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Just Stay Away from Console Games

Just Stay Away from Console Games

My son gets into the car and before I have a chance to slide into the driver's seat and buckle myself in, he's already reaching for the iPad. He's fastened his seatbelt, obviously, because he knows he can't touch the iPad until he's buckled up. He starts with his current favorite game, Mr. Crab. The music is horrible. The gameplay is fun, especially for a 4 year old.

His gaming elicits those terrific moments of parenting that you can tell your friends who don't have kids and they still find funny. Like when he started trash-talking his games. This happened recently. He always talked to the characters, I think that's normal. Once he figured out Talking Tom the Cat Who Farts will talk back to him in a funny voice, the babbling from the backseat never ended.

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I’ll Never Wear A Smartwatch. Never

I’ll Never Wear A Smartwatch. Never

With the news surrounding Sony’s possible plans to launch a smartwatch in the near future, I’ve been inundated with comments by the geekiest of the geeks, saying how they can’t wait to get their hands on any and all smartwatches. Those devices, they say, will dramatically improve their lives.

As one of the geekiest geeks out there, one would think that I, too, would want to get my hands on a smartwatch. After all, I’m a gadget fanatic and love everything there is to love about this industry. Why wouldn’t I want to slap a smartwatch from Sony or Apple or any other company on my wrist and be done with it?

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Memoto hands-on: Life-logging with Kickstarter’s wearable camera

Memoto hands-on: Life-logging with Kickstarter’s wearable camera

Your every moment, documented. That's the Memoto concept, a tiny wearable camera that snaps a shot every thirty seconds to digitally augment your memory. Early doubts as to whether enough people would want to record each waking moment were quickly squashed when the Memoto Kickstarter saw 11x the expected pledges, though the challenge of bringing such an ambitious product to market has ended up taking the Swedish team longer than expected. We caught up with Martin Källström, CEO and co-founder of Memoto to check out the latest prototype, talk product development in the public eye, and find out what comes next for the clip-on camera.

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Being a Better Tweeter

Being a Better Tweeter

I have been using Twitter continually for about three years now. I'm not sure of the exact date, or my first tweet, because Twitter still hasn't given me the option to download my entire archive yet, though every time I check, the "Deactivate my account" option stares back at me from the bottom of the Settings page, where the archive option is supposed to appear someday. It taunts me, that deactivation option, because like all good things, Twitter occasionally makes me sick. There are days when I love it, and days when I can't stand it. There are days when I can't stand myself as a tweeter. To paraphrase a misogynist saying, show me a beautiful social network and I'll show you a guy who's tired of checking his @replies.

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iTunes profits continue to grow as users spend more

iTunes profits continue to grow as users spend more

No one can deny the fact that Apple is doing impressively well with its App Store and iTunes. ITunes certainly revolutionized the music industry, despite the fact that many in the music industry didn't want to change. A new report has been published by research firm Asymco looking specifically at how much money iTunes users are spending.

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Netflix’s Arrested Development season four trailer hits the Web

Netflix’s Arrested Development season four trailer hits the Web

Over the last several years, it's been very common for television networks to cancel shows even though the shows are popular with critics and have loyal fans. TV shows that are unable to appeal to the mass market simply won't last long. One television show that had received critical acclaim and had a very loyal cadre of watchers, yet was canceled, was Arrested Development.

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The Gadget Inside Me

The Gadget Inside Me

I am not entirely human. All of the parts of a human being are inside me, but I have a few extra bits as well, not so much floating around as firmly secured in place. In some spots, these nonhuman bits hold me together. In other spots... well, that's a different story.

I have a couple gadgets inside of me. One was forced on me; the other I chose. I made the choice in much the same way you'd choose a computer. I tried to future-proof myself. I chose an option that I could upgrade later. In the end, I made a decision that was not entirely rational, but rather based on passion and branding and aesthetics over performance. Like I said, just like a computer.

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