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3 Tech Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed

This free service ( delivers property values and information straight to your phone. Just compose a text message listing the street address and city; then send it to HOUSE (46873). In a minute, you’ll receive a reply listing the year the house was built, square footage, number of baths/bedrooms and estimated value.

The age-old trick of leaving yourself a voice-mail reminder gets a Web twist with Jott (, which works like this: Dial a special number and then start talking. The free service turns the message into text and then forwards it to you—or someone in your address book that you specify—via e-mail.

After installing this backup utility ( on your PC or Mac, it automatically copies your most important data files to secure Web storage. You can set this to happen daily, weekly or even as you work. Mozy offers 2GB of storage for free or unlimited storage for $4.95 monthly.