Jim Cota

Jim Cota

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

ARTICLES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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