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Necomimi Perks Up Your Ears

In the “truth is stranger than fiction” category, I bumped into a Necomimi-wearing woman at an event the other night. Necomimis are “brainwave-calculating” animatronic animal ears. They sense your “mood” and flop down or perk up…
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Trend Micro Focuses on Social Networking Protection

It's a constant game of social networking leapfrog: the good guys versus the bad guys trying to scam you into someplace you shouldn't be, leaving you and your family’s online security at jeopardy. Titanium, Trend Micro's latest product, offers…
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No More Eye Patches: Kids with Amblyopia Wear Cool Electronic Glasses Instead

No, they’re not for skiing, or for looking cool. Amblyz electronic glasses are the modern-day answer for all those young kids forced to wear eye patches as a treatment for amblyopia. Amblyopia, often referred to as “lazy eye”, is a neural…
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Computing My Facebook Addiction

Wolfram Alpha is a search engine unlike any other. It's called a computational search engine which, at the end of the day, means that you're not searching for weblinks to other sites but rather getting a data analysis from information about…
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MobileTrax Weighs in on Nokia's New Lumia 920

Excerpted from Gerry Purdy’s MobileTrax column, the Nokia Lumia 920 may be just the ticket for its versatility. It incorporates speed, a back and front facing camera and an enhanced system that improves photos taken in low light conditions: Read…
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Are China’s Grandparents a Model for the US?

A guest column from Gary Kaye, founder of In the Boombox, and frequent contributor to AARP and AARP Radio. I just returned from a fascinating trip to China, where grandparents play a very different role than they do here in the United States. …
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Back to School High Tech Rules: Part One – The Mobile Phone

As summer draws to a close, it's time to think about the inevitable return to school. For today's parents that means thinking about technology, specifically cell phones and smartphones, as much as new pencils and notebooks. Here are a few tips…
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Free Classes to Help Seniors Learn Tech

I stumbled across this site the other day: www.gcflearnfree.org.  The program is sponsored by Goodwill Community Foundation International to offer learning opportunities ranging from reading to math, but the technology section is particularly…
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Back to School for Moms and Dads

I know what you’re thinking: not another back-to-school shopping list! Moms and Dads, you’ve probably had an eyeful of what to buy for the kids this season. But this one’s for you: a few suggestions for staying cool, calm and connected…
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Internet: Opiate of the People?

Marx blamed religion. Nancy Reagan blamed drugs. But the opiate du jour is the Internet. So check your dopamine at the screen. Two important trends are emerging as Internet behavior continues to go under the microscope. First. We over-share…
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Video Game as Art

I stopped by the Art of the Video Game at the Smithsonian in DC last week.  The exhibit took viewers on a waltz through video gaming from Atari to Xbox. While the kiosks were ok, the conversations that these machines evoked were positively…
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Got Ideas to Keep Seniors Independent? There’s a Contest For That

Put on your high tech thinking caps: the HelloAgain Challenge is asking you to share your ideas for the future of senior-centric mobile phones, phone accessories and applications. And it just kicked off this week. You don’t need to be a techie…
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Nostalgia: The Next Big Old Thing

It all starts with the Furby, which is being readied for a 21st century makeover. Furby’s new LED eyes make bizarre designs, and motion sensors make Furby laugh when tickled. An app that comes with Furby lets you shoot it some food and even…
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Digital Health’s Summer Summit Wrap-Up

No moss growing under our feet this summer. We’ve been busy at work, running some new summer summits as well as planning for an exciting year at CES in 2013.  Whether you’re a digital health professional or just someone who’s going to…
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Growing in LeapPads and Bounds

The original Leapad looked like a talking book and was introduced in 1999.   A lot of kids cut their reading teeth on these books . Your book could read you a story, or you could or use the attached stylus to press on a word or sentence to…

What Boomers Want in a Website

Baby Boomers are defined as the 78 million Americans born from 1946-1964. They control 77 percent of the nation’s wealth, they buy 45 percent of all consumer goods, and they spent $2.5 trillion in 2010, according to the Pew Institute. Each…
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It’s 11PM, Do You Know Where Your Contract Is?

It’s Friday night at 11, and suddenly I find myself with that all-important contract that needs to be signed and countersigned by Monday morning. I don’t know about you, but I junked my paperweight cum fax machine (recycled actually) about…
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Seeing Double: The Coming of the Second Screen

As if one screen wasn’t enough. You’re about to get more than earful (eyeful?) about what to do with your second screen (your tablet or mobile device) as you’re glued to your first. To be honest, the industry isn’t leading this revolution…
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Nolan Bushnell: Education Meets Chuck E Cheese

Nolan Bushnell likes to play. He believes that even the most ADD of us can focus and pay attention when we’re deeply involved in a game. And he believes that our current education system is desperately broken. Bushnell, who’s made a healthy…
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$95K Gets You 60 Minute Tour of Earth from the Edge of Outer Space

Space travel devotees don’t have to wait a moment longer to book their trip. Andrew Nelson, CEO of XCOR, the aerospace company behind the creation of the Lynx space vehicle, announced that Space Expedition Exploration was setting up shop and…
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It’s Wanderful: Old Living Books Reincarnated as New Apps

Kids who cut their teeth on PCs in the early 1990s will fondly remember Living Books from Broderbund Software. For millions of kids around the world, Living Books was their first interactive experience. Engaging stories with clickable words…
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The Best Gear of Summer

These days my clothes pack quickly. My gear takes longer. By the time I synch gadgets, coil power cords, juice up batteries and prepare my SD cards and USBs, the clothes seem practically incidental. But, these days you are what you carry. For…
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The Perfect Storm: Facebook, The FTC and The New World of Web Kids

On the Internet, if you’re under thirteen years old, you don’t belong in most places.  Sites like Facebook, in particular, have made it abundantly clear that those under the age of thirteen are trespassers, subject to deportation.  But…
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Google+ Hangouts Designed to Make Video Chat More Fun

Google Hangouts is Google’s new enhanced video chat service. If Google+ Circles is the Google equivalent of Facebook, then Hangout is the Google equivalent of Skype. To make Google’s video chats more appealing than its competition, the company…
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Best Buy Can Turn into Mobile Experts

Some blame Apple. Some blame Amazon. Either way, it’s clear that Best Buy is taking a beating both in the online and physical worlds of mobile electronics sales. What to do? Look to the mobile market. While the iPhone is a beaut, the world…
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Have an App-y Summer

Smartphones in summer are far from perfect. The screens are hard to see when you’re out of doors, they tend to run out of batteries at inopportune moments, and it seems you’re always in a no-cell area when you need one. Still, your smartphone…
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College Education, The Prices Are Insane!

Higher-education costs have skyrocketed 450 percent, according to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard lots of chatter about new online models for higher education. Some critics are…
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Can Tech Help Change Your Kid’s Behavior?

You betcha! B.F. Skinner, the father of psychology’s behaviorist movement, would be giving electronics manufacturers the high five right now. It turns out that 1) kids like working for rewards and 2) technology is a really good motivator.…