Author: Julie

21 of the best math apps for kids of all ages: Back to school tech guide

Rounding out our 2015 back to school tech guide: The best math apps. All year long we’re on the lookout for the very best of the best math apps for kids of all ages, that we know that parents will appreciate too. (Especially since we’re the ones paying for them, right?)  We always want our kids to get excited about learning new things, whether it’s early math basics or advanced concepts like multiplying decimals, or plotting coordinates along an XY axis. That’s why we’re so grateful to the wonderful developers who put out smart math apps like these, that can be a...

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Tinybop’s The Everything Machine: Budding engineers, your app has arrived

We love it when developers we adore take things up a notch, and that’s exactly what Tinybop has done with their wonderful new app, The Everything Machine. The Everything Machine is on a whole new level from what we’ve seen from Tinybop previously. It incorporates visual programming elements plus mechanical and electrical engineering in a platform for inventing and building cool stuff. Or in human language, it lets you design and build all kinds of “machines” on your iPad, using your tablet’s own features and functions. Yes, it’s a little more complicated than previous Tinybop apps like Simple Machines and...

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9 of the most stunningly beautiful mobile games add some zen to your apps.

Think for a minute about how far we’ve come in games design from the days of Asteroids and Space Invaders. Now, there are some stunningly beautiful mobile games for both iOS and Android that change the way we think about gaming apps. Hey, I’m all for relaxing by taking a walk, reading a book, or doing some meditative deep breathing. But it’s nice to have one of these 9 beautiful games at the ready for those times when your options for chilling out are limited — like when you’re stuck in the middle seat at 35,000 feet. Monument Valley When most of us here...

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Tiny Builders construction app: All the fun of digging and excavating without the travel delays

Road construction is one of those travel hitches we all want to avoid, unless you’re one of those toddlers and preschoolers who think those giant machines are the coolest ever. Now they can get their fill of drilling, paving, and bulldozing with the brand new Tiny Builders construction app, without the need to rubberneck on the highway. A lot of the “things that go” themed apps we try here don’t quite make the cut for us, but this one from German developer Wonderkind is really engaging, coupled with illustrations that feel like a classic children’s picture book. Kids can explore every part of the construction scene,...

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The new SPIbelt Performance Series – Bring your gihugic phone on the run.

I’ve raved about the SPIbelt sport belt in the past because, well, it’s fantastic. And since mine was with by my side (literally) through another half Ironman race last month, I was really excited to check out a possible upgrade, their new SPIbelt Performance Series sport belt, and see how it compared to the original. The Performance Series has a larger pocket than the original — a big plus for iPhone 6/6+ and Samsung Galaxy users. Even better, that pocket is now weather-resistant, which is helpful whether you’re caught in the rain, or you’re pouring cups of water over your head to cool off....

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The Remix Mini: An Android PC you can hold in your hands

At a time when it seems like our favorite gadgets are getting bigger, not smaller (hello, iPhone 6+) it’s pretty cool to discover the Remix Mini — an incredible new computer that you can easily hold in your hand. Seriously. Everything about the Mini kind of blows me away. It’s got the functionality and power of a PC, with all the benefits of Android security and apps. Plug it into outlet power, connect all your peripherals (screen, keyboard, mouse), and get online via WIFI or Ethernet. Then, you can just head straight to your favorite Android app store and start downloading. From...

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Let kids be their own cake boss with the Motion Math: Cupcake! app

Since my kids have been out of school for over a month, I’m on the lookout for ways to keep their minds engaged. My latest find is the Motion Math: Cupcake! app, and it’s been a huge hit around here. We’ve lauded Motion Math apps before, and while this one’s definitely a math app at heart, there’s so much more to it: Creativity, strategy, long-range planning, and even customer service. In other words, it’s nothing like those free cupcake decorating apps that your younger kids may be playing around with on your devices. Here, players decide what to sell and for how...

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Ily vs Triby smackdown! Which is the best no-landline family phone for you?

One of our top family tech picks from CES this year was Triby, the wireless hands-free speaker phone that helps keep the whole family in touch, even without a landline. The preview got us giddy for the technology to come for those of us getting rid of landlines at home. And now there’s the Ily family phone, which is also billed as a way to bring everyone together and we’re excited by the options. So what’s the difference between Triby and Ily, and which one is right for your family? The biggest thing that Ily can do exclusively is make video calls, either...

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Piquing our geek: The Light Phone helps keep you off your phone.

Browsing the crowdfunding scene, we’re always amazed by the space-age ideas being brought to life out there and making us go, whoa. Now, it’s the the Light Phone, an ultra compact phone that totally looks like it’s from a sci-fi movie. Billed as “your phone away from phone,” the Light Phone is meant to be the way you stay in touch when you’re really trying to disconnect. Sounds like an oxymoron, I know. But stay with me, because I can really see why the Light Phone could be great for parents. Related: 5 things I learned when I put away my...

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Stylish and protective iPad mini cases: Reader Q&A

I got an iPad Mini for my birthday. I want a protective but stylish case with a stand so I can be hands free when I watch a movie. I want something that is going to protect all the edges of the device and not just the corners. -Jennifer   Oooh, what an awesome birthday gift, Jennifer! We totally get that you want to keep your new precious gadget protected but also looking fabulous too, so here are a few recommendations that we hope will work for you. We’ve always been big fans of Speck because they do such a great...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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