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February 02, 1996|LYNN SIMROSS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Don't let the Credit Card Companion fool you. It may look like a little black credit card--it's only eighth of an inch thick and weighs 1.3 ounces--but it's actually a handy tool kit that you can carry in your wallet.

The tiny card houses a stainless-steel saw-toothed knife, an awl/bottle opener/screwdriver, tweezer, toothpick, compass and magnifying lens.

Designed by Tool Logic in Port Hueneme, the Credit Card Companion ($24.95, plus $3 shipping and handling) can be ordered by calling (800) 483-8422.

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Picture Perfect: Computer buffs will want to check out FotoFUN, a new color photo printer that works with their home computer. It is compatible with Windows, Macintosh and Amiga. This nifty desktop darkroom produces quality photographs from 2 by 3 inches to 4 by 6 inches, and will print them from scanned images, photo CDs and disc images.

Developed by FARGO Electronics in Eden Prairie, Minn., the FotoFUN machine comes with a print film kit, including ribbon and glossy paper for 36 prints. A refill kit is also sold separately for $34.95.

There are optional kits ($39.95 each) that let users print color photo postcards, photo coffee mugs and photo labels.

FotoFUN ($499) is available at electronics and computer stores. For more information, call FARGO at (800) 327-4622.

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Playing Tag: Since label printers have become a hit with adults, Casio is introducing Stick 'Em, Stamp 'Em Label Shop KL-430 for kids.

The compact printer has an easy-to-use keyboard and a four line display so children can create and see their labels simultaneously. They can make all kinds of labels, and there is a stamper that lets the user both stick and stamp names, messages and graphics to their possessions.

The little label shop ($79.99) operates on eight AA batteries. It will be on the market in June. For more information, call (800) YO-CASIO.

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