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Andrea Smith
Andrea Smith is an award-winning news and technology journalist. She is the co-host of the ParentingBytes Podcast on the CBS network. She is executive producer and host of Living in Digital Times’ MommyTech TV, a collection of video broadcasts bringing exhibitor and conference news from International CES with a family point of view to a wider audience. Andrea was most recently Lifestyle Channel Editor at Mashable. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade as Technology Producer at ABC News as an on-air, on-radio reporter and expert covering all things digital. She and her husband live in New Jersey where she can sometimes be found in her garden without a tech gadget in sight.

Entries by Andrea Smith

Your Ultimate Valentine's Day Tech Gift Guide

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 3:57 PM

If roses, dinner and a movie no longer excite your sweetie, there are so many other options to consider for Valentine's Day. Tech makes a perfect gift, whether your Valentine is super connected or just likes to listen to music on the go. Some couples like to go all out...

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7 New Tech Gadgets Every Parent Needs to Know About

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 8:08 PM

After a week interviewing companies and walking the show floor at the International CES in Las Vegas, I usually come home wanting almost all of the latest tech on display; from flexible laptops to connected appliances to gorgeous OLED or 4K TV's. This year, I want smart pacifiers, baby bottles...

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Six of the Best Tech Gifts for the Woman in Your Life

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Still shopping for the holidays? Don't panic, there's still time. We know sometimes it takes a while to find that perfect gift for the woman who has everything. Whether you know her as mom, spouse, daughter or just a friend, here are six great tech gifts ideas for the woman...

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This Mom Melted the Hearts of Fellow Travelers

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 5:31 PM

There are two things sure to bring a frown to the face of an airline traveler; notice of a flight delay and a passenger with a baby heading towards your row.

So, when a woman carrying a small baby in a pouch on her chest made her way into the...

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9 Cases to Protect Your iPhone 6

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Despite issues with iOS updates that knock out your cell service and material that bends in your front pocket, the new iPhones are selling out quickly. Apple reports 10 million phones sold in just three days this past weekend, and despite the issues, the phones will...

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Top Tech Picks From the IFA Electronics Show in Berlin

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:11 PM

If you're a gadget lover or dream of putting together a truly connected home, there's nothing quite like a trip to Germany for the September IFA Tech Show in Berlin. It's a lot like the huge International CES that takes place in January in Las Vegas, except IFA features more...

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Back to School: 9 Must Have Tech Essentials for College Life

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 6:02 PM

With summer vacation coming to an end, it's time to start thinking about getting geared-up for the school year. Sure, most kids already have laptops and backpacks by this stage, but there are a few more must-have tech gadgets they're sure to need. From a new tablet to portable chargers...

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5 Fabulous Finds for Mother's Day Tech Gifts

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 1:45 PM

If you still haven't picked up a Mother's Day gift for your mom, not to worry, there's time. While flowers, chocolates and dinner out remain the old stand-bys, the perfect gift really depends on what kind of person your mom is. To help you along, I've rounded up some awesome...

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5 Tips for Connecting With Strangers on LinkedIn

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:31 AM

The head of a Cleveland-area Job Bank issued a public apology after a rejection email she sent went viral. In it, she basically reamed out someone for wanting to apply to be a member of her private LinkedIn group because they hadn't "earned the right to ask me to connect...

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Tiny Sensors Are a Game Changer at Toy Fair 2014

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Every year the toys at the American International Toy Fair in New York get a little bit smarter, and this year did not disappoint. Crayola has infused augmented reality into its new products, robots are now considered toys and Nerf guns can keep track of scores with RFID-capable smart darts.

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To Truly Learn How to Communicate, Love a Cat

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:27 PM


It's Valentine's Day, and men and women everywhere are scurrying around trying to find just the right gift or card to show their special someone they care. Some turn to chocolates, some roses, but do you really know what your sweetie loves? Do...

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Here's the One Piece of Information You Must Share With Siri

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 12:23 PM

When security guard Keith Mohrhoff found an iPhone at CNBC headquarters in Fort Lee, NJ, he knew exactly what to do. He pressed the home button and asked Siri "who does this phone belong to?" He got his answer and iPhone and owner were soon happily reunited much to the...

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10 Tips For Protecting Your Digital Content

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 9:31 AM

Walking the halls and halls of products at this year's International CES, you can find wearable technology, sensors, connected toys, connected cars, UDH TV's and so much more.

But in addition to all the hardware, we're seeing many software solutions for the millions of us who regularly maintain blogs and...

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LG Wants You to Text Your Fridge

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:03 AM

Wearable technology may be the big trend here at the international CES but smart, connected home appliances is coming in a close second.

Samsung showed off a line of smart kitchen appliances: A refrigerator, washing machine, even an oven capable of cooking food at two different temperatures.

LG announced its home chat smart platform. LG's David VanderWall says all you have to do is text your appliance -- yes, you can text the refrigerator from the store to see you if you need milk -- and it will text you back.

He told MommyTech TV it will work the same with a washing machine, a refrigerator, even a robotic vacuum. That way, on your way home from work you can text your oven and ask it to start cooking dinner, or start a load of wash so your kid's soccer uniform is clean for practice.

Check out the video to hear more from LG on their vision for the connected...

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5 Trends To Watch at CES 2014

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 3:45 PM


It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's wonderful not just because of the holidays and the snow and family gatherings, but it's also the lead-in to the annual International CES taking place in Las Vegas.

That's where manufacturers...

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Fünf Gmail-Tipps, die jeder kennen sollte

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 5:27 AM

Die Netzgemeinde wurde in der letzten Woche in helle Aufregung versetzt, als die Nachricht von Gmails neuer, unfassbar nützlichen Funktion „Versand rückgängig machen" im Internet kursierte. Es tut mir leid, dass ich es so sagen muss, aber diese „neue" Funktion gibt es seit mindestens drei Jahren.

Aufgrund der Jubelrufe...

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5 Gmail Tips Everyone Should Know

(6) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 1:03 PM

Last week the Internet was buzzing with news of Gmail's incredibly useful "undo send" feature. Sorry to break it to you, but that "new" feature has been around since at least 2010. The reaction was so positive though, it occurred to me there are probably lots more goodies Gmail has...

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