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Improving Appraisals

Exceeding Expectations: Producing Appraisal Reports and Services That Delight Clients, by Scott Schafer, MAI, provides strategies for appraisers during a time when their work is receiving more attention. The author gives appraisers insights into softer skills involved in the profession, including active listening and effective writing. A section on internal quality control details techniques for ensuring an appraisal meets clients’ expectations. The book costs $40 for Appraisal Institute members and $50 for non-members.

Get more information at http://goo.gl/joMpp or (888) 756-4624.

Cloud Collaboration

Google Cloud Connect, a free add-on for Microsoft Office, syncs Excel, PowerPoint, and Word files to a Google Docs account, where they can be shared with collaborators. A new version of a file is created in Google Docs each time a change is saved. One gigabyte of free storage is included, and additional storage can be purchased. Cloud Connect requires a free Google account.

Get more information at http://goo.gl/ya1Hv.

Efficient Illumination

The Vu1 ESL light bulb combines the lifespan of a compact florescent with the softer light of an incandescent. The mercury-free bulb lasts up to 11,000 hours and can be used on dimmer switches. Similar to the cathode-ray tubes in tube TVs, the bulb illuminates when electrons strike phosphor-coated glass. The Vu1 bulb costs $19.95

For more information, visit www.vu1corporation.com or call (212) 359-9503.

App Control

Access a computer from an iPhone, iPad, or Android device with the Splashtop Remote app. When a mobile device and a computer are on the same wireless network, the app allows users to open files, run programs, and play audio and video files. The iPhone and iPad version costs 99 cents. The full Android version costs $4.99; the free version limits users to a five-minute connection.

Get more information at www.splashtop.com or (408) 861-1088.

Thunderstruck

HTC’s Thunderbolt phone comes with an 8-megapixel camera, 8 GB of internal memory, and front-facing camera, allowing users to make video calls through services such as Skype. The phone’s 4.3-inch screen is among the largest available. Verizon subscribers can take advantage of its 4G speeds in certain cities. The Thunderbolt’s mobile hotspot feature can transmit a wireless Internet signal to eight devices. The phone costs $569.99, or $249.99 with a two-year contract.

Get more information at http://goo.gl/ajLjm or call (800) 922-0204.

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