Author: Nicole Blades

5 of the most glam, stylish wearable fitness trackers: perfect for spring or, you know, Mother’s Day (hint, hint)

It’s springtime! Bring on the warmer weather, chirping birds, flower blooms, lighter layers, and the fabulously stylish wearable fitness trackers that look more and more like cool jewels. Why should you be stepping into the sunny skies with some boring rubbery band hanging off your wrist? Plus, Mother’s Day will be here in a wink. And no one deserves cool tech accessories more than mama, right? (Just nod, people.) I’ve pulled together 5 of the most dazzling wearable fitness trackers to keep stepping — literally — in style. Related: Wearable tech that helps you put your phone away Ringly Aries...

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Why we freaking love Facebook’s I F’ng Love Science

Yes, we went with the slightly sanitized version on the name, because this is a family show here. But that doesn’t take away from how much we love the hilarious, crazy-popular FB page turned full-fledged blog, I F’ing Love Science, also known as IFLScience. Created four years ago by Elise Andrew, a 26-year-old British blogger and biology nut, IFLScience (let’s just go with that name when the kids are around?) basically highlights the wild and wonderful world of science with a huge serving of funny on the side.   It’s all about breaking down fascinating facts in an “amusing and accessible” way. And it’s...

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4 of the best USB car chargers you need in your ride, like yesterday

Look, you and I both know that those cheap-y car chargers we get at the pharmacy, mall kiosk or as free giveaways at conferences have a limited usefulness before they fizzle out on us — usually at the most inopportune time. So I went looking for the very best USB car chargers that will be ready to rock when you roll, whether you’re in your car all day for work or carpools, or you’re getting ready for a big spring break road trip with the family. Because when you’re maybe a wee bit lost and need to pull over to re-check the...

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Ditto: A wearable tech device to keep smartphone alerts on the QT and your phone off the dinner table

Whenever my husband and I manage to squeeze in a date night dinner, I have to be very conscious of my iPhone usage. He does not appreciate the lemme just check this one thing real quick business, not in the slightest. I get it, though. Having my face washed in that blue light as I glance down at my Instagram feed instead of looking at him under the glow of candles can be annoying and rude.  So, when I heard about the Ditto — a teeny, tiny wearable tech device that discreetly buzzes to notify you of smartphone alerts, kind of like...

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How to get started on Minecraft PE: One newbie parent’s intro into the square world

Of course I’ve heard about Minecraft. How could I not? The crazy best-selling, square-loving video game is practically everywhere and has been for years now. I also knew the super skinny basics on Minecraft: It’s all about virtual, 3-D worlds engineered by players using square blocks. Like building with LEGOs, but on a screen, and square. Plus, there’s a dude named Steve, a cute, friendly pig of some sort and some semi-cute, totally un-friendly zombies. But that was kind of where my knowledge ended. Now, as a mother of a 6.5-year-old kid, I knew I’d need to know more about Minecraft...

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Learning about genetics becomes child’s play with the Avokiddo DNA Play app

We’re definitely fans of the way Avokiddo tackles educational apps for young kids. And its latest release, the DNA Play app keeps our praise parade going. This time kids get to delve into genetics, but it’s not heady or complicated. Quite the opposite! In fact Avokiddo keeps the basic concept of The Double Helix fascinating, fun, very cool. After completing a series of easy-to-follow “DNA” puzzles, DNA Play app lets kids create over 200 billion unique, quirky, goofy monsters by building and tweaking the creatures’ DNA. They can fiddle around and experiment with different mutations — in real time — while making their tiny Frankensteins do funny...

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iPhone tip: How to turn on LED flash alerts for silent notifications

Just when you think you know everything there is about your iPhone, here comes a new tip for turning on the LED flash alert that I think will help a whole lot of people. You know how sometimes you’ll miss a call, text or important notification on your phone because the poor thing was rolling around in your bag or tucked away somewhere slightly out of earshot? Well, there’s a hack for that. Actually, it’s a smart feature designed for those with hearing impairments, but it can actually be really helpful for other users too. It’s a setting called LED Flash for...

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Guitar Hero Live review: Cool updates put this classic back on top of the charts

Honestly, haven’t we all rocked out to an air guitar at some point in our lives? (Or maybe this morning in the shower — ahem.) Pretending to be Lenny Kravitz or Joan Jett shredding the axe and professing our love for rock ‘n’ roll out loud got a little less fake and a lot more fun when Guitar Hero stepped to the video game stage 10 years ago. Now, here comes Guitar Hero Live, a newer version of the hit music rhythm game to kick things up a few chords. And just in time for a rockin’ family holiday gift if...

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14 cool custom photo gifts for everyone on your holiday list: 2015 Holiday Tech Guide

Next up in our 2015 Holiday Tech Gift Guide series, we’ve put together 14 really cool custom photo gifts for anyone on your list We’re talking sleek photo books, unique prints, amazing keepsakes, even a tasty photo treat or two — basically, more reasons to finally do something with those favorite digital pics still taking up space on your phone! We’re super pleased to share this guide on behalf of our sponsor, the Tile Bluetooth tracker. If you’ve ever lost your keys, misplaced your camera bag, or been asked “Where’s the charger?” for your kid’s favorite tech toy well, you need to meet Tile. You won’t regret it. And of course,...

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10 of the best shopping apps to put some yay in your holidays. (Holidyays?)

Each year around this time, we love sharing our favorite shopping apps with you. Because who doesn’t love going shopping and landing a fab deal? Exactly. And how much do you love it when you land that fab deal in the middle of the madness that is holiday shopping season? Exactly. Good thing there’s an app for that. Actually, there are plenty. Unfortunately, too many of these apps are clunky, confusing or, frankly, plain ol’ crappy. So I’ve filtered through a sea of them to bring you 10 of the best shopping apps just in time to take advantage of all the Black Friday weekend...

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