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Localized Mobile Apps: Why All Eyes will be on the Ponies Next Week

Horse Racing

The rise of mobile devices poses a conundrum for businesses. On one hand, they can be used to reach the masses in venues that once weren’t accessible by the internet. Today, literally everywhere many people go has them connected in one way or another. On the other hand, it’s hard to keep people’s attention because of the ease of access; they can be looking at something they want to purchase and change their mind because their mobile phone tells them it’s cheaper down the block or at Amazon.

It’s a love/hate relationship that many have tried to solve. Next week, as Santa Anita Park opens for its 75th winter season, there will be more than horse racing fans watching the events unfold. The eyes of the tech and retail worlds will be on the track as it launches its localized mobile app for wagering and research.

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Why RIM Shouldn’t Be Completely Counted Out Yet

RIM Headquarters

The wolves of the tech-blogging world are circling around Research In Motion, calling them has-beens and tossing out rumors left and right as the once-proud BlackBerry brand fades into antiquity thanks to the rise of iPhone and Android. There are reasons to believe that we haven’t seen the last of RIM, most notably the probability that their weakness in the market today will make them a prime target for a buyout in the future.

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Sitting Sunny: Top 10 Countries Using Solar

Solar Power

Solar power around the world has seen its ups and downs over the past couple of decades. Some say it’s too expensive. Others say it’s impractical. Many believe it’s the future of energy worldwide. Who’s right?

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Why You Should Probably Quit Twitter: A Flowchart


If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Twitter over the past couple of years, it’s that people either love it or hate it. Few fall under the category of indifference when their friends or family pull out their smartphones and start typing out 140 characters or less.

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Digital Wallets: The Future of Payments

Digital Wallet

By now, most have witnessed or participated in the early stages of the shift towards using mobile devices as a payment method. We’ve seen many different variations over the past few years of digital payments with smartphone credit card interfaces slowly emerging as the frontrunning format. That could change.

Regardless of what style picks up steam, one thing is certain – the industry is growing. In this infographic by our friends at Intuit, we have a breakdown of the trends and direction towards which the mobile payment industry is heading.

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Digital Wallet

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Give the Gift of Laughter

No, really – you can give someone custom laughs as a gift this holiday season and it’s only 99 cents.

The folks at Amidio, who created Touch DJ Evolution and Seline for iOS, have created Laugh Synth, which takes a sound sample and enables you to turn it into laughter. Settings range from the bizarre (Zombie) to the creepy (Red Beard) to the silly (T-Rex).

Slide your finger around the screen to control pitch and speed. You can also add reverb, a chorus effect and adjust all sorts of other levels.

Check out the video on how it works:

You can download it from the iTunes App Store here.

Don’t say I never made you laugh.

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Car Buyers Want Greener, Cleaner Cars

This article was originally posted on Green Car Reports.

While certain parts of the automotive industry might not be feeling the love towards the tough new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards announced yesterday, it turns out that 93 percent of car owners are want to buy greener, cleaner cars.

In a study conducted by Consumer Reports, 86 percent of those interviewed said they wanted to see fuel economy averages rise to 35 mpg by 2016, with 80 percent saying they supported a 55 mpg average fuel economy by 2025.
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The Truth About (so called) Green Products

Green Products

Environmentally-friendly products have been big business for a couple of decades. They’re almost as old as the eco-movement itself as science discovers just how badly we’ve been treating our planet. Are products truly “green” or are they just bringing in more green to the bottom line of companies taking advantage of the trends?

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