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Sun Volts
Built with dark days (and nights) in mind, the Solio Classic solar-hybrid charger accepts power from the sun and wall sockets. On bright days, however, one hour of sunshine provides approximately 15 minutes of mobile phone talk time. Along with phones, the device powers Bluetooth headsets, GPS systems, and digital cameras. To accommodate this diverse list of products, the Solio Classic comes bundled with six adapter tips. A USB charging cable and window suction cup also are included. The device costs $99.95. Contact Solio at (800) 653-4099 or

Note to Self
Jott Assistant is a phone-based transcription service that lets away-from-the-office users call in notes, reminders, and calendar appointments, which are transcribed and relayed via e-mail and text messages 15 minutes before the event time. The Jott Express desktop application also processes written notes for to-do lists and reminders. Info-savvy — but momentarily tech-less — Jott Assistant users can browse prices, update their Facebook status, Tweet, and listen to “SmartMoney” stock reports over the phone. The service provides applications for iPhones, Blackberrys, Outlook, and iGoogle. Jott Assistant costs $3.95 per month; Jott Assistant Pro costs $12.95 per month. A pay-per-minute plan also is available. Contact Jott at (206) 254-1364 or

Pen Pal
Weighing 1.3 ounces, Livescribe’s Pulse smart pen contains a Montblanc-size computer that syncs up to four hours of handwriting and audio, captured by an onboard camera and microphone. When tapped against the note-filled surface of the special dot paper, which users can purchase separately or print themselves, the pen replays audio from the exact moment the note was written. Notes and audio also can be uploaded to PCs and Macs via the USB mobile charging cradle and managed with the Livescribe Desktop software. The 1GB Pulse costs $149; the 2GB Pulse costs $199. Contact Livescribe at (877) 727-4239 or

Sustainable Strategies
Whether to quell their consciences, cut costs, or a combination of both, many commercial real estate property managers recognize the growing need for a sustainable business approach. The Institute of Real Estate Management’s A Practical Guide to Green Real Estate Management by John Klein with Alison Drucker and Kirk Vizzier offers strategies for implementing this approach, whatever the motivation. Printed on recycled paper, the book includes instructions for assessing a property’s energy consumption, reducing demand, and calculating savings. Tenant participation, which is crucial to more environmentally friendly buildings, also is covered at length. The book costs $59.95; $47.95 for IREM members. Contact IREM at (800) 837-0706, ext. 4650, or

Classy Classifieds
VFlyer, an online classified ad creation, management, and syndication platform, allows users to create a search engine-optimized single property listing Web site. After a flyer has been published, the service submits it to online real estate marketplaces and Craigslist within 24 to 48 hours. VFlyer also generates widget, e-mail, and printable PDF versions of each published flyer. Users can display all active listings on a personalized account profile, and the platform’s image library contains graphics and banners for more than 25 real estate companies including Re/Max, Coldwell Banker, and Century 21. VFlyer’s personal plan is free; business plans range from $12.95 per month to $79.95 per month. Contact vFlyer at (415) 963-4020 or


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