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Time for the Maker Movement to Grow Up

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com The idea of making things and creating things, especially in the digital realm, has captured the imagination of many digital pioneers. Just head to the New York Maker Faire in New York City this fall and you’ll see miles of aisles of do-it-yourselfers and tinkerers who embody the spirit of creation. Now, contrast the […]

Raising Kids in a Digital World

Source:  www.huffingtonpost.com After watching kids and technology metamorphose for the past 30 years, I’ve come to some big picture thoughts for any parent who’s made technology an integral part of their family life. First: There are no rules You are writing the rules for a guidebook that’s never been written. How much screen time is […]

The Summer of Living Dangerously

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com Winter has its icy roads, but summer, when we’re on the go and active outdoors, has its own dangers. Not saying you should lock yourself in a closet this summer, but new technologies have created some rather effective solutions for common summer problems. Drowning Yes, the best defense is learning to swim, but according […]

Geeks Make Strange Bedfellows

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, but geeks do it better. For decades, few wanted much to do with those nocturnal-toiling, suit-less, pizza-inhaling species. But fast forward to today, when the khaki/untucked shirt look is decidedly in and so are the big brands looking for geek love. The race is on to see […]

Who Says Kids Don’t Get Science?

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com We all talk about how schools are failing our kids when it comes to science and technology. Yet here are ten kids who prove us wrong. In a partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation and CE Week NY, the ten New York City students highlighted here won the first 10 Under […]

Diamonds Are Forever, Technology A Few Minutes — Can They Get Along?

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com Jewelry has been around since the birth of civilization. Technology, not so long. But a few prescient jewelry manufacturers like Dennis Ulrich, CEO of Richline, are hell-bent on melding the two. Ulrich told me that he was inspired to start exploring the possibilities of high-tech jewelry after seeing the glut of ugly plastic fitness […]

What Happens to Your Data When You Monitor Your Personal Fitness

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com Wearing a fitness bracelet from FitBit, Jawbone, Microsoft, Withings, and others has become increasingly common. About one in ten people in the US now do some sort of fitness monitoring. As we become more comfortable with the idea of monitoring our own footsteps, calorie-burn, sleep patterns and other health indicators, we should be mindful […]

So Much to Learn, So Little Time

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com Curious about where the long-past college set goes to learn, I asked 4,000 of my closest Facebook friends if they’d ever taken an online class. The results were amazingly random with two exceptions: Lynda.com and Coursera. Both Lynda and Coursera offer a wide selection of professional courses that are interactive and as a whole, […]

Crowdfunding: It’s Not Just for StartUps Anymore

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com Has anyone noticed that crowdfunding is not just about a bunch of young aspirationals looking for cash? What started out as a way to democratize innovation and access to capital, is now a sweet way for well-established companies to play at being a “startup.” Why would you want to play at being a startup […]

Turn RadioShack into MakerShack

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com RadioShack is a 94-year-old electronics chain that once spawned a generation of tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers. These proto-geeks knew they could travel a few miles to find a treasure trove of electronics parts and tools that they could fashion into their own creations. Now that RadioShack has been rescued from bankruptcy by Standard General, a […]

Silicon Valley: Where Men Are Wrong and Women Are Wronged

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com In the early ’90s, as one of the first women editors of a technology magazine, my female employees would plop themselves down in my office to recount the humiliations, the come-ons, and the frustrations over the lack of a clear promotion path relative to their male office mates. With a young family at home […]

Thermometers Replace Mercury With Bluetooth

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com Thermometers have come a long way from fragile glass tubes filled with dangerous mercury. Those rectal thermometers are still one of the nightmares of my childhood. Today, adhesive strips that contain tiny sensors, Bluetooth and smart phones are improving the art of taking a temperature reading. This year, you’ll see the first wave of […]

Teaching Tech to the Elderly Helps Kids See the Magic

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com When my own kids used to misbehave on the Internet — be it foul language, plagiarism or porn — I would take their privileges away chiding, “Remember you weren’t born with a silver URL in your mouth.” But, in fact, most of today’s kids are born digital natives. Screens dominate their landscape. Social media […]

Sleep: The Biggest Loser at CES 2015

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com At CES 2015 the biggest loser was sleep. Collectively, I’d venture to say the 170,000 plus attendees lost at least one million hours of collective sleep (based on a two-day stay in Vegas). Whether they were in search of a pay-out slot machine or a hot new product, they were also bound to run […]

Who’s Done Right by Kids This Year?

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com No longer an afterthought, technology is as much a part of a well-balanced kid’s diet as milk or fiber. No longer an option, it’s interwoven and always present — at school, at home, online and all points between. So many of kid’s digital playthings today hold their interest for all of 10 minutes. So […]

Help! My Phone Has More Accessories Than Me

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com “All my bags are packed I’m ready to go,” as the words to the song begin. I’ve got my clothes laid out on one side of the bed. The other side belongs to my phone and its accessories. Guess who’s better dressed? That’s right. My phone now has more accessories than my Barbie doll […]

The Plot for Tech to Drive You Crazy

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com It’s a plot I tell you. Little things about the tech world are designed to make you think you’re crazy. Here’s my list of things that drove me to tech-stress this year. What’s on your list? Phone Cases: Never mind the fact that there are enough of them so that each person on the […]

What I Learned About Crowdfunding

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com Launching a crowdfunding campaign is not for the faint-hearted. You need the relentless fundraising skills of National Public Radio, the know-how of product design and manufacture, and some serious marketing chops–and that’s just on day one. I wanted to learn the ropes about the new economy first hand, so I created an Indiegogo campaign […]

Can This Selfie Be Saved

SOURCE: www.huffingtonpost.com Who do we love? Ourselves, methinks. The usage of the word “selfie” has increased over 17,000 percent in the last two years, according to the editors of the Oxford Dictionaries. Scrabble considers it a valid word (only 9 points, though). For years, my idea of taking a selfie was leaving my house without the […]