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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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Can This Selfie Be Saved

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:36 AM

Who do we love? Ourselves, methinks. The usage of the word "selfie" has increased over 17,000 percent in the last two years, according to the editors of the Oxford Dictionaries. Scrabble considers it a valid word (only 9 points, though).

For years, my idea of taking a...

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Genealogy: Tips for When You're Stuck in the 19th Century

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 9:07 PM

My story is not different from thousands of yours. Srul Avram Yisroel Kvar (or was it Kwar? or Kfare?) lived in a town called L'Viv (spelled ten ways come Sunday) somewhere in the Ukraine. He married Chaya Sara and while they never saw the United States, their children, at least...

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Learning From Failure in the Digital Health Business

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 3:26 PM

You know the old saying, "You learn more from your failures than your success." But ouch, those failures can smart. At a recent Digital Health Summer Summit in San Francisco, three brave former CEOs from gone, but not forgotten companies, Zeo, HealthRally and Healthrageous took the stage to share their...

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Eyewear or Wristwear: Shoot Out at the Wearable Tech Corral

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Are you a wrist person or a glasses person? As we hurtle towards the post cell phone world, the next generation of trendsetters are deciding which one it's going to be. In the eyes corner, you've got Google Glass (pictured below) and others like Vuzix or Epson Moverio extolling the...

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Next Generation High Tech Fashion

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 2:45 PM

What do you get when you combine sensors, LEDs, chips and tremendous new design talent? You get a cornucopia of new fashion based on wearable technology. Some of these are one-offs designed for the runway; others are for sale today. All of them signify the new direction in high tech...

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Mother's Day for the Those in Denial

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:23 PM

I am a mother, and yet every year I fret about whether or not to play along with Mother's Day pomp and circumstance, or just hope it goes away. Even Anna Jarvis, the woman who spearheaded the U.S.' version of Mother's Day, grew so embittered with its commercialization that she...

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Building a Desk Treadmill: A Love Story

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:12 AM

It's not every day that high tech, DIY skills and true love intersect, so when I heard this story I had to share. Sarah and Ben Hilmer are newlyweds living in Indianapolis. Ben noticed Sarah eyeing those $1500 plus treadmill desks -- the ones that let you type and walk...

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Sleep Gives You Something Else to Worry About

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 3:45 PM

Who would have thought that sleep would become the next crisis in our lives? The truth is, we don't get enough of it and we're starting to know that a lack of it leads to poor health. And now, technology is rushing in with a multitude of ways to measure...

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Glass Warfare

(4) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Google Glass, not the only, but certainly the most popular of the all the wearable headwear technologies available today, has become a lightning rod for the battle of how the next generation of computing power will be used.

The battlefields are many. First there's the battle for common courtesy....

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Big Brand Game Companies See New Audience in Youngest Gamers

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Game makers in search of new audiences are skewing even younger. Companies that traditionally catered to serious game players are making new forays into the K-6 crowd. "Get 'em young and keep 'em playing" is an age-old marketing idea but it's also creating some interesting play patterns for the youngest...

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Google Glass: Not the Only Eye Candy in Town

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 2:30 PM

I'm a Google Glass owner and I've had my share of ups and downs with my $1500 curiosity purchase. Mom says I look like I'm scratching my head when I'm using Glass and my photos and videos are shot and shared fast and furiously, but they're all pretty bad. I...

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Toy Fair Showcases Pint Size Versions of Parent's Favorite Toys

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:15 PM

When I was little and we played grownup, we had our faves. There was the doctor kit -- a biggie because we loved giving each other shots -- the vacuum cleaner push toy and the Easy Bake Oven. Kids never tire of coveting grownup things, but at Toy Fair N.Y.C....

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10 Robots to Watch in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 10:58 PM

Think of it as Fashion Week for robots. As robots continue their journey towards more intelligent, human-like behavior, they show off their individual sense of style. Here are 10 head-turning robots that do everything from entertain, to vacuum, from propel a paralyzed human, to navigating places where no humans would...

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Finding the Mobile App in the Hay Stack

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Millions of apps are served every day! But boy, is it hard to find a good one. Our team scoured the web looking for the new, the exciting and the unexpected. From the practical that turns your phone into a document scanner to the whacked up that lets you find...

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Making Good Digital Stuff for Kids Is Magic

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:06 PM

For kids being digital is like breathing oxygen -- it's just something that you do. For the makers of quality kids digital media it's like being a grand puppeteer. You're best if you're unnoticed. You want kids to believe in the magic that you create for them.

What's the...

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The Emotionally Intelligent Smart Home

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 7:07 AM

Not content with just dimming the lights or turning on the thermostat? New automation systems really get to know you.

Your smart home wants to understand you better. While earlier home-automation systems focused on boosting energy efficiency and convenience, today's versions go further, learning about your behavior and adapting...

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The Quantified Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 2:41 PM

Halloween is scary. So is the much bandied idea of the quantified self, which means measuring and interpreting all of the data generated by your own body and its surroundings. Put the two together and it's positively fright night. Quantifiers like to measure things -- bodily functions, surroundings and then...

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Learning to Play Again

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 8:43 PM

Just got back from the first World Congress of Play, a symposium created to cross-pollinate the kids toy, tech, licensing, content, advertising, marketing and other members of the play industry that are finding it hard to find their rightful place in the new world.

The truth is...

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Forget About Parents: Tapping Into Grandparent Power

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 3:54 PM

Parents are the world's busiest people. Carving out 15 minutes to read a bedtime story or play a game of Go Fish is not easy. But, grandparents have what parents do not: time and patience. And now, thanks to the Internet, they've got proximity, even if the kids are a...

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The Parent's Guide to College Kids Circa 2014

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 2:20 PM

It's not your grandparent's college anymore. Technology, like it does to everything else, has changed the sorts of decisions that parents need to make when they're sending their kids off to school. Here are some general tips on how to stay (and not stay) in touch with your kids using...

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