Philly Tech Week is upon us! It certainly has come a long way in five years. Just look how dated this website from the first one looks! It would still be functional now, but it’s nowhere near as nice as the fancy, sponsored-by-Comcast look of this year. Plus, Christopher Wink and Brian James Kirk got their own profile here in Philadelphia magazine this year.
Right: Philly Tech Week is bigger than ever. That means there are even more cool events to go to this year than in previous years. Here are nine event picks for Philly Tech Week, one for each day. Read more »
The latest update on your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc … ) contains the LGBT emojis we’ve been waiting for!
You can now access cute little two-dad and two-mom families—with the option of one or two kids. (Pay no attention to that poop in the corner.)
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Game of Thrones is one of the many HBO shows you can now stream on your iOS devices without a cable subscription (or pirating).
You can now get HBO shows and movies on your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV without a cable subscription.
The announcement that HBO and Apple were teaming up was made last month during the unveiling of the Apple Watch. The deal is this: You pay $15 a month to get HBO shows on all the aforementioned devices. If you sign up this month, you’ll get a 30-day free trial.
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After all the depressing Indiana drama last week, we could really use a good dose of silly, uplifting gay fun. Lucky enough, we can thank Google for providing it to us: There’s a secret way to convert Google Drive Sheets (i.e. their version of Excel) into a rainbow flag, and it’s pretty darn cool.
To start, visit the Google Sheets homepage. On the bottom right hand side, you’ll see a green circle with a “+” in the middle; click this to create a new sheet. You’ll get a standard spreadsheet that looks like this:
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Had they unveiled it a day earlier we might have thought it was a prank. Drexel and the Free Library — spurred on by the success of the school’s MacBook dispensing unit — announced yesterday that an iPad vending machine of sorts at the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships will make a cool dozen Apple tablets available, free of charge and for four-hour stretches, to Drexel ID-brandishing students and library card-carrying residents of the neighboring Manuta and Powelton Village neighborhoods. Read more »
Tom McGrath, Philly Mag editor, here. Over the last few years Philly Mag has undergone tremendous growth and change — with a lot of that change originating right here on phillymag.com.
In January we launched Citified, our politics and urban affairs channel, which people around the city have been buzzing about. Last fall we unveiled a digital Sunday edition, which has quickly become a must-read for people subscribing to it (you can sign up here). We’ve done more and more when it comes to live events, including our annual ideas conference, ThinkFest, and our annual fitness event, Be Well Philly Boot Camp (reserve your spot now for this June’s boot camp). And this is to say nothing of the other channels — from Shoppist and Ticket to Wedding and Birds 24/7 — that we’ve created to cover Philly on a daily basis. Read more »
Andrew McGill via LinkedIn
Really Smart Guy Andrew McGill is best known in Philadelphia for his website PhillyRapSheet.com, which scans court filings every 30 minutes to tell you who was arrested and for what. And now he’s come up with a device called the Barack Obama Detector, a desktop device that will tell you where our president is located. Read more »
The Apple Edition watch, which will run you about $4,000. | Photo courtesy Apple.
For smartwatch lovers and Apple obsessives, here’s the news you’ve been waiting for: Apple has finally announced the release month of the Apple Watch.
Ready to pitch a tent and stand in line?
I find it difficult to get excited about new consumer technology these days. It may be a sign that I’m getting older or cheaper, or perhaps a bit more jaded about how much easier things need to be. I already blame my iPhone for my waning ability to remember things, and I hold Netflix responsible for how much time I spend sitting in one place on weekends: Binge sessions of House of Cards have become a priority in my home.
I also find it difficult to get excited about big Apple releases (like yesterday’s) because I’m not quite sure that Apple is at the forefront anymore.
When I heard about the iPhone 6 release, I wasn’t all that excited. In truth, I haven’t really been excited about Apple since Steve Jobs died in 2011. I’ve had the 4s for as long as its been out and it suits me just fine. I watched the release announcement yesterday, not because I wanted the phone, but because everyone else was — I thought perhaps I missed something.
What was missed yesterday was an opportunity, at least from a branding perspective.
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The watches of the future. | Image via Apple
may have heard most definitely have heard about yesterday’s Apple announcement: the unveiling of the Apple Watch, the latest and greatest in wearable technology. But is it something we really need? I’m skeptical. Even when I wear a watch, it’s a fashion accessory at best and I still instinctively grab for my phone to check the time. But in that same vein, I’m a sucker for my iPhone. Perhaps I should instill my trust in Apple?
To help determine how essential this watch really is, I read a handy breakdown on Business of Fashion entitled “6 Core Beliefs Behind the New ‘Apple Watch.'” Author Imran Amed navigated the ins and outs of Apple’s newest product. Here, I tease out the need-to-know info about the much-hyped accessory. And most importantly: will I be forking over the bucks for it?
Keep reading for the scoop.