.
And if you're one of them, there's a good chance that at one time or another you'll be looking for a way to get online while you're on the road.
Pretty everyone knows they can find free wi-fi at a Starbucks. They're usually pretty good about providing power outlets near their tables and chairs, too, if you need to top off the battery on your phone or laptop....
Let's start by making this assumption clear: Cool ideas are only cool if they work. And when your idea has to do with electronic payments, "working" has a whole lot to do with keeping your personal information safe and secure.
But if these guys at Coin have worked that out, they have an incredibly cool idea.
Coin is a plain, grey gizmo that's exactly the dimensions of a credit card, with the magnetic strip on the back and everything. But Coin can act like any of the swipe-able cards in your wallet....
Think 12 years seems like a long time? It was Nov. 11, 2001, that Apple released its first iPod.
"Hardly anyone on Wall Street or in the tech press believed the iPod would be a success," Michael Grothaus notes for The Unofficial Apple Weblog. In fact, he dug up this gem of a prediction from The Street:...
My family is taking a long-distance road trip later this month, and these things always take some careful planning and packing. I'm not talking about the useful things, like pet supplies, snacks and, y'know, clothes. My responsibility is usually figuring out what entertainment we want to bring for the car and how we should bring it.
Between the kids' iPod touches and the iPhones my wife and I carry, there's just not enough space to bring what you'd want to ride out 16 hours in the car. (Did I mention this was a long road trip?) You can load up more stuff on a laptop, but then you'd worry about the dog stomping it to smithereens as she barks at cows on the side of the road. (It's a long road trip.)...