Gorillapod and Gorillamobile: two handy gadgets to consider

August 26, 2009
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   Full disclosure first – I love gadgets. Especially gadgets that make my life more fun and help my other gadgets work better.     Joby sent me two of their latest products to try out: the gorillamobile and the gorillapod.     The mobile attaches itself to iPhones, MP3 players, and other similar devices, and...

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Ct Unemployment claims: file by phone, forget Internet

August 26, 2009
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After trying unsuccessfully at least four times over the last two days to file my initial unemployment claim on the Internet, today I tried using the phone system. It worked and it worked unbelievably great. I answered the 20 simple questions. In one minute (I timed it) a representative was on the phone with...

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College Textbooks: Costs Rising Twice As Fast As Inflation – Parents, Students Ripped Off

August 25, 2009
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College Textbook Rip-Off Continues – From Classesandcareers.com two years ago, but still relevant: The Dog Just over a year ago, college textbook publishers were bombarded with complaints about the exorbitant costs of purchasing college textbooks. A report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that textbook prices were increasing at twice the rate...

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Mortgage rates decline according to today's Zillow report

August 25, 2009
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www.zillow.com/Mortgage_Rates/. Report from Zillow.com The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages decreased last week to 5.19 percent, down from 5.30 percent the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor. 

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Ct AG Blumenthal accuses firms of predatory lending scheme in lawsuit

August 25, 2009
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Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today announced a lawsuit against several companies and individuals allegedly engaged in a massive predatory lending scheme to provide unaffordable mortgages to Hispanic consumers, many of them unable to speak English.

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Real Estate statistics on Hartford metro and rest of country from Zillow

August 25, 2009
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Latest statistics from Zillow on Hartford metro  – and all other parts of the country – real estate sales. Worth checking out here.

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College Textbooks: The Great Ripoff Of Students And Their Parents

August 24, 2009
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Bill W. of New Britain - who works in the energy sector in Connecticut - wants to start a national conversation about the outrageous cost of college textbooks, publications costing $175 and up.

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Mophie Juice Pack Air: great battery/protective case for iPhone/iTouch, but reception diminished

August 24, 2009
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Mophie Juice Pack Air: great battery/protective case for iPhone/iTouch, but reception diminished

Gadget Of The Week If you own an iPhone or an iPod Touch, check out the Mophie Juice Pack Air — a combination lithium rechargeable battery and hard case. Us iPhone (available for all models) and Touch owners know how quickly the batteries drain on our units. The $80 to $100 units double your battery...

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Ct Unemployment claims: state can't get act together, unemployed get shaft again

August 24, 2009
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Now that I have joined the ranks of the unemployed I can personally appreciate all the emails and complaints I had received while working at The Courant from those who lost their jobs and could not get through on the Internet to file their complaints. I will keep everyone abrest about my situation (as...

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