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Target Corp. is offering extended electronics service plans – just in time for the holiday shopping season.
The plans offer three years of coverage on all consumer electronics, except for contract cell phones.
Consumers can buy a service plan when they purchase an item or up to 90 days after a purchase. The three-year period starts on the date the item was purchased.
The plans range in price from $19 for products priced under $200 to $79 for products that sell for $1,000 or more.
Consumers appear to be seeking not only low prices, but better service for complex gadgets. Continue Reading Retailer boosts extended electronics service plans

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Pink ribbons show power of color as brand symbol

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Pale pink is catching on in a big way.
Pink ribbons were first given out in 1992 to raise awareness about breast cancer, a disease that the American Cancer Society estimates will kill 40,970 women in 2006.
Now the number of companies and items supporting breast cancer awareness seems limitless, showing just how successful using “color as a brand symbol” can be. Continue Reading Pink ribbons show power of color as brand symbol

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Increased Internet shopping convenience means bringing the sales clerk to you — using technology, of course.
“Click to chat,” uses instant messaging to enable the online customer to ask a sales clerk questions. Another service, “click to call back,” lets customers click an icon that prompts them for their telephone number so a company representative can call them. Continue Reading Internet shopping: sales clerks available online

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The wave of the future: vending for cell phones

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Motorola Inc. has unveiled “Instantmoto,” a “robotic store” stocked with phones and phone accessories. Not exactly a stuffed animal or a bag of chips, but a similar format.
The giant vending machines have a robotic arm that picks up an item and places it at the customer’s disposal.
Beginning as a pilot program in 20 locations nationwide, Instantmoto will be targeted at airports and malls. A Macy’s store in Chicago and the San Francisco International Airport will be the first to test the machine. Continue Reading The wave of the future: vending for cell phones

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Coffee, chiropractic care, therapy all in one place

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Can you think of a better way to relax while waiting for a massage or chiropractic appointment than sipping on a coffee or an espresso?
Jamie Chaffin and Tamara Steinbach hope the answer is no.
The pair opened Brew Me Coffee Lounge last weekend in a quaint downtown house at 22 E. Monument St. Steinbach’s Peak Health Chiropractic office occupies one room, Saline Peters, owner of Key Therapeutics, has another room and the coffee lounge is in the main room. Continue Reading Coffee, chiropractic care, therapy all in one place

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You want Wi-Fi access with that burger and fries?

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The Golden Arches are leading the way in the wireless fast-food revolution.
Patrons of McDonald’s can now check their e-mail for $2.95 (for two hours of service) as part of a partnership between the fast-food giant and Wayport, a supplier of wireless Internet access. Those with Wayport and AT&T Wi-Fi memberships also have access.
McDonald’s hosts about 17 percent of the nearly 41,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide, and two of the five McDonald’s restaurants in Colorado Springs offer Wi-Fi, according to mcdonalds.com. Continue Reading You want Wi-Fi access with that burger and fries?

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Coupons: point and click takes on clip and save

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Clipping and saving coupons is a way of life for many — so it shouldn’t be any surprise that Internet technology giant Google wants a cut.
Google has announced that it will offer local discount coupons to people who use its Google Maps service. Other companies that have been distributing online coupons include ValPak and CoolSavings, and Silicon Valley start-ups like Coupons Inc. and Zixxo. Continue Reading Coupons: point and click takes on clip and save

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New pizza endeavor started by local entrepreneur

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About six months ago, local entrepreneur Rick Young came up with a concept for a pizzeria called Delish Pizza. He then sold two of his Copy It copy centers, keeping one location downtown, in order to open two shops in the Springs.
And while he may not have a background in the restaurant business, he said he does eat pizza. Continue Reading New pizza endeavor started by local entrepreneur

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Walk into a trendy boutique and you might find a shirt made from corn, pants sewn from bamboo or a dress made from wood pulp.
It’s out with the drab organic cotton and hemp fashion and in with the seaweed and soy fabrics.
It is estimated that there are about 500 ecodesigners worldwide. Five years ago there were only 10 or 20. Continue Reading Fashion industry brings sustainability into style

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Manufacturers offering personalized everything

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In an age of personalized Web sites, iPods and a focus on the individual, it should come as no surprise that more companies are letting consumers personalize their purchases.
For a price, buyers can get customized Hershey bars, M&Ms, Wheaties boxes with their pictures and even their pets’ mugs on a Jones Soda bottle. And now Ketchup kingpin H.J. Heinz, the giant of a $500 billion packaged food industry, wants a piece of the action. Continue Reading Manufacturers offering personalized everything

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