July 19, 2012
by Dave McClintock

My Review of the IdolPad PLUS – an Android Tablet for Less Than $100

Here’s an excerpt: Who wants a tablet this cheap? In theory, plenty of folks. If you absolutely cannot pay $200 for a more advanced slate such as a Google Nexus 7 or an Amazon Kindle Fire, the IdolPad Plus is adequate … Continue reading

Check out my review of the Kobo eReader Touch Edition, on ComputerShopper.com.

Kobo eReader Touch Edition reviewAt $129, the Kobo eReader Touch Edition is $10 cheaper than the Nook Simple Touch and $30 more expensive than the Kindle Touch coming in November. With powerful font controls, a slim/light form factor, and ePub compatibility (allowing it to read the most universal ebook format, available through public libraries), the Kobo remains a compelling alternative (even though it may become less prevalent in the US market following the demise of Borders).

If you use e-mail marketing, telemarketing, or direct mail, check out my roundup of four services (Jigsaw, InfoUSA, Hoover’s, and Sales Genie), “When You’re Hungry for Sales, Consider These Lead-Gen Tools.”

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Using a mix of advanced online searching and old-fashioned elbow grease, sales-lead generators gather, cross-reference, clean, and deliver email, phone, and postal data, often matched with business intelligence, such as employee-growth rate, initial public offering history, office square footage, and salary information. Besides selecting targets by number of employees and industry, you often can aim within a radius of ZIP codes you designate.

Whether you want to shake out new contacts on your home turf, or cast a wider net, your dollars can buy you time to spend on the rest of your to-do list. Below, we survey four of these services, Jigsaw, InfoUSA, Hoover’s and Sales Genie.