Category Archives: Geek Dad

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Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet Review – awesome back to school idea

Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet

Can you believe it’s almost time for the kids to head back to school? It’s true. I’ve been busy buying school clothes and supplies for the past few weeks. Our school requires a graphing calculator, so I bought one of those. Speaking of gadgets, I’ve also been testing out the Fire Kids Edition Tablet. It’s not really for school, but the device will come in handy during the school year. BTW, don’t let the words “Kids Edition” fool you. This Fire Kids Edition is a real Amazon tablet.

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Canary Home Security System Review and Giveaway – geeky gift idea

Canary all-in-one home security system

Looking for a holiday gift idea? How about a Canary all-in-one home security system. The company sent me a unit for review on my dad blog (I’m also giving away a Canary to a lucky reader). I love the Canary home security system. It’s easy to use and is better than my other video system. I think the Canary is a cool gift for the geek dad or mom in your life. Canary offers the ultimate security solution with its built-in microphone, HD camera, motion detection sensors, siren and authority alert options, night vision, and air safety technology. The Canary comes in three colors: black, white or silver. It has a list price of $199, but it will be on sale for $179 in North America (US and Canada) from December 13th to December 26th.

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Treasure Dash Giveaway

Treasure Dash mobile app for iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices

Are you tired of seeing your kids sitting around playing video games? If you are, then you should check out Treasure Dash (Monkey Mojo Games). The free iOS app combines motion controls with virtual reality to get children on their feet and moving as they explore a colorful and immersive 3D world in the spirit of classic Nintendo adventures (like Mario and Zelda). It’s kinda of like a Wii or Kinect game for your mobile device. Treasure Dash is available now for the iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices. Continue reading to find out how a reader of my dad blog can win a Plush toy featuring the tiger from Treasure Dash.

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7 Ways to Connect Your Car

Connected Car - Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

At the recent TNT Portland event, I talked with a couple of people about the connected car. New cars today come with cool tech like rear view camera system or Bluetooth technology. But if you have an older car like most people (including me), you don’t need to purchase a new car to get the latest in-vehicle technology. Owners of older cars can actually have the latest connected-car technologies installed in their current vehicles. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), it typically costs less money than a comparable option package on a new vehicle from the same companies auto manufacturers use. Continue reading to learn seven ways to connect your car with the latest technology.

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VidMob Connects Video Creators with Video Editors

Like many parents, I have a ton of video footage of my kids. And when I show them to my friends and co-workers, they politely watch them. But they don’t get excited unless they see the footage I personally edited (see videos on this page). I’m lucky I have the skill to edit my own video. But many parents don’t. That’s when the upcoming VidMob app comes in handy. The app connects video content creators with video editors in a real-time, bid-based marketplace. The app has not been released yet, but it looks easy to use in the demo I saw last week at the TNT Portland event at the Westin Hotel. Just pick your favorite clips on your phone and then select a video editor with the app.

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MacX Video Converter Pro Giveaway

MacX Video Converter Pro

I have an awesome giveaway for people who like to play with video. I’m giving everyone a copy of MacX Video Converter Pro (there’s also a Windows version). That’s right, everyone gets a free license for the full version of Digiarty’s video converter. The catch is the giveaway is limited to three days only (ends Monday, September 28th). Head over to my exclusive giveaway page. In addition to the free software, you can also get discounts on Digiarty’s other popular software tools.

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Dynex Lithium-Ion Mobile Battery Pack for Mobile Devices

Dynex Lithium-Ion Mobile Battery Packs for Mobile Devices

I purchased a couple of these Dynex mobile batteries last month. It’s essentially a mobile charger for your devices when you’re on the road. All you have to do is charge the battery pack when you’re at home. Then you can use the battery pack to charge your mobile phone or device on the road when you don’t have an outlet nearby. I’ve tested them and they work fairly well. The mobile battery includes a USB cable to charge the pack. To charge your mobile device, you just reverse the connection. However, I had to use my Samsung cable when I wanted to charge my Samsung phone with the Dynex battery pack. Note: you can also use the battery pack to charge your iPod and iPhone. Best Buy has the Dynex Lithium-Ion Mobile Battery Pack on clearance for $10 and they are available in multiple colors.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Amazon Kindle and Fire Tablet – save up to $40

Amazon Kindle and Fire Tablet Deals For Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. If you’re still looking for an idea (or completely forgot because you’ve a dork), consider a Kindle or Fire HD for the geek mom in your life. For instance, you can purchase a Kindle e-reader for only $59 on Amazon.com. And the special price includes free shipping!

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Book Review – JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming

JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Nick Morgan

No Starch Press sent me their new JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming book for review on my dad blog. As you can tell by the title, the book is intended for kids. However, in my opinion, the book is a useful book for beginner programmers of all ages. JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming (by Nick Morgan) is available now. It has a list price of $34.95, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $25.59.

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