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Roundup: Strange bedfellows, scale-house burger, Android barker

Legislation can make for odd bedfellows among supporters, Wendy Parker orders a cheeseburger -- at the wrong drive-through, and Mack Trucks' Bulldog magazine gets new digital distribution.

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Hulu, Netflix apps

How to catch your favorite shows and flicks on the road.

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Option for crowd-sourcing weigh-station status

New Scalechek app provides a directory and alerts for open/closed status of weigh stations across the U.S. and Canada.

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Take CSA challenge: Win iPad, $5,000

The folks at Big Truck TV, in partnership with AT&T, have announced a competition taking applications from potential competitors, including you, through early February. "The CSA Challenge will comprise six challengers being chosen to compete over a two-month period," or 10 weeks, says Michael Carpentier, Big Truck TV CEO. Each challenger will receive an iPad2 with which to answer questions over the 10-week period by recording video answers, to be posted online and voted on ...

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Scale It: The platform-scale axle-weights app, designed by a driver

John Christner Trucking driver Jerry Wilks is the programmer/developer of an application that, if you're packing an iPhone and find occasion to use platform scales, could be of great use. Launched early in 2010, the Scale It app for the iPhone is a quick cheat that allows you to input the different weight readings you get as you roll onto the scale, then does the math for you to determine axle weights. "It's not hard math," ...

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Pocket Tools

Dozens of new smart-phone apps can save you money, time and hassles. Best of all, many are free.

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Truck tire iPhone app

Commercial truck operators can get access to emergency road and tire service at the location closest to them from their iPhone or iPad with the “Continental Truck Tires Dealer Locator” application that can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store. CONTINENTAL, www.continental-truck.com

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CAT Scale iPhone app

The CAT Scale Company iPhone app allows drivers to locate the CAT Scale closest to their current location through the GPS on their phone. Drivers can also search for and get directions to CAT Scale locations in other areas. The app is available through iTunes and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices. For more information, visit www.catscale.com.

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Android ‘Freight Finder’ app from TQL

ATTN: Owner-operators. Yesterday, Total Quality Logistics announced functionality and availability of a new "Freight Finder" app for Android-based smartphones. The free application enables quick searches from current location or other location of available loads, by trailer type and within an adjustable radius of up to 300 miles. I've downloaded and done a quick run-through with the app, and a particularly nice feature is one-touch calling of the load's agent after search, likewise the ability to customize ...

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