Cellular Phones

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Houston Lawyer Calls SCOTUS Decision on Smartphone Search a Good Thing (Of Course)

    If you've ever wondered if, when you get into trouble, cops can just run up in your smartphone and start looking at your pictures, and emails and stuff then you can thank the Supreme Court for helping to protect your rights. The court ruled unanimously today that cops cannot search your phone after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Don't Call Blackberry Smoke Outlaws, But They'll Get Out of Hand

    If you haven't smelled Blackberry Smoke in a while, they might have been at sea. The Atlanta Southern rock/outlaw country (whatever) band has been on so many cruises it's a little surprising the quintet's long hair isn't braided and beaded. When Rocks Off caught up with lead singer/guitarist Charli ... 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

    December 6, 2012

    Crappy Ringtone Tumblr Makes Indie-Someone's Music More Crappy

    For the past two months, New York City-based composer/songwriter David Nyman has been turning back the clock and making MIDI versions of popular and current indie-rock and hip-hop jams. His Tumblr page, where he unloads his Soundcloud clips of these tiny wonders, is getting very popular, and was s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Projection: Social Media Wins Big in 2012

    Thanks a lot Christians, for not showing up.You disgust me.— Victoria Jackson (@vicjackshow) November 7, 2012 Amidst the pundits and the graphics and the touch screen monitors and the iPads strapped to the arms of The Daily Show's John Oliver, probably the most watched network on election ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    App of the Week: Get Ready for the Season with the Houston Texans App

    App: Houston Texans Platform: iPhone, Android, Blackberry Website: Houston Texans Download Site Cost: Free If there is one thing we love in Texas, it's football. There are quite a number of sports apps out there to help you keep track of your favorite teams, football or otherwise, but when it comes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Should Cell Phones and Cameras Be Banned at Concerts?

    This past weekend a staffer at NPR music blog All Things Considered went to see M. Ward and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Upon entering the legendary venue, writer Bob Boilen spied a sign on the door with the message "Tonight, no photography or videos. Including cell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Five Ways the Cell Phone Camera Has Changed the Way We Live

    When I was a kid, I used to follow my dad around with a Kodak Instamatic he got me from a drugstore. He was the pro in the family, shooting photos for magazines and for himself. Like most shutterbugs, he had an ample collection of lenses and camera bodies. When I turned 12, he bought me my first rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Jordan Hill: The Play-by-Play of Alleged Fight with Girlfriend, from Court Documents

    Former Houston Rocket Jordan Hill, now an LA Laker, has been charged with a felony count of assault of a family member, "impeding breathing." The charge comes in connection with an alleged fight with his girlfriend March 29. Court documents say Hill had paid the woman's airfare to come to Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Jason Abbott: Leaves Cocaine in Walmart, Then Leads Cops to Own Door

    From the sound of it, Jason Michael Abbott might not be cut out for this whole cocaine thing. According to court documents reported by KTRE, Abbott, 27 and from Diboll, had some kind of issue he needed to address with customer service at the Lufkin Walmart -- from the sound of it, he wanted to arra ... 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

    January 3, 2012

    Evernote Food: An App That Helps You Record Your Meals

    ​Note-taking smart phone app Evernote is widely considered one of the best productivity apps on the market, particularly if you do a lot of note taking. I ranked it as my number one app of the year and find it indispensable for keeping track of everyday tasks. The company that produced Everno ... 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

    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

    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 >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2011
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    March 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    App of the Week: Lanyrd

    Now, if someone would just create something to cover the shows too.​App: Lanyrd Platforms: All Smart Phones Web site: Cost: Free Most weeks, this space is filled with information about an app you can get for iPhone or Android. This week is slightly different because Lanyrd is n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    There's an App for That: SeamlessWeb Takes Aim at Food Delivery

    A list of available restaurants in the 77027 area code.​For those with a love of food and obsession with their smart phones, these are amazing times. There are apps that give iPhone and Android users all sorts of options when it comes to food, from finding happy hours to ranking restaurants. ... 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

    September 10, 2010

    10 Reasons Your Restaurant Website Sucks

    Your restaurant website probably sucks​I have spent more than ten years consulting with companies in a wide range of industries on the design and development of their websites. It's a job that can be quite challenging because I often work with organizations who don't know very much about websi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Magistrate Stephen Smith: The Feds Do A Lot Of Secret Spying On Citizens

    Rockwell was prophetic​A Houston federal magistrate testified to Congress today about just how much secret surveillance the government is doing on your cell phone and other such devices.Stephen Smith's prepared testimony says that Houston federal judges from 1995 to 2007 issued 325 "electronic sur ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 24, 2010
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    November 12, 2009

    Orhan Pamuk

    The Turkish author gives us an Istanbul that is both ancient and modern

  • Calendar

    April 2, 2009

    David Brown: “20/40”

    David Brown makes art with his iPhone

  • Calendar

    August 7, 2008

    John Reep

    Winner of Last Comic Standing is a little bit country and a little bit Dane Cook

  • Music

    July 10, 2008
  • Music

    April 3, 2008
  • Dining

    December 6, 2007
  • Calendar

    August 23, 2007

    SPIN Party and Exhibition

    Cell phone photos from around the world

  • Culture

    December 7, 2006

    "White" Tepid

    Four Norwegians go on a junket to Houston

  • Dining

    November 16, 2000

    Hell Phone

    Some diners would like to bite into cellular telephone users at upscale restaurants

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    Like a Virgin

    KPRC kicks off another mind-boggling sweeps month

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • News

    February 10, 2000

    The Judge Who Can't Talk Straight

    Can a statewide race save Jim Wallace from himself?