JimCota

Surf This columnist

Cota is creative director of Rare Bird Inc., a full-service advertising agency specializing in the use of new technologies.

E-mail: jim@rarebirdinc.com

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COTA: Resolution-boosting apps help New Year self-help prospects

January 18, 2014
The good news: We’re living in a world where there are amazing tools available to help guide your way. Here are a few of my favorites:
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COTA: Credit-card-consolidating Coin seeks to change how you spend

November 30, 2013
New device lets you store information from up to eight different cards. The simple idea packs a surprising amount of technology.
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COTA: Leaving tracks—and erasing them—on the info superhighway

November 2, 2013
If you visit Amazon.com and put a few items in your cart, those items will be there waiting for you when you come back. Convenient? Yes. Expected? Yes. But it goes beyond that.
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COTA: NSA worrying you? Be more concerned about marketers

October 5, 2013
Acxiom supplies information to businesses to help them better target offers you receive. Here's how to find out what they know (or think they know) about you.
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COTA: Website takes the chore out of getting kids to clean up

August 31, 2013
With ChoreMonster, kids earn points by completing household tasks set by parents. Reaching point goals earn rewards.
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COTA: Status Board brings order to office desktop chaos

August 3, 2013
It provides the impression that there are a bevy of programmers back in the office coding your specific solution. The reality is that all the work has already been done.
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COTA: Thanks to the latest technology from Nike and others, you can get fit bit by bit

June 30, 2013
Those odd bracelets aren't avant garde jewelry. They are the latest in wearable tech designed to track your every move. And that's a good thing.
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COTA: Cutting through clutter of online product reviews

June 29, 2013
Two consumer websites address product reviews in a helpful, fanatical way.
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COTA: Website helps with difficult but important conversation

May 4, 2013
The Conversation Project sparks discussion of end-of-life issues.
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COTA: Learn-to-play website taps into instinctive desire to learn guitar

March 30, 2013
Instinct aims to make playing music as natural as singing it, because “playing music is one of the most natural things a human can do.”
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COTA: Online Smartz helpful in keeping kids cyber safe

March 2, 2013

If your privacy settings aren’t carefully controlled, you’re not only potentially exposing yourself, but also your friends.

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COTA: Uber-improvement made to high-tech conference calls

February 2, 2013
Service offers call summaries, easy speaker identification and even fun hold music.
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COTA: Scouting the Web for kids' badge-based DIY projects

January 3, 2013
Yes, the virtual world can inspire kids to get their hands dirty with actual physical projects
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COTA: Website lets you opt out of an overstuffed holiday mailbox

December 1, 2012
Catalog Choice claims to have saved 800,000 trees.
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COTA: Evernote aims to be Google for your brain

November 3, 2012
Evernote stores meeting and class notes, voice memos, web pages, photos, receipts and more.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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