10 cool new technologies you need to check out

Instant-on access for any PC. A netbook with a detachable screen. And a cheaper way to get out from under your home mortgage. These and other creative Web services, software and hardware were introduced at the DEMO 09 conference.

SmartyCard: Educational Baksheesh



Any parent who's struggled with a kid whose grades just aren't what they should be learns that sometimes, a little bribery helps. Consider SmartyCard a bribery facilitator. Parents set up accounts that provide rewards, in the form of CDs, toys, video games and books. Kids have to take tests on content that's appropriate to their grade level (the site now serves kids in grades 3 through 6). When your little Einstein aces a quiz, they earn points toward their next reward.

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