One childhood memory I can recall with amazing clarity is the morning my dad loaded us all up in our wood-paneled station wagon and drove us to to pick up an Apple IIc. It had a whopping 128 KB of memory and an 8-inch green-on-green monitor. Wow, that makes me feel old. Let me just say the obvious—we’ve come a long way from the early 80s. Now my family uses the new Sony Vaio Tap 21 and it’s like nothing I ever dreamed of as a kid. The concept of tablet-as-desktop-computer is not new, but the Sony Vaio Tap 21 seems...Read More
Author: Kate Etue
Really young kids aren’t ready for their own cell phones yet, but we love the idea of being able to communicate remotely with our elementary age kids while they’re with a babysitter or just send them a funny message while they’re playing in their rooms. Which is why the Toymail Mailmen is about the coolest alternative to something like the dryer Voxer app. And the Mailmen looks way more fun. Developed by two smart Brooklyn women, these little guys are colorful Wi-Fi enabled plastic toys that can receive (and send back) messages to any approved contact, anywhere. So while you’re stuck at work too...Read More
The problem with trying to find a tablet for kids is that many of them tend to look like, well, tablets for kids. And the thing is, no matter how amazing might be (looking at you, Nabi 2 and Nabi Jr) I can’t convince my older kids that it’s a real tablet. They want theirs to look like mine, with a name that doesn’t sound like a cutesie kid name. So, I’m excited to have found the perfect mix of kids tablet and adult design, in the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids. Don’t let the colorful packaging and protective...Read More
Remember playing the telephone game when we were kids? That one where you’d sit in a circle and whisper a phrase all the way around, and by the end it was nothing like the original secret? Well, now that game has had a makeover, hit the iPad, got an extra shot of coolness from Rhys Darby, and it’s great. Have You Heard? is the debut release from Yoozoo books, a kids’ app company from New Zealand–thus, the connection to Rhys Darby from Flight of the Conchords, who serves as narrator. In fact, I’m willing to listen to this app over and...Read More
If you’re anything like me, your mornings are crazy–waking everybody up, making breakfast, walking the dog, packing backpacks, getting the kids dressed, and more. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to also put together a chic outfit that lets the world know you actually do care about the way you look. But now there’s a service using technology and your own email inbox to help women get out of the yoga pants and default pony tail. Sign up for StyleUp and set up a profile on their site about your style, body type, and budget (should you be looking for new clothes...Read More
If you love giving your kids access to ebooks but hate having to buy them a la carte, check out the new ebook library recently launched by Zuuka, one of the oldest and best resources in the ebook world. Over the last few years, iStoryTime has been building up an amazing library of ebooks for kids, many of them featuring licensed characters from the likes of DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, Sony, and PBS. You get four free titles with the download (available on iOS right now), and most of them are narrated by the same voices you’ll hear in the...Read More
Football parents around the country are becoming more and more concerned about concussions. Some of these medical findings we’re hearing about are pretty scary. But football isn’t going away any time soon, so how do we keep our kids safe while they’re playing under the Friday night lights? Thanks to Reebok, we’re taking a huge step in the right direction. Reebok is leading the pack in innovative technology that helps identify dangerous hits when they happen. The Reebok CheckLight is a comfortable skull cap that is worn by itself or under a helmet, with a display light clearly visible at the...Read More
My husband and I really want our kids to learn to appreciate other cultures, which means we have to actively seek out ways to expose them to other cultures, and here’s a wonderful new one. One Globe Kids was created by a multi-cultural, globe-trotting mom with a passion for cultural awareness. So she’s crossed the planet to spend time with fourteen children in The Netherlands, Burundi, New York City, Israel, Indonesia and beyond, turning the visits into an amazing, interactive experience for kids who don’t have the chance to travel the globe, all right on your PC or iPhone. With the...Read More
We’re not newbies when it comes to online gift wish lists and registries, but now there’s a new one that just may be smarter than all the rest. I have the same problem every year at Christmas with gift-giving: My kids see something they want, I absent-mindedly tell both grandparents, then Christmas morning comes, and I’m getting hurt looks from one grandmother as she sees my kid open the exact same gift she got him. Ugh. So this year I’m going digital with Checked Twice. This site has some really nice features I love. First, it eliminates the problem of repeat gifts...Read More
I’m the type of person who loves to be organized. It’s embarrassing admitting that school supply shopping tops my list of fun stuff to do. But when it comes to calendars, I’m kind of a stick in the mud. I mean, even though we’ve reviewed a lot of the best calendar apps, I’ve been perfectly happy to stick with iCal to organize everything my family does. I’m usually wary of new calendar apps because I really don’t want to have to start from scratch, you know? Well, let me just say…Ive been converted. Before I get carried away with how...Read More
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