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Tech Thursday: GymPact, a New App to Keep You Fit

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to stay in shape for 2012? If so, GymPact is a new incentive-based smartphone app that may get you off your couch and into the gym on a regular basis.

How does it work? You download the app to your smartphone and then you make a promise to the service (by adding your credit card information) that you will head to the… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: Will We see an Amazon Smartphone in the Near Future?

A little over a month ago I spoke to you about Amazon entering the tablet industry with their Kindle Fire, and now it looks like Amazon is poised to enter into the smartphone industry sometime next year.

Citi analysts Mark Mahaney and Kevin Chang released a research report today which states an “Amazon smartphone may be coming in the next year.”

The Citi report also believes Amazon… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday (on Friday): What “Cool” Phone does President Obama Need?

Barack Obama is tired of his BlackBerry.

“I always thought I was going to have really cool phones and stuff. I’m like, c’mon guys, I’m the President of the United States. Where’s the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn’t?”

Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to use email, and he said in 2009 that the only way he’d… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: Putting the App in Appraisal

Coester Appraisals‘ new smartphone app, available for free later this year, is part of the company’s strategic plan to bring new technology to the appraisal process.

Coester’s plan, according to company president John Coester, will help blend traditional manual appraisal practices with forward-thinking technology.

“I’ve always thought that most people in the appraisal business take (appraising) as ‘doing appraisals’ and not as a real business,” he told me… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: Want money? Get it with your phone!

Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey has released a new mobile application that enables you to accept credit card payments with no contract, monthly fees, or hidden costs. The app, called Square, is available for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and select Android mobile devices.

Getting started is simple. Just download the app, and once you’ve been approved, you’ll be sent a free credit card reader. When used with the Square mobile app… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: Scan Me

A QR (Quick Response) code is a matrix barcode that’s used to link information from a transitory medium to your smartphone, mobile phone, or code scanner. The QR code phenomenon began in 1994 in Japan, where a Toyota subsidiary first used the codes for inventory control and tracking.

In 2005, the Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey Fowler called the QR code “a link between print and online… Continue reading

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