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Fitbit - To Step or Not To Step

In my last posting I promised to report on my progress with the Kinect and Xbox, but things took an unexpected turn when we began renovations on our kitchen. Since we live in a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan, renovating one room requires…
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A 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…
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Penveu Challenges Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards in the classroom have been plagued by any number of problems.  Often mis-calibrated, sometimes proprietary, always expensive – and it forces the teacher to be in front of the classroom. It’s high time for an alternative…
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What Gets Your Inner-Fitness Going: Data or Friendship? Or Both?

A recent study from NPD shows that one in five consumers want a fitness device that they can hook up to their PC. Today’s question is “will people have more incentive to actually buy these devices if they can use them with friends”. Striiv,…
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Stress: What Would Arianna Do?

Arianna Huffington gets stressed out too! I don’t know why, but I take great comfort when people who look pressed and pretty all the time confess that they need to deal with stress just like the rest of us. But unlike the rest of us who keep…
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Recharge Your Systems the Green Way

Technology and thinking green did not always go together very well. Filled with icky harmful metals and substances, never recyclable and persistent energy hogs – electronics were known for creating more environmental problems than they solved. One…
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Why Instagram Might Lose Its "Instant-ness"

Free, fun and simple - that’s what Instagram was all about. You took a photo with your mobile phone and applied some crazy effect so that your friends would never be bored with your photos again (though they might be trying to figure out what…
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Kid Tested: Kinect RUSH is a Rush

Can’t decide which Pixar movie is your fav? Don’t give it a second thought. If you own a Microsoft Kinect you can grab a copy of Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure where you’ll get a taste of all your favorites with you staring as the…
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Ebooks versus Apps for Kids

What’s the difference between a kid’s app and a kid’s ebook?   Oh, about $10. There are a few other differences, sure.  E-books tell more of a story and have less in-book games. Apps have more interactivity and play.  But just by…
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Tax Season Jitters

There was a time when the only tax time jitter you had was getting things done in time and coughing up your dough.  Now, the problems are compounded digitally. Between now and April 15, approximately 155 million people are filing tax form,…
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Far From the Madding Crowd Sourcing

These days I found myself lost in Thomas Hardy’s opening poem by Thomas Gray (thank you Wikipedia). Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strifeTheir sober wishes never learn'd to stray;Along the cool sequester'd vale of lifeThey kept the…

Bookrenter's New Gig: Rafter

Bookrenter, a sponsor of our HigherEdTech Summit is moving beyond online textbook rentals, creating a new parent company called Rafter. In an interview with Wired, Bookrenter CEO Mehdi Maghsoodnia announced “The future of education is a…
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She Knows: Fitness Tech Gadgets

From She Knows, fitness tech gadgets are still the talk of CES. You'll recognize many of them from the summit.
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Reimagining Kids Birthday Gifts

Rudy DeFelice, CEO of KidWorth, bowled me over when he told me that the average kid earns about $25k worth of stuff before he grows up.  Most of it takes the form of a handful of calendar dates: birthdays, holidays, religious ceremonies. But…

Where do you go to school to major in video game programming?

For the third year in a row, The Princeton Review names the University of Southern California as the top school in the nation for studying Video Game Design - both the graduate and undergraduate programs. The program is a joint effort between…
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Can Gamification Help Solve the Kids’ Privacy Problem?

Sigh.   We've seen this one before. The stage is set for the next bout between concerned parents and watchdog groups and web and mobile sites that cater to kids.  Because it’s so easy to glean information about kids habits, whereabouts…
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Time to Re-Address Address Bloat

Have you looked at a colleague’s business cards lately? Once pristine, with a simple name and mailing address, today’s business cards feature a litany of links and social networking connections.  Some of them have forsaken the physical…
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You Are Your Own Brand so for Pete's Sake, Deal With It

I first talked to Patrick Ambrose while he was still a student at Syracuse University, working on the earliest version of BrandYourself. Ambrose and his co-creators saw first-hand how otherwise good kids were getting bad reps from silly social…
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A Few of My Favorite Tech Things

Mom.me blogger Jenna Burch asked me for a few of my favorite things when it came to kid's tech toys. Jenna ran with it and produced this lovely and thoughtful article.
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Perpetual Gaming: At Toy Fair Your Games are Never Far From Your Side

Microsoft Kinect did an awesome job of making indoor play a physical sport. Nintendo rocked the world when it let kids take their favorite games with them. With video game sales down this holiday, the new object of the game is a seamless play,…
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Joan Ganz Cooney Center Releases Study on Apple’s App Store and Kids Content

One of the most engaging of our Kids@Play sessions this year took a look at “screentime” and how much is too much (or  too  little) for young kids. One of the presenters, Carly Shuler, of  the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, focused her study…
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Wearable Fashion that's Cutting Edge

It’s not denim or lace.  It’s not midi or mini.  The future of fashion is all about integrating technology to create a beautiful and unique experience. These fashions were created by a group of young designers who know that the body is…
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How Social Networking Wrecked My CES Events

I am not a newbie - I’ve been at CES for an eternity, as the emcee and creative force behind the Last Gadget Standing and the Mobile Apps Showdown - two events at CES that both rely heavily on the people’s vote to decide on a winner. There…
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Trendy 2011: Tablets Up, 3D Down

Industry watchers like nothing better than to observe as trends come and go. A site that I love, The Crystal Ball Society, started by Jesse Schell, lets you record these predictions for posterity. A good thing,  since most of us will forget…
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Toddler Tablet

In the early 90’s I started to write a lot about family computing.  At the time there was a PC on every desk. While there were hundreds of CD-ROMs for kids designed for these machines, eventually they all fell off the map. There are many…
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GPS Takes You to Sesame Street

Ever wonder where your GPS got its peculiar speech affect? Ever wonder who would want to listen to Bert and Ernie read their directions out loud? We finally have the answers. Locutio, a UK based company, just announced an agreement with Sesame…
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Huddle-Ware Turns iPads into Shared Games

The tablet is coming out of solitary confinement. Contrary to popular notions of one tablet per person, tablets are becoming a shared  group experience – lead by iPads.  Some are calling the phenomena “huddleware” since multiple people…
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The 11th Annual Last Gadget Standing Preview

What do a baby stroller, an iPhone controlled sphere, an innovative camera, and a new gaming machine have in common? They’re all in the running in the final weeks of the Last Gadget Standing competition. Last Gadget takes its cue from the…