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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Roundup: NASCAR app for fans, free calls on Facebook, Samsung's Fonblet, more



ramenbowl_610x406.jpgLoneliness buster: No more lonely dinner over a how bowl of instant ramen. This "anti-loneliness ramen bowl" designed by MisoSoupDesign will hold your smartphone at the edge of the bowl so you can browse the web or chat while you're slurping the noodles.   CNet

Smartphone app takes over as DJ: Cox Radio made history Friday by turning its WSUN-FM (97.1) into the first local station in the area to play songs selected by fans who use a free smartphone app.  Eric Deggans, Tampa Bay Times

Apps as librarians: Random House released a Facebook app called  BookScout that lets users  share favorite books with friends, then get reading recommendations based on what they like.  New York Times
Apps for NASCAR fans:  Auto racing wil be more interactive for spectators with the new  NASCAR Mobile '13 app (Android and iOS) where fans can vote to choose the race format for the season's first exhibition race. They can also help select how many pit stops each car is allowed, the type of pit stops, and number of cars eliminated after the race's second segment.    Mashable

Nike teams up with Lose It!:  Nike+ FuelBand will partner with  Lose It!, a calorie tracking app. Users will be able to sync the FuelBand to the app to  keep track of fitness data and health profile in one place.  Mashable

Blurring phone-tablet lines: Reports say Samsung is expected to announce it's  new 5.8-inch phone for the European market called "Fonblet."    Los Angeles Times
Free calls on Facebook: A new Free Call button has appeared in the  Messenger for iPhone app that will  let users make a call to another Messenger for iPhone user for, well, free over Wi-Fi or cellular data. The  Verge

Gadget battery life: What's the best way to  maximize the life of your battery for a mobile device? Here are some tips.    Salt Lake Tribune

Avoid the flu: Although flu is usually transmitted via air, doctors say people should take precautions by washing their hands, and  properly cleaning their mobile gadgets. (But don't wash it with soap and water!)   Yahoo!
Digital photo correction:  Learn how to make your digital photos even better under the tutelage of Dale Grahn, a film colorist whose resume includes work with big names like Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorcese. The $3.99  Dale Grahn Color iPad  app teaches you how to adjust color and offers correction tools.   USA Today
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[Last modified: Monday, January 21, 2013 3:22pm]


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