In Loco Parentis
In Canada, Black Friday is all topsy turvy. For example, there is no Thanksgiving the day before, so Canadian shoppers don’t get the three-for-one Deadly Sin deal of greed, gluttony and sloth that Americans enjoy on this festive weekend.
And, it turns out, the stuff they buy from Canadian Target actually belongs in a Yard Sale pile or at least a Goodwill, if one lady’s story is correct.
There’s nothing like the soothing glow of a digital screen to shut your kid up for a few minutes. Parents have known this since the dawn of television.
But now, there’s a new sheriff in town when it comes to getting your kid to sit still for longer than three seconds, and it’s called the tablet. Tablet ownership among families has risen at an insane rate–40 percent of families own the devices now, while two years ago, only 8 percent did, according to the New York Times. So if you wondered who was buying all those Kindle Fires, there you go.
Apple in Your Eye
A few weeks ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District had the genius idea of handing out iPads to their students. Well, it turns out giving the devices to the digitally adjusted Facebook fiends was dumbest thing one could do with taxpayers’ money, so they’re taking them back.
The iPad makes a pretty great babysitter for about 15 minutes. Unfortunately, if you leave the kids alone too long you’re likely to end up broke.
The Telegraph reports that a couple of parents in the U.K. are livid, after their six-year-old twins managed to spend almost £979.90 on virtual pets and clothing in two online games. (This is not the first time this has happened.) Their father complained to the paper:
Brooklyn We Go Hard
Ex con and DIY O.G. Martha Stewart is having technical difficulties. On Wednesday evening, she announced via Twitter, “I just dropped my iPad on the ground and shattered two glass corners. What to do?does one call Apple to come and pick it up or do I take it?”
“My name is Oliver and I’m here to say/I like organic onesies and gluten-free cake,” is just one of the rhyming couplets we imagine Brooklyn babies are incorporating into their sick beats at a new DJ school for babies. Because, yes, Baby DJ School exists nowadays.
It’s an eight-week program for individuals ages three and below. Natalie Elizabeth Weiss, a DJ who’s worked with LCD Soundsystem, Fischerspooner, and other big kids with turntables, will orchestrate the whole thing.
An online training company has figured out a way to make those torturous employee training video sessions even more reminiscent of a scene from Zero Dark Thirty.
Mindflash said this week it’s created a really neat feature for iPads that tracks people’s eyes. When it senses their eyes shifting from the screen, it conveniently pauses the video Read More
If you think tapping away on your smartphone is making you look cool and popular, you are wrong, science says.
Per some researchers at Harvard Business School, people tend to hunch when they’re using small devices, which increases stress and decreases testosterone levels — affecting the way they act even after the devices have been put away and “causing [users] to be less likely to take risks immediately afterward,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Apple e-book trial could go either way, and we may not know the outcome for a few months. But on the second-to-last day of the case, the presiding judge divulged not only her familiarity with the iPad, but also her love for it.
Lisa Rubin, the attorney representing Apple, had Apple iBookstore head Robert McDonald demonstrate the iPad’s page-turning animation when Ms. Cote interrupted, Read More
Are you being driven slowly mad by your keyboardless iPad? Bill Gates feels your pain. If you can’t use it to open up an Excel sheet and do a little quick work in bed, what’s even the point of any gadget?