Tag archives for Lauren Goode

Picturelife Tackles Simple Photo Storage

My digital photo life is a mess. I have thousands of photos scattered throughout my computer, stored on backup drives, blasted to social networks and copied in different cloud services. There are currently 3,025 photos stored on my iPhone. And let’s not forget about the pictures in iPhoto. It shouldn’t be so ...

Canon’s Square PowerShot N Is a “Tweener,” but a Keeper

It’s hip to be a square digital camera. That’s the case with the new Canon PowerShot N, which blends some features of a smartphone with a digital camera, and breathes some new life into almost-forgotten point-and-shoots. For starters, this digital camera is square — not oblong, like most point-and-shoots. It also has a ...

A Smarter Calendar for iPhone

What if the calendar on your iPhone guessed which Starbucks you were headed to for your next meeting, dialed a conference-call passcode for you, and dug up a friend’s address for you so you can send flowers on the day she’s having surgery? That’s what Tempo does. It’s a free iPhone ...

Dating Apps for the Already Attached

Online dating services are expert at setting up people who never knew each other before, and some 40 million Americans use them. Lately, a lot of attention has been focused on location-based mobile apps that help people find others to date — sometimes fleetingly — right in their neighborhood or ...

With iPad Mini Keyboards, It’s (Literally) the Little Things

I’m typing this column on an iPad mini, using an accessory physical keyboard. Despite my best efforts to maintain a normal typing posture, my hands are squeezed comically close together because the keyboard is so tiny. I wrote a similar review a year ago, using a keyboard for the regular-sized iPad. ...

Which Messaging App Is Right for You?

Smartphone messaging apps are all the rage these days. But for some people they’re a mystery. Why would you use a messaging app when your phone’s SMS text messaging function is fine enough for photos and text, or if you use iMessage on the iPhone? The point of these new smartphone ...

Adventures in Floppy Disk Transfers

Remember that scene from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” in which Ferris says that life moves pretty fast, and if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it? The same might be said for technology. One day I was saving files to floppy disks on ...

On the Road to Self-Betterment, Apps That Keep You on Track

Setting goals is easy. Keeping them is the hard part. That’s where the newest wave of goal-keeping applications, like Lift and Alive.do, comes in. There are already a ton of web apps out there that encourage you to write down your goals — both long-term and immediate — and check in on ...

Can These iPad Apps Teach Your Kid to Code?

The pillars of elementary education in the U.S. — reading, writing, math — have remained the same for a long time. Now another skill set is increasingly coming into focus: Computer programming. This week, I tested two new mobile apps, Kodable and Hopscotch, that are aimed at teaching young children the ...

Lenovo’s Horizon PC Turns Your Coffee Table Into a Touchscreen Game Center

What kind of computer comes with an explicit warning not to rest your coffee cup on it? A computer like Lenovo’s new IdeaCentre Horizon PC does -– and with good reason. This 27-inch computer transforms from a standard all-in-one into a giant touchscreen tabletop display. When the Horizon is upright, it’s running ...