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German company Elgato is shipping tiny hybrid tuners to the U.S. The $149.95 device is compatible with Mac (AAPL) and Windows 7 (MSFT) on your PC. Elgato’s EyeTV software lets you watch and record HDTV on your computer, edit out the content you don’t need, and schedule future recordings, too. You can also use the device on multiple computers at the same time. Go to elgato.com to learn more, or purchase yours at the Apple store.
We told you about Target (TGT) gift cards for your phone. Now the company is offering scannable coupons accessible via mobile phone. Using a computer, go to Target.com/mobile to activate the service, or go to m.target.com on your phone. You can also text COUPONS to 827438 (TARGET). You’ll receive a link where all the current offers are listed, along with a barcode. Sign up for coupons, take your phone with you to your local Target store, and scan the barcodes at checkout.
Just in time for warmer weather, Google (GOOG) Maps has more than 12,000 miles of bike trails, directions, and recommended bike-friendly streets. Google Maps Bicycling Layer shows you roads with designated bike lanes, roads that are bike-friendly without a bike lane, and bike-only trails. There’s also a reporting tool that lets you send any comments or suggestions as to how to improve the site’s directions and information. Google says a mobile version is also in the works. Check it out at maps.google.com/biking.
Google also just launched its Apps Marketplace. It's an online resource for any app developer to market and sell their apps using cloud computing. So far, more than 50 software makers, including Intuit (INTU) and Concur (CNQR) Technologies, are selling their Internet programs through Google in exchange for 20% of their sales.
Apple’s online store is accepting pre-orders for its iPad today. You can pre-order the iPad Wi-Fi, which hits stores April 3, or try for the Wi-Fi+3G version, which will ship later next month. You can have yours delivered or choose to pick it up from your nearby Apple store. Pre-order yours at apple.com.
Fans of Meetup or Plancast now have an informal alternative for planning their next event. Go Tribal uses various social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, to put people in touch and easily make last-minute plans. Go Tribal lets users coordinate dates and times when they’re available to get together, and will soon have an additional feature to help you plan where to go and what to do. (It's like Evite in real time.) Login to Go Tribal using Facebook Connect.
Mainsoft's Harmony is working with Microsoft Outlook to make it faster and easier to share documents via e-mail. Harmony for Google Docs makes it easy to share Google Docs with Microsoft Outlook Users, and SharePoint Intergrator for Lotus Notes allows Lotus users to more easily share documents with Microsoft SharePoint users. The Harmony Personal Edition is free. You can get yours at harmony.mainsoft.com.
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