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    The kids just hit summer vacation around these parts and we're already hearing it: "Dad, I'm bored. Can I play on the Wii? I didn't hit my sister! Can I play on your iPad?" Luckily, some of the big guys in online media are looking out for you with a few fun techie diversions for kids and families.

    First, Netflix has created a special site for families that shows films that are fun for the kids and their parents. 

    "With the Netflix Families page, we’ve used our proprietary algorithm to create lists we think families will love," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. "In the 'Are We There Yet?' list we’ve picked TV shows and movies ideal for watching on your tablet in the airport, and the 'TV for Curious Kids' lists have shows that will help keep kids' minds active during the summer months."

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    Good news for those of you with the attention span of a flea: Airlines may begin allowing passengers to keep their electronic devices on during takeoff soon. Well, not all electronic devices, but some. Yay for not having to be in the moment for two minutes!

    Airlines are hoping that by year's end, fliers will be able to leave their Kindles on throughout the entire duration of the flight, including takeoff and landing. But as far as smartphones go? Those badboys still need to be switched off. For now.

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    I've been going through ereaders like a fiend these past few months - it seems that either Amazon or Barnes & Noble release a new one every few weeks - so I think it's time we talked a bit about which one of the latest crop is best for various users.

    First, a little background. Right now there are really only four ereaders you should be thinking about. From the tablet family - meaning devices that are like iPads - Amazon makes the Kindle Fire and B&N makes the Nook HD. In the e-ink camp - the devices with black and white, high-contrast screens - you have the Kindle Paperwhite and the Nook Simple Touch With Glowlight

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    It seems like every day we hear stories of horrible things happening to our kids. From missing children to terrible car accidents caused by teens texting and driving, the world is a dangerous place. How can we keep our kids safe? 

    There's an app for that.

    Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, here's my list of apps that can help you keep your family out of danger -- both online and when they're out in the world.

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    As if your Christmas list weren't long enough, Apple is rumored to be about to announce a smaller, lighter iPad that may or may not be called the iPad Mini. It's expected to have a little 7-inch screen, making it a sort of entry-level mini tablet in the iPad family.

    According to the rumors - and there are plenty - the new gadget will launch this coming week on the 23rd. While we initially expected to see this unveiled alongside the new iPods and the iPhone 5 earlier this fall, it makes sense that Apple waited on this tablet as the company usually saves these sorts of products for the holidays.

    The question, then, is whether or not you're going to want to pick one of these things up.

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    Love them or hate them, e-books are here to stay, so why not invest in the Cadillac of e-ink readers, the new Kindle Paperwhite. I rarely heap praise on a particular device - I'm far too jaded for that - but the Paperwhite is probably the best e-reader you can buy (if you're an Amazon fan) and it really shows how far things have come since the early days of the first Kindle.

    Why is the Paperwhite so cool? Like the Nook Simple Touch With Glowlight, the Paperwhite has a backlit screen for reading in the dark. The important thing to note is that this device uses e-ink technology to display text and graphics, so not only is it as bright as a tablet computer, it has excellent readability and contrast and can be used in direct sunlight.

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    For most of the past month, my wife has been reading her Nook in our newborn baby's room, squinting at the e-ink screen in the near darkness. Luckily, something just came along that is going to make her life - and a lot of mommies' lives - better: the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

    The Simple Touch has the same screen as the Nook and the entry-level Kindle models. But when you hold down a button, the screen lights up with a bright white glow. The backlit screen is easily readable in the dark and the black text on white background is easier on the eyes than a bright tablet screen.

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    The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- which is pretty much like Oscars season at the movies or Fashion Week in the world of haute couture -- is going on right now, and one of the coolest items to make its debut there is a solar-powered Kindle cover. And believe me when I say this isn't just some kooky accessory only a techphile geek could love. It's a revolution, baby! Or at least, it should be.  

    Invented by a Taiwan-based company called SolarFocus, the case exclusively fits the fourth-generation Kindle, but it should be available for the Kindle Touch in the spring, they say. But back to the revolution part ... How would you like to never have to tinker around with annoying chargers and USB cords to charge your Kindle again? How about never having to charge any gadget -- smartphone, tablet, GPS, etc. -- again?

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    Steve Jobs gave us the iPad, and now that he's gone, we've got what's basically an explosion of similar products showing up to wage war on the sexy Apple tablet. The latest challengers: Amazon's Kindle Fire (pictured left), which launches on November 15, and the Nook Tablet (pictured right), which arrives three days later. The two brands seem to want to fight to the death, take one another down, go head-to-head, and make sure they're the ones everyone's buying for themselves and loved ones this holiday season.

    There are plenty of reviews for each -- none of which have seemed to be able to define a clear winner. For every plus the Kindle Fire has (like, say, having a slimmer profile), the Tablet has a perk (weighs 5 ounces less). For every minus, the same. Both have 7-inch displays and run on their own version of Android. And let's be honest -- both are basically eReaders-turned-glorified portable TVs.

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  • Borrow Kindle Books From the Library? Now You Can!

    posted by Linda Sharps September 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM in Technology
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    Got a Kindle? You may now have access to thousands of free books—at your local library. I can only assume jetpacks are next, friends, because the future is now.Amazon has just launched a Kindle library lending program so Kindle users can borrow books from 11,000 public libraries in the U.S. The new service is courtesy of Amazon's partnership with Overdrive, and library-lent e-books will work on both Kindle e-readers and Kindle smartphone or tablet apps.The only catch? Well . . . as far as I can tell, there isn't one. Here's how it works:

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