MOVIE NEWS

indiana jonesSlashFilm.com has movie news. We learned about plans for “Indiana Jones 5″ and “Twilight” as a series of short films for Facebook.

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ALL NEWS

newsletterVeryQuiet.com is a simple text only site with links to the top news headlines from dozens of sources, including BBC, NBC, ABC, Voice of America, NPR, Yahoo, Google, The Guardian, and more.

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GREATEST MOVIE THEME SONGS

Greatest Movie Theme Songs: Get just about any movie theme song on YouTube. Joy typed “Casablanca theme song” and listened to “As Time Goes By,” while clips from the movie rolled by. Bob searched for “The Mission.”

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FEMALE FORCE

FFSherylSandbergFemale Force: Sheryl Sandberg” is a digital comic book available on iTunes, the Kindle store and other e-book sources, or as a print version at ComicFleaMarket.com. It tells the story of Facebook’s chief operating officer, who recently wrote the best-seller “Lean In.” It’s a fun read, and has candid lines like, “Just try negotiating when you’re pregnant.” The company also sells comic book life stories of Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Arianna Huffington and many others.

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ARTHUR’S BIG APP

arthurArthur’s Big App” is based on the PBS kids TV show and has four games, such as a music game for pounding out a tune, create-your-own smoothie, library book shelving and freeze tag. It’s $3 for the iPhone/iPad.

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OUT OF THE POOL AND INTO THE MONEY

poolCreating smart phone apps for your business can save big bucks. We just found out about a pool maintenance company that saved $35,000 a year.

They did it with “Alpha Anywhere,” a database program that competes with Microsoft Access. Many companies have dumped Microsoft Access for Alpha Anywhere because applications built with Access years ago often don’t work well with modern touch devices or the web.

“American Pool,” the country’s largest pool maintenance company, used the program to create apps for lifeguards. Instead of having to make a phone call and enter a pin number to clock in and clock out, the lifeguard can tap the app. It seems hard to believe, but the company says the clock system was costing them $35,000 a year. Alpha Anywhere costs around $2000 a year and was used to create many more apps for the company. We also read about a marine animal maintenance company that created apps for monitoring dolphin health, marine inventory, etc.

Alpha Anywhere is made by Alpha Software, a database company we have covered for many years. This has long been Bob’s favorite database software and he first used it more than 20 years ago.

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DO-IT-YOURSELF GOOGLE MAPS

Ocean Floor map

Ocean Floor map

Joy just created a map of the best vegetarian restaurants around town. Now she can put that map into the Google Maps Gallery. Previously, the Google Maps Gallery only showcased maps from heavy hitters like the National Geographic, NASA, or the World Bank. Now you can do one too.

You can customize and place your own map in the gallery as well as use their search function to find ones made by others. We searched on Laguna Beach, CA, and along with some hiking guides, found directions to someone’s apartment. Evidently, the bar for accepting a new map is low.

To submit one of your own, start by creating a map at Google.com/maps/d. When you’re happy with it, go to Maps.google.com/gallery and click “add your maps.” There’s a short form for you to fill out and some guidelines to follow. Examples of the types of maps they’ll accept include environmental maps like “The Sumatra Fire Season” (Indonesia), crisis maps, such as “Florida Evacuation Information” (hurricanes) and specialized recreational maps like the National Geographic’s “Dominican Republic Adventure.” Check out  “Earth at Night.”

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QUICK WAY TO SEARCH CRAIGSLIST

seekerSearchTempest.com searches all of CraigsList in one swoop. We found a nice Ikea lamp for $10.

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AN INTERACTIVE PERIODIC TABLE

CALCIUMPtable.com is an interactive periodic table. We clicked on “rhenium” and learned it’s used in jet engines. Who knew?

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THE NUMBERS REPORT

phabletA “Phablet” is the new word for a cross between a phone and a tablet. There will be more of these sold this year than portable computers, according to IDC Research. They figure it at 175 million phablets compare to 170 million laptops.

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