Kids Get New Tablets Over the Holidays? Here’s How to Lock ’Em Down.

After $50 in Angry Birds purchases, I’m now the wiser.

The NeatConnect Scanner Is a Cloud-Connected Guilty Pleasure

A hassle-free scanner that’s easy to set up and does most of what it promises to do. But there’s a catch: It costs $500.

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Under Armour Buys MapMyFitness for $150 Million

Performance-gear maker Under Armour, which has been increasing its efforts in the digital-fitness space, has said it will acquire MapMyFitness for $150 million. Austin-based MapMyFitness makes a family of iOS and Android apps — MapMyRun, MapMyRide and MapMyWalk — that track workouts and allow people to share those maps through the apps. MapMyFitness claims over 20 million registered users.

With Samsung Galaxy Gear, the Watch of the Future Is Not Quite Here Yet

The Samsung Galaxy Gear watch does most of what it says it should do, and still doesn’t make a compelling case for a notification wristwatch.
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Stir Kinetic Desk, Created by Former iPod Engineer, Makes Other Standing Desks Look Boring

For $3890, the Stir desk had better do everything but make me a sandwich.

A Handy Guide to Deleting Digital Accounts

Feel like you get the runaround when you try to delete a social networking site or other Web services? This might help.

E-Hailing Yellow Cabs Is the New Black … Or Is It?

In some markets, taxicab smartphone apps are changing transportation. But in New York, the apps are pretty useless.

Can These Augmented-Reality Apps Move Beyond the Gimmicks?

Apps like Blippar and Zappar deliver a cool AR experience — if you’re really into ads.
When I scanned this image of an Asda floormat using the Zappar app, a cartoon bunny rabbit appeared on my smartphone's screen

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Hullabalu’s Pan, the Undeniably Cute Purple Panda for iPad, Comes to iPhone

If you haven’t used this to “babysit” your kids yet, maybe the iPhone app will do it: A fast-growing, interactive iPad app called Pan: The Fearless Beribolt is coming to iPhone. Pan, created by a New York-based startup called Hullabalu, normally costs $3.99 but will be available for 99 cents for a limited time. Creator Suzanne Xie declined to say how many times the iPad app has been downloaded, but did say that it has seen more than a million “touches” — swipes and taps that kids (or adults) must perform to move the story along. Hullabalu recently raised $1.8 million to fund the development of its story apps.

Grovo, a “How-To” Video Company for Web Services and Apps, Raises $5.5 Million in Funding

Video tutorials are growing quickly online.

Newsle and Nuzzel Deliver Social News Without the Clutter

Bluetooth Speakers Popping Up Everywhere? Here’s Why.

On the Road to Self-Betterment, Apps That Keep You on Track

Who’s at D: Top Techies’ Must-Have Apps and Gadgets (Video)

Three Battery-Boosting Cases for iPhone 5

Can These iPad Apps Teach Your Kid to Code?

Which Messaging App Is Right for You?

An iPad Dog-Whisperer (And Other Crazy Pet Apps)

GE Puts (Your) Imagination to Work, With Quirky-Crowdsourced Gadgets

More Apps Coming to Cars, but They’re Still Miles From Perfection

Meet Google’s New Android Boss, Sundar Pichai (Video)

This Year at SXSW, the Next Killer App … Maybe Isn’t

Three Running Apps to Shake Up Your Routine

Mobile Rewards Apps That Lure Shoppers Back to Stores