Stories by Leah Yamshon

  • App Store broke its sales record on New Year's Day

    Appy New Year! (Sorry, I had to) Apple announced that January 1, 2015, was "the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history," with customers spending nearly half a million dollars on both apps and in-app purchases on that day alone.

  • In a flash, Instagram launches Bolt in select countries

    Well, the cat is out of the bag: Last week, leaked shots of a new Snapchat competitor called Bolt appeared in promo banners on Instagram, and on Tuesday Instagram officially launched Bolt in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa. This is Instagram's first spinoff app, joining the crowded space of visual messengers with notes that disappear. Bolt's international debut is available for both iOS and Android devices.

  • Give your brain a workout with Lumosity

    There are several activities that you can do to keep your mind sharp. Some people like crossword puzzles or Sudoku. Perhaps you're more into trivia, or word problems. Or maybe you're hip to quick games designed to work out your brain through various exercises.

  • Must-have apps for music festivals

    Grab your sunscreen, high-rise cutoff shorts, and favorite satchel: Coachella kicked off this week, which marks the unofficial ushering in of music festival season. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to music fests all around the country, and for some, summer just wouldn't be the same without attending one of these mega events. With beautiful weather (most of the time), camaraderie with other attendees, an interesting array of food and art, and of course killer bands, there's a lot to experience.

  • Finally, 3D printers are becoming more noob-friendly

    3D printing has slowly been on the rise for the past few years, but it has yet to have a major mainstream break though. It largely still only appeals to a niche audience of makers, and that's because it's intimidating. Machines require calibration and tinkering when they're first set up, and sometimes it takes days of tweaking before you can get a successful first print. Installing the correct software and adjusting the object files can be difficult, too. Sure, for hobbyists and printing enthusiasts, tweaking is part of the fun, but for beginners it's just too complicated.

  • Apps for summer music festivals

    Summer is upon us, and so is music festival season. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to music fests all around the country, and for some, summer just wouldn't be the same without attending one of these mega events. With beautiful weather (most of the time), comraderie with other attendees, an interesting array of food and art, and of course killer bands, there's a lot to experience.

  • Trakdot helps track down lost luggage

    LAS VEGAS--Stepping off a plane to discover that your luggage has gone missing is a major annoyance for travelers, and an all too common one. Even worse is the feeling of not knowing how long it will take the airline to locate it and return it safely to you.

  • Report: Apple's iPhone 4 was most purchased smartphone in 2011

    The three top-selling smartphones in the US last year all belonged to Apple, according to data released by ComScore. The iPhone 4 held the number one spot, with the 3GS following in second and the 4S in third, despite an October release. (The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 and HTC EVO 4G came in line at fourth and fifth, respectively.)

  • How to keep your kids safe on Facebook

    Boasting 500 million users worldwide and still growing, Facebook is now ubiquitous. Because of its popularity, minors have jumped onto the social media bandwagon, too, and they use networking the same way adults do -- to share pictures, connect with friends, organize events, and play social games. And that can be a problem.