Technology

9:31am

Tue March 27, 2012
All Tech Considered

To Keep Customers, Brick-And-Mortar Stores Look To Smartphones

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 6:23 pm

A shopper searches on her BlackBerry for coupons inside a Target store. Consumers with smartphones are changing the way stores set prices and track customer tastes.
M. Spencer Green AP

Best Buy must live in fear of shoppers like Ave Lising. He and a group of friends walk through the Stanford mall in Palo Alto, Calif., their cellphones clutched in their hands.

Lising visited the electronics retailer recently, shopping for a video game.

"I went to Best Buy [and] looked at the price," Lising says. "I was like, 'Ehh — I'm sure I can find this cheaper online.' "

So he whipped out his smartphone and scanned the barcode, found it cheaper and ... no sale for Best Buy.

There's a word for that kind of in-store comparison shopping: "showrooming."

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11:58am

Mon March 26, 2012
All Tech Considered

Finding Cheaper Gas With Your Smartphone

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 4:35 pm

The GasBuddy app and website rely on crowdsourcing — people across the country sending in gas prices.
NPR

Gasoline prices seem to be going up every day, and motorists are looking to squeeze every penny of savings out of each fill-up. Well, as it turns out with so many things these days, smartphone apps can help.

Companies have applications for most smartphones out there to help people find the cheapest gas in town. I tried out six applications on an iPhone and narrowed the selection to two that I found the easiest to use: GasBuddy and Fuel Finder.

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10:01pm

Sun March 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Facebook May Not Be So Friendly For Those With Low Self-Esteem

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 6:44 am

Low self-esteem and Facebook aren't the best mix.
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Posting on Facebook is an easy way to connect with people, but it also can be a means to alienate them. That can be particularly troublesome for those with low self-esteem.

People with poor self-image tend to view the glass as half empty. They complain a bit more than everyone else, and they often share their negative views and feelings when face to face with friends and acquaintances.

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2:26pm

Thu March 22, 2012
The Salt

Kitchen Calamity? Now You Can Tweet For Help

The Twitter feed @food52hotline offers confused cooks advice round the clock.
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Troubled when your creme won't brulee at 3 a.m.? Food52 Hotline can help.

The 24-hour, cooking advice Twitter feed is the brainchild of Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, two veteran New York food writers and editors who founded the site Food52.com.

The site focuses on crowdsourcing recipes and food news, so it makes sense that they would want to crowdsource cooking advice, too.

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10:37am

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Ex-Student Convicted In Rutgers Spying Case: 'I'm Very Sorry About Tyler'

Dharun Ravi leaves the courtroom in March.
Jerry Mccrea AP

"I'm very sorry about Tyler," Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student convicted of a crime for spying on his roommate, tells The New Jersey Star-Ledger this morning. "I have parents and a little brother, and I can only try to imagine how they feel. But I want the Clementis to know I had no problem with their son. I didn't hate Tyler and I knew he was okay with me. I wanted to talk to his parents, but I was afraid. I didn't know what to say."

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