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Do smartphone traffic apps really work?

Do smartphone traffic apps really work?

By Katie Humphrey

February 20, 2014

Do smartphone traffic apps really work? Mobile apps promise real-time traffic info, but — honk! honk! — picking the best route is still a gamble. It’s the commuter’s constant question: Stay the course despite the traffic jam or stray in search of a faster route? Winter weather only...

Dreamweaver and Fireworks: Creating a Website

Dreamweaver and Fireworks: Creating a Website

Karly Liska, Reporter

February 13, 2014

If you want to learn the basics of creating a Dreamweaver website and using Fireworks, Dreamweaver and Fireworks, INFO 1730, is the right class for you.  The class is split into eight weeks for each computer program and the teacher, Gigi Simonsen, takes you through the lessons step-by-step.  After Mrs. Simons...

DJs give new gear a spin amid boom in electronic dance music

DJs give new gear a spin amid boom in electronic dance music

February 11, 2014

By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (MCT) It was DJ Miguel Garcia’s first time at last month’s National Association of Music Merchants’ big trade show in Anaheim, Calif., but he was in his element, hunched over an expensive DJ rig while spinning his own dance music. “These are proba...

Web Buzz: A new Spin on togetherness

Web Buzz: A new Spin on togetherness

January 28, 2014

By Jen Leo Los Angeles Times (MCT) This new app provides “real-time together experiences” for groups on the platform. Name: Spin: The New Together Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: It’s a real-time video-chat and photo-sharing app for iOS users. Up to 10 friends ca...

What Americans should fear in cyberspace

What Americans should fear in cyberspace

January 23, 2014

By P.W. Singer Los Angeles Times (MCT) A recent Pew poll found that Americans are more afraid of a cyber attack than they are of Iranian nuclear weapons, the rise of China or climate change. Such fears are not only out of proportion to risk; if they take hold, they could threaten the positiv...

Starbucks’ iPhone app said to leave customers’ data exposed

Starbucks’ iPhone app said to leave customers’ data exposed

January 16, 2014

By Angel Gonzalez The Seattle Times (MCT) SEATTLE — The Starbucks iPhone application stores customers’ personal data in unencrypted form that leaves it vulnerable to computer-savvy phone thieves, according to a cybersecurity expert whose discovery of the flaw was disclosed this week. ...

Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

November 12, 2013

By Jen Leo Los Angeles Times (MCT) This app lets you create your own Instagram-like travel journal. Name: Spottly Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: Uses your smartphone and desktop photos and your own notes to make personal travel bucket lists. Lazy? You can use photos from the Internet...

Colleges offering credit for massive open online courses

October 25, 2013

By Tricia Bishop The Baltimore Sun (MCT) BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland University College expects to be among the first wave of schools this academic year awarding transfer credit to those who have taken — and can prove they learned from — certain “massive open online cours...

Lifting the veil off the true costs of college

October 25, 2013

By Renee Schoof McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — A new online app called College Abacus is making it easier for students and their families to get estimates in advance of how much financial aid colleges and universities will give so that they can compare schools for costs. ...

Voice of Siri steps forward

Voice of Siri steps forward

October 8, 2013

By Samantha Bomkamp Chicago Tribune (MCT) Oh Siri, now we really know you. The woman behind that comforting and helpful voice on millions of U.S. iPhones and iPads has been revealed. CNN on Friday introduced Susan Bennett, who lives outside Atlanta, as the source of the recorded answers to e...

Dell shareholders approve buyout

Dell shareholders approve buyout

September 13, 2013

By Brian Gaar and Kirk Ladendorf Dell Inc. shareholders have approved the buyout of the company by founder Michael Dell and his financial ally Silver Lake Partners. The company reported Thursday that a preliminary tally showed a majority of votes cast at a shareholders meeting were in favor of...

Top free app downloads

Top free app downloads

September 5, 2013

Top free app downloads McClatchy-Tribune MCT Top 5 new free apps for Sept. 4: ANDROID 1. Dots: A Game About Connecting 2. Legend Online: Dragons 3. Baby Care & Baby Hospital 4. Colormania - Guess the colors 5. Garfield’s Escape Top 5 free apps for Sept. 4: APPLE 1....

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