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Best Tablets for Kids & Families...

Apple’s iPad has become synonymous with the tablet experience. But just because idevices are the most popular choice doesn’t necessarily make them the right choice for you. Depending on your needs, budget, and wish list, one of these alternative slates may just make you much happier with your purchase. Take a look before you buy. For the Bookworm and Video Junkie Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX, available in both 7 and 8.9 inch versions, might just be the perfect tablet for media-holics. It comes with Amazon’s huge e-book lending library built in, which is awesome for book lovers. But don’t mistake the Fire for just another e-reader. Amazon instant video, 24/7 tech support at the push of a button, fantastic parental controls, a stunning high-res display and a whopping 14 hour battery life make this one of the most well-rounded tablets on the market. A streamlined user interface and a much lower price tag ($229 – $375) than the iPad make the Fire a great introduction to tablets for novices and many kids, as well. There are different options to the HDX that alter the price. Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers For the Writer, the Artist, or the Doodler The Samsung Galaxy...

Pranks, Parties, and Pretend: Sims 3 – Generations...

Sim lovers, it is time to get excited. The mega minds at EA Games have come up with yet another expansion on the beloved game. The Sims 3 brought with it the ability for Sim children to grow into teenagers juggling part-time jobs, adults with children of their own, and finally elders with retirement on the brain. The Sim citizens were free to jump through age groups, but something was still missing. The teens obediently went to school and did their homework. Adults experienced the joys of parenthood without the slightest hint of stress. Elders refused to reminisce about the good old days. The Sims clearly lacked a sense of realistic roundness, but that glitch is about to be rectified, thanks to The Sims 3: Generations. Kids say the darndest things, probably because their imaginations are running wild during this delicate age. Now your Sim children can exercise their creativity the way real children do. Enter the original childhood activity of make believe, complete with imaginary friends. Kids can pretend to be a princess or even an astronaut, and luckily for them, the castle or spaceship has evolved, too. Sim kids can be seen playing their games in the brand new tree house or the bunk beds they share...

Nintendo 3DS

Here are our notes on the new Nintendo 3DS: The Nintendo 3DS boasts 3D graphics (optional) without the need for special glasses, and it’s quite stunning. It’s backwards compatible, which we love, and virtual items bought on your DSi can be imported into the 3DS. There’s a new joystick-like feature which is great, but the D-Pad is placed slightly awkwardly in order to accommodate it. The 3DS sports much better graphics than the DS. Potential buyers of the Nintendo 3DS should keep in mind that this is NOT just another DS model (as was the DSi and DS Lite). Rather, it’s a next generation DS. Essentially, it’s a DSi with considerably better graphics. Nintendo is promising an exciting game line-up, although there is not too much to choose from at the time of this writing. The 3DS comes with cute AR Cards for silly pictures, and more. Kids can take digital photos and then insert Miis and characters into them with truly cute results. Like the DS, there are two cameras and they’re low quality. The 3DS is compatible with Miis from your Wii system. There is a 3D slider that adjusts the intensity of the 3D factor, and can be turned off fully if desired. When 3D is...

How to pick a portable audio player that suits you...

In today’s market place, there are countless variations of a device that originally began with only one goal in mind: play music. Now of course, these devices can do anything from browsing the internet to editing word documents, but there are still a few that just give you the down to earth music playing capabilities. No video editing, no fancy touch screen. Of course, there are still a few factors to consider in buying one of these, which will be discussed below. Space available. If you are a person who hoards music, and has tens of folders worth on your computer, then you are not going to be happy to have only a few megabytes worth of space, and perhaps should aim higher, into the twenty, thirty, or even sixty gigabyte range. There is a trade off for this extra space though, price goes up and so does weight, which is no good if you want to take your player out jogging, or to an environment where you may easily lose it. Then again, if you only want an audio player that you only want to put, say, motivational songs on, and you are happy about losing it, then about a gigabyte should be fine. Ruggedness. How much wear...

Wii Fit Plus—Everyone’s Entertainment...

Is this unique game system and fitness-oriented game for you? The Nintendo Wii game system has exploded in popularity since its introduction. The novel idea of moving your whole body to play instead of just your hands on a controller fired people’s imagination. The Wii Fit Plus game has only increased that popularity, attracting a wide audience from all ages. The game has something for everyone, increasing fitness through soothing yoga poses, body strengthening positions, fun aerobic activities, and balance games. The basic concept of the game is to increase fitness through better balance and toning. The great thing about this game is that it doesn’t emphasize physical beauty as a goal, but rather health and strength of body. The game allows a person to choose their own fitness goals and length of time to reach those goals, guiding and encouraging the player on the best path to a healthy body. The Wii system allows the player to create their own Wii person or Wii Mii, recording their progress in each game. Wii Fit offers a body test each day which includes weight, BMI, balance tests, and Fitness Age (calculated from your real age and results of your tests), plus a calendar and graph to record your own Wii...

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Internet...

For most adults, the internet is an environment that can be explored without the need for much in the way of restriction. It has its unsavory places and characters but most adults can quickly spot when they are straying into areas that may be distasteful, illegal, or dangerous. However, even the most innocent keyword search can return unexpected results making it imperative that children are supervised in some way when using the internet. This may seem a difficult thing to do in this day and age but there are a few simple steps you can take as a parent to make sure your children are safer than they would be if you allowed them to surf without restrictions. Don’t leave the computer in their bedroom. There is an ever-increasing trend for allowing kids to have computers in their own bedrooms or playrooms. Given that on the net, despite every child’s best intentions, they may only ever be one inquisitive click away from unregulated obscenity, it’s unwise to allow children to be alone in their room with the PC. If your child is surfing the internet from the privacy of their own bedroom, how can you be sure that the sites they visit and the people they communicate with are...

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