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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: Credit-card-consolidating Coin seeks to change how you spend

November 30, 2013
Jim Cota
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
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: NSA worrying you? Be more concerned about marketers

October 5, 2013
Jim Cota
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
Jim Cota
With ChoreMonster, kids earn points by completing household tasks set by parents. Reaching point goals earn rewards.
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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: Cutting through clutter of online product reviews

June 29, 2013
Jim Cota
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
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: Uber-improvement made to high-tech conference calls

February 2, 2013
Jim Cota
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
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 REIVEW: Just the facts

September 1, 2012
Jim Cota
Site helps separate truth from hyperbole
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WEB REVIEW: Pointing and shooting is easy...but don't forget to print, too

August 4, 2012
Jim Cota
Exploring Instagram and Printstagram
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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: On hold? Try one of these options to get through faster

March 3, 2012
Jim Cota
Is there something better to do than listen to instrumental versions of Simon and Garfunkel?
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SURF THIS: Soon you can forget your wallet...for good

February 4, 2012
Jim Cota
But there are a few hurdles.
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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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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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