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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THE APPS ATE MY DATA

AT&T has a free calculator that makes it easy to find out why you keep going over the data limit on your smart phone. It’s especially helpful now that Verizon has joined AT&T and T-Mobile in ending unlimited data plans for new customers. Here are a few ways to use up one gigabyte in a month.

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HANDS FREE ON THE FREEWAY

We envy our friend Louise for the built-in hands-free speakerphone that came with her Toyota Prius. We’ve been in her car when a call came through and the sound quality was perfect. So we tried doing something similar in our car, using a Bluetooth device called the Jabra “Freeway.”

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INSTANT PREVIEWS ON YOUR CELL PHONE

Tap on the magnifying glass icon in your iPhone or Android phone to see a preview of a website.

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SENIOR PHONE

Starting February 2011, Jitterbug will offer an emergency service called “5Star,” for an extra $15 a month.

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A LEAF INTO THE FUTURE

An impressive app is now available on the Nissan Leaf electric car and soon to be available on Ford’s Focus Electric, announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Here’s how it works: You’re at home and it’s 15 degrees outside. You don’t want to get into a cold car, so you whip out your smart phone and warm your car to 68 degrees. Since the car is still plugged in, you’re not draining the battery. In summer, on a 100 degree day, you tell the car to be cool when you step in. It’s all done by way of an app provided by Airbiquity, the same company responsible for the OnStar system and Ford Sync, a service […]

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THINGS TO DO

Task List Guru and SavetheMilk are our two favorite to-do list programs. Both are free.

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HIGH TECH JACKET AND GLOVES

The North Face’s new “Smythe Jacket” and “ETip” gloves make it easier to work your gadgets on a cold day.

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