Top Tools for Your Family Game Night

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles huddled around a game table set up in the living room. Games went on for hours. There was banter, laughter and strategy. They lived in a rural, poverty stricken community. There...

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Can Technology Solve Your Mosquito Problem This Year?

Pop quiz: What’s the deadliest animal on the planet?   Likely, your mind jumped to some of the scariest offenders: poisonous snakes, ferocious beasts lurking on the savanna, or maybe you even guessed the sleeper that ranks right up there, the hippopotamus.   But those...

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Why Solar Panels Are Still Years Off for Most Folks

Up on the housetop, click, click, click … No, it’s not good St. Nick. More likely, it’s solar panels. There’s more than meets the eye when you begin considering the science and art of adding more than just shingles and the occasional pausing reindeer to your roof....

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Ditch Your Tech for One Screen-Free Week

Screens make me smile. Innovative 8K television screens, phone screens, the Big Screen, IMAX and the now ubiquitous 4K screens on anything and everything. Screens are my life. It’s one of the first things I see when I wake up. It’s one of the last things I see when I...

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Spring Cleaning? Get Rid of Your Old Gadgets

New gadgets. They’re shiny. They’re fun. They do old things faster. They do new things better. The age of buying a device and keeping it for much more than a year or two is fading — and fading fast. No doubt you have a phone, a computer, a TV or some other gadget that...

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Family Tech Rules that Really Work

Rules are made to be broken. And that’s exactly what seems to be happening when it comes to rules about technology use. You’re probably not surprised by that statement, but when you realize that I’m talking about you and me and not our kids, the sentence takes on a...

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Reality Gets a Makeover with AR, VR Technology

In the early fall of 2016, I was gathered with a group of friends playing softball in a local park. The park had the usual suspects: dog walkers, fitness gurus, ecstatic kids and us—goofy guys trying to relive the glory days of homeruns and hullaballoo.   But...

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Feliz Navigate! On Owning a Drone This Holiday Season

Each year, the word aficionados at Merriam-Webster Dictionary spice things up and add new words to our ever-evolving language. Recently, a thousand words were officially added.   Yowza! Yep, that was one of them…only 999 more to go.   Of course, new words are...

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The Modern Kitchen Cooks Up Progress

By now you’re making your list and checking it twice. Isn’t it amazing how that list has changed during our lifetimes?   My lists used to be about things that got me out of the house, got my blood pumping and required zero electricity to bring to a boil—bikes and...

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Apps and Wearables Take Parenting to  New Levels

The level of creativity and technological sophistication of emerging adults boggles the imagination. There’s no frontier that isn’t being reshaped by the innovative and intriguing implementation of new apps and devices. To call it a revolution would be an...

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No-Phone Zones:   Reclaiming Your Sacred Personal Spaces

In the past decade, our collective living and work spaces have become more interesting than ever before. HGTV, the sustainable products movement, the tiny house trend, shared workspace and so many other compelling changes have launched a very different way of being in...

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E-Readers Let You Carry the World in Your Bag

This summer the iPhone reached a milestone birthday. Ten years old! Perhaps the most important Sponge Bob cake that was ever baked, but who knows what the wish was before the candles were blown out, so let’s just brace ourselves! Back when the bouncing baby pocket...

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