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New Tech Site for Deal Seekers and Text Hands Free

By Ann Hynek Columns FOXBusiness


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Google Offers get personal to help users manage their lives better, and a new app will make your commute much smoother. And for anyone in the market for consumer electronics, this website is a must see. 

An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Google Offers now lets you tailor the alerts you receive according to your favorite activities, restaurants, retailers, and service providers. 

The new personalization feature uses your geographic location, such as specific neighborhoods or cities, to target offers. To ensure the system is accurately following your specified preferences, the system sends  sample emails after you sign up. 

Google (GOOG) recently expanded its offers last month, and is now available in 12 major U.S. cities. Those seeking deals on the go can download Google Shopper for Android by clicking here.

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Those interested in daily emails can visit this Google page to sign up.

Deals in Tech

Those who love to get great discounts on TVs, tablets, cameras, mobile phones, and other gadgets will want to check out

CowBoom has new, pre-owned and refurbished electronics that can be purchased at a fixed price or via online auction. What's really cool about the site– besides the extremely low prices – is the email option for product-specific deals. In the market for a new laptop? Sign up to find out when CowBoom has what you’re looking for.

Good Housekeeping

Flash sales site Gilt Groupe has given its home goods site a complete makeover. Gilt Home has a new, complete e-commerce store full of undiscounted goods to supplement its offerings of deep discounts on designer home furnishings. 

Designer boutiques featuring pieces made exclusively for Gilt Home are also available, and Tom Delavan, the former editor-at-large for Domino magazine, will be overseeing weekly editorial content. Click here to learn more. 

Commuter Must-Have

Waze wants to help you have a smooth drive home, will a little help from your fellow drivers. Social traffic and navigation app Waze is available for free via iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, or Windows Mobile, and automatically generates map and traffic data from drivers who have the app open on their smartphones. 

That information is then dispersed among other Waze users, who can navigate the fastest way home with up-to-the minute alerts on traffic and accidents. There’s also a GPS feature. You can even check the traffic before you get on the road by visiting the live map on the Waze website.

Drive Safely

Ford (F) is installing a new feature in its latest vehicles, and in some older models, that it hopes will reduce texting while driving. With the help of voice-activated technology from Sync, a driver's text messages can now be read aloud.

Drivers looking to respond to messages can select from pre-written responses, hands free. Those who have Sync vehicles made in 2010 or later can download a software upgrade onto a USB drive and install it themselves, and other Sync vehicles will have an upgrade soon. Check it out here.

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