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Previews of Firework Displays Now Available on Smart Phones

Photodisc/Thomas Northcut(JOPLIN, Mo.) -- Families across the country will be shopping for the perfect fireworks for this upcoming Independence Day weekend -- and now they will have something other than the descriptions on the back of the box to rely on.

"You read the side of it. You don't know what it's gonna do," said Greg Wooten, a shopper at Black Cat Fireworks in Joplin, Mo. "It tells you it's going to do one thing and it does another."

Black Cat's manager, Larry Shelly, decided to change that. The store has installed small bar codes on each of the products so customers can get a visual preview of what the fireworks will look like when they go off.

To scan the code, customers simply need to hold their phones up to the product. He said customers really enjoy it.

"I know over the last couple of days we've had over a thousand hits on those items," Shelly said. "I think it will continue to grow."

The bar codes on the products are called QR, or Quick Response, codes. They were originally created to attach to automobile parts so workers could easily scan them during the production process. Now the codes are attached to almost everything.

Emily Clark and her father say it's nice to be able to preview the fireworks before they commit to buying.

"Some fireworks, you spend a lot of money, and they turn out to be pretty lame," said Emily. With the bar codes, "you can look at it before you light it."

Shelly said he wants to give his customers a chance to find exactly what they're looking for.

"Give them an opportunity to see if it's the design they enjoy," he said.

Shoppers will now be able to see exactly what they spend their money on.

"You spend a lot of money on fireworks and when it comes down to it, you want something enjoyable," said Shelly.

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Sony Ericsson Introduces Smart Phone for Gamers

Photo Courtesy - Sony Ericsson(LONDON) -- Sony Ericsson introduced the first ever PlayStation-certified smart phone Monday.

The Xperia PLAY will feature a four-inch multi-touch color screen and a slide-out control pad with buttons similar to those on Sony's PlayStation Portable.  The gaming-inspired smart phone will run on Android software and will have a built-in 5.1-megapixel digital camera, as well as a front-facing camera.

The Xperia PLAY will be available through Verizon Wireless and is set to hit stores sometime in April.

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Sprint Unveils First Dual-Touchscreen Smart Phone

Photo Courtesy - Sprint(NEW YORK) -- Amid Verizon's acquisition of the iPhone, Sprint is stepping up its game, announcing the first dual-touchscreen smart phone to be sold in the wireless market.

On Monday night, the wireless provider unveiled the Kyocera Echo, a two-screen smart phone that uses Android software.  The phone will feature two 3.5-inch screens that will operate independently from each other, allowing users to to multi-task or drag elements from one screen to the other.

The Echo will be available exclusively through Sprint this spring and will go for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract.

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