Although the worst seems to be over, many of us across the country are still digging out of "Snowmageddon" and having to deal with nasty winter driving conditions. And although showing this video to you kinda makes me feel like an old-fart driver's ed instructor, I feel it is my social responsibility to present this Web clip from Cars.com for those of us not fortunate enough to know about and/or possess an automobile with these features. So here we go with today's vid, which will tell us all about winter driving safety technology for … Read more
While Google Voice and Skype get most of the VoIP attention because they're, well, Google and Skype, VoxOx appears committed to making them work for their reputations. Announced in Las Vegas for CES, VoxOx's Personal Assistant 2 is the latest update to the sub-features that provide inbound call management as part of the full VoxOx program.
From Southern California-based TelCentris, VoxOx for Windows and Mac is a free desktop multi-protocol program that supports standard instant messaging, social networking, and Voice over Internet Protocol. The upgraded Personal Assistant features focus on remote access, and that's really the killer … Read more
You could go online to check your bank account and Netflix queue, or you could open up Personal Assistant and find a dashboard for all your online accounts--or at least five of them, if you stick with the free, standard version. After building a portfolio from an impressive array of social, financial, productive, and shopping services, Pageonce's assistant will display them as buttons on a screen. Tap to view your banking transactions and total balance, travel itineraries, social commitments, and friends' status updates from a slew of social networks.
The app's 256-bit encryption helps keep data secure. There … Read more
A couple of weeks ago, Lexus made headlines with the unveiling of its first official "supercar" at the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The Lexus LFA that debuted at SEMA is a performance vehicle that the automaker thinks will set the standard for sports and performance cars that have a high luxury quotient. Lexus has also updated its LX 570 utility vehicle for the 2010 market, and it has bells and whistles galore. It's a good thing you get so many extras with this LX, because you definitely won't get what you bargain for in … Read more
In this tough economic period, more people are relying on some type of public assistance. However, getting information about what programs are available can be daunting. And even if you can access the information online, it typically requires going to numerous sites and filling out multiple applications.
The Oakland, Calif.-based Center to Promote HealthCare Access is trying to make the process easier with its new OneEApp service. OneEApp, which stands for One Electronic Application, is designed to provide a one-stop service to help people discover and apply for multiple benefit programs.
The service, according to director Claudia Page, is … Read more
Editors' take: One of the biggest frustrations for most people upgrading their systems to Windows 7 is that what Microsoft calls a "custom upgrade" is nothing less than a full system install. Some Windows Vista users won't have to reinstall their programs after upgrading, but many will and all Windows XP users will, too. Here's where LapLink's PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant steps in.
Fitness Assistant is an intuitive tool that lets users track their nutrition and physical activity. Although similar Web-based tools are available for free, Fitness Assistant does deliver both an easy-to-use interface and relevant features.
The program's interface is uncluttered and intuitive, displaying the day's calorie balance, calorie composition, and a monthly calendar. Graphical buttons across the top of the interface give users access to the program's features. Everything was well-organized and easy to find. Although the program does not have a Help file, it does have a set of FAQs online. As for features, the program contains … Read more
W2 Pro Professional Edition promises to simplify the complicated task of managing employee tax paperwork. With a helpful Wizard and surprising extras, it does just that.
We instantly loved the interface's excellent setup Wizard, which provides definitions for complex questions and makes the entire process of managing W-2 forms easy enough for users with no accounting experience. You can set up your company's information in a matter of minutes by filling in a few fields. Adding employees to your roster and filling in their information is just as easy, especially since a virtual W-2 form lets you fill … Read more
Typing Assistant provides the ability to autocomplete words and save time. With a minimum of frills and an impressively large dictionary, this program will shave minutes off writing.
This program's interface reminded us of the word-completing software present in text messaging, but still required a visit to the Help file's simple instructions for the basics. While its functionality proved to be initially distracting, we quickly grew to anticipate it. Once we wrote a few letters (for example, "Arr") a small screen popped up, providing a list of possible solutions (this example ranged from Arrack, Arrange, Array, … Read more
Those expecting Apple to introduce a new tablet computer soon may have another clue to the device's imminent arrival.
Apple has rehired Michael Tchao, one of the original developers of Apple's Newton personal digital assistant, according to a report Monday in The New York Times.
Tchao, who rejoined Apple on Monday as vice president of product marketing, most recently served as general manager for Nike Techlab, where he oversaw creation of new digital products and services for fitness enthusiasts. Tchao spent 10 years at Apple, overseeing product marketing for the Newton and reportedly persuading former Apple CEO John … Read more