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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. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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