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These products and services can help you work smarter.


The Best Way to Navigate

The 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.
Contact Garmin at (888) 442-7646 or www.garmin.com.

Manage Customers Better
The 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.
Contact Sonoma Partners at (312) 627-0700 or www.sonomapartners.com.


Flashy Phone

Weighing 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.
Contact Motorola at (866) 289-6686 or www.motorola.com.


Retire Rich

Tax-Free 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.
Contact Wiley at (800) 225-5945 or www.wiley.com.


Chilling While You Work

The 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 around $30.
Contact CoolIT Systems at (866) 621-2665 or www.coolitsystems.com.

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