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Is Technology Hurting Your Relationship?

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My husband and I will be married 20 years this May, so we both remember a time before personal technology entered our marital orbit. I’m happy to say that we’re a closely knit unit and a great partnership. And yet a mistress makes tiny assaults on our relationship daily. I’m not talking about another woman, but rather lots of other women, and men too. And YouTubers and fake news and cat videos and gossip sites— all packed neatly in a device that’s pocket-sized…

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I’m a Mac… my daughter’s an Android?

Verizon Google Pixel vs. iPhone

Once upon a time, Apple was the epitome of cool. The booming tech company (led by a turtleneck-wearing genius) released one innovative product after another. Computers, phones, watches, and more, it seemed as though Apple could do no wrong. But then, things started to change. Apple maintained its reputable approach, but other companies started to catch up. Attitudes changed. Suddenly, the once nerdy Android was a clear competitor to cool-kid Apple. Plus, a new generation of users came of age,…

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Carley’s 2016 Holiday Gift Picks: For the Kids

Best Tech Toys for Kids

We’re nearing the end of gift guide week, but not before we make sure the kids are covered. Here are some of the best tech gifts for kids, large or small. The Nintendo Classic NES system might remind you of your 80s glory days, but this sold-out console is way more sophisticated— it contains dozens of games (no cartridges necessary). And that friendship bracelet is actually a future coder’s dream come true— you can make them light up when BFFs…

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7 STEM toys that will get your kids coding

STEM Toys for kids: Project BLKS

With National STEM Day just around the corner, I want to share some fun new ways to teach your kids how to code (don’t worry, there’s no parental coding experience necessary). But before I jump into that, let’s talk about the STEM movement, which is all about encouraging kids to pursue their love of science, tech, engineering, and math (hence the acronym). Why is this important? Not only are these study areas rapidly shaping the future job market, they also encourage our…

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Sit With Us Bullying App

It’s tough to take a traumatic experience and turn it into something positive. To channel your pain, misery, and fear into something that can help other people going through the same thing. It takes a lot of strength and emotional maturity that few adults I know possess. It’s ever-more extraordinary when a teenager has the empathy, social conscience and brains to make it happen. During her middle school years, Natalie Hampton was ostracized by her classmates and subjected to relentless bullying.…

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Back to School Tech on the Today Show

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Hi lovelies! And hello new-to-the-site friends! It’s friday and I’m on the Today Show with my gal pal Hoda Kotb and my new friend Billy Bush… talking about back to school tech— gadgets and apps that will help your kids hit the books this school year! Here’s a quick list of what we’re running down in the 10 o’clock hour. If you’re hitting the site earlier than that, stay home from work and tune in to watch instead! (And then go to work, I…

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