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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

It was a big day at the ball park as the Phillies got their world championship rings! The 2009 season is officially underway and we've got just the perfect site to feed that baseball fever.

Since we all can't be at the ballpark for every game, MLB.com will provide the next best thing, if you're willing to spend between $80 and $110. The website offers MLB.TV. The video player works much like a TiVo digital video recorder; users can stop and rewind to review stellar plays on your MAC or PC. A feature called audio sync lets fans overlay their favorite radio broadcasters onto the television feed. But remember because of blackout rules, this will only allow you to watch teams outside the market. No Phillies but it's a good way to keep track of the competition. iPhone users get a slimmed down version for $9.99. It includes the radio broadcasts of all games.

LINK: http://MLB.TV

Padmapper.com is a free tool that helps you visualize Craigslist apartment listings through Google maps. Gone are the days when you get lost in the confusing, endless scrolling through rental listings. All you need to do is type in your neighborhood and click on the flag to see listing details.

LINK: http://www.Padmapper.com

Search a lot? Why not give while you're at it. Goodsearch.com is a search engine which donates 50 percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It's estimated that each web search will generate approximately one cent.

LINK: http://www.Goodsearch.com

23andme.com is a site that offers at home DNA testing. About 10 weeks after you send a tube of your salvia to the lab, you receive percentages on the likelihood of contracting certain diseases or conditions like cancer or diabetes.

Landsdowne resident Cecily Kellogg used the site after she lost her twin boys during pregnancy five years ago. She says she was misinformed about symptoms of the condition and contributing hereditary factors.

Now she contributes to a new section of the site for moms and moms to be. In this pregnancy section you can choose to have your DNA analyzed and contribute the results to the site's research pool or you can simply contribute to the blog to help researchers and mothers to be learn more about pregnancy health.

"It's very hard to actually do medically testing on pregnant women because it's not safe. This way you can contribute to the medical community's knowledge," Kellogg said.

Getting your DNA analyzed is pretty pricey. The kit runs about $400.

But Kellogg says it's worth it because now she can see conditions she and her daughter are at risk for, and help other women who she says are often left in the dark.

LINK: http://www.23andme.com

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