World Meeting of Families Announces Film Festival, Mobile App

The World Meeting of Families is really embracing the culture Philadelphia has to offer.

In a press release today issued by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, it was announced that the World Meeting of Families (WOMF) will host a film festival during the week of the WMOF Congress (Sept. 22-25). A partnership with IBM has also led to a mobile application designed to improve visitor experience for those coming to Philadelphia for the WMOF Congress and papal visit (Sept. 26-27).

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We Live in Amazing Times: In NYC, “Looie” Offers Access to Pristine Bathrooms … for $25 a Month

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Ever since the City Toilet on the north end of Dilworth Plaza died a quiet death in 2007, Philadelphians have been on their own when nature calls in Center City. Seasoned pedestrians know better than venturing out absent-mindedly without a mental map of publicly-accessible bathrooms. There’s the Barnes & Noble in Rittenhouse; the Central Library; just about any Trader Joe’s; Starbucks. Thank god for Starbucks.

But aside from George Costanza, we’ve all had to white-knuckle it at some point.

New York, though, has made huge strides in its bathroom-related technology. They’ve crowd-sourced potty map. They have ample listings on Airpnp (Airbnb for bathrooms only), while there’s an utter lack of participation in Philly. The Big Apple is so spoiled that a few hundred people are now paying $25 a month for private access to penthouse-quality toilets. Read more »

Uber Launched its Own Video Game

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So, Uber just launched a new video game. Seriously.

But it’s not just meant to be a good time — it’s meant to recruit new drivers.

Called UberDRIVE, the game takes place in San Francisco and tasks users with making pickups and delivering passengers safely to their destinations. Here’s how the company describes it in a recent blog post. Read more »

Philly-Area Developer Bets Big on Apple Watch

Det Ansinn (left) and Daniel Wood of Brick Simple are developing apps for the Apple Watch.

Det Ansinn (left) and Daniel Wood of Brick Simple are developing apps for the Apple Watch.

Will the Apple Watch be a game-changing success or a grand flop? Is it the next yo-yo or the next Arch Deluxe?

Det Ansinn is betting big on the highly anticipated wearable device. The president and founder of Brick Simple in Doylestown, Pa., Ansinn is developing several Apple Watch apps and seems sold on its place in mainstream America. (In fact, he’s the only local developer I could find who’s creating apps specifically for the device.) Read more »

Rewards App Wars: Wawa vs. 7-Eleven

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Wawa and 7-Eleven seem like polar opposites when it comes to customer loyalty and brand power.

In one corner is Wawa, beloved by Philadelphians for always being there with a cup of coffee on your morning commute or a late-night Italian hoagie when you’ve had too much to drink.

In the other corner is 7-Eleven, seen by many as corporate, drab and lacking a hometown feel (and the all-important deli counter). In fact, a recent survey found that customers prefer Wawa to 7-Eleven by a 2-to-1 margin. Read more »

Buy This App and Never Talk to Your Child Again!

When I wrote a few years back about the precipitous drop-off in the number of young men getting driver’s licenses, Uber was just beginning to get off the ground. I didn’t know enough about it to even consider that it might be a factor in the decline of the American male love affair with cars. Time flies; this week the New York Times reported that nowadays, instead of nagging their parents to take them for their driver’s tests and buy them Mustangs when they reach majority, kids are asking for their own Uber accounts.

As a parent, I’m of two minds about this. Considering how dangerous teen driving was even before the invention of cell phones and selfies, having anyone else but my kid behind the wheel when he heads out to a party or concert seems like a great idea. On the other hand, what’s next? Start-ups that come to your house and get you dressed? Hold your fork to your mouth? Read more »

This App Tells You Exactly What Characters Are Wearing On Your Fave TV Shows

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There’s no denying it: TV fashion is freakin’ good right now. Claire Underwood looks first-lady-worthy in smoky blue Ralph Lauren gowns and Olivia Pope dons glorious capes and perfectly tailored suits. Hell, even the teens on Pretty Little Liars are rocking envy-inducing outfits. But, as everyone knows, costume wardrobes are culled far in advance and, with the exception of the Scandal‘s The Limited collab, it can be tricky to nab these looks once they’re splashed across the screen.

Enter: Spylight, a Shazam-esque app for zeroing in on your favorite looks from popular TV shows and films. Yep, that means Alicia Florrick’s cashmere shawl from last Sunday’s episode of The Good Wife can be yours in just a few clicks. Read more »

Cool New App to Explore City’s Budget

A screenshot of the citys new budget explorer.

A screenshot of the city’s new budget explorer.

The City of Philadelphia launched a really very cool new app today that makes it far, far easier to explore the city’s budget. It’s called Open Budget, and it’s both highly visual and intuitive and genuinely informative.

Users can drill down into each of the city’s funds to explore spending by department. The app shows you spending in this fiscal year and Mayor Nutter’s proposed budget for this coming fiscal year. Zoom in on the Fire department, for instance, and you see the department is budgeted for a big, 30 percent cut in spending on materials and supplies, while increasing spending on contractual services by close to 16 percent. Read more »

5 iPhone Apps to Keep You Entertained On Your Snow Day

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Doctors are warning smart phone users that they may develop a syndrome called “text neck” due to constantly playing games and checking email on iPhones and other devices. Well, if that’s the case, this is clearly not what the doctor ordered. Here are five really outstanding apps that can keep you entertained long into any winter storm. Just make sure that you do a little yoga in-between using each one so your neck stays happy. Read more »

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