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Parental Control Apps to Monitor and Control Your Child’s Screen Time

As a parent, I hoped it wouldn’t happen, but it did. Screens have invaded the minds of my two girls, and I needed to get control over it. Since my kids switch between a few devices and types, I needed to use a combination of things to reign this in. Here is what I was up against: Mobile Phones – My kids both have mobile phone devices from Republic Wireless. That means they can use either mobile data plans or WiFi to access the internet. I needed to be able…

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Google Home for KidsReviews Technology 

Google Home for Kids

We recently added a Google Home to our household. We’ve all been having alot of fun with it and I think it’s very useful for families with children. The device is relatively family friendly, and my kids love having it–so do I. Ways we use Google Home with Kids in our house Timers: I think the timer feature is one of the “killer app” aspects of the Google Home. You simply say something like “Ok Google, set a timer for 30 minutes for Piano,” and it will start running a…

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Republic Wireless 3.0 vs Google Project Fi Mobile Phone Service ReviewPhone Bills Reviews Save Money Technology 

Republic Wireless 3.0 vs Google Project Fi Mobile Phone Service Review

If you’re tired of the big US mobile phone companies (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile), you may want to consider two very strong contenders: Google Project Fi and Republic Wireless 3.0. Below is my review and comparison of the two service providers. I am a customer of both. I have been with Republic Wireless since the beginning and am a more recent Google Project Fi customer starting in July 2016. [BTW, if you decide to go with Project Fi, please use my “refer a friend” code. After you’ve…

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Republic Wireless Review Part 1Featured Phone Bills Review Reviews Save Money Technology 

Republic Wireless Review Part 1

Republic Wireless 2.0 Review Executive Summary – Updated March 12, 2016 My customer review covers the Republic Wireless Mobile Phone Service with the Moto X gen 2, Moto E gen 2 and Moto G phones.  This review is about the Republic Wireless 2.0 plan which isn’t available anymore. They have now launched a their 3.0 plan, so the information below is outdated. For current information please see my review of Republic Wireless 3.0 and comparison to Google Project Fi.   “Stop wasting money on high-priced yearly contract phones.  Get reliable, smarter…

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Almost Free Home Phone Service – How To use Google Voice for Your Home Phone NumberPhone Bills Review Reviews Save Money Technology 

Almost Free Home Phone Service – How To use Google Voice for Your Home Phone Number

Finding a Cheaper Home Phone Service In this article I explain how I replaced my home phone service provider with a $50 adapter (or cheaper with a good sale/coupon) that uses the free Google Voice service to make and receive phone calls.  For the past 10 years I have been a customer of Vonage for my  home phone service.  And although I think alot more of Vonage than I think of most other home phone service providers, especially the POTS landline providers, I finally dumped it.  I had Vonage’s $26/month…

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iPads vs. Chromebooks for k12 SchoolsEducation Technology 

iPads vs. Chromebooks for k12 Schools

I was recently asked by a teacher what I thought would be a better purchase for her school–a fleet of chromebooks or a bevy of iPads.  This was an interesting question because I am huge fan of the Chromebook platform and also have some respect for the iPad  as well.  I also have experience as a fifth grade teacher who had a laptop classroom. In summary, my answer was  “it depends”…it depends on what you plan to do with them, and this was really the crux of my response.  I…

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Jobs for our children- What Jobs Will Disappear and Which Will Become More Important Over The Next Few YearsArchive Education Future Technology 

Jobs for our children- What Jobs Will Disappear and Which Will Become More Important Over The Next Few Years

The Future of Jobs By Eron Cohen I frequently discuss technological advances with friends and family.  Inevitably these discussions turn to what the future holds for jobs for kids in America (and the rest of the world).  Frankly, I think there will be many jobs that will disappear completely and many more that will change dramatically.  The bottom line is that there aren’t many jobs that are “safe” from being taken over by technological advances, computer software and robots.  Doctors, cab drivers, pizza delivery drivers,  hamburger flippers, pilots, maids and many more…

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Easy Ways to Save Money Part 3 – Get Rid of Your Cable TelevisionSave Money Secondary Features Technology 

Easy Ways to Save Money Part 3 – Get Rid of Your Cable Television

Roku boxes let you choose various channels from the internet including  unusual channels like the Autism Channel and NASA Television.  You can’t get these on cable TV at all. I wanted to write some posts that outline a few ways that I have saved more than a few dollars lately.  Even if you’re not really on a budget, these ideas should make sense, after all a penny saved is a penny earned, but for most families with kids, every penny helps.  This one is about cutting out cable TV in favor of…

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