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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
On the latest episode of ABC show Shark Tank, a Drexel student walked away with a deal for his Scholly app, which is supposed to help students find scholarships for college. Read more »
Comcast has always had customer service issues — this is putting it lightly — but never has it been easier to share stories of bad Comcast service and spread them online (using high-speed Internet service with XFINITY® from Comcast!).
To perhaps try to stem the tide, Comcast has launched an app that allows you to track the contractor coming for a service visit.
As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. The beauty of websites like Kickstarter is that things are invented (and funded) by people, for people. And trust me, these ingenious ideas are taking health and fitness to a whole new level. Plus, all of these Kickstarters are still funding, so if you see one you really like, you can contribute to the cause.
Mary Jo Grdina, an associate clinical professor in Drexel’s School of Education, has created a new iPad app that seeks to prove that “physics principles can be found everywhere, even [at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.] A description of “Physics in Art” from developers: