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Fuel Economizer

PLX Devices' Kiwi plugs into a car's on-board diagnostic port and analyzes vehicle speed, rpm, engine load, and oxygen sensor readings, allowing drivers to modify their habits and maximize their vehicles' fuel efficiency. Like a videogame, the device displays scores for smoothness, drag, acceleration, and deceleration. The overall "Kiwi score" of 100 reflects each vehicle's optimum handling. The Kiwi is compatible with all vehicle makes and models manufactured after 1995 and costs $299 plus shipping.

Contact PLX Devices at (650) 793-5039 or

Real Estate Reference

The third edition of The Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms defines and explains more than 10,000 words and phrases from North American and English real estate practices. Drawing from economics, finance, investment, law, taxation, and property management, the book contains more than 15,000 references as well as material on contracts, insurance, and land law. The appendixes provide a real estate law summary, professional association information, and financial formulas. A list of abbreviations and acronyms also is included for those who find "mixed-use development" clearer than "MUD." The book costs $165.

Contact Delta Alpha Publishing at (800) 292-5544 or

Risky Business

Palisade's @Risk 5.0, a Microsoft Excel add-on, uses Monte Carlo simulation to plot spreadsheet-integrated investment scenarios. Results can be displayed in customizable graphs and exported to PowerPoint and Word. Additional functions include the @Risk Library SQL database, which provides a platform to share assumptions with multiple users, and sensitivity analysis, which prescreens inputs to reduce irrelevant data. The 5.0 version also provides enhanced distribution options, preformatted reports, and error detection. @Risk 5.0 costs between $1,195 and $1,995. Prices include one year of maintenance.

Contact Palisade at (800) 432-7475 or

Six Is the Luckiest Number

Despite the downturn, the demand for commercial properties in top locations is still greater than the supply, according to Investing in Income Properties: The Big Six Formula for Achieving Wealth in Real Estate by Kenneth D. Rosen, CCIM. Focusing on apartment, office, retail, and warehouse properties in the $500,000 to $5 million price range, the book explains how both novice and experienced investors can take advantage of that demand. The formula is based on six industry fundamentals: location, building quality and design efficiency, tenant profile, upside, financing, and price. The formula is supplemented with property management tips, leasing strategies, and testimonies from investors who, like Rosen, used the "big six" to attain financial independence. The book costs $39.95.

Contact John Wiley & Sons at (800) 225-5945 or

Script Saver

With an electronic pen and digital receiver, IOGear's Mobile Digital Scribe captures and transfers handwriting to computers via a USB cable. My Script Notes 2.1 Lite, the device's handwriting recognition software, allows users to edit and save notes as JPEG files or view them on screen during composition. The software supports 12 languages including Chinese, Dutch, English, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The device also comes with an ink refill, installation CD, and two SR41 batteries. But muralists beware: The Mobile Digital Scribe does not record notes exceeding letter-size paper. The device costs $99.95.

Contact IOGear at (800) 876-9375 or


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