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    Throwback Thursday: Polaroid Snap

    Polaroid-Snap

    Earlier this month, Polaroid announced the introduction of the Polaroid Snap, an instant digital camera.  This brought back a wave of nostalgia for me, as the last Polaroid picture I have is from 1999.  This newest Polaroid version is pocket-sized, which makes me wonder if I could have even fit my old Polaroid camera into a pair of parachute pants.  If you remember parachute pants and bulky old technology, then you can probably understand why I find this so amazing.

    This is what my Polaroid memories look like:
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    When I was younger, we didn’t have all this fancy digital technology.   My Polaroid camera was the only way I had to take pictures and share them instantly.  My children will never know the joys of waving a Polaroid picture around, anxiously waiting for it to dry so you could see if the picture turned out okay or not.  There was no fancy preview screen, no zooming, no filters,  just a square window to look through for your picture preview.

    The Polaroid Snap combines all the fancy new digital imaging with this Zero Ink® Printing wizardry.  Instead of waving pictures around to dry, this new technology involves things like dye crystals that are heat activated and magically transformed into brilliant, lasting images.

    Unlike my old pictures, which I have kept taped inside an ancient book called a “photo album”, Polaroid Snap pictures can also be easily uploaded and saved to a computer or shared on social media.   I won’t gush over this too much…I think I already did that enough on Episode 103 of our podcast, but I would really love to play around with one of these cameras.  Apparently they will be affordably priced at $99, and may be out as soon as the end of this year.

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    Logitech Father’s Day Giveaway: Modern Gaming Toolbox

    Photo Credit: John Henry

    Photo Credit: John Henry

    Dad’s Toolbox 2.0

    Father’s day is fast approaching. In honor, Logitech is hosting a social contest on its Facebook page to celebrate five different types of dads – the living room king, the hardworking professional, the gamer, the trendsetter, and the adventurous and outdoorsy. Anyone who votes for the photo that best represents his/her dad will be entered to win a Father’s Day prize pack to gift their dad this year.

    To continue the celebration, we’ve teamed up with Logitech to host our own giveaway. That’s two opportunities to win an awesome toolbox for Dad this year!

    But first, let me introduce you to the stars of this giveaway…

    Logitech G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard

    Photo Credit: Logitech

    Photo Credit: Logitech

    Product Description
    Every gamer wants an extra edge over the competition. Featuring exclusive new Romer-GTM mechanical keys that deliver 25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent illumination, the Logitech® G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard is the world’s most advanced mechanical gaming keyboard. It also features Arx Control integration and nine programmable buttons in a performance-driven design.

    Key Features

    • Exclusive Romer-G Mechanical Switches: With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches. Improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent longer than others on the market, also allows this keyboard to weather the wear and tear of intense gaming.
    • Intelligent Illumination: Customize each key light from a palette of up to 16.8 million colors. Illuminate specific keys when they’re ready to be used or highlight your most important spells and commands. The lighting is centrally located within each switch and is directed by precision optics, to ensure that the lettering on each key is evenly illuminated.
    • Nine Programmable Buttons: Assign game controls and macros to the nine individually programmable G-keys for quick and easy access to complex commands. Orion Spark supports up to 27 commands across three profiles for maximum convenience, and setup is easy using Logitech Gaming Software.
    • Arx Control Integration: Leverage Arx Control, a new app from Logitech G that works with LGS, to access a wide range of information on your mobile device including anything from in-game intelligence, to vital system performance stats, to media controls. Orion Spark features a pullout tray that supports most iOS® and AndroidTM devices, providing easy access to Arx Control data.

    Price: $179.99    |     Available at: gaming.logitech.com

    Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Gaming Mouse

    Photo Credit: Logitech

    Photo Credit: Logitech

    Product Description
    Designed for and tested by the gaming enthusiast and eSports community, the Logitech® G303 Daedalus Apex Performance Edition Gaming Mouse delivers maximum accuracy, responsiveness and performance. It features Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero™ optical sensor technology and metal spring button tensioning system in a lightweight, compact form. This performance-oriented mouse also incorporates RGB customizable lighting color and brightness to match your style, system, or environment.

    Key Features

    • Advanced Optical Sensor: This mouse features Logitech’s best optical sensor for maximum tracking accuracy. Our exclusive Delta Zero optical sensor technology minimizes speed-related accuracy variance, commonly known as “mouse acceleration,” for improved accuracy and precision targeting. The optical sensor can also be tuned to achieve optimum lift-off distance and maximum tracking speeds on any gaming surface.
    • Performance-Driven Design: Designed to meet the needs of the performance gaming enthusiast and eSports community, the Logitech G303 delivers the utmost accuracy, responsiveness and performance in a lightweight, compact and durable form factor.
    • RGB Customizable Lighting: For maximum visual appeal, full-color RGB lighting on Daedalus Apex projects light onto your mouse pad and can be customized from a palette of up to 16.8 million colors. Bring your mouse to life with “breathing” light patterns, or set your lighting to sleep when you aren’t using your system.
    • Metal Spring Tensioning System: Logitech’s exclusive metal spring tensioning system on left and right mouse buttons reduces pre-travel, resulting in improved button responsiveness and feel. The left and right mouse buttons have also been tested for 20 million clicks – which is the equivalent of a top professional gamer practicing 10 hours per day for two years.
    • Six Programmable Buttons: Configure your buttons to deliver individual keystrokes or complex macros using Logitech Gaming Software. Gamers’ personal configuration can be saved to onboard memory for maximum speed and accessibility.
    • DPI Settings: The G303 comes with five DPI settings that can be accessed in an instant, making it easy to shift down for pixel-perfect targeting or shift up for high-speed navigation, all with maximum precision.

    Price: $69.99    |    Available at: gaming.logitech.com

    Be sure to check individual product links below for additional information on System Requirements, Product Specifications and Warranty.

    Giveaway Prize

    Modern Gaming Toolbox

    Official Rules

    Giveaway open to the U.S.A.

    Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Dad’s Toolbox via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    A winner will be selected via rafflecopter by 3pm EST Monday June 17th, 2015.

    I will be shipping the toolbox ASAP to be delivered just in time for Father’s Day.

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    [box type=”info”]I was gifted a Modern Gaming Toolbox and supplied another to give away. You can read more about our official disclosure policy here. Modern Gaming Toolboxes provided by Logitech.[/box]

    Are Your Kids Cooler Than You? Educate Yourself And Even The Score.

    Win a 1 Year Subscription to iParent.tv

    iParent.tv

    Kids and Social Networks

    I have a Kik account for one reason and one reason only; To chat with my son. He’ll be thirteen this year and right now I’ve only allowed him to have an instagram account. He’s not allowed on facebook or twitter, but he uses Kik on his ipod to chat with friends. I wouldn’t have heard of Kik if it hadn’t been for him and that scared me. It’s hard to keep up with teens these days. They’re using apps like Snap Chat to socialize. They want to be where parents aren’t. Social networks keep popping up and it’s getting more and more difficult to be in the know. Enter iParent.tv.

    Introducing iParent.tv

    iParent.tv was developed to keep parents ahead of the tech curve. They believe they have the opportunity to help parents understand, get involved and safeguard their children in the ever-evolving tech World. iParent.TV educates parents with all the latest trends via Websites – Social Media – Apps – Devices.

    The idea started with a group of dads who felt like their 9-year-olds knew more about tech than they did. They were right. But their idea will help change that forever for all parents. Once launched, iParent.TV will have 100s of videos and product reviews that are very current, cutting edge and trending, keeping parents who subscribe ahead of the tech curve.

    So, how will it work? The iParent.TV website will be a subscription-based site costing $49 per year for parents to access all the videos, reviews, how-tos, and live chat support. It will be the largest site on the net helping parents understand what’s safe and what’s not in the world of tech. – However, they are offering it for only $29 if you help fund their project on Indiegogo.

    Here’s what you get: Articles, videos, reviews, tips, tools and expert advice on EVERYTHING like…
    – Popular Apps
    – Social Network Sites
    – Major Websites
    – Top Devices

    Contest

    Visit http://igg.me/at/iparent, watch the video and let us know your favorite part about the iParent.tv platform in the comments below for your chance to win a 1 year subscription to iParent.tv.

    Official Rules

    Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Subscription to iparent.tv via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    A winner will be selected at random by 1pm EST Sunday March 9th, 2014.

    [box type=”info”] While The Mommy Gamers did receive an additional 1 year subscription to iParent.tv, as parents we can appreciate their service, so we agreed to write about it. You can read more about our official disclosure here. Information and prize provided by iParent.tv. [/box]

    Fitbit “Flex”es Its Muscles

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    Let’s talk about fitness trackers for a hot minute here. Personally, I’ve used one as a motivator to get me moving since having my second baby. My device of choice was the original Fitbit. Since getting my first device, Fitbit has improved on their original design with a line of new trackers, all of which look wonderful. But it’s one model in particular that has my attention: the Fitbit Flex. Following in the footsteps of the Jawbone UP and the Nike Fuel Band, the Fitbit Flex is a tracker that you wear on your wrist like a bracelet, instead of on your hip the way you would wear a standard pedometer. According to Fitbit, the Flex will be able to track steps, distance, calories and sleep. It will also have a silent wake alarm as well as having the added bonus of being water resistant.

    The reason I haven’t bought either the Jawbone UP or the Nike Fuel Band is simple. Neither device had exactly what I wanted. The Nike Fuel Band doesn’t track sleep (and thus has no alarm capabilities). The Fuel Band seems to do a wonderful job with everything else, but I have consistent problems with insomnia and figuring out my sleep patterns is particularly important to me. My major issues with the Jawbone UP are the build quality (lots of complaints of breakage), as well as the fact that the device doesn’t sync wirelessly. Remembering to put a device on a cradle or attach it to a cable is something I am terrible at. The Flex fixes both of my major issues with the devices currently on the market. I get sleep tracking and wireless sync. I also get what I consider to be the best part of Fitbit, its online tracking tools. I’ll be checking out the Fitbit Flex when it hits the market this Spring for $99. What about you? Are you interested in a fitness band?

    Considering the Flex? Let us know how you feel about these types of trackers in the comments!

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