Remember those awesome choose-your-own-adventure books we all loved as kids? Well Netflix has just launched their first in a series of choose-your-own-adventure TV shows, and mama? It’s so much fun! The first episode, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale stars my favorite movie spin-off character ever, and is full of his signature wit, sarcasm and delightfully awkward moments, with plenty of jokes for the adults too. But this is no ordinary animated series. Periodically throughout the episode — 13 times, to be exact — a narrator (who totally reminds me of John Cleese) will stop the story and ask...Read More
I cannot tell you how excited I am about the new YouTube Kids app that just launched today. Over the years, we’re continually asked how to find great videos for kids on YouTube by parents, and while we’ve shared various safer YouTube apps as well as our own favorite YouTube channels for kids and funny YouTube videos for kids (just to name a few), you can now find all of that good stuff in one handy place. Whoo! This new free app for Android and iOS users is designed specifically for kids to use themselves, not necessarily for parents to use and then hand...Read More
Oscars online resources: Live backstage feeds, red carpet interviews, celebrities on Twitter, and more.
Not all of us will be able to focus on every moment of the red carpet entrances (kids needing dinner), the Oscars monologue (kid needs to use the bathroom), or even the one award you’ve been waiting for all night (kids have to go to bed) but you can get a ton of the glitz, glamour, and that new 21st century essential–celebrity tweets–by starting at one site: The ABC Oscars Site. Click over to Oscars.go.com and you’ll find a highly slick, well produced homepage with an abundance of info and lots of sponsorships. Some highlights: -The list of presenters. (Cumberbatch! Cumberbatch!). -A live...Read More
Football fans or not, millions of viewers flock to the Super Bowl for the commercials. Pretty much everyone wants to see the ads that will have everyone buzzing the next day — or in real time on Twitter. But if you want a pre-game sneak peek at the Super Bowl ads — or should you actually want to hit the loo during commercials, just like in the old days — we have three sites you can check out. Aside from your favorite social media sites, which will surely be buzzing with unfiltered, opinionated commentary. Mostly from us. [Pictured above: Mophie commercial...Read More
Trying to find appropriate content on YouTube for kids can be a challenge. Because you know, YouTube isn’t always super kid-friendly — especially YouTube comments. Good news: we found two new kids’ channels on YouTube that I think parents will love too. Related: 14 of the best (this means fun!) YouTube videos for kids PBS Kids YouTube channel PBS Kids has built a sturdy reputation over the years, becoming the top kids’ educational media brand. The TV shows, the apps, the videos — you just know your kids are in good hands. So when I heard about the launch of the PBS Kids...Read More
Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Pregnant geeks are so creative. Check out these clever birth announcements for nerds and the people that love them. (Photo via megmss/Instagram) Want your kids to use screen time for good? Ice cream helps. What’s the best way to get girls interested in tech entrepreneurship? Inspire them! Your USB devices can be more dangerous than you think. Yikes. Is it an awesome camera bag or a chic purse? That’s up to you. Amazing prescription TV matches the screen...Read More
6 cool Android apps for sports fans to help you get the most out of the NCAA Basketball Finals at home
If you’re anything like the sports lovers in our lives, you’ve got the game on the big screen and your smartphone in your hand, flipping through Twitter, Facebook, and other cool Android apps for sports fans to help bring the game to life in the best ways technology allows. Unless you’re like our editor Kristen (lucky!) who will be there in person tonight to catch UConn and Kentucky battling it out for the National Championship. We’re thrilled to be teaming up with LG who we’ve loved long before they were our newest sponsor (yay!) because they happen to have a...Read More
I love my Roku 3. Love. I’ve tried Apple TV and like it just fine. But hey, I’m all for more choices for streaming video content, and if Amazon comes out with a TV box as predicted, then I hope it’s as good or better than anything else on the market. It’s clear that Amazon is ready to try a big takeover of home video, even if their original plans for an Amazon set-top box have faced delays for the past year. Just take a look at at their renewed emphasis on Netflix-like Instant Video for Prime Members and...Read More
Spoiler Shield app: Blocking spoilers on your social media feed. Because some of us haven’t seen that House of Cards episode yet, okay?
All hail the new Spoiler Shield app, a mobile app whose time has come. It’s very rare that I watch TV in real time these days, and for so many of us, it’s all about Roku or DVR–which means we have to dodge all those spoilers on our social media feeds, especially for big events like the premier of House of Cards or a major episode of Downton Abbey. But thanks to Spoiler Shield, we can actually can be spared from that one friend (or more) on Twitter who can’t resist tweeting OMG HE KILLED HER? (That’s a generic OMG HE KILLED HER by...Read More
As if the post-holidays blahs weren’t bad enough, now we have to contend with this Polar Vortex business too? (Not a word out of you, SoCal and Miami readers.) School cancellations have all but depleted most of our shallow buckets of ideas for staving off kiddo cabin fever. So right in time, Amazon Studios just debuted five new original TV shows for kids, going after the Netflix model of original series, and targeting families with children more specifically. Best part is: the pilots are all available for free on AmazonPrime Instant Video so you can watch before you commit. For...Read More