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VTech introduces new line of baby monitors

BY Allison Cerra

BEAVERTON, Ore. — VTech is helping parents maximize their monitoring options with a new line of baby monitors.

VTech said its Safe and Sound monitors feature digital communication technology, which improves range, sound quality and reduces interference from other home devices, so that parents can easily hear sounds and see the images from the baby monitor. The Safe and Sound full-color video and audio monitor provides a full audio/visual monitoring solution that has up to 1,000 ft. of range between the camera and parent unit and includes a high-quality video resolution (transmitting up to 22 frames per second) on a 2.8-in. video screen with a 320 x 240 pixel display. The Safe and Sound line also includes the digital audio monitor, which also offers up to 1,000 ft. of range and features Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications 6.0 technology, which prevents wireless interference from other electronic devices and security from digital snooping, VTech said. Additional product details can be found on the company’s website.

"Parents want peace of mind when their babies aren’t in their arms, and VTech is giving them a solid alternative with monitoring products that deliver the best value for their dollar," said Matt Ramage, SVP product management at VTech Communications. "Our leadership in wireless communication for the home enables us to be competitive in both quality and price, providing parents with a reliable, feature-rich solution to keep tabs on their little ones, as they go about their days and nights."

VTech said the Safe and Sound full-color video and audio monitor carries a suggested retail price of $149.95, while the Safe and Sound digital audio monitor carries a suggested retail price of $39.95.

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WD-40 Specialist line officially hits market

BY Allison Cerra

SAN DIEGO — WD-40’s specialty products for trade professionals now are available.

The WD-40 Specialist line — which includes the rust release penetrant spray, water-resistant silicone lubricant, protective white lithium grease, long-term corrosion inhibitor and rust remover soak — began shipping in September 2011 now is available nationwide.

“When people think of the WD-40 brand, they think of trust, reliability and the ability to solve problems,” WD-40 president and CEO Garry Ridge said. “For the new WD-40 Specialist line to wear the trademark WD-40 shield, it shows just how confident we are about the efficacy of these products.”

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Report: CVS Caremark contributes $1.2 billion to Rhode Island economy

BY Katherine Field Boccaccio

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark on Tuesday released an economic impact study of its contribution to the economy of its headquarters state of Rhode Island.

The Pricewaterhouse Coopers-conducted study showed that the company’s Rhode Island operations contributed more than $1.2 billion to Rhode Island’s gross domestic product in 2010, approximately 12,000 jobs, $831 million in labor income, and $116 million in state and local taxes.

Over the next 10 years, the study found that CVS Caremark’s contribution to Rhode Island’s GDP is projected to be approximately $16.6 billion, assuming its growth matches the average annual growth for the national economy, which is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to be 4.7%. However, if CVS Caremark’s growth over the next 10 years matches its historical growth, its contribution over the next decade would increase to approximately $35 billion, the PwC study projected.

"The results of this study are further evidence that as we have grown as a company, we have also helped Rhode Island to grow," CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo said.

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