Entries by PJ Bannon

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5 Digital Distractions for Kids and Their Parents

SOURCE: Mashable Entertaining distractions for kids have come a long way since the early days of Concentration and Connect the Dots. That’s especially true if you’re an iPaduser. Take a look at these masterpieces that highlight some game-changing graphics interaction and even how you buy them. You’ll find apps that create a full TV-like interactive channel, […]

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Battle for Your Wrist Estate Intensifies Amid Smartwatch Rumors

SOURCE: http://mashable.com/2013/03/19/battle-for-wrist-estate-smartwatch/ Technology has always been a real estate battle. First it was the battle for your desktop with dueling PCs, then it moved to the living room with game consoles and smart TVs. There’s a battle for your shoulder bag with laptops and tablets, and for your pockets with mobile phones. The next battleground: your wrists. […]

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Use This Technology to Tame Your Child’s Inner Brat

SOURCE: http://mashable.com/2013/03/05/technology-brat/ Over-indulgent parents and an ad-infested childhood can turn even the nicest kid into a big brat. The nag factor can kick in anytime, anywhere. Designer jeans, mobile phones, leveling up in a game, wish lists, peer pressure, and fads of the moments create consumption maniacs. Can technology help cure a case of the “gimmes”? […]

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This Tech Will Help You Grow Old Gracefully

Source: http://mashable.com/2012/11/13/tech-to-help-with-aging/ By the year 2020, 70% of the population will find themselves on the other side of 50. And despite the fact that many optimists call 70 “the new 40,” researchers agree that once you hit 40 — “new” or “old” — it’s a downhill slope.  Instead of throwing up our flabby arms and surrendering, […]

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Lessons From Sandy; Tech Tools for the Next Big Storm

SOURCE: http://mashable.com/2012/11/02/lessons-from-sandy/ Those of you who felt Hurricane Sandy this week were reminded, yet again, of nature’s ferocity. At our home, about 100 miles north of New York City, on the banks of the Hudson River, the tides and wind speeds were our biggest concern. The Internet was our constant companion with a shout-out toWeatherUnderground for crowd-sourcing […]

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Follow These 8 Simple Rules of Social Media

SOURCE: http://mashable.com/2012/10/19/rules-social-media/ Is your social media behavior cringe-worthy? Will you look back on your 140 characters today with remorse tomorrow? There’s no one arbiter of good taste on social media. In fact, ‘experts’ have been doling out advice since the Internet came into being. From Ann Landers writing about Internet addiction in 1998 to manners maven Emily Post and her […]

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Can This Selfie Be Saved?

  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. It’s even considered a valid word in Scrabble now (only 9 points, though).   Read More Here!

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I Got the Solid State Blues

Solid state drives are all the range, taking the place of traditional mechanical hard drives in laptops, the have become standard in mobile devices and they’ve even been seen in traditional desktop PCs. And for good reason. Solid state drives, unlike traditional drives with a magnetic spinning platter and a head, have no moving parts. […]

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Walking the Runway at the Augmented World Expo

Last month Santa Clara, California played host to AWE (Augmented World Expo) a conference and exhibit that showcased the cutting edge of new augmented reality technology.  Companies like Qualcomm Vuforia, Vuzix, Epson Moverio.  Speakers included MIT Labs Hiroshii Ishi and  Robert Scoble were two of the keynoters painting a rosy AR world.   Read More Here!

Next Generation High Tech Fashion

What do you get when you combine sensors, LEDs, chips and tremendous new design talent? You get a cornucopia of new fashion based on wearable technology. Some of these are one-offs designed for the runway; others are for sale today. All of them signify the new direction in high tech fashion.  Source Read more here

Mother’s Day for the Those in Denial

I am a mother, and yet every year I fret about whether or not to play along with Mother’s Day pomp and circumstance, or just hope it goes away. Even Anna Jarvis, the woman who spearheaded the U.S.’ version of Mother’s Day, grew so embittered with its commercialization that she tried to take the holiday […]

Building a Desk Treadmill: A Love Story

It’s not every day that high tech, DIY skills and true love intersect, so when I heard this story I had to share. Sarah and Ben Hilmer are newlyweds living in Indianapolis. Ben noticed Sarah eyeing those $1500 plus treadmill desks — the ones that let you type and walk at the same time. For […]

Sleep Gives You Something Else to Worry About

Who would have thought that sleep would become the next crisis in our lives? The truth is, we don’t get enough of it and we’re starting to know that a lack of it leads to poor health. And now, technology is rushing in with a multitude of ways to measure it. The question is, will […]

Glass Warfare

Google Glass, not the only, but certainly the most popular of the all the wearable headwear technologies available today, has become a lightning rod for the battle of how the next generation of computing power will be used. Source Read more here

Big Brand Game Companies See New Audience in Youngest Gamers

Game makers in search of new audiences are skewing even younger. Companies that traditionally catered to serious game players are making new forays into the K-6 crowd. “Get ’em young and keep ’em playing” is an age-old marketing idea but it’s also creating some interesting play patterns for the youngest gamers. Source Read more here […]

My Very Own Mini-Me from Shapify

It was a rainy day in NY so I wore my “schmatta” dress and ran downtown to take a quick stroll through the 3D Print show. By the end of my visit I’d been body-scanned, and sent off my like-ness to become reality at the 3D printing factory. A few days and $79 (ouch) later, […]

Making Good Digital Stuff for Kids Is Magic

For kids being digital is like breathing oxygen — it’s just something that you do. For the makers of quality kids digital media it’s like being a grand puppeteer. You’re best if you’re unnoticed. You want kids to believe in the magic that you create for them. What’s the recipe for making magic? A sense […]

Finding the Mobile App in the Hay Stack

Millions of apps are served every day! But boy, is it hard to find a good one. Our team scoured the web looking for the new, the exciting and the unexpected. From the practical that turns your phone into a document scanner to the whacked up that lets you find a pickup street game, these […]

10 Robots to Watch in 2014

Think of it as Fashion Week for robots. As robots continue their journey towards more intelligent, human-like behavior, they show off their individual sense of style. Here are 10 head-turning robots that do everything from entertain, to vacuum, from propel a paralyzed human, to navigating places where no humans would dare to tread. Comedic, heart-wrenching, […]

Toy Fair Showcases Pint Size Versions of Parent’s Favorite Toys

When I was little and we played grownup, we had our faves. There was the doctor kit — a biggie because we loved giving each other shots — the vacuum cleaner push toy and the Easy Bake Oven. Kids never tire of coveting grownup things, but at Toy Fair N.Y.C. this year, the grownup things […]