Author: Kate Etue

Which is the best ereader subscription service for you? We compare the top 3

As a book lover, I’m excited about the different ways technology has made it convenient for avid book readers, especially with ebook subscription services. We can read on our phones while we’re on the subway, we can immediately download the next in an addictive series while we’re in the carpool line, we can search for our favorite quotes instantly. I love all of it. Now that ereader subscription services are finally becoming a viable option, here’s a breakdown of three of our top favorites so you can see which is right for you.. eReatah eReatah’s signature feature is their...

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Kidzui: One of our favorite kid-safe browsers is now an app. Yay!

The browser KidZui has been one of the best ways for kids to explore the Internet safely for a few years now, and we’re so excited to learn they’re going mobile with the new KidZui app. Especially with all those new tablets and devices coming in for the holidays, and considering one of the questions we get most from our readers is how to make a tablet safe for kids. UPDATE 2016: Kidzui is no longer in existence. RIP.  One of the top answers: Use a safe browser. And I love KidZui because it’s both safe and fun. Kids still have...

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Clumsy Ninja app: An awesome game for kids. Because? Ninjas.

Clumsy Ninja, the long-awaited app from London tech gurus NaturalMotion has finally arrived, and I’m betting it’s how a lot of kids will be spending screen time over the holidays. To be honest, you might catch me sneaking away to my room to play for fifteen or twenty minutes here or there myself. The game concept for Clumsy Ninja is really simple–the ninja is clumsy. He wants to not be clumsy. You need to teach him, via lessons from his sensei, how to be a master ninja.  Lesson one: shake the ninja’s hand. Lesson two: tickle him. It goes...

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The Little Scholar Tablet: a smart educational option for young kids

Tablets are at the top of so many kids’ wish lists this Christmas, even for the littlest ones in our homes. For the preschool set who is just starting to learn about technology, the intuitive design of touch-directed devices are amazing. They’re able to experience so much through the tablet that they couldn’t through a regular computer. For the littlest kids in my house, I’d consider School Zone’s Little Scholar tablet. Ideal for kids ages 3-6, this tablet comes preloaded with $350 worth of original apps, videos, and music. What you see is what you get with this tablet–you...

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SciGirls: A smart new show for science-minded girls

We’re big fans of products that fan the flames of our girls’ love for science, and really make it cool for a girl to use her brain. PBS has always been a great channel for shows that make education cool, and I predict they’re gonna have another huge success with a new science show specifically for girls. SciGirls features tween girls ages 8-12 using science in real world situations. They’re getting out of the lab and showing how science can be used to do things like solve a crime,  turn a bicycle into an ice cream maker, or help...

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With Google’s Santa Tracker, the Christmas countdown is all fun and games.

My son has told me at least four times today exactly how many days away Christmas is. I think you could say the countdown is officially on. So, I’m going to set the default home screen on our kitchen computer to Google’s Santa Tracker—a fun way for the kids (and, maybe the grownups?) to count down to the big day. We always  love the little custom videos and games in the Google Doodles that Google releases from time to time, which are a fun surprise. Well, the Google Santa Tracker releases a similar new Christmasy game or video each day...

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Big cell phone news from the HTC One family. Like, really big.

So the HTC One Max hit the shelves this month, and we’ve been wondering how it measures up to our favorite cell phones. Pun intended. The buzz revolves mostly around its size—it’s the biggest cell phone I’ve seen since my dad’s mid-90s brick in the car, thus the “phablet” moniker. But, of course, bigger has some perks now—like that dazzling HD screen that makes reading email, searching websites, and watching movies actually comfortable activities on a phone. To boil it all down, the thing that sets the HTC One max apart is it’s size. It’s just big. Like really,...

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A to Sea: Dive deep with this beautiful new ebook for children

My kids don’t know much about marine life. I’m not sure why this is—maybe because we’re landlocked and don’t have regular exposure to the ocean. Or maybe because children’s book illustrators tend to favor more cuddly, furry creatures for the starring roles in their books.  But I do know that I’m excited that they have a chance to read about them more in this amazing new interactive ebook. From Anchovy to Zooplankton, all aspects of marine life are covered in A to Sea (for iOS and Android). It is a beautiful, hand painted app with lots of interactive features and I imagine your...

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Oyster ereader subscription: Like a Netflix for books only this time for real.

Even with the busy holiday season here, I’m bound and determined to set aside some personal time for momma to keep me sane. For me, that means reading a lot more. Like, a lot more. So I’m really excited about the ebook subscription service Oyster. We’ve reviewed other ebook services, and they all seem to be great in their own ways. What’s really impressed me with Oyster is that they have lots of books in their library that I actually want to read. Oyster charges you a monthly fee of $9.95 a month, which gives you unlimited access to their ebook library. So if you’re a...

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The best gift books from your kids are the ones they made themselves. Thanks Artkive.

We have limited storage space at home, and I’m just not able to keep every single drawing my little Picassos bring home. Or, rather, I thought I didn’t until I discovered Artkive. We’ve raved about this kids’ art storage app before, but now that the holidays are coming up, we’re excited that you can turn those works of art into the best books for your kids filled with their keepsake art, all with a few clicks. Plus we’re happy to support them today as part of Small Business Saturday. Those of you who have used Artkive know how simple...

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