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    July 9, 2014

    Two Women Caught Stealing at Beach, Punishable By Viral Shame (VIDEO)

    Cameras are everywhere. If you're a law abiding citizen that keeps his or her nose clean, this shouldn't matter. If you're a law abiding blogger or radio host tasked with finding reams of daily content, this is a great thing. If you're a petty thief disguised as a frumpy, middle aged neighborhood ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Five Ways Your Smartphone Can Damage Your Life and How to Stop It

    For all the advancements technology provides and all the convenience it affords us, there are risks associated with it that often catch us off guard. Who knew that the advent of the home computer would lead both to infinite discovery and obesity? It is the blessing and curse of any tool that it can ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    App of the Week: WunderMap Makes Weather Simple

    App: WunderMap Platforms: iPhone, Android, iPad, Kindle Fire Web site: Cost: Free We southerners don't often have to deal in degrees when it comes to the weather. A high temperature of 90 is just as uncomfortable as 92. But, when the weather is near fr ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    App of the Week: Houston Developer Creates Interesting Weather App in Weather Line

    App: Weather Line Platforms: iPhone Web site: Product Website Cost: $2.99 I love weather apps, so when given the opportunity to test out one released only a couple weeks ago from a local Houston developer, I obviously took it. Randy Jones worked in the oil industry, but decided to take a shot at op ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Here's a Handy, Easy-to-Print FPSF Schedule Spreadsheet

    Free Press Summer Festival has released a sweet new smartphone app this year, which is awesome if you want to share your pics of the the action, tag your favorite bands, annoy your friends with constant updates, and have tiny little impossible-to-read maps of the festival grounds at your fingertips. ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Find Your Next Meal with the New Version of the Houston Press Mobile App

    If you're one of the many Houstonians who have already downloaded the Houston Press mobile app you know just how handy it is to have the Press with you wherever you have your smartphone. Today we're happy to announce that we're taking things up a notch with the new and improved version of our mobil ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Brand New Version Of The Houston Press Mobile App Available Now

    If you're one of the many Houstonians that has already downloaded the Houston Press mobile app you know just how handy it is to have the Press with you wherever you have your smartphone. Today we're happy announce that we're taking things up a notch with the new and improved version of our mobile ap ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Get Your Mobile Concert Listings With the New Version of the Houston Press Mobile App

    If you're one of the many Houstonians that has already downloaded the Houston Press mobile app you know just how handy it is to have the Press with you wherever you have your smartphone. Today we're happy announce that we're taking things up a notch with the new and improved version of our mobile ap ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Ten Ways the Smartphone is the Swiss Army Knife of Technology

    Growing up, I loved the Swiss Army knife I got from my dad. They came in what seemed like a million variations. Mine had several knives including the one that looked like a saw as well as a corkscrew (not sure why dad thought I needed that one), combination bottle opener/flathead screwdriver, a toot ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    App of the Week: City of Houston 311 App Has Promise, but Needs Work

    App: City of Houston 311 Platform: iPhone, Android Website: iPhone Site Cost: Free The city's 311 hotline is one of the easiest ways to circumvent the hassle of city government. The idea originally was to route non-emergency problems away from 911 and create a first line of defense against the typi ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    SMiShing: Like Phishing, but on Cell Phones. That's a Thing?

    As quickly as technology changes, there are scammers poised to take advantage of it. For years, that simply meant tossing out junk mail. When the Internet came along, it was a combination of e-mail scams and fake websites. Eventually, the scams got more sophisticated and tricky. If you are like me, ... More >>

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    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: 15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared November 21, 2011. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Why Not Add a Wi-Fi Password to the Price of a Concert Ticket?

    Cell phones have become ubiquitous in our society and nowhere is that fact more apparent than at concerts. Cell phones have literally revolutionized the concert-going experience, for better and worse. Cell phones allow us to take photos of ourselves to load up to Facebook when we should be paying a ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    App of the Week: iFinger Wraps Horrible Name in Christmas Sadness

    App: iFinger Platform: iPhone Website: App Store Cost: Free There are some pretty pointless apps out there. CatPaint springs to mind even though it is an absolutely stupid amount of fun. But when apps claim to do something and do it poorly, it goes beyond dumb and enters the realm of the annoying. ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Five Ways Facebook Is Altering Our Personal Communications

    With the launch of the new iPhone 5 today, everyone is in an Apple-induced euphoria, so I figured this might be a good time to talk about personal communication. The iPhone, and cellular phone technology in general, have shaped how we communicate with our friends and family, from the gradual elimina ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    What Was That Dish on That Show I Saw? There's an App for That

    You're in Las Vegas, and it's dinner time. Sure, there are hundreds of hotel restaurants you could try -- some of them even worth it -- but you are remembering a restaurant you saw on the Food Network. It was on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and it was about a Chinese place with a very spicy dish that ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    App of the Week: AroundMe Points You in the Right Direction

    App: AroundMe Platform: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Website: Cost: Free (with ads), $2.99 (without) One of the most usable features of any smartphone is its mapping technology. In essence, the smartphone is a simplified GPS tracker and because of Google's open mapping technology ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    App of the Week: Avoid Traffic with Inrix Traffic

    App: Inrix Traffic Platform: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile Website: Cost: Free Mr. Burns once called sitting "the great equalizer" on The Simpsons, but I tend to think it's traffic. We all get stuck in it and we all curse the day we were born as a result. In Houston, ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    App of the Week: NOAA Hi-Def Radar's Tracks Rain, Hurricanes and More

    App: NOAA Hi-Def Radar Platform: iPhone Website: Apple Store Cost: $1.99 Anyone who knows me or reads my posts on this blog (thanks, mom!) knows I am a bit of a weather nerd and by that I mean I am a serious weather nerd. I've ranked and reviewed numerous weather apps and have an entire folder on m ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    App of the Week: Google Chrome Finally Available for iPhone

    App: Google Chrome Platform: iPhone, iPad Website: App Store Cost: Free With all the upgrades to iOS over the years, one thing that has lagged has been browser technology. The built in Safari app for iPhone is fine, but has a number of limitations that make it a less than desirable option for peopl ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Things I Intend to Keep Doing Even Though I Know Better

    Life is full of enough rules as it is, and the food world especially can be easily overtaken by snobbery and excess etiquette. To combat this soul-crushing feeling, there are a few areas in which I willfully misbehave -- things which I stubbornly continue to do even though I know better because they ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    App of the Week: Pimp Your Screen Generates Custom iPhone Backgrounds

    App: Pimp Your Screen Platform: iPhone Website: Cost: $0.99 There was a particular Seinfeld episode where George filled his wallet so full of stuff -- sandwich shop punch cards, tear-off ads for guitar lessons, etc. -- that he sat awkwardly. Eventually, it became so full it burst, sendin ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Shot In The Dark: Put Down Your Phones And Watch The Show

    Take a picture, they say. It'll last longer. But fans weren't always able to do that. Only in the last five years or so, with the rise of digital cameras and smartphones, has photography even been an option. Even now, some artists insist on no photography at their shows, and a few venues still ask ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    App of the Week: U-Verse Gives You Control Over Your DVR

    App: U-Verse Platform: iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Website: ATT U-Verse Price: Free I've been a U-Verse user for several years now. I left Comcast for numerous reasons and never looked back. There are certainly benefits to each and neither is perfect, but U-Verse has been great for me and ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    App of the Week: No-Wait Checkouts with the Apple Store App

    App: Apple Store Platform: iPhone Website: Apple Store App Cost: Free For years I've used the self-checkout lanes at grocery stores. Years ago I was a checker at a Kroger, and I find that I'm often as fast if not faster than the checkout person -- unless I have produce -- and the line certainly mov ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    App of the Week: Grocery Time

    App: Grocery Time Platform: iPhone Website: Cost: $1.99 I've tried grocery-helper apps before and never found one that blew me away. I was persuaded to give this one a shot when our own John Royal told me he was doing a story on a Houston Aero who designed the app and I gave it a ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Meet Chris Clackson, Hockey Player, App Developer

    It's been a strange season for the Aeros. They shot off to a quick start, having the best record in the league for the first month or so. Then the injury bug hit the parent club, and key player after key player got the call to join the Wild, leaving the Aeros depleted and relying on young players ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    App of the Week: App Shopper

    App: App Shopper Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Mac Web site: Cost: Free The iPhone may be good for many things -- most of those may be the result of cool little apps that extend its features -- but finding cool apps via the App Store is not one of them. Calling the App Store utilitarian i ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Angry Birds, Shazam & Evernote: My 10 Favorite Apps of 2011

    Evernote. Get it.​I buy a lot of apps for my iPhone; too many, really. Some are just to review. Others are for actual use, some even every day. But, truth is, there are more on my phone than I can reasonably be expected to use on a regular basis, but I like them all...mostly, and I do use them ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    ​As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. But what about those on your Christmas list who already have plenty of music in their lives? Buying gifts for musicians is no easy task -- most of them already own the entire Rush disco ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    The Nine Best Mobile Apps for Fantasy Football Enthusiasts, Ranked

    Foster may hate you, but he was still #1 on your draft board this year​Thursday night marks the opening of the NFL season and fantasy nuts are gearing up with Red Bull, nachos, paid NFL television subscriptions and, you guessed it, technology. While I am not in a fantasy league (I have been a ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Biophilia: Bjork Releasing The First App-Based Album

    ​Your humble narrator is being dragged kicking and screaming into a future of iPhones and whatnot, both by being married to a loyal Apple convert and the innovations of the music industry. Though Rocks Off still tracks down local acts and releases the old-fashioned way - online concert listing ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Thieves Suck: How to Protect Yourself When Your Stuff Is Stolen

    ​Sunday evening while I was out for a jog, my car was broken into and my purse was stolen. By some miracle of paranoia, I happened to have both my cell phone and wallet with me on the run, not for fear of them getting jacked, but because I'm always worried I might get lost, or need my ID if I ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today John Kiely declared Classic Donuts better than Shipley's. Then commenter Mike Simon alerted us to the following: There is a new Shipley Do-Nuts "Concept Store" at 12225 Westheimer which takes things to another level. They serve hot donuts, beignets and fresh kolaches (try the Italian s ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Battle App -- Echofon vs. Twitter: App of the Week

    Echofon's timeline interface.​App: Echofon Platforms: iPhone Web site: Apple Link Cost: Free ad-supported or $4.99 Pro version App: Twitter Platforms: iPhone Web site: Apple Link Cost: Free I'm on Twitter a lot, probably more than I should be. As a result, a lot of my time spent on T ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    App of the Week: Ranking Nine Popular Weather Apps

    Even weather Hercules Jim Cantore could use some app help now and then.​My name is Jeff, and I'm a weather nerd. When I was very young, my father, an avid outdoorsman, would flip on the old-school weather channel on early cable television that consisted of nothing more than the current Houston ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    App of the Week: To iPad or Not to iPad

    Bring on the lions app!​As I was looking through my iPhone apps this week and potential new apps worth downloading, it struck me the number of iPad apps coming available. It's not surprising. The iPad, particularly since the release of the 2.0 version, has been nothing short of a sensation in ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    App of the Week: Cat Paint

    What wedding isn't better with cats?​App: Cat Paint Platforms: iPhone Web site: Cost: Free Photo sharing has rapidly become one of the hottest trends in cellular phone technology. Most smart phones have fairly sophisticated cameras in them and, with an added software app lik ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Got A Smartphone? Get Our Best Of App

    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 >>

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    February 23, 2011

    App of the Week: Wi-Fi Finder

    Find you some wi-fi with Wi-Fi Finder.​App: Wi-Fi Finder from JiWire Platforms: iPhone Web site: Cost: Free Working from home can be isolating. Sitting in a tiny office surrounded by nothing but your computer and your cats (shut up) can get a little depressing day after ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    App of the Week: How Evernote Organized My Life

    Organize your notes and your life with Evernote.​App: Evernote Platforms: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm, desktop apps also available for Mac and PC Web site: Cost: Free ($5 monthly or $45 annually for premium service) I'm a note taker. Over the years, my desk ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    App of the Week: Waze

    Thanks to Waze, I know foxybarrel, whoever that is, got stuck in traffic on 59.​App: Waze Platforms: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry (beta only, Windows Mobile Web site: Cost: Free Houstonians know their traffic like Seattleites know their heroin coffee or heaved aquatic animals. In othe ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    The Situation is Making Us Fat

    He may be a tool, but, unlike most of us, he ain't fat.​Americans are voyeurs. We like to watch. Since the invention of the television, it has been the choice for peering into the world outside our living room and, despite the popularity of streaming video and the Internet in general, TV is ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Accessories Houston Rappers Don't Leave Home Without

    fashionbombdaily.comSlick Rick: The ruler's back at Reliant Arena, November 6​Rappers have always been obsessed with accessories. It's mandated in rap contracts, right next to girl songs and Bun B collaborations. The tradition dates back to hip-hop's early days. Before Kanye popularized shutte ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Pasta Night at Baba Yega

    Photos hastily taken with iPhone: When pasta is involved, I don't mess around.​The Tuesday night special at this longstanding Montrose institution is pasta. That doesn't sound too exciting, does it? But how wrong you are. If Sunday brunches at Baba Yega are the Montrose equivalent of enormous ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    A Weird Pop Heaven Via Bay City's "Happy Radio"

    ​Along Rocks Off's various Texas travels, we almost never listen to an iPod or compact discs anymore. Anything we could pop in wouldn't match the rhythm of the road; the Stooges or Metallica don't really jive with Highways 59, 71 or 77. In today's world of satellite radios, streaming tunes on your ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    "iPad"? Really, Steve? Here We Go Again

    Photo by Alexia TsotsisClick here for a slideshow of iPad photos​Steve, Steve, Steve, Sigh. Stevie - darling, sugar, baby! We hate to say it, but we've had this conversation with you before. Remember your pussy fetish and the resulting "Snow Leopard" fiasco? Cluck, cluck, cluck. So do we. ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    New iPhone? Rocks Off Has an App for That.

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​ We know a ton of you got iPhones over the holiday break. Well, good news: Rocks Off has spent the last few months developing our own iPhone applications (or "apps," as the urban kids are saying) and we're thrilled to debut them here. All inquiries, critici ... More >>

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    December 26, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Nick Cave Digs Lazarus

    2008 is but a week away, but it's already sounding brutal. Next year we can expect new releases from the Mars Volta, a Flight of the Conchords studio record, and a Rick Rubin-helmed Metallica disc. Plus a new Eagles of Death Metal record that I will no doubt be hectoring readers about until December ... More >>

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    August 9, 2007
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