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Posted by Allison Boyer

amazon autorip

Last January, Amazon announced AutoRip, a program which allows you to get free MP3s for any CDs you’ve purchased since the mid-90s. Now, they’re extending that offer with AutoRip for vinyl record purchases, according to reports. As of last week, you can now get free MP3 versions of music purchased on vinyl, which is a great deal for music lovers who want the sound of vinyl, but still like the convenience of having a digital copy of their music.

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

fuel cell phone charger

Thanks to a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, emergency cell phone charging is about to get a whole lot…smaller! Instead of having to drag around a cord and find a power source or pack a bulky self-contained charger, we’ll soon be able to travel with a keyring charger that’s the size of a quarter to make sure you have some extra juice in case of an emergency.

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

A team from the University of Notre Dame has developed the first iPad app to help you diagnose concussions. Is this the future of healthcare? 

A team at University of Notre Dame has developed the very first app for diagnosing traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) using voice recognition. Currently, there are 1.6 million to 3.8 million sports-related TBIs every year, including 300,000 among young athletes. This app could help diagnose concussions and other TBIs faster, helping those with injuries avoid long-term problems. In addition, there are non-athletic applications to this app, including helping diagnose TBIs in the field for members of the military.

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

stick-n-find trackers

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished I could “call” my keys to find them, just like I do when I misplace my cell phone. Now, that’s actually a possibility (sort of). With Stick-N-Find Bluetooth stickers, you can track and find just about any item using your cell phone.

Stick-N-Find is about the size of a quarter, so you can stick it on almost anything, not just your key chain. You can set it to buzz or flash a light, and you can also have the complimentary phone app alert you when your sticker goes out of range.

 
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Posted by Andrew Garde Joia

With the new version of it’s iPhone app, GetHuman makes speaking with a real, human customer service person that much easier, improving the customer experience and relieving customer stress.

If you haven’t yet heard of GetHuman, it’s a free service that helps a customer talk to a real person as quickly and as painlessly as possible. GetHuman turns the tables in your favor, allowing users to automate the process of dealing with automated answering services.

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

Looking for tickets to a sold-out concert or other event? You might want to check out Applauze, a new ticket-finding app from 955 Dreams, the masterminds behind Band of the Day.

Applauze doesn’t just let you buy tickets to the sold-out Bieber concert, though (don’t worry, we won’t tell); it also allows you to discover brand new events in your city, personalized to your tastes.

 
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Posted by Hallie Lickteig

Kytephone brings its popular parental control features to a new Android compatible app of the same name.   

With smartphone and tablet users getting younger and younger, new apps can help parents of 13-to-17-year-olds monitor and control their children’s use of the Internet. Recent studies show that more than one-third of American teenagers own a smartphone, up from more than a fifth in 2011. For nearly half of these users, the phone is their main way of getting online, making it difficult for parents to supervise behavior.

The trend has even seen a spike in younger users from app and internet use through their parent’s tablet and smartphone devices. With a smartphone, your kid basically has the Internet in their pocket wherever and whenever – away from a parents’ eyes.

 
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Posted by Hallie Lickteig

SwiftKey shook things up this April Fools’ Day, not just releasing a prank but a whole new hidden feature that’s the real thing.

There has been quite a bit of buzz recently around a new SwiftKey feature the tech blogs had dubbed “Flow”. The supposed new feature would have been a way to type without users needing to touch the screen making typing faster. Most blogging talk was unsure if the feature existed or what it would even look like.

 
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Posted by Allison Boyer

swirl it wine app

I give a big thumbs up to any tool that makes it easier for me to find new wines to sip. If you’re an oenophile like me, check out Swirl It, a new iPhone app to help you pick out wines at your favorite restaurants and bars.

On the “Our Story” page on Swirl It’s website, its team is referred to as “a bunch of boozers on a mission.” Co-founders Brittany Hawkins and Nic Werner built Swirl It to combat a common problem in the wine world: in order to discover new wines, you typically have to drink a lot of bad bottles. Instead of purchasing a bottle or paying a premium for wine by the glass, the next time you’re out to eat, you can use Swirl It for personal wine recommendations based on availability and your personal tastes.

 
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Posted by Hallie Lickteig

Founded by and for travelers, Triposo delivers up-to-date information, detailed maps and intelligent recommendations for more than 15,000 destinations in 200 countries around the world.

Released in 2011, Triposo uses location, time, weather and users personal preferences to deliver custom, real-time recommendations of places to go and things to see. Whether you are a planner or prefer to go with the flow, Triposo helps you discover the unexpected and experience travel in a new way.

Triposo can be downloaded on your Apple iPad or Android tablet. Learn about the history and culture of specific destination, as well as practical information about the currency and language. The app lets users book a tour, plan sights to see, consider a day trip and find places to stay and eat.

 
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