Baby Tech Gets a Bump at CES 2017

When I first started attending CES, about 25 years ago, motherhood was something you denied (or at least ignored). At CES this year, all things “baby” were celebrated. Fertility monitors, wearable breast pumps, and wearable clothing…

Biometrics are Us

Dear banks, online stores, airports, employers and anyone else who wants to unmask my true identity: Read More

Creating a Platform, Not a Product

Farhad Manjoo predicted the demise of gadgets in his NY Times column last week. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the demise was greatly exaggerated. Hardware is expensive to create, difficult to support, hard to get into distribution, and item…

Big Kids Play with Toys and Games

Film directors get their names in the credits. Songwriters get their names in the credits. Toy and Game inventors? Not so much. That’s what Andy Roo Forest, a celebrated toy maker and accomplished singer/songwriter, sang about as he kicked…

A Labor of Love: Converting Your Old Photos to a Digital World

If you’re scratching your head about what to get for the spouse, the parent, the uncle, or anyone that grew up on film, don’t give it another thought. It’s a labor of love, but you can convert the old albums (or shoe boxes) of photos…

Time for a High-Tech Peace Corps?

To say the election results have been troubling could be the most historic understatement ever. The deep rifts in the country, shown in red and blue, depict a tale of a changing economy, one where retooling factories, digging deeper for…

Banks Fight Back: We Can Play the Digital Game Too

Last year, when I attended Money 2020, the large tradeshow that covers fintech (where finance meets technology), I walked away sure that banks were on their last gasping breaths. Young start-up fintech companies doing everything from lending…

Fashion Leaders Seek Place in the Digital World

Like every marriage, the marriage of technology and fashion is always evolving. Technologists descend from a tribe that says “if it works, it’s amazing.” The fashion world needs to combine beauty and functionality with the technology…

Your Body, Your Password

Passwords are totally out of control. You probably have thousands of them and remember none of them. Some insist on a mixture of crazy characters, uppercase letters and numbers, making sure you’ll never remember your password. Read…

IBM Watson Plays Know-It-All at US Tennis Open

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IBM’s​ ​Watson​ ​​eats​ ​data​ ​for​ ​breakfast,​ ​lunch​ ​and​ ​dinner.​   READ MORE

Kids Privacy Online: It’s Not So Cut and Dry

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For adults, it’s an implicit arrangement between you and the online world. You get some free access on the Internet and in exchange someone out there on the Internet is amassing some information about you. For kids, it’s a much murkier issue.…

Kids May Learn More from “Reverse” Augmented Reality

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Augmented Reality is pretty great. You layer information from the digital world on top of your real world to provide extra information and experiences. Examples? Point your phone at a historic place. Your phone recognizes the image or location…

The Old Bank Branch Just Ain’t What She Used to Be

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Banking as usual is taking some heat. The battle cry “innovate or die” is being chanted by fintech startups, big tech companies, retailers, and even the conservative banking industry, all looking for a way to disrupt the traditional landscape.…

How Worried Should You Be About Your Kid’s Screen Time?

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The numbers would make you believe that we (and our kids) do nothing but sit and stare at our screens all day. According to Nielsen, the average American adult spends nearly 12 hours a day on electronic media, mostly screen-based. Kids as young…

Philips Eyes Behavioral Change Key to the Personal Health Market

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Personal fitness devices from companies like FitBit and Withings have clearly made inroads with highly motivated fitness devotees. Can similar devices have the same impact on those suffering from health issues?   READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s Acceptance Speech As Seen By The Algorithms

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Last week, we ran a software analysis on clarity of speech and word usage for Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Now, it’s Hillary’s turn.   READ MORE

Trump’s Acceptance Speech As Seen By The Algorithms

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The tech-savvy (except Peter Thiel) have shown no love for the newly announced Republican candidate throughout the nominating process. I figured it was time to look at Trump’s speech in the tech world’s own lingo — algorithms.   READ…

Pokémon For Folks Who Don’t Give A Hoot About Squirtles Or Zubats

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The Wartortle made me do it. Shatter my Samsung Galaxy phone screen that is. After traversing the city for two days, visiting PokéStops all over Manhattan, I knew more about the architectural detail in my neighborhood than I’d gleaned in…

Everyone Wants A Robo-Advisor

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There was a time when you needed a substantial amount of wealth in order to make it worth hiring a wealth manager or even getting a wealth manager to pay attention to your puny investment funds. That picture is changing fast.   READ…

10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch Gives Young Geeks a Boost when they Need It Most

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Pity the poor student geek. Their classmates are hanging out, messaging friends, or maybe playing on the soccer team. READ MORE

Virtual Reality Meets the Operating Room: Digital Health Summer Summit Audience Experiences a Live Surgery in VR

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If you thought Virtual Reality was just something to be used at the movies or for gaming, then you need to listen to Dr. Shafi Ahmed.   READ MORE

A Guy's Tech Show From a Woman's Perspective

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It's not breaking news that CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas is the equivalent of a frat party for the tech industry.   READ MORE

Forget Smartwatches, These 3 Rings Are The Next Tech Couture

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The finger is the new prized real estate for this year’s technorati.   READ MORE

40 Million Caregivers and Not Growing Strong

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Today, nearly forty million Americans are providing unpaid care of aging, disabled or other people who need assistance. READ MORE

Tech that's Good for Kids: Of Makers, Coders and Pilots

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Every year at this time I invite a panel of 14 judges representing all facets of the kids' media business to do some soul searching. Read More

Digital Kids – What Boundaries?

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In less than 2 weeks, a small country of technologists, innovators, and developers will convene at CES 2016.Over the years, CES has become a go-to destination for the kids’ market place with a dedicated Kids@Play Summit and highly anticipated…

The 'NY Times' Turns to a Cardboard Box to Reboot Journalism

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This weekend my New York Times subscription came with a little something extra -- the Cracker Jack's prize for newsreaders. Read more Source: Huffington Post

Family Time Becomes Maker Time

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When my kids were young, making things involved macaroni, feathers, glue and paper plates. Read moreSource: Huffington Post