Tiny Hands Apps Puts the Joy of Learning in Toddlers’ Hands

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As the mother of two kids in a very tech-connected geek household, apps are often on our minds. Which is why I’m so excited to share Tiny Hands Apps, our sponsor, with you. Our daughter, the youngest, is only two. And while she’s fascinated with the iPad and certainly wants to use it like her brother does, there’s not much out there that caters to

Late to the Game: Carcassonne

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Carcassonne is a classic tabletop board game, which allows players to collect points while building towns, monasteries, roads, and farms in the French countryside.

Father’s Day Gifts with Ulterior Motives: iGrill

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On Mother’s Day, they tend to advertise a lot of things like vacuums and ironing boards. I think that’s a little mean. It’s like giving someone a gift that says, “Clean my house!” I’ll admit that I’m occasionally guilty of doing this for Father’s Day, although my gifts usually say “Cook for me!” He likes cooking, and I like eating, so I refuse to feel guilty about it. This year, I received a review model of the iDevices iGrill, and I wanted to see if it qualifies as good gift encouragement for tasty smoked meats.

Disney’s “It’s a Small World” Interactive iOS App

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Anybody who knows me personally will know that I am an enormous Disney geek. Interestingly, for me it is not so much about the films as it is the theme parks. There are paintings all over our house of the parks, I have a collection of plates and collectables and several boards full of trading pins. The best present I received this Christmas was a

Quirky Digits, Warm Fingers

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Occasionally, I need to make a call during bad weather, and that means I run into a conductivity problem with my gloves. You can’t use normal gloves with a smartphone because they don’t allow the electrical signal to transfer from your finger to the phone screen. I’ve solved this problem in the past by using those half-mitten, half-fingerless gloves (with the flaps that close over

A New Use For Dr. Seuss

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I love to look at those lists that they give to professors that explain the state of the matriculating freshman class. You know what I’m talking about? The ones that say things like, “They have never lived in a world where Madonna wasn’t famous.” Naturally, I look at my daughter and wonder what kind of world she will matriculate into. At two, she’s already saying

Hanging in Numberland with Les Trois Elles

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We’re getting ready to head to Seattle in a week or so. It’s only a couple of hours on the plane, but I always like to have a few tricks up my sleeve to keep Vivienne entertained. So I’m in the market for some new apps to play with.  Whenever I do a little refresh like this, I always head over to the ever fabulous

My First Steps in Astrophotography

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For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by photographs of outer space. Whether it is the glowing moon hanging in the night sky, the banded clouds of Jupiter or multicolored nebulae light years from Earth, these kinds of pictures have a consistent ability to thrill me. Recently I began experimenting with taking some photographs of space myself, and whilst my results

Kari Byron, Mythbuster Mom: Dipping a Toe in the Twitter Stream

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As I watched my 19-month-old daughter masterfully navigate my iPhone, I couldn’t help but wonder how far technology will innovate in her lifetime. I am seriously in awe: She unlocked the phone, found Yo Gabba Gabba on my iTunes, and played the video. She figured it out faster than I first did. That is the moment I realized, “I need to keep up or become

GeekMom Holiday Gift Guide #6: Grown-Ups

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Regardless of what holidays you celebrate, the end-of-year festivities are right around the corner. If you choose to purchase gifts online, you need to order then in advance to allow for shipping time, backorders, and comparison shopping. We at GeekMom are here to help you with ideas for anyone on your gift list, from babies to grownups. This is the final post in our series

The Saga of a Geek Who (Once) Hated Apple

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It is sort of an unwritten law of geekdom that when we have opinions about technology, we must have very, VERY strong opinions.  I faithfully adhere to this rule and had dually applied it to my sheer and unfettered hatred of all things Apple.  I thought the iPods were ridiculous.  I don’t care how small you can make it, it still sucked.  I found the