SCOUT MASTER That stack of business cards waiting to be entered into your address book is not getting any smaller--and you're not getting any younger. Scout, a free service from Ants.com, could be your ticket out of data-entry hell. Sign up, and when you enter another Scout member's e-mail address into your Outlook database, her contact information (or whatever part of it she's willing to share) is automatically filled in. Scout will update contact information continuously--no more mass e-mails for address changes. The software is still in its early phases, though, and later versions may feature ads in the pop-up windows.
TRIPLE PLAY Most CD burners have looked about as cool as a pocket protector. That is until Sony unveiled its Digital Relay portable CD burner ($400) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. It works like any other CD burner: hook it up to a PC, and you can back up your hard drive, store digital images or burn MP3s onto a blank CD. When you're ready to roll, it turns into a portable CD player for store-bought CDs or the custom-made ones you burned yourself. You won't have to be embarrassed to carry this in your pocket.