Tech problem of the week

Published: Monday | December 9, 2013 Comments 0

 Written and compiled by: Kareem LaTouche and Stephanie Lyew

Apps this Week for Android, Apple and Bb

Apsession for Blackberry:

The Apsession application is a newly launched tool for BlackBerry and Android OS, but Tech Times highlights Apsession specifically for BlackBerry because it was developed in a time when applications for Blackberry were less popular, and it was created for Jamaicans by Jamaicans. The app allows individuals to search for events, parties, clubs, restaurants and other social activities by parish, genre and price, as well as set reminders for each event that the user is interested in attending, purchase tickets, top-up credit and even has weekly giveaways. Interested persons, companies, event planners, etc, may also advertise through the application.

My Party Free for Android:

Despite a few negative user reviews, the My Party Free application has proven to be a useful tool for event planning. However, the features are very basic, including only guest list, shopping list, to-do list tabs and finance tab that allows users to plan a budget based on how many items would be used or needed per guest. This is not for the seasoned event planner but for persons who just need a tool on their Android phones to serve as reminder while planning small get-togethers.

Big Day Lite for Apple (iPhone):

Everybody likes to countdown to 'big days' such as birthday, weddings, date nights with that special someone, etc. The Big Day Lite application for iPhone makes this all the more fun; colour code events dates for the year, set reminders and alarms and share via social networks. The application is just for fun, and has an icon that sits right beside the clock on the screen.

Tech news

With Prime Air, Amazon plans to deliver purchases via drones

Delivery drones are on their way Inc on Sunday introduced Prime Air, a futuristic delivery system that the company says will get packages into customers' hands in half an hour or less, delivered via unmanned aerial vehicles.

The online retail behemoth posted a video on its website that shows images of a recent Prime Air test flight.

In the 80-second clip, a shopper buys an item on Amazon. The item is then placed into a yellow plastic Amazon container and picked up at the end of a conveyor belt by an Amazon drone, which takes off and soars over a grassy field before depositing the package with a thud outside the shopper's doorstep.

"One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today," the company said in a brief Q&A on its website.

Amazon said the company has been working on Prime Air in its next-generation research and development lab, but cautioned that it would be a while before customers could choose it as a delivery option.

"Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary (Federal Aviation Administration) rules and regulations," the company said.

Amazon added that it hoped the agency would put in place rules for unmanned aerial vehicles by 2015. "We will be ready at that time," it said.

Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos introduced the delivery-by-drone concept during a segment on CBS' '60 Minutes' on Sunday. He said Prime Air would be available for packages weighing five pounds or less.

Already known for free, two-day delivery via its Amazon Prime membership programme, the company has lately been experimenting with same-day delivery. It has also expanded its grocery-delivery offerings and, most recently, announced that it was teaming with the US Postal Service to deliver Amazon packages on Sundays.


How to share wireless service (from a Mac computer)

Why you need to know

Some devices may not connect or be able to use a weak wireless connection, but if you have a Mac computer device it is possible to share wireless or Internet connections to other devices through a router that will have a stronger signal. This may be helpful in an environment where work is being carried out by a group.

What you will need

The Mac computer

Wireless router

Ethernet cable

Other devices (mobile phone, tablet etc.)

How to get it done

1. Connect Mac to wireless network.

2. Go to 'System Preferences'.

3. Select 'Sharing' and click on the 'Internet Sharing' tab (on the right).

4. The options to share are listed, select 'Airport' where it says 'Share your connection from'.

5. The check box beside 'Ethernet' option should also be marked prior to connecting the data/Ethernet cable.

6. Connect wireless router to Mac computer via Ethernet cable.

7. Allow individuals/other devices to search and connect to the now available wireless Internet connection.

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