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Kodak’s new Pulse digital frame gets social

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kodak’s popular wireless frame with its own e-mail address is keeping up with the times.

The new generation of Kodak Pulse digital frames, which have Wi-Fi capability, will allow users to comment on photos they receive from friends and family with a Quick Comment button on the frame’s touchscreen. What’s more, the Pulse frame also connects to Facebook and Kodak Gallery albums, so pictures automatically are streamed to the frame.

"It’s now even more fun to share pictures using your Kodak Pulse digital frame with new features like Quick Comment that give you a two-way connection to family and friends. Now, you can let your friends know what you think of the pictures they send you right away from your frame," said Phil Scott, VP marketing, digital capture and devices at Kodak. "With the enhanced sharing and social networking features of the Pulse frame, Kodak is making it simple and fun to stay connected and celebrate and relive life’s moments."

The Pulse frames will be available at major retailers this spring in 7-in. and 10-in. sizes for $129.95 and $199.95, respectively.

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Cobra’s PhoneTag links valuables

BY Allison Cerra

LAS VEGAS — Cobra’s Bluetooth tagging system, which links a smart phone to its user or other valuables, will make its debut here at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

The Cobra PhoneTag, powered by Phone Halo Technology, is a two-way alarm and loss-prevention device that links the Android, BlackBerry or iPhone smart phone to its owner or his or her valuables.

By downloading the PhoneTag application to one’s smart phone and attaching the PhoneTag device to an item that that needs protection (e.g., keys, purse, computer bag), the software monitors the distance between the phone and tagged items with a GPS location recording. If the items become separated, users are alerted immediately.

"Cobra PhoneTag tracks and connects any personal valuable to the Internet by harnessing the power of Bluetooth-enabled smart phones," said Sally Washlow, SVP marketing and sales for Cobra Electronics.
"The PhoneTag smartphone software application provides user definable customization and control."

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Meijer donates semi-tractors to support Midwest communities

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer last week announced its donation of 35 reconditioned semi-tractors to local food banks, academic organizations and law enforcement throughout the Midwest.

The donation is part of the chain’s ongoing commitment to support the communities it serves, the company said.

In total, 14 food banks and food rescue organizations will receive the donations, with each receiving two trucks. The remaining trucks were donated to the Michigan State Police and several academic institutions, including Oakland Community College, Kent Career Technical Center and Ferris State University.

Meijer’s EVP supply chain operations and manufacturing Rick Keyes said the company is "proud to be able to provide this level of support for organizations that do such important work."

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