FamilyTech

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

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

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

Facebook adds Mentions and Reactions to group chats on Messenger

Facebook is making group conversations in Messenger a lot more like… well, Facebook. You can now use reactions during group conversations, 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 …

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 …

Gear & Gadgets

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 …

Apple TV

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

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 …

Facebook

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 …

Parenting

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 …

Google

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 …

Google

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

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 …

Google

Pinterest helps you keep tracks of things you've tried

You probably typically pin recipes and ideas you want to try or things you want to buy on Pinterest. Its new button, however, was designed to keep track of the things you've already bought or tested out. Now, when you want to share your feedback about a recipe or a DIY idea you found online, you …

Internet Marketing

I just bought Snap’s new Spectacles from a vending machine

A physical-world stunt for a multi-platform digital media phenomenon. Welcome to the future.<p>I woke up today to some texts from New York. Unlike 24 hours ago, they weren’t disillusioned messages about the outcome of the presidential election.<p>Snap’s Spectacles had arrived in California. And they were …

Snapchat

Snapchat copies Instagram Story rewinds, adds augmented background lenses

Now the copying is going the other direction, as Snapchat clones Instagram Stories’ rewind feature. But Snapchat is still innovating on the augmented reality features it popularized, plus adding new ways to share.<p>Today’s Snapchat update for iOS and Android introduces World Lenses. While its …

Snapchat

Amazon debuts Black Friday Deals site

(CNN Money)The holiday season has begun at Amazon.<p>The online shopping service on Tuesday launched its Black Friday Deals Store, featuring sales on clothing, electronics, toys and other products. The site will feature new deals every day -- sometimes as often as every five minutes -- until December …

eCommerce

Android Auto will turn your phone into an in-dash display for your car

Two years ago, Google’s idea for Android Auto was pretty cool: Allow people to connect their phones to their car infotainment systems so they could get directions, answer calls and control music playback without having to reach for their handsets.<p>And while Android Auto supports about 200 models, …

Google

Motorola is holding a contest for Moto Mod ideas

In partnership with Indiegogo<p>In a bid to increase user interest in its Moto Z, Motorola is partnering with Indiegogo to launch a contest to find the best ideas for Moto Mods. Motorola wants developers to enter its Moto Mods Developer contest and submit ideas that could eventually end up getting …

Motorola

Kohl’s Black Friday 2016 ad just leaked: Apple Watch deals and more discounted gadgets

The Kohl’s Black Friday 2016 ad has leaked as well, and we’re looking at a 64-page catalog that’s full of discounts. In what follows, we’ll focus …

Black Friday

Facebook is copying Snapchat again

Facebook is taking another page out of Snapchat's playbook.<p>On Thursday the social network announced selfie filters for live video, which will initially be themed for Halloween. The new feature will be available in Facebook's iPhone app in the U.S., U.K., and New Zealand and eventually come to …

Facebook

How the Google Pixel uses HDR to improve low light photography

Smarter cameras can produce better results<p>Last week, I spent many hours poring over images from the newlyreleased Google Pixel. I was checking them against photos from the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in what has become a twice-yearly exercise: trying to discern which new phone has the best …

Photography

Facebook embraces utility with food ordering and ticketing

Facebook wants you to participate in your community, not just talk about it, with a slew of new features launching today. From Facebook Pages, you’ll now be able to order food through Delivery.com and Slice, request an appointment through MyTime, get a professional services quote, or buy movie and …

Facebook

Cozmo is what happens when AI meets mischievous child

I’ve reviewed a robot or two in my time. I’ve played with many more that I didn’t deem worthy of writing about. Cozmo is, as consumer robots go, easily the best I’ve seen. In fact, even before Anki released its new robot toy, we were smitten.<p>When unpacking Cozmo, it’s easy to be underwhelmed. The …

Robots

Panasonic's new prototype TV can hide in plain sight

Panasonic has shown off a transparent TV before, but the company has since improved the image quality to the extent that the idea of a television built into your furniture's glass panes is not only possible -- it's <i>right here</i>. The OLED screen is made from a fine mesh, embedded into the glass sliding …

TV