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Driver Feedback

This app won't save you time or money but, if you're a parent, it just might save you a headache.

Released by State Farm Insurance last month, the Driver Feedback app for iPhones and iPod Touches uses the devices' built-in accelerometer to monitor and score a driver's performance.

Eli Winn, a State Farm manager, said the free app, which is part of the company's safe driving campaign, measures the "ABC's of driving" -- accelerating, breaking and cornering.

"It's a teaching tool for you to be able to improve," she said, adding that teen drivers could launch the application when they're behind the wheel and then share the evaluation with their parents.

While the app lets drivers record each driving session (so that they can measure progress and spot areas that need improvement), Winn said the app does not send driving information back to the company.

Sit or Squat

On long car trips, it's the inevitable cry from the back seat: "Are we there yet? I gotta go..."

Thanks to the free app Sit or Squat, antsy children (and the adults who love them) will be able to find the closest restroom no matter where they are.

"It's like the famous George Constanza iToilet," Spirrison said, referring to the fictional restroom finder application hatched by the well-known Seinfeld character.

The application not only points you to the closet bathroom, it offers pictures and reviews. It also shares information about extra features, such as which have changing tables or are handicap accessible.

Sit or Squat may not get you to your destination any faster, but it could certainly make the ride more enjoyable.

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