PHONES FOR THE PHONE-LESS

Some of our readers have never owned a cell phone. To be talked into one, they want a super long battery life, no contract, caller ID, and a reasonable monthly cost. For all that, we think TracFones are probably the way to go.

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TAG YOUR PET

Tagg keeps track of your pet’s whereabouts through a GPS attachment on its collar.

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DUTCH TREAT

The “Vonage Mobile” app lets us make calls locally and internationally without spending any of the minutes in our cell-phone’s T-Mobile plan. The key is the other person must also have downloaded the app, unless they’re already a Vonage customer. Since it’s free, why not? Go to VonageMobile.com and have a link sent to your phone via text message. The app works for both text and voice.

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GET SQUARE WITH QR CODES

“QR” codes are doorways to other places. As you go through a newspaper or store, you will likely see some of these codes, square in shape and filled with dots and squiggly lines. Take a snapshot of them using your smartphone or tablet app for reading QR codes and they open to something else.

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OUR FIRST SMARTPHONE

We’ve never been smartphone fans. When we leave our office, we leave the Internet behind. We are two of those now seldom seen people whose noses aren’t glued to a tiny screen.

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RUNNING WITH THE TOMTOM

Our second new Tom Tom-powered device is the Nike Plus SportWatch GPS. Joy’s been walking and jogging up a storm with it. The watch comes with a tiny sensor you put in or near your shoe. Nike even makes shoes with a small pocket in the heel to hold the sensor.

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LONG LIVE THE EMERGENCY PHONE

The “Spare One” is an emergency cell phone that came out in January, but we just recently decided to try one.

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SINGING IN THE SHOWER

We were going to go toKohler, Wisconsin, for a demo of an outrageously expensive bathtub that pipes in music. Then we discovered the iShower for $99.

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BACK TO SCHOOL

The “BooqPad” is the first iPad case we’ve seen that lets you store a small paper notebook off to the side. Who doesn’t want to take hand-written notes once in a while? Actually, we still write things down every day.

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YOUR PHONE WILL BE YOUR WALLET

We remember when people who weren’t paying cash, wrote checks at the grocery store. Some still write checks and hold up everybody in line. Most use credit or debit cards. Next step: smart phones.

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