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Power Strip Makes Universal Remote More Universal

March 6, 2009: A Chinese company has introduced an IR power strip designed to let anything plugged into it be turned on and off by any programmable universal remote control

Aside from facilitating the ideal of never having to get up to turn anything on or off, ever, the idea behind this is to save on "vampire power" by turning electronics off at the power strip rather than leaving them on standby. Also, says the maker, it can safeguard equipment from overheating or in a storm.

A bit more here.








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Dunkin' Donuts Makes Friends On Facebook

February 26, 2009: Dunkin' Donuts has made a big move into social media, but not to promote its doughnuts. Instead, it ran a two-day Faceook event to promote multigrain bagels, light lattes, and other healthier fare.