Your Young Scientist Could Win $25,000 from Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

If your middle-schooler has an aptitude for science, you might want to consider having them enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Not only do they get the opportunity to dive deeper into scientific concepts that they may be interested in, they also have a chance of winning the $25,000 grand prize and claim the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."If you or you child or student are thinking about entering the Challenge, you better do so soon. The deadline to enter… [more]

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Want to Dump your Smartphone Bill? Review of Scratch Wireless for Free Voice and Data Services

Many people have smartphones and even more have cellular phones, but most of us are locked into lengthy contracts in order to get data and voice services. A relatively new company launched in October of 2013, Scratch Wireless aims to provide smartphone services to those who don't want contracts, but who also want to minimize the amount they pay, ad hoc, for voice and data. In fact, you could potentially never have a mobile bill, even for text and voice.Scratch Wireless's business proposition… [more]

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I’m Writing Tech News for You to Steal

Yes, you read the title correctly, I am writing tech news articles for you to take, use and put your own name on, and photos and videos as well. Long live plagiarism! While everything that I have said is true, I do think it is important for me to clarify things a bit. The stuff that you are reading here, on HighTechDad.com is not what I'm telling you to steal. Instead, it is on another site, Intel Free Press.I recently started a new job at Intel, as a Staff Writer for Intel Free Press and… [more]

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iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case & Keyboard: Make your iPad Mini a Mini Computer

I always recommend getting a case for your tablet or smartphone. It's important to protect your investment. Sometimes, however, a case can go beyond  providing simple protection, it can give utility as well. The iGear Unlimited has a very useful protective case that actually has multiple functions, starting with a Bluetooth keyboard.The iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case is designed to hold an iPad Mini or Mini 2 with Retina. You simply snap the iPad mini into the top case which holds it firmly… [more]

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Fantastic Fitbit Force is a Healthy Upgrade to the Flex

There is quite a rage going on now around wearable computers and devices, and Fitbit has been leading the charge of producing gadgets you wear that track your activity. A year ago, I was introduced to the Fitbit Flex, which is a rechargeable wristband that measured movements and activity as well as a whole lot more. I wore it almost every day for a year, and even slept and showered with it (yes it is water-proof). And then, I got my hands on the Fitbit Force, the Flex's big brother. Actually, that… [more]

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When is a Tablet Not a Tablet? When It’s A Windows 8.1 Pro Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

October 28, 2013
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I have had my fair share of experience with a variety of tablets ranging from iPads to Samsung 10.1 tablets to a Sony and even a Blackberry Playbook. It seems that manufacturers and developers continue to tweak their interfaces and hardware specifications to hopefully be the one that “sticks” and that everyone gravitates towards. I […]

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Which Apple ID to use for iTunes App Store, iMessage, iCloud and Find My iPhone

October 7, 2013
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Apple’s iOS 7 introduced some confusion when it comes to Apple IDs. But the change was intentional because Apple’s desire was to make iOS much more secure. As part of the upgrade process, iPhone and iPad users are required to set up an iCloud account and associate it with Find my iPhone. This process will […]

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Is K-12 the Appropriate Place to Teach Children about Copyright Infringement? Huffington Post Live Interview

October 4, 2013
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I remember back in the 1980′s (ok I’m dating myself) when my friends and I used to make mix-tapes and music compilations and shared them amongst ourselves. It was a multi-hour process and we poured our creativity and thoughts into making the perfect tape. There was no thought in our minds about whether what we […]

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Weighing in on the Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50

October 4, 2013
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Recent advances in personal technology are allowing individuals and families to get better analysis of their health progress or lack there of. From wearable devices that track your movement to applications that help you set exercise goals, our society now has consumer tools that remove some of the mystery surrounding personal health. Withings is a […]

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Is Storage Trendy? Or Just Following a Technology Trend? Top Storage Trends

October 1, 2013
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Ok, I know. Talking about storage solutions or what the top storage trends are is not exactly the #1 topic on people’s minds. In fact, I would say that we all take storage for granted…that is, until we RUN OUT of storage or a hard drive crashes or our storage solution is incredibly slow. And, […]

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Site Performance Optimization: MaxCDN, Nginx, CloudFlare and WordPress Caching

September 27, 2013
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My blog has a problem. Or rather it had a problem but I’m making some big improvements to it to make it perform better. For many years, my site has suffered from slow performance. Much of that is my fault though. I tend to overload WordPress with lots of plugins. Plugins are bad, but they […]

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Will You Pledge to Not Text and Drive? Do It Now! #ItCanWait

September 19, 2013
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For the past couple of months, I have been writing and talking about the national campaign where you pledge to not text and drive. It’s called It Can Wait (the hashtag is #ItCanWait). There is a website that you can go to  to take this pledge of not texting and driving – just head over […]

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