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Robin Raskin
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Robin Raskin is founder of Living in Digital Times (LIDT), a team of technophiles who bring together top experts and the latest innovations that intersect lifestyle and technology. LIDT produces conferences and expos at CES and throughout the year focusing on how technology enhances every aspect of our lives through the eyes of today’s digital consumer. An author, editor, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, Raskin has spent the past 30 years exploring what it means to be living in digital times. She lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop in now and then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.

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Trump's Acceptance Speech As Seen By The Algorithms

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 10:25 PM

The tech-savvy (except Peter Theil) have shown no love for the newly announced Republican candidate throughout the nominating process. I figured it was time to look at Trump's speech in the tech world's own lingo -- algorithms. So, I called Fergal McGovern who runs a company called VisibleThread. The company...

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Pokémon For Folks Who Don't Give A Hoot About Squirtles Or Zubats

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 6:27 PM

The Wartortle made me do it. Shatter my Samsung Galaxy phone screen that is. After traversing the city for two days, visiting PokéStops all over Manhattan, I knew more about the architectural detail in my neighborhood than I'd gleaned in 30+ years of living here.

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Everyone Wants A Robo-Advisor

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 12:08 AM

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There was a time when you needed a substantial amount of wealth in order to make it worth hiring a wealth manager or even getting a wealth manager to pay attention to your puny investment funds. That picture is changing fast.

"If...

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10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch Gives Young Geeks a Boost when they Need It Most

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 12:26 PM

Pity the poor student geek. Their classmates are hanging out, messaging friends, or maybe playing on the soccer team. The school aged geeks, however, are driven by coding and tinkering. Although more and more schools are creating robotics or coding clubs, high tech endeavors made by students are often very...

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Robots on the Runway

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 3:48 PM

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Robots speak a universal language. We just returned from Shanghai, China where we created a unique experience for attendees of CES Asia, a growing trade show for the technology community. We call it Robots on the Runway. Think of it as a fashion...

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The Wearables of Summer

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 12:02 PM

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are just another trackable set of data if you're in the wearable tech business. Summer brings its own set of challenges to the quantified world: sun, air quality, allergies, even relationships. And now, moving beyond basic fitness trackers, the next generation of wearables...

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Science Talent Search Is a Bellwether for Future of Science

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 2:51 PM

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According to science geek legend, while attending the 1939 New York World's Fair, G. Edward Pendray, a Westinghouse executive, and Watson Davis, director of Science Service (now Society for Science & the Public) began discussing ways to encourage more students to pursue science...

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High Tech to Get Kids Moving

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 5:48 PM

Every summer, parents grow a bit apoplectic thinking about the hours their kids are likely to spend doing the couch potato, screen-gazing thing. Some clever manufacturers are dreaming up alternatives to screen time by incorporating screens and tech directly into more physical play. In other words, if the kids hate...

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Is Your New Credit Card Holding Up the Checkout Line?

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 12:02 PM

These days walking up to a cash register can be an adventure. (And yes, the word "cash register" is almost an oxymoron.) You're confronted with a barrage of Tap, Swipe, Insert, Collect Rewards and Pay by Phone. As the checkout line lengthens behind you, you tentatively insert your new "Chip"...

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The Case of the Disappearing School

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 9:46 AM

At a recent meeting of educational technologists, Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, the Chancellor of the fully online university, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University in Dubai, was asked what he saw for the future of education. His answer was pretty definite. "We all shop, but we don't go to...

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Pot's Budding Tech Community

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 3:49 PM

3D printers, virtual reality, drones ... I've watched a lot of nascent industries enter the fray, but watching a new industry growing out of what was once a criminal substance is really interesting to watch.

Today, twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in...

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New Tech Against Old Age: The Race is On

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 9:50 AM

Jargon alert. You're about to get an earful of the term Active Aging. It's a term meant to talk about aging as a process that you control and act on. It's about seizing opportunities for a healthier, more engaged lifestyle than those of the elder generations before.

For marketers, it...

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What If the Next President Knew How to Code?

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 3:43 PM

From Hammurabi to Mendel, from Thomas Jefferson to Charles Darwin, we are compulsively drawn to classifying, categorizing and coding the world around us. Coding of all kinds, whether it's a cryptographic language, a body of laws or a bunch of computer instructions, imposes a basic logic and order. To code...

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Toys that Code Have Parental Appeal

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 11:04 AM

The evidence is pretty compelling. Whether your kids are growing up to be actors or farmers, physicians or plumbers, their jobs are going to require a level of technical proficiency. But, according to code.org and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, only 10% of US schools offer computer programming classes....

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Will Playing Games Help Prepare Kids for a Cashless World?

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 6:58 AM

I've been asking everyone I know a simple question, "Have you spent any cash today?" The answer, about 75 percent of the time, is no. Credit cards and digital wallets are replacing cash faster than calorie consumption after a workout.

At a recent Digital Kids Conference, I asked the question...

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What Bernie Knows

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 4:18 PM

It was 1968. A little known local politician named Allard K. Lowenstein was running for Congress in my suburban neighborhood in Nassau County. Al lived in a small cottage on the west end of Long Beach - a place that was bohemian chic compared to our ranch-burger house just a...

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A Guy's Tech Show From a Woman's Perspective

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 2:37 PM

It's not breaking news that CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas is the equivalent of a frat party for the tech industry. The male/female ratio resembles the grandstands at a football game. The booth babes (though more buff and less voluptuous these days) are plentiful and the lines at...

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40 Million Caregivers and Not Growing Strong

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 2:23 PM

Today, nearly forty million Americans are providing unpaid care of aging, disabled or other people who need assistance. One fourth of these are millennials; half were under the age of 50. These caregivers lose income, take time off without pay, their workplaces suffer through absenteeism and caregivers are stressed by...

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Tech that's Good for Kids: Of Makers, Coders and Pilots

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 12:40 AM

Every year at this time I invite a panel of 14 judges representing all facets of the kids' media business to do some soul searching. Eschewing public opinion, personal bias or the fact that they compete with each other professionally, we engage in a 6-hour ongoing conversation and even longer...

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The 'NY Times' Turns to a Cardboard Box to Reboot Journalism

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 12:41 PM

This weekend my New York Times subscription came with a little something extra -- the Cracker Jack's prize for newsreaders. I was one of the million chosen to receive Google Cardboard (a low-cost virtual reality viewer) with my Sunday paper.

Google Cardboard (pictured below) is the poor man's version...

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