HOW ABOUT A SELFIE ON TOAST?

We know it’s the age of “selfies” (self portraits), but this has got to be the ultimate: You can have your likeness burned into a piece of toast. All it takes is the right toaster.

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SHARING A MOVIE, A SONG OR AN AUDIO BOOK

Here’s a $10 gizmo that should make plane rides and train trips more fun. Instead of just watching your own movie on your own gadget, watch it together with a friend or family member.

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GOOD DOG

For around $300 a year, you can monitor your pet’s health better than you monitor your own. The PetPace “smart collar” tracks dog and cat health 24 hours a day.

This seems like a great thing to have if you’re away on a trip and wondering how Fido is doing at the local kennel. It sends alerts to your phone if your dog is starting to have an abnormal temperature, pulse or breathing pattern, and monitors his calories, pain, and activities, comparing them to other dogs his age. (Get up Fido, it’s time for your floor exercises.)

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ONE SMALL STEP FOR ALIEN KIND

A little fitness tracker, about the size of a thick quarter, arrived in a package that looked like a spaceship. It was somebody’s really clever idea, and what we’ve noticed over the years is that people who make these clever packages have never tried to open them.

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AN IPAD KEYBOARD

For reading books and articles, or watching videos, Joy loves to hold her iPad. But if the urge to write a long letter strikes, there’s nothing like a physical keyboard. Our favorite is the new “Wired Keyboard for iOS devices,” $60 from Griffin Technology. It’s about three-fourths the size of a regular computer keyboard, but still easy to type on and small enough to carry in a tote bag. We found we had to press a little harder than usual to make capital letters, but otherwise it felt as good as other keyboards. Having a wired keyboard can be better than going wireless. You don’t have to pair it with your Bluetooth connection, or worry about batteries. It’s especially handy […]

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SHOW TIME

A friend of ours owns a bookstore in a tiny town and to get more people into the store, he shows free 3D movies. He’s technically savvy so we were curious about what kind of projector he chose. It was the Optoma HD 25.

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NO DRONING IN THE PARK

The National Park Service has banned the use of drones in Yosemite and Zion National Parks. Bob wonders if they can legally do that? If even the FAA hasn’t decided on drone restrictions yet, what gives the Park Service the right to make laws?

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GETTING A JUMP

Get ready to cancel your Automobile Club membership. “Jumpr” is the size of a cell phone and can start a dead car battery.

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ONE RING TO READ THEM ALL

A “FingerReader” under development at MIT is a scanner on a ring. With that, the computer will read to you as you pass your finger over a page or a book title. The computer speaks the words in a voice like a robot from an old sci-fi movie. You — know — it — sounds — like — this.

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OH THEFT, WHERE IS THEY BLING

So the one-day sale Of Google’s Internet connected glasses resulted in one-day thefts. They all sold out in five hours, at $1500 apiece. The thefts took place a few minutes later. (They look like glasses but Google calls them “glass.” This may be in preparation for the return of wearing a monocle as a fashion statement.)

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