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Citizen Request Tracker App for iPhone

For more than ten years, CivicPlus has developed award-winning websites for more than 580 cities, counties, and government associations.   Apparently nearby Burlington, NC, is a client of CivicPlus.  I read a story on DigTriad.com (a local TV station’s website) announcing that citizens of Burlington can use Citizen Request Tracker (CRT), a free iPhone app to report non-emergency situations …

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Jays announce new products for 2010

Jays, the Swedish earphone producer has recently announced plans to expand its product range with two new additions, plus one new prestige model! The new additions, called ‘a-JAYS’ and ‘t-JAYS’ will be released to the market in the first quarter of 2010.  Both models will be available in three different styles with different sound features and varied …

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Lightsaber Duel, USB Style

ThinkGeek has been steadily importing Star Wars ephemera from across the pond for quite some time, making available goods that would never have previously seen the light of day stateside.  And honestly, how did we live for so long before without our lightsaber chopsticks?  Their latest offering is in the form of  lightsaber-shaped USB drives, and …

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Sound Protect Security Kit

You can now add retail-store type security to electronics in your home.  Simply attach the one end of the Sound Protect Security Kit alarm to your computer, game console, TV, or anything you want to protect and the other end under the table or desk ledge.  If anyone cuts the cable or breaks the connection by trying …

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A Cool Tool for a Cool Job – Epson P-7000x

While it is called a “multimedia photo viewer”, think of the Epson P-7000 as a miniature quality control system for in-the-field photography.  If you’ve ever taken shots in a hard-to-reach location and tried to asses the quality of those shots in the field by squinting at your camera’s LCD screen, you can certainly appreciate the …

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Tellarium Clock – A Solar System for Your Desk

Here’s another entry in my series of expensive, astronomy-related clocks.  The Tellarium clock from Edmund’s Scientifics is made of cherrywood and brass.  It has an 8-day wound movement and Westminster chime.  Under the glass dome on top, a gear-driven earth orbits around the sun, taking a full year to complete the trip.  A polished brass disk …

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Verizon and Skype Partner for Free Global Calls

Verizon and Skype just announced an agreement to provide free global calls to Verizon customers on their 3G smartphones. Starting in March, users who have data plans can call Skype to Skype for free. Here are some of the details: make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe; call international …

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New Sony Alpha Concept

Sony is announcing a number of new products at the PMA 2010 conference. What caught my eye were the new Alpha concepts. These are compact cameras with interchangeable lenses directed squarely at the Micro Four Thirds segment pioneered by Panasonic and Olympus. According to the announcement, they are planning to release them this year, but are still fine-tuning the cameras.

Find Your Lost Pet with PAW and the Spotlight GPS Pet Locator App for iPhone

A company named Positioning Animals Worldwide, Inc. (PAW), partnered with The American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery program, already has a method of tracking the location of your cat or dog.  You purchase a small GPS location unit that attaches to your animal’s collar, and a paid monthly service lets you see where your dog (or …

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