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

January 18, 2014
Jim Cota
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: Leaving tracks—and erasing them—on the info superhighway

November 2, 2013
Jim Cota
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: Thanks to the latest technology from Nike and others, you can get fit bit by bit

June 30, 2013
Jim Cota
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: Website helps with difficult but important conversation

May 4, 2013
Jim Cota
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
Jim Cota
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
Jim Cota

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

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COTA: Scouting the Web for kids' badge-based DIY projects

January 3, 2013
Jim Cota
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
Jim Cota
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
Jim Cota
Evernote stores meeting and class notes, voice memos, web pages, photos, receipts and more.
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WEB REVIEW: The clickable, trackable, lovable nature of e-mail marketing

September 29, 2012
Jim Cota
E-mail boasts so many traits that marketers need and want that it should be the No. 1 crush for all of them.
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WEB REVIEW: E-mail sorting service brings sanity to your cluttered inbox

June 2, 2012
Jim Cota
This morning, I opened my e-mail account to find 10 e-mails. Until about a week ago, I would have seen about 100.
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SURF THIS: Wine of the times

May 5, 2012
Jim Cota
Club W delivers vino to your door.
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WEB REVIEW: Goodreads helps readers find their next favorite novel

March 29, 2012
Jim Cota
Goodreads compiles the ratings and reviews from users everywhere and has a powerful "recommendation engine."
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WEB REVIEW: Super Bowl adds momentum to charity effort

December 31, 2011
Jim Cota
Basket of Hope has opportunities for involvement long after the Super Bowl has moved on to the next destination.
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WEB REVIEW: Stamping your approval around the Internet

December 3, 2011
Jim Cota
Got a favorite restaurant? Stamp it.
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WEB REVIEW: Project creators get a kick out of Kickstarter

November 5, 2011
Jim Cota
Having surpassed 1 million users and $100 million pledged, Kickstarter is working to change the way we think about funding.
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WEB REVIEW: Lessons all leaders should learn from Steve Jobs

September 3, 2011
Jim Cota
The announcement from Apple CEO Steve Jobs that he’ll step down from his post is not altogether unexpected, but it does mark the end of an era.
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WEB REVIEW: Music site tries to crack U.S. with alleged exclusivity

July 28, 2011
Jim Cota
Taking advantage of our basic desire to be part of the insider crowd, Spotify has launched here on an "invitation-only" basis.
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WEB REVIEW: Searching, for free, for the next great song

July 2, 2011
Jim Cota
NoiseTrade helps you discover, download and keep songs...in exchange for your e-mail address and ZIP code.
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WEB REVIEW: Micro-managing your loans online

June 4, 2011
Jim Cota
Recently, the concept of microlending has undergone a bit of a transformation.
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WEB REVIEW: In often-frivolous app world, these can save lives

April 30, 2011
Jim Cota
Dad isn’t just recording workout data or accessing records that already exist, he’s creating his own diagnostic information.
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WEB REVIEW: A succinct, smart newsletter emerges from e-clutter

March 5, 2011
Jim Cota

Of all the e-mail newsletters I receive, IndySpectator is one I take the time to read.

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WEB REVIEW: Online help for escaping dinner rut and menu freeze

February 5, 2011
Jim Cota
Probably the most interesting online grocery service in Indianapolis is Green B.E.A.N Delivery.
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WEB REVIEW: Padding out the functions on your new iPad

January 1, 2011
Jim Cota
Judging by the action at the local Apple store, I think it's safe to assume that many of you rang in 2011 with a new iPad. Here are some things to do with it.
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WEB REVIEW: Even more ways to find facts at your fingertips

December 4, 2010
Jim Cota
There is little wonderment left— nearly any answer to any question is readily available.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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