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  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Turning Off Phone Amber Alerts: The Guilt vs. the Terror

    One night this past week, the amber alert signal built into my iPhone went off three times in about 15 minutes after 9 p.m. None of them were alerts I could do anything about, but that really isn't the point. One of them, at some point, could be. Still, the fact they came in rapid succession would h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    15 Odd Christmas Gifts For Musicians

    Note: Rocks Off originally published this blog in November 2011 and people keep looking at it, so we figured we might as well put it back at the top of our queue. Call it a holiday tradition. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Selling Sex: Women React Differently Than Men

    Many of us like to think we're not persuaded by advertising. Not me, I'm far too sophisticated for those marketers facile manipulations, you say on your way to buy the new iPhone 5S. (Apple sold over 9 million phones the weekend the iPhone 5 was released). Sorry, you too, have been co-opted. And on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Honeymoon Tech: The Five Most-Used Apps From My Vacation

    I got married recently and, naturally, my wife and I took our honeymoon immediately following. In our case, we went to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because I work in a tech field, I tend to not go on vacation without some computer technology on me. For my honeymoon however, I opted for only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    The Electronic Traveler: Complaints About Google Maps and Facebook

    Yes, I am one of those people with an iPhone who did not upgrade to iOS 6 simply because I enjoyed the standard Google Maps app. But, on this road trip, I have to admit there is one thing that drives me absolutely crazy: re-sizing the screen. While a tap focuses in closer and a tap of the arrow gets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    App of the Week: Feel the Need for Speed with Speedtest

    App: Speedtest Platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Web site: Cost: Free Doors can be a problem. Some nights, when I'm sitting on my front porch, but I want to quickly check my e-mail, my wi-fi just spins. It's the door. It's getting in between my router and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Waze, Echofon, Chrome: My 12 Favorite Apps of 2012

    It's been a crazy year in apps. Apple released the iPhone 6, complete with larger screen and new OS, as well as the iPad mini, aka Jumbo iPhone. There were scores of updates from manufacturers and, as usual, thousands of new apps on the market. I wrote about my favorite 10 apps of 2011 last year ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    5 Simple iPhone Apps Often Used, but Easily Taken for Granted

    I recently bought an iPad and as I was going through the apps on my phone to see what I might want to download for the iPad, I noticed a number of apps that would have thumb wear marks on them if that were possible. These were small, simple apps I use often, but never really think of when it comes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Four Things It Appears the New iPhone 5 Still Doesn't Have

    Schiller: "We designed the iPhone 5 to fit your hand. Exactly where your money used to be."— Brent Ozar (@BrentO) September 12, 2012 I've owned an iPhone for over a few years and upgrades. I've thoroughly praised it for being an integral part of my daily life, from apps to the phone itself. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    App of the Week: My Top Ten Most Used Apps

    Almost five years ago, I was talking to a friend who had an iPhone. I swore up and down that after a failed Blackberry experience in the mid-`90s, I had zero interest in another so-called smart phone. My friend said it would change my life if I got one. I was already a Mac user, so I figured if I we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    App of the Week: Apps That Helped on My Vacation...and a Few That Didn't

    A few weeks back, I took a two-week vacation that saw me visit three states and travel by plane, car, shuttle and even by boat for a few minutes. It was all within the U.S., but I found my need for technology surprising. Because I work for myself, I did bring a computer for occasionally catching up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Free Cabs at HPMA Showcase Sunday!

    Rocks Off wants you see as much as Sunday's HPMA showcase as possible, so we have teamed up with our presenting sponsor Yellow Cab to offer free cab rides between the 11 showcase venues. Here's how it works. First you'll need to download the Hail a Cab app for your iPhone. Get it right here. (Sorry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Four Ways to Keep Your Technology and Data Safe During a Storm

    It's been a little wet in Texas recently for those who don't live here. When we get thunderstorms here, it can create some issues, particularly for technology, which, as you probably know, doesn't mesh very well with water or power surges from lightning. I mean, have you ever dropped your iPhone in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    App of the Week: Use Your iPhone Camera to Scan Documents with TurboScan

    App: TurboScan Platform: iPhone Website: Pixoft Support Cost: $1.99 I think I've said in this column 100 times that something every app should focus on when it came to features is simplicity. It's one thing to have software filled with options and complications when it is on a computer sitting on a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    App of the Week: Let iTranslate Voice Do Your Talking for You

    App: iTranslate Voice Platform: iPhone Web site: iTranslate Voice Cost: $0.99 Back in the '90s, there was this cool band from Denton called Ten Hands. They were sort of a weird mix of the Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel and Frank Zappa. They had really quirky material and covered a wide range of style ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Money for Nothing: The Scam of iPhone Mobile Hotspot Charges

    Over the summer, I will be doing a little traveling, but because I own my own business, I generally need to bring my laptop along, if for nothing more than an emergency. One place I'll be going does not have wi-fi, so my only access would be with my iPhone, which isn't really enough if real problems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Don't Do That: Five Big Mistakes iPhone Users Make

    I mentioned in an item a couple weeks back that my aunt recently got an iPhone and has hit me up a few times for advice. Being the wise woman she is, she also took a class on how to use her new toy highly advanced technological device and it has made her life easier. But the truth is there are so ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    App of the Week: Badge

    App: Badge Platform: iPhone, iPad Web site: Cost: $0.99 I think most of us have, at one time or another, left our phone behind somewhere. On occasion, that somewhere happens to be a public place. I know I have left my phone at a couple different restaurants over the years and had to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    App of the Week: iCab -- A Highly Recommended Alternative to Safari

    App: iCab Platform: iPhone, iPad Website: iCab Mobile Cost: $1.99 One of the great innovations of cell phone technology is the ability to use the web on a phone in much the same way you use it on your computer. When the iPhone first emerged, Apple's Safari browser was included and it was a revelati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012 Goes Mobile to Help You Find Deals on Beer Nearby

    I'm going to start this entire post by saying something that might cause you to stop reading: I'm not a big beer drinker. In fact, I rarely drink the stuff. But, what I am is someone who buys a ton of apps for my iPhone, and this isn't really so much a story about beer as it is about a website tryin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    App of the Week: Instagram

    App: Instagram Platform: iPhone Website: Cost: Free I began teaching a class on beginner photography last week for people with nice digital 35mm cameras who need help learning how to use them. When the idea was first presented to me, I suggested that approach rather than opening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    App of the Week: Dragon Dictation and Dragon Go!

    ​App: Dragon Dictation and Dragon Go! Platform: iPhone, Android Website: Cost: Free So, let's say you decided earlier in 2011 that you were going to upgrade your iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4. Let's also say that you were impatient and had no desire to wait until, supposedly, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Lamest Cop Impersonator Ever Gets Arrested

    An iPhone looked like this?​The mind of a 17-year-old male is a wondrous thing to behold, especially because oftentimes it isn't working properly. Take the case of one unnamed Montgomery County teen who, according to the police blotter, now faces charges of impersonating a public servant. Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    My Five Most Indispensable Music Technologies

    Previously the pinnacle of music technology...and pure awesomeness.​I started listening to music on vinyl way back in biblical times and things seemed just fine. CDs came along and made hauling around music somewhat easier and, once you got past the crispy clarity, the music sounded pretty dam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    IWatch Harris County App from the Sheriff's Department Poorly Designed

    The IWatch welcome screen.​The best smartphone apps meant for functionality rather than entertainment fill a need, are easy to use and provide appropriate functionality for the task at hand. The Harris County Sheriff's Department IWatch Harris County app delivers about one-and-a-half of those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    How Things Change: Technology in 1991, 2001 and 2011, Graphically Displayed

    I was stylin' and profilin' with one of these bad boys back in the day​A lot changes in 20 years, perhaps nothing to the degree technology does. When talking about the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, I began thinking about the massive changes that have taken place in just that ten years, but go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Best Apps For Cheating On Your Spouse, Or Finding A Cheater: Apps of the Week

    It was easier to keep secrets in the 1800s.​As long as there have been relationships, there has been infidelity. There are even times in our collective history when taking a mistress was commonplace. In the last 100 years, however, the notion of love and marriage and its role in the long terms ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    App of the Week: Never Lose Your Car Again with Parkn' Find

    Lose your car at the mall? Parkn' Find can help.​App: Parkn' Find Platforms: iPhone Web site: Parkn' Find Cost: $0.99 There are few things more frustrating than wandering around a parking lot looking for your car. This is especially true when it is raining or the sun is baking you like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    App of the Week: Three Hurricane Tracking Apps Just in Time for Hurricane Season

    Hurricane is about as good as it gets for tracking storms on your phone.​App: Hurricane Platforms: iPhone Web site: Apple Link Cost: $3.99 App: iHurricane HD Platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Web site: Download Link Cost: $2.99 App: Hurricane Tracker Platforms: iPhone Web ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    App of the Week: MySocialMania

    It doesn't get much easier than this.​App: MySocialMania Platforms: iPhone Web site: Apple Link Cost: $0.99 Mania seems to be an appropriate word when discussing the crazed use of social media by millions worldwide. From Twitter to Facebook to Flickr to MySpace (God help us), millions of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    App of the Week: RoadAhead Makes Road Trips Easier

    Next time you gas up the family truckster, be sure to bring RoadAhead with you.​App: RoadAhead Platforms: iPhone Web site: Apple Link Cost: Free I love a good road trip. There's something magical about getting behind the wheel and putting your hometown in your rearview mirror. I've taken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    App of the Week: Four Apps to Ease Your Summer Airline Travel

    Use these apps to help you survive summer travel and keep your face intact.​App: FlightTrack Platforms: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm Web site: Cost: $3.99 (Pro for $9.99) App: FlightBoard Platforms: iPhone, Android Web site: Cost: $3.99 App: Skyscanner P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Best of Houston Just Got Better

    Best Of: there's an app for that.​You totally trust Houston Press to help you find the best margaritas in town, the best place to watch wildlife in this urban jungle of ours, and the best place to be glad you're alive, right? Now we can help you make the most of 31 other cities, thanks to a ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    App of the Week: Are We Over-Sharing?

    Imagine DeNiro's stalker fan character with an iPhone.​Normally, each week we'd reserve this space for some awesome mobile app or cool website that would help improve your mobile experience. This week, instead of an app, we have a question: are we, as a society, over-sharing? When skimming ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    App of the Week: GasBuddy

    Find cheap gas with GasBuddy.​App: GasBuddy Platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Web site: Cost: Free People love their cars in Houston. More specifically, people love their enormous, gas-guzzling, monster-mobiles. With the turmoil in the Middle East driving gas prices ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    App of the Week: Six Awesome, Free Apps for Movie Buffs

    These six apps will help you with any movie, except Human Centipede. For that, you're on your own.​It's awards season. From People's Choice to the Screen Actors Guild to the Academy Awards and the other hundred worthless statues given out this time of year, people are talking about movies, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    App of the Week: GroupMe

    Group texting through GroupMe​App: GroupMe Platforms: iPhone, Android Website: Many experts are predicting that more people will text than make actual phone calls in the coming years. This is already true for younger people, but the convenience of a short message over a long conve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Houston Rabbi's STD iPhone App Sure To Liven Up Seders

    Fighting STDs through religion and iPhones​A bunch of Jewish chicks from Houston don't want you to get an STD. Houston rabbi Amy Weiss, along with her Initiative for Jewish Women, has created the LoveSmarts iPhone app, which might be the only app with a Space Invaders-style game where you zap the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    The Best Food Apps for Your iPhone

    The 42 Restaurants app is a thing of beauty.​I recently commented to a friend that reviewing restaurants is so much easier with a smart phone, taking notes on the fly and being able to instantly look up directions if you get lost on the way. In my case, I have an iPhone, and -- sad as I know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Five Tips for Shooting Food Photos with Your iPhone

    Photo by hirotomoThe iPhone really can take good photos if done correctly.​Lots of you like snapping photos of your food while preparing it or after it is served. Most of the time, that means using a point-and-shoot digital camera or something nicer if you have it despite the weird looks of wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    The Eight Stupidest iPhone Music Apps

    ​Apple's foray into the social-network field failed big-time last month with the release of Ping, the iTunes-linked program that promised to connect you to your favorite artists, as long as your favorite artist is Justin Bieber. When it comes to iTunes, we at Rocks Off are a discerning sort. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    iPhones: World's Least Imaginative Crook Is Stealing Them At HCC Stafford

    Take the iPhone and run​Sometimes you don't have to spend weeks or months in your criminal lair thinking up highly intricate plots to attain riches and power.Sometimes the keep it simple, stupid path actually works.Houston Community College has sent an e-mail warning out to students at the Staffor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    iPhone Gets Even Better: Now It Has A Houston Press App

    The Houston Press, now with more touching and sliding.​Over 50 million iPhones have been sold since the release of Apple's now-omnipresent smart phone in January 2007, and that doesn't take into account the mad rush for the latest iPhone 4. So we're willing to bet that more than a few of our r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    New iPhones Bring Madness To Memorial City Mall

    Photos by Travis HensleyWaiting on an iPhone​Steve Jobs must be a happy man today. With the release of the new iPhone 4g he has customers lining up in the hundreds outside of stores.At the Memorial City Mall in Houston customers are finding themselves camping out inside the mall in two groups of l ... More >>

  • Music

    December 3, 2009

    In the Pit

    It's easier than ever to take pictures at concerts. Unless that's your job.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    What Do Your iPhone Apps Say About You?

    When you're an iPhone owner, not only are you better than everyone else (obvs), but the lifeblood of your technological slice of gadget heaven is your applications, or "apps," if you're nasty.  An integral part of your holy iPhone identity really shines through the apps you choose to rely on wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Social Distortion: While You Weren't Tweeting

    Oh, by the way, the new iPhone came out. In case you hadn't heard.Yup. It's Monday morning. The weekend's indisputably over. You sucked down the last of Saturday night's spliff before bed, and you've pulverized the remaining vomit from your knees with a skin-scalding jet stream. You've blearily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    The Willie D Scam: Read Along As It Goes Down

    Willie D is still cooling his heels in a Federal lock-up as we write this, but there's updates o'plenty. Hair Balls's old buddy Matt Sonzala posted a Willie D round-up on his blog yesterday. To us, the most fascinating link Sonzala unearthed was this one, in which you can document in real time the r ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 2, 2009

    David Brown: “20/40”

    David Brown makes art with his iPhone

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    Denver Nugget: Bun B at the Democratic National Convention

    Our old buddy Matt Sonzala just forwarded us this picture of Bun B representing at Denver's Pepsi Center, site of this week's Democratic National Convention, fresh from the King of Trill's own iPhone. We're going to have to talk to Bun about that Rangers hat, though... - Chris Gray

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