FamilyTech

By Sarah Kimmel | Helping families navigate the awesome and sometimes scary world of technology.

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 …

Phones

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 …

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 …

Facebook

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 lighting, centerpiece and flavor enhancer into one gadget. Right now, it's just a concept, so you can't buy one yet.<p>On the device's website, it's pegged more …

Gear & Gadgets

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 …

Amazon

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 …

Teens

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 …

Amazon

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Gaming

'Wootube' is the hit YouTube channel that's making math hella fun again

For the past decade or so, there's been a decline in the number of mathematics students in high schools in Australia. But one teacher is giving new life to the subject through his thoroughly engaging YouTube tutorials is Eddie Woo, the man behind WooTube.<p>A teacher at Sydney's Cherrybrook Technology …

Mathematics

‘Facebook Rewards’ QR codes dangle discounts for offline purchases

Facebook wants to prove it drives brick-and-mortar foot traffic with its latest feature test. TechCrunch has discovered a previously unreported Facebook feature where users can scan a personalized QR code to score discounts or bonuses when they buy something in-person at certain shops. Some users …

Facebook

How to use google for powerful results, every time

As much as I really love to use the website LMGTFY.com (which stands for let me google that for you). I understand the issue though, there are just …

More people use Instagram Stories than Snapchat itself

The common belief is that Snapchat rules all when it comes to evaporating photo essays. But the numbers don't quite back it up. Instagram has announced that over 200 million people are using Stories every day to share quick moments from their lives -- almost 50 million more than Snapchat as a whole …

THIS Is The Facebook Feature We've All Been Waiting For

Does your Facebook News Feed leave you at a loss for words? Is a Like simply not enough? Do "wow" and "angry" emoji seem a little basic? It seems that the social network is about to answer everyone's prayers, because SelectAll reports that Facebook is testing a brand-new GIF search feature. When …

Facebook Debuts Message Reactions and Mentions for its Messenger App

Facebook's Messenger app for iOS devices was today updated with a new Message Reactions feature, which is similar to the Tapback features introduced in Apple's Messages app in iOS 10.<p>Message Reactions are designed to allow Facebook users to react to a message with an emoji symbol to express an …

Facebook adds Mentions and Reactions to chats on Messenger

Facebook is making conversations in Messenger a lot more like… well, Facebook. You can now use reactions during chats, as well as tag specific people using the ‘@’ symbol.<p>The reactions are useful for the same reason they are on Facebook proper: They give you more ways to acknowledge you’ve read a …

Facebook

This pretty e-paper smart calendar is everything I want in a gadget

A designer named Kosho Tsuboi has conceived a beautiful gadget idea. His product, the Magic Calendar, is an e-paper calendar that syncs with a smartphone to display your schedule. The project is associated with Google’s Android Experiments, which appears to be a Japanese program in which creators …

Google Calendar

Ebay takes on Amazon with guaranteed 3-day delivery on 20 million items

In response to the growing threat of Amazon and its annual Prime membership program, eBay this morning announced a new program that will offer online shoppers guaranteed three-day delivery on 20 million eligible products — “millions” of which that will also include free shipping. “Guaranteed …

eCommerce

unGlue helps parents set screen time limits on any device

A new startup called unGlue wants to help kids better manage their time on connected devices. Just don’t call it parental control software, says co-founder and CEO Alon Shwartz. The idea, he explains, is to offer families a simpler solution for setting limits on screen time across devices, whether …

Parenting

YouTube Reveals YouTube TV, A $35 Bundle Of Live TV Channels With Unlimited DVR

<b>YouTube</b> has announced a new feature through which it will take on cable. The video platform has announced <b>YouTube TV</b>, a $35 bundle that lets …

Televisions

Google Home's killer feature reminds you where you left your keys

Keep losing or misplacing important documents and items? Just tell Google Home to remember where you put them.<p>Naturally, you only ever misplace the most important things in your life -- and usually when you need them the most.<p>If you're prone to losing important items or documents, worry no more. …

Google Home

YouTube is testing in-app messaging to take on Facebook

YouTube might be getting a lot more social and conversational in the near future.<p>TechCrunch reports the Google-owned video platform is currently testing a new in-app messaging feature on iOS and Android that will allow users to exchange clips, texts and links without ever having to leave the …

Apps

Real Parents, Real Talk About Kids And Screens

We live in a world of screens. And in this digital age — with so many devices and distraction — it's one of the things parents worry about most: How much time should their kids spend staring at their phones and computers? What's the right balance between privacy and self-discovery?<p>Research …

Teens

Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location during emergencies

It’s basically Google Latitude, three years later<p>When Google discontinued Latitude in 2013, it never truly made a replacement for its version of iOS’s Find My Friend. With Trusted Contacts, Google’s bringing location tracking back so you can communicate with and locate loved ones in cases of …

Apps

Google is opening up Santa’s Village until December 24th

Another year, another countdown to Santa’s visit on December 24th. Google likes to do things for Christmas, include Santa trackers and other games …

Meet Brand Central, Amazon's secret, new plan to squash counterfeits

Just ahead of holiday shopping, the e-retailer is confronting its problem with knockoffs and fakes by going on the offensive.<p>Hugh Milstein wishes Amazon had rolled out its Brand Central fraud-fighting tools last month.<p>Back then, DigitalFusion, his 25-employee digital photography business in Culver …

Amazon

Amazon Echo now talks you through 60,000 recipes

Believe it or not, there hasn't really been a comprehensive recipe skill for Amazon Echo speakers. Campbell's skill is focused on the soup brand, IFTTT integration is imperfect and Jamie Oliver's skill won't read cooking instructions aloud. Allrecipes might just save the day, though. It just …

Amazon is cutting Prime memberships to $79 tomorrow for debut of The Grand Tour

UK subscriptions are also discounted<p>Amazon Prime is getting a pretty enticing price cut tomorrow, with a year of the premium subscription service available for for $79, down from $99. The deal is available to first-time subscribers only, and will be up for grabs just tomorrow, Friday November 18th, …

Amazon

Google Play Music gets interface tweaks and contextual intelligence

Google Play Music has been rocking the same interface for a while now, so it only makes sense that it would get an update to catch up to some of …