May/June 2015Apps: Great Getaways
Billing itself as “the ultimate urban transport app,” Citymapper does the work of navigating 14 major cities for you. Choose the subway, bus, train, car, bike, or walking. Citymapper plans routes, then gives you information about distance, times, and prices. Free (Android, iOS).
Time Out City Guides
Insider information takes on a new meaning with Time Out city guides covering more than 50 cities worldwide. Get highlights for history, food, art, entertainment, nightlife, and more, all informed by local expertise. Free (Android, iOS).
When your high school language skills desert you, Image It comes to the rescue by helping you communicate with pictograms. Combine a series of more than 400 images to free yourself from language barriers. US$.99 (Android, iOS).
Been longing for your very own tricorder? SCiO, a molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand, is for anyone who wants instant information about the things they’re interacting with or consuming. This tiny device reads the chemical makeup of materials such as food, plants, medication, plastics, and oils using a non-intrusive, no-touch optical sensor—and with every scan, the device gets smarter. Discover how much fat is in any salad dressing, how much sugar is in a particular piece of fruit, how pure an oil is, and more. US$249.
More than 85 percent of CIOs in a recent survey say they’re currently taking steps or are planning to take steps in 2015 to improve IT security. Topping the list? Enhancing employee training on IT security issues. Responses came from 2,400 CIOs at US companies with 100 or more employees, and multiple responses were allowed.
Hit the road this summer with the world’s smallest battery pack with a standard wall outlet. Power your laptop, tablet, phone, speakers, radio, television, lights, and more—anything, in fact, that can charge by USB or by a standard wall plug. The ChargeAll Portable Power Outlet comes in two sizes and uses AC power for household appliances and DC power for 12V electronics. Starting at US$269.95.
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