These products and services can help you work smarter.
Best Way to Navigate
StreetPilot i2 by Garmin is a portable GPS navigator designed with a
click-to-enter scroll wheel with a back button. The i2 also provides
voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions through a built-in speaker. The device
weighs about 5.3 ounces, attaches to a dashboard by suction-cup mount, and has
audible and visual navigation instructions and warnings. The i2 has an
automatic system that puts users back on course if a turn is missed, a
MapSource City Select North America NT DVD with mapping details for North
America, a 128MB TransFlash card for loading detailed maps, USB interface, and
six-hour battery life. The StreetPilot i2 costs $250.
Garmin at (888) 442-7646 or www.garmin.com.
Customer Relationship Management Elements 3.0 for Real Estate software program
is a sales and customer management tool for multifamily developers, home
builders, and real estate marketing companies. The software is customizable and
designed to help users capture greater sales revenue, close deals quicker, keep
customer databases up-to-date, and perform thorough analyses with real-time
reporting. The program is built on top of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform
and is accessible from Microsoft Outlook, making it easy for users to
incorporate the product into their existing programs. CRM Elements 3.0 costs
between $615 and $2,038 depending on the edition and license type.
Sonoma Partners at (312) 627-0700 or www.sonomapartners.com.
just 3.6 ounces and measuring 4.1 inches by 1.7 inches by 0.67 inches, the
MotoKrzr K1m phone from Motorola comes with Bluetooth wireless technology,
video-recording capabilities, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, a general packet
radio system, a 20-MB memory, and up to 250 minutes of talk time. The phone
also features a photo phone book, music player, voice memo, voice recognition
for hands-free connectivity, a 3G EVDO
high-speed data network, and a lithium-ion battery. The MotoKrzr starts at $199
depending on the service provider.
Motorola at (866) 289-6686 or www.motorola.com.
Real Estate Investments: Retire Rich Using Your IRA by Diane Kennedy, CPA, and
Dolf de Roos provides how-to examples of using tax-free retirement funds to
invest in real estate. The book also teaches readers how to use real estate
IRAs to combine the tax benefits of retirement funds with the high rates of
appreciation in the current real estate market. Topics such as why traditional
thinking isn't working anymore, alternative plans for work and retirement, and
tricks and traps of leverage are included in the book as well as a frequently
asked questions section. The book costs $17.95.
Wiley at (800) 225-5945 or www.wiley.com.
While You Work
CoolIT Systems' USB Beverage Chiller keeps users' beverages chilled while they
work from their computer in any location. Once plugged into a USB port, the
beverage chiller's cold plate cools down to 45 degrees. The cold plate keeps
users' beverages cold for extended time periods. The Beverage Chiller costs
CoolIT Systems at (866) 621-2665 or www.coolitsystems.com.