Aug 14 2012

Restaurant Wait Time, There's An App For That

App estimates wait times at Portland Restaurants. KPTV

If you're tired of waiting in line at your favorite restaurant, a new app made by a Portland developer could solve the problem.

"Tables Up" launched this month in Portland.

The app estimates the wait time to get a table at some of Portland's most popular restaurants. 

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Aug 14 2012

Back To School, There's An App For That

Kids ease back to school with playful learning apps. USA TODAY

Many apps provide kids with playful ways to approach learning. Some are so stealthy about their educational agenda that kids don't initially realize they're learning. Here are four apps that your kids will want to play because they're fun, but which also deliver some solid learning.

DragonBox

From WeWantToKnow AS, best for ages 7-up, $2.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

Rating: 4 stars (out of 4)

Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1

From NoodleWorks, best for ages 4-7, $2.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Rating: 4 stars

Rounds: Franklin Frog

From Nosy Crow, best for ages 3-6, $4.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Rating: 4 stars

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Aug 14 2012

Western States Battle Wirefires

Wildfires blaze through Western states. CNN 

Whipped by high winds, a wildfire in central Washington state has scorched 26,500 acres and destroyed at least 60 homes, officials said Tuesday.

The fire raging near Cle Elum is one of several devastating Western states this week.

Colorado paid the price earlier this summer. Now, new wildfires are burning through sagebrush, grass and beetle-killed lodgepole pines in California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and Idaho.

In all, 62 fires, including 16 new large fires, were burning as of Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service reported. They have destroyed dozens of homes and are threatening many more.

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