Monthly Archives: March 2013

When should your kids first be exposed to technology? Join the conversation with me on #RaisingAmerica tomorrow.

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Kids are learning to swipe faster than they are learning to talk. And apps are being made for toddlers as young as 9 months old.

My son at 18 months

When did your kids get exposed to technology like smartphones, tablet devices and digital and interactive toys? Tomorrow following #RaisingAmerica with Kyra Phillips (@KyraHLN) I get to discuss the growing trends in toddler tech with Tony Favorito, director of product design at Fisher Price (@fisherprice), and dad and radio announcer Buzz Bishop (@buzzbishop) (and others).

The discussion will take place via a Google Hangout tomorrow at 1:30p ET and I’d love for you to join us. We’ll talk about the latest research, the best apps and hear from digitally savvy parents. And we also want to hear from you. What questions do you have about raising your toddler in this digital age? Feel free to submit in the comments or use hashtag #raisingamerica. We’ll answer your questions Thursday.

So, if you’re wondering how a parent integrates technology in a way that isn’t a detriment to their kid’s development or education, you don’t want to miss our on air Hangout.

Thursday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET on Google Plus.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook. Click here to set your reminder on Google Plus.

You don’t need a Google Plus account to watch or weigh in with your thoughts. A link to the live event will be shared on HLN’s Google Plus page, on Kyra’s Twitter account and HLN’s Facebook page when the chat starts.

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Today is #WorldWaterDay, you can celebrate by donating your birthday with @charitywater

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800 million people still live without clean water in developing countries around the world. Many walk 2 to 4 hours a day to swamps and rivers to gather dirty water for their families. It doesn’t need to remain this way. YOU can make a difference in bringing clean water to those who need it. How? By donating your birthday.

Simply click here to fill out your birthday details and charity:water will take care of the rest.

Have questions about donating your birthday? Feel free to share in the comments, below and I’ll make sure a member of the charity:water team responds. Thanks for making a difference in the lives of others!

#SXSWi Innovator Series: Esther Dyson (@edyson), journalist, angel investor, @23andme

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Thanks to partners like Cox Blue, this year I had the privilege of celebrating the “doers” at SXSW Interactive from the Samsung Blogger Lounge. Check it out!

Photo Credit: Hila Raz

From sharing how to create a role you’re passionate about within your organization to changing the world through learning about your DNA, these interactive influencers are really making things happen.

It was an honor to interview Esther Dyson–a personal role model. In this segment, we talk about the importance of personal genetic testing with 23andMe and her vision for paid email (to disrupt email as we know it).

With @tweetdeck going bye bye on iPhone, Android and desktop, it’s time to find an alternative

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A developing story from The Verge, reports that Twitter is shutting down Tweetdeck for iPhone, Android and desktop.

There’s no question that Tweetdeck is one of the most (if not the most) robust of all Twitter third party applications. I’m a client and a fan and will be among the many who shed a tear when it’s no longer available. That said, it means it’s time to find a replacement.

I will most likely migrate back to Hootsuite. Remember them?

Hootsuite (
HootSuite is a browser and app (iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry) social media dashboard.  There are free and paid versions of Hootsuite. For the basic account users can add a maximum of 20 tabs per dashboard, 10 streams per tab and five social networks, including Facebook profiles, pages and groups, Twitter, Google+ and more. They also work with a ton of third party apps.

What about you? What will you use? Let us know in the comments.


photo credit: Mait Jüriado via photopin cc