Dec 17 2015

Understanding Snapchat

Do you have trouble understanding Snapchat? Yeah. Us too.

I’m trying to understand Snapchat. All the kids are into it, but it confuses me.

Snapchat singing thing

The latest version of Snapchat allows you to make goofy animations of your face. Here’s a video from Buzzfeed of people using… well, they’re called New Selfie Filters.

The new filters were introduced in September but I didn’t notice because I don’t use Snapchat. Mostly this is because it baffles me. That said, these animations are very easy to use and pretty funny. Think Emojis, but animated, and with your face on them. We’re all doomed, but at least we can make short video clips of ourselves puking up rainbows before the inevitable apocalypse.

Want to puke rainbows or put horns on your head? This is how to use the new Snapchat Selfie Filters.

What We’ve Figured Out So Far

First: get the latest version of the Snapchat app on your mobile device (iOS or Android).

Second: switch the camera to Selfie Mode. Usually this is a little symbol with arrows on it in the upper right corner of the screen.

Third: hold your finger over your face. Not your ACTUAL face. The image of your face on your phone or tablet. When you do this, a bunch of little images should appear at the bottom of your screen. Scroll through them until you find one that you like.

Fourth: hold down the red Record button and make your video.

Fifth: send it to someone.

Having trouble? Leave a comment and we’ll try to help. Don’t be embarrassed; it took us way longer to figure out than it should have. But that’s OK. We’re good enough, we’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like us.

Oct 02 2014

Compare Amazon’s Fire HD 6 $99 Tablets

Thinking about a tablet? In addition to their new kid-friendly Kindle Fire, Amazon has two new Fire HD tablets starting at only $99. Which one is right for you? Here’s a handy-dandy graphic comparing the two new low-priced models. (Note: I’m not sure why Amazon has dropped the Kindle name from the Fire HD, but as far as I can tell they have.)

Compare Fire HD tablets


Both are good options. I can’t say I’ve used either one hands on, but the price is right especially if you are an Amazon Prime member.

Fire HD 6 – Amazon.

Feb 13 2014

Kindle Fire Tablet Sale NOW

Amazon is once again offering a limited-time price break on their Kindle Fire Tablet line. Here’s the sale price breakdown: Kindle Fire HD for $124 (down from $139), Kindle Fire HDX for $199 (down from $229), Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ for $339 (down from $379), and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ for $189 (down from $269). Such a dealThese prices are only good through tomorrow, February 14, 2014.

Note: those prices are for the Kindle Fire With Special Offers, aka ads. If you want it without special offers, you have to pay a little bit more.

What’s the difference between the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX? Resolution. Not the kind you make on New Year’s, the kind that makes for more pixels on a tablet screen.

For example, the Kindle Fire HD has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 216 ppi, or 1280×800. The Kindle Fire HDX has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 323 ppi, or 1920×1200. The HDX model also has “The fastest processor on a 7-inch tablet”, according to Amazon — “2.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM for fast, fluid multi-tasking, gaming, and video.”  That’s FOUR CORES, people. FOUR. More cores equals better performance when you’re consuming content on your Kindle Fire.

Bottom line: as we say every time Amazon throws consumers a bone and lowers the prices on Kindles for a limited-time sale, if you’ve been thinking about buying a Kindle Fire, now is a good time because you’ll pay less money. Sale ends February 14, 2014. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kindle Fire HD Tablet – Best Value Kids Tablet, Family Tablet (They wrote that, we didn’t. But we do agree that it’s a good value.)


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Jul 24 2013

New Android Software Has Parent-Friendly Feature

From TechCrunch, a report about the latest version of Google’s Android software, which includes this parent-friendly feature:

New to Android 4.3: advanced multi-user support, bringing in “restricted profiles”. Restricted profiles lets parents limit what their child’s account can do, for example.

Haven’t looked into the specifics yet but the concept is great. Reporting from the announcement, TechCrunch’s Greg Kumparak writes:

Hugo is running through a demo of the restricted access feature, walking through how you can limit an account to only run certain apps. Apps can even be configured to hide in-app purchase items from kids.

An account that only runs the apps you want your kids to use would be awesome.

According to the article, this feature is part of Android 4.3, which will be installed on the new Nexus 7 Android Tablet announced today by El Goog. For more, including a photo of an enormous tray of bacon, visit TechCrunch.

via Live From Google’s Mystery Announcement With Android Head Sundar Pichai | TechCrunch.

Dec 05 2012

DaddyDeal: One Dollar iPad and Tablet Sleeve, Free Shipping

Got an iPad or some other tablet type of computing device? Need a sleeve to put it in? Have we got a deal for you.

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Aug 15 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Launch Event

Samsung unveiled their latest tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 at a launch event in New York City today. We were there. It’s a cool piece of technology. Here is a promotional video.


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