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    At this point, it seems like there's an app for everything. And it's all for good reason. Tablets and smartphones are versatile and easily accessible, and kids pick up on how to use them extremely quickly. Which makes them even more helpful when teaching children with sensory issues.

    There are apps with high auditory and visual stimulation that will teach how sounds and pictures interact. There are also apps for sound sensitivity that help to calm and gently provide a soothing soundtrack to any activity.

    So for your convenience, we've put together a list of the best apps for kids with sensory disorder, as determined by high parent reviews and award rankings:

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    Pregnant women have a TON to talk about on the phone, from spreading the big "guess what?" news to family and friends to running baby names by her hubs. Just one problem: Rumors have circulated that cellphones aren't safe for pregnant women. Apparently radiation may pose health risks to the developing fetus. According to a study at Yale, pregnent mice exposed to cellphone radiation had offspring plagued with behavior problems, like hyperactivity and memory loss. Yikes!

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    I've been writing online for a long time, and I thought I'd address a few questions I've had over the years about how the sausage gets made. Excuse me if this is a little insidery, but I wanted to talk a little about how and why we're now inundated with "You Won't Believe How This Smiling Baby Will Change Your Life!" and "35 Funniest Sidewalk Signs of All Time" posts on Facebook and Twitter.

    There are a few types of web content, the most prevalent of them being "online journalism." I wrote a book about it, and it's what I've been doing for most of my professional career. And I'm part of the problem. Let me explain.

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    Amazon finally joined the ranks of Apple TV and Roku and launched its own streaming device on Thursday. Amazon's Fire TV is a sleek black box that hooks up to your television set and the Internet so you can watch Netflix, Hulu, and of course, anything from Amazon that you would normally play on your computer or tablet.

    Not only did they launch their own device, Amazon has upped the ante by "fixing" one of the most common gripes about searching for the content you want to watch. You know what I mean -- you have to move that little cursor up and down and back and forth, clicking each letter into the search box. It's a pain in the butt, amirite?

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    It's hard to imagine there was a time when you could break up with someone or be broken up with and then never, ever have to see his horrible, beautiful, heartbreaking face again. Ah, what a comfort it must have been to be able to cry for a day, talk it out with friends, and then know you could move on. There was no high-tech way of keeping tabs on that person, and even if you heard through the grapevine that he had a new girlfriend or wife, you could make it through life without viewing 100 photos of her and knowing hair that shiny actually exists outside of a shampoo commercial.

    Boy, are those days gone. It's now pretty much possible to locate and stalk every boyfriend you've had since kindergarten. Not that you plan on doing this, of course, but here are 7 websites that have made it super easy for "ex-boyfriend stalking" to become an international sport and for no one to ever fully get over and past the ... well, the past.

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    It's happening again. Yet another new iPhone is about to roll out, and if the rumors are to be believed, you can have your hands on one as early as tomorrow. An update like this can be both a blessing and a curse. It's awesome to see what kind of cool, new bells and whistles have been added. On the flip side, however, you may be a year or two away from that upgrade option. Now you look at your once beloved older model as some kind of ancient relic you are saddled with. But it could be worth shelling out the retail price for the new, new iPhone for these six reasons.

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    The annual fee for membership in Amazon.com's preferred shopper program Amazon Prime used to be $79 -- unless you joined after buying a Kindle. If you went that route, it dropped down to $59. If you're a student, the price was even lower still at $39. The company has always been pretty great about providing deals to its customers. That's why when they recently announced that Amazon Prime's fee will be upped to $99 a year, I was in no way, shape, or form bothered by it.

    Because Amazon Prime is still an exceptional deal. You don't need to be an extensive online shopper for the program's benefits to still rock in your favor. With Prime, you get free two-day shipping. For the impatient among us (HI GUYS, HELLO), the only thing that tastes better than the word 'free' on our tongues is 'fast.' Combine the two and you have a veritable chocolate-cheesecake of awesome service.

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    I guess Facebook hasn’t quite taken over the world yet. I mean, we still use Gmail and Yahoo and whatever other email servers are out there. Hey, some people even still use Hotmail or AOL. I’m not here to judge.

    Now Facebook is officially giving up on trying to take over your inbox by nixing its email service. Wait, what? Facebook has an email service? Apparently the social media giant does, but come March, it will be no more, as they roll out another wave of changes to the site.

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    So something called WhatsApp has been blowing up in my tweet stream. What the heck is everyone talking about? It’s all over my news feeds too. It seems that Facebook acquired WhatsApp on Wednesday, for something like eleventy bajillion dollars, because hey, it’s Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, and he likes to spend money.

    Actually, Facebook paid 19 billion for WhatsApp (yes that’s billion with a B), which is quite a bit for an app that most of us haven’t even heard of before. I remember when Facebook bought Instagram for a measly one billion dollars, and I’d been Instagramming with my friends for a while before that.

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    Happy birthday, Facebook! Can you guys believe it's been 10 years since we were introduced to the website that has managed to suck so much of our free (and not-so-free) time and is surely the number 1 reason why we haven't been promoted at our jobs more often? Oh, I kid. Facebook isn't to blame for our procrastinating ways any more than the mere existence of chocolate is to blame for those extra five pounds we can't lose. And you've got to admit the site lasted way longer than most of assumed it would. Over the past decade, it has evolved from a cool and hip website used mostly by college kids to a social networking service that even your grandma checks on a daily basis. Let's celebrate the site that -- for better or worse -- made Mark Zuckerberg a household name by reflecting on 5 ways Facebook has made our lives better and 5 ways it has completely destroyed humanity as we know it. 

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