Sarah Kimmel

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Facebook Introduces Messenger Kids

Allowing kids into the world of social is a tricky thing. Most social platforms only allow accounts for children aged 13 or older. Although this …

Apps

My New Favorite Communication App

When I was in high school pagers were just starting to be a thing. Cell phones hadn’t made it to the mass market yet, and we all had to rely on …

Apps

Home - Family Tech Zone

When parents tell me they will never allow their kids smartphones, I cringe a little. There are a couple reasons you should allow your children …

What To Do When You Fall For a Scam on Facebook

It can happen to the best of us. Scammers are pretty brilliant these days and do a pretty convincing job to make you think they are legit. So, you …

Apps

Spotify and Hulu to offer U.S. students $5 bundled monthly subscription

(<i>Reuters</i>) — U.S. college students can buy Spotify Premium music streaming and Hulu TV streaming for a combined, deeply discounted $4.99 per month, in a new student subscription bundle the companies announced on Thursday to lure younger consumers.<p>The entertainment bundle, $13 cheaper than the …

Moleskine’s new Smart Planner syncs handwritten schedules with iCloud and Google Calendar

Personally, I’m a paperless kind of guy, but if you prefer the old-fashioned look & feel of paper schedules, then Moleskine’s new Smart Planner aims to bring you the best of both worlds …<p>As <i>Engadget</i> notes, the planner combines a Livescribe pen with sensors embedded in the paper to read your …

How to rank on the first Google page if you have a low-authority site

The other day I was reviewing an archive of my client’s SEO articles and their rankings. A whole lot of articles didn’t even make the top-30 positions because the competition had much higher DA ranks.<p>Since we were syndicating more newsworthy content to high-profile publications likes Forbes, …

Marketing

Blizzard May Be Working On A New Warcraft Mobile Game

Blizzard has made it no secret that it sees potential in the mobile games business. A newly discovered job posting may have now revealed which of the company's franchises its next mobile game will hail from.<p>As discovered by NeoGAF user Nirolak, a job opening for an FX artist on an unannounced …

T-Mobile wants to give your phone number superpowers

Starting May 31, T-Mobile users are going to be able to use their phone numbers in an entirely new way.<p>The new feature, known as DIGITS, is rolling out to all customers, the company said Thursday. It lets you connect all the devices you own to a single phone number — meaning you'll be able to …

T-Mobile

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service launches in June

Today Microsoft revealed that its new Xbox One game subscription service will be available on June 1st. Called Game Pass, the service was first announced back in February, and it offers access to more than 100 Xbox One and 360 games for $9.99 per month. (You can check out the full list here.)<p>Unlike …

Xbox

Hugh Jackman Discovers Real-Life Mario Kart, Gets Really Excited

This is probably the closest we’ll get to a Wolverine appearance in <i>Mario Kart 8</i>.<p>Hugh Jackman didn’t stumble upon some ambitious street performers; he …

Mario Kart

Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search coming?

It’s taking Instagram less and less time to copy Snapchat. Less than two months after Snapchat launched its Stories Search feature for seeing what’s going on at a location or related to a topic, Instagram is rolling out Location Stories to its Explore page.<p>Last week, TechCrunch broke the news that …

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Limited-Edition Pokemon Prints Now Available, Cost $450

Limited-edition, super-rare Pokemon woodblock prints are now available through the Pokemon Center shop.<p>The two prints feature first-generation Pokemon in Kanto locales from Red and Blue. The first, <i>Port of Vermillion City</i>, is based on a landscape from Hiroshige Utagawa's <i>53 Stations of the Tokaido.</i> …

How Microsoft’s Story Remix does what Clippy couldn't

Microsoft is making some bold promises with Story Remix, its recently announced app for the Windows 10 Fall Creators update. Together with the company's deep learning technology, it can automatically craft your photos and videos into short films. Story Remix resembles Apple Clips and Google's Photo …

Software

Legend of Zelda may be on your smartphone sooner than you think

Hold onto your green caps for this one, but it looks like it could be the end of days! Nintendo isn’t shying away one bit from the middling success …

Sonic Mania’s latest trailer puts Knuckles back in Flying Battery Zone

At least it’s not Green Hill Zone again<p>The latest trailer for <i>Sonic Mania</i> goes back to Flying Battery Zone, this time with a closer look at Knuckles negotiating his way through a remixed edition of Dr. Eggman's giant airship.<p>The last look at the throwback 2D platformer also visited Flying Battery …

'Coding Jam' uses musical blocks to teach kids programming concepts

Last year, Osmo expanded its iPad-based children's learning system with a program that teaches kids to code by linking tangible tiles with on-screen commands. Now the company's expanded its platform with <i>Coding Jam</i>, an add-on that assigns musical tones to a new set of blocks, allowing young learners …

Facebook kicks off Mother’s Day weekend with flower reactions, cards, stickers, masks and more

You may have noticed the purple flower reaction has returned to Facebook, allowing you to respond to posts with a “thankful” sentiment instead of a Like. As it turns out, the addition is only one of several features Facebook has planned for this Mother’s Day weekend here in the U.S., and throughout …

Nonprofits

Nintendo Switch's Super Mario Odyssey Will Be Playable At E3

As part of the announcement of its E3 2017 plans today, Nintendo revealed that Super Mario Odyssey will be playable for the very first time at the show.<p>We don't know all that much about Odyssey, but in a press release, Nintendo described the game as an "sandbox-style adventure," similar to Super …

Minecraft Feels Right At Home On The Nintendo Switch

Good news! The Nintendo Switch gets its own version of <i>Minecraft</i> today, and it’s good. In fact, it’s made me want to play <i>Minecraft</i> more than I have in …

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Nintendo Switch eShop update makes it easier to buy games

No more putting your credit card info in every time<p>The Nintendo Switch eShop received a small tweak this week: Customers can now save their credit card information, speeding up the purchasing process.<p>For the first two months of the Switch’s life, any time someone wanted to buy a new game from the …

Finally, someone combines a salt shaker, Bluetooth speaker and mood lighting

Salt and Bluetooth technology are paired in one of the weirder inventions for the "smart" home.<p>Smalt (yes, really) pairs a music player, mood …

Amazon drops its free shipping minimum to $25, undercutting Walmart

Amazon is fighting back against Walmart by dropping its free shipping minimum requirement down to $25. The move comes after a number of challenges by Walmart, including the added support for free two-day shipping on orders under $35 with no membership required, announced in January, and the more …

eCommerce

Grounding your kids from social media doesn’t do much — and could hurt them

It all used to be so simple: Break the rules, get grounded and be forbidden from hanging out with your friends. These days, of course, social media makes anywhere a teen hangout, and parents looking to ground their kids might choose to cut off access to social media instead. But that punishment …

Social Media

123 of the Best Free Blogging Tools that Will Save You Time Blogging

<b>Accessify</b> will analyze your site’s loading speed and make recommendations for improvements.<p><b>Ahalogy</b> I used to use Ahalogy to schedule all my Pinterest …

Infographics

Top 10 Blogging Mistakes

Blogging should be an essential element of every entrepreneur’s marketing plan. It’s an outstanding way to increase traffic to your site, and …

Marketing

Nintendo PlayStation Prototype Now Functional

The fabled prototype for the Nintendo PlayStation, what was to be a joint console between Nintendo and Sony, is now fully up and running, courtesy of console modder Ben Heckendorn.<p>The existence of the Nintendo PlayStation has been the subject of video game lore, as the partnership and subsequent …

Best Live TV Streaming – All the biggest services compared

Is it finally time to cut the cord? Many people will be asking themselves this very question over the next few months. Luckily, you have more options …

Third parties have always been the key to Amazon’s smart home domination plans

For Amazon, hardware has always been a means to an end. From the Kindle e-reader to the Fire tablets to its TV offerings, the company has always treated the space as something of a loss leader – even with its most popular offerings. Amazon has found success in pricing devices much closer to cost …

Smart Homes

They’re making a Legend of Zelda Clue game

<i>Clue</i>. Like, “Mr. Mustard in the library with the candlestick” <i>Clue</i>. There’s going to be a <i>Clue</i> game themed with <i>The Legend of Zelda</i>. Instead of murder …

Legend of Zelda