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    Tech updates are all the rage right now, so it's no surprise that some of the hottest new toys on display at the 2014 Toy Fair feature smartphone and tablet capabilities. So instead of grumbling that technology has destroyed playtime, or that kid-friendly gadgets are harmful, let's embrace the new developments that will make everyone's lives so much easier.

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    Zombies, creepers, and spiders, oh my! If your kids are like mine, you've probably suddenly become a Minecraft family. However, if you're like I was, you probably have no idea what the heck the kids are doing in their virtual world. Never fear: The Minecraft FAQ is here.

    Minecraft isn't new, but it's now reached the mainstream and is probably popular in many houses around the world. As kids grow out of Flash games and pounding the remote control against the TV, they will quickly discover the magic and addictive properties of Minecraft. I'm here to help you understand this new threat.

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    Have you ever handed your iPhone to your kid to occupy them for a bit while you got some work done, did the dishes, or hid in the bathroom with a chocolate bar and a gossip magazine? And then been horrified that your little munchkin somehow got into the app store and charged an arm and a leg that you were then responsible for?

    You may be off the hook. Apple has agreed to pay back $32.5 million in unauthorized purchases to the app store. You know, like the ones made to “Dragon Story” and “Tiny Zoo Friends.”

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    Sometimes I have no idea how I’d manage without the proverbial “electronic babysitters” known as the TV, the iPhone, the computer, and the tablet. Actually I don’t have a tablet, but I do have a 4-year-old iTouch and that’s basically the same, right?

    Anyway, there are times when I just need to keep the kids out of my hair. As a single mom, I don’t have anyone to hand them off to for a few minutes of “sanity time” at the end of the day. When they’re with me, it’s just them and me, and if I need to get something done, it’s so easy to sit them down and tell them they can watch a show if they agree on it.

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    This might be the coolest, or creepiest, thing you'll see all day! Take a look at Morgan Freeman pictured here. You'd immediately think it's just a photograph, right? Nope! It's actually a super realistic rendition of him ... finger-painted on an iPad.

    That's right, Kyle Lambert, an "iPad artist," produced a video of how he painstakingly finger-painted this image of the famous actor on his iPad. Of course, everyone agrees that the only thing missing from this video is Freeman's iconic voice narrating it. But come on, this artistic and technological feat is still simply incredible.

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    Our tablets go with us everywhere, so we should take their cases into serious fashion consideration. The best tablet cases provide just as much style as they do protection for your most cherished gadget. Plus, switching it up with bright and colorful cases, like this hot pink tablet envelope (Marc Jacobs, $88), can make your tablet feel like new time and time again. Match your iPad case to your purse or even your outfit — we totally get it!

    Over at The Prowl, we searched high and low for glam cases that may steal the show from your sleek and shiny iPad. Check out this preview of our favorite chic iPad cases, and then head over to The Prowl to see the rest!

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    I have this Facebook "friend." We'll call her Anne. Anne is a stylish, beautiful adult woman who commutes by train each day to work. Lately, it seems, every one of her days is plagued by the offensive odors and appearances of others. She simply can't handle it when a woman wears clogs, and she seems ready to call the police the second a poor, hungry soul so much as takes out an unwrapped sandwich on the train. 

    How do I know all this? Because she doesn't just rant about it on her Facebook page -- she also provides photographic proof. In other words, she'll snap your photo if she doesn't like you and splash it all over her page for the world to see and mock. It may be legal to do this, but that doesn't keep it from being a totally tacky thing to do. 

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    Christmas shopping hasn’t been the same since the advent of online shopping. And by not the same, I mean it’s way better now. Now you can shop anywhere from your smartphone -- you don’t even need to be sitting at your computer anymore. In fact, more moms than ever are planning to do some holiday shopping on their mobile devices.

    According to a survey from our sister site, The Prowl, nearly half of all moms say they will be using their smartphone or tablet to shop for presents and other holiday goodies this year.

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    Before I had kids, I was one of those people who insisted my child would never EVER so much as touch a video game controller, computer mouse, or anything else remotely associated with technology. He was going to color and build stuff with blocks and frolic in the backyard and all that jazz. Then one day when he was about 2 years old, he got a hold of our Mac and was addicted to the damn thing in an instant.

    And I probably could've stopped his fascination with the computer right then and there and never let him get near it again, but I didn't. Why? Because, duh -- letting him play on it for 20 minutes or so each day let me do things like throw in a load of laundry, empty and reload the dishwasher, or just sit down and catch my breath.

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    We already know the selfie has gotten out of control. What used to serve as a whimsical way for, mostly teens, to show the world how much they love themselves and their duck faces has quickly become a way of documenting every single situation in which they've ever been involved in their lives, including scenarios that require you to, ideally, BE in the moment. Like...maybe...Monday's lockdown at Central Connecticut State? Yes, thanks to technology, students were actually able to post selfies during the emergency (which, thankfully, turned out to be a false alarm), even giving them the nifty hashtag #LockDownSelfie

    But before you chastise these young folks, consider this: the selfie may just be helping these teens deal with stress, trauma, and uncomfortable life experiences. And I can think of at least five more situations where you should not be shocked to see a selfie. 

     

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