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 »

Comcast’s New App Will Tell You When Tech Is Coming


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!).

This summer, a customer was left on hold for three hours until Comcast closed. In October, a man said he was fired from his job after he complained about Comcast service.

To perhaps try to stem the tide, Comcast has launched an app that allows you to track the contractor coming for a service visit.

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A Maintenance-Free Bike—and 8 Other Health and Fitness Kickstarters to Know About Now


Priority Bicycle on Kickstarter

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.

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Drexel Prof. Makes Philly Art Museum App


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:

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Book, Buy and Check-in to Classes on the New Flywheel App

flywheelFlywheel Sports just released a new app for iPhone and iPad this week, designed to make the class booking/buying/check-in process easier. It also tracks all your performance data in one place, so you can see your progress over time. A Class Rank option allows you to see how you performed compared to other people in your class, and a  “Percentiles” metric shows you how you rate next to other Flywheelers in our region on Torq, RPMs, speed, distance and calories burned. Motivating, right?

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The 5 Best Shopping Apps You Need to Know About

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“There’s an app for that.” It’s a phrase we hear just about every day. And, well, it’s kind of true; there’s seemingly an app for everything from haircuts to drug paraphernalia delivery. It got us wondering: What shopping apps are out there? Answer: a ton. So we did a little sleuthing to find out the best and most worthwhile (no one wants a battery-sucker) apps out there. Whether you’re finally ready to find the right bra size, or you’re looking to sell the loot from your spring cleaning sesh, as much as we hate to say it … yes, there’s an app for that.

Curious? Click here for our top 5 shopping apps.