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A YouTube for Kids?

Thumbnail image for A YouTube for Kids? by Barbara J. Feldman March 24, 2014

Reports are popping up across the web that Google is developing a kid-safe version of YouTube for children ten and under. YouTube already has a Safety Mode (just look at the bottom of any page) but complaints abound that often the video ads are racy and/or that inappropriate content still gets through. It is not […]

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How to Keep Your Earbuds From Tangling

Thumbnail image for How to Keep Your Earbuds From Tangling by Barbara J. Feldman February 10, 2014

So apparently I’m not the only one with this problem, but I never thought to “google” for a solution! Today, however, I discovered these two gadget-free methods that look promising. How do you keep your earbuds from tangling?

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Why Zipping Images Doesn’t Make them Smaller

by Barbara J. Feldman September 9, 2013

ZIP is a popular file format that is supported by many software programs on both Mac and Windows. We ZIP files for two reasons: to make them smaller, and to combine multiple files into a single file. Have you ever noticed, however, that sometimes zipping a file actually makes it bigger? The reason is that […]

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Teachers Connect Classrooms Using Skype

by Barbara J. Feldman April 6, 2011

This week, Skype, the voice and video chat application, announced Skype in the Classroom, a free service to help teachers connect their classrooms with other classrooms around the world. With 4800 teachers already signed up, teachers can find partner classrooms by searching geographically or by project. Project postings summarize the kind of interaction teachers are […]

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Amazon Prime Offers Free Streaming

by Barbara J. Feldman March 2, 2011

Amazon Prime members got a nice bonus this week when Amazon announced free, unlimited video streaming for all Prime members without any additional fees. The Amazon streaming library currently consists of about 5000 movies and television episodes. In addition to streaming to your computer, Prime instant videos can also be seen on Roku, Google TV […]

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Managing Your MP3 Collection

by Barbara J. Feldman January 19, 2011

The size of your MP3 music collection got you down? Windows users can use the free WinMP3Packer to decrease MP3 file sizes without any loss in audio quality. The “trick” is converting each song to a Variable Bit Rate. How much you will save depends on how much of your music is stored in an […]

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