ELEVEN STEPS TO A PERFECT LOGO

“Eleven Steps to a Perfect Logo” has good tips.

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SQUARE CASH

“Square Cash” allows you to send cash by email. You use a debit card after you make a deposit to a bank to make sure the cash is there.

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POINT OF SALE

If you’ve ever been in an Apple store, you’ve noticed that you don’t have to go to the cash register to pay. There is no cash register and no checkout line; every clerk can take your credit card on their phone, using a small add-on device.

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SAVE IT AND STORE IT

A $500 scanner sounds like $400 too much. But the “NeatConnect” is so useful we’re going to buy it. This is our ultimate test for any product: can you sell it to us?

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WINNING STREAK

“WinStreak” is a free iPhone productivity app. At the end of the day, enter your three biggest accomplishments (wins), and three for tomorrow. Share by email, or social networking. Of course, you could do this on paper.

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APP HAPPY: EBATES

Ebates.com, the website, is now available as an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It offers rebates from over 1600 stores and opens up with the “hot deals” of the day. If you wish, your phone or iPod will alert you when a good deal comes in from your favorite store.

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THE FIRST BITCOIN ATM

It’s hard to take virtual currencies seriously, but when companies start dispensing them from automatic teller machines, we have to take notice.

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NOW AND THEN

The web site Visual.ly/100-Years-Change compares 1913 to 2013 in fashion, sports, tech, population, and every day life. Average annual income was $800 then; now it’s $26,000. Population was 97 million, versus 312 million currently. Two percent had a bachelor’s degree back then, now t’s 28 percent. (Practically every cashier at our local supermarket has a bachelor’s degree.) A big problem with the numbers for prices and incomes is that they are not adjusted for inflation. Another site, MeasuringWorth.com, deals with this problem and tries to establish a comparison using inflation, though some comparisons can’t be adjusted that way because of changes in manufacturing and transportation. One approach is looking at purchasing power measured against the consumer price index. Using that […]

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AVOIDING LINES

Some restaurants give you little gadgets that vibrate when your table or order is ready. A company called “QLess” has another way to help customers avoid lines.

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YOUR OWN WEBSITE

There are dozens of ways to build your own website these days, but some are easier than others. The good news is you don’t have to learn HTML or coding of any kind, to produce a great site. And most of your choices are free. The first question to ask is would you rather work on or off-line? Online is great for collaborative sites. Your contributors won’t have to own special software to edit the site and add material. Just give them the password and they can get on. On the road, you can work from any computer. We’ve created several sites using Yola.com, and we think they look great. With drag and drop, you can add social networking, storefronts, […]

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