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September 24, 2010

Klutz Book of Animation Blog Tour (stop #5) And Giveaway!

Winner is Jonathan Ezor!!

My Solarcarnewkids and I enjoy Klutz books because they allow us to learn new and child friendly activities in a fun and engaging way.

The Klutz activity books also help me be the "craft/hobby" mom I always wanted to be! How else would I know how to make a solar car?

Because of my prior fun experience with Klutz, I was excited to be asked to host stop #5 (and a giveaway) in the Klutz Book of Animation - 16 stop blog tour. Blog book tours are fun ways to spread the word on interesting books. LittleTechGirl will be hosting the next stop on Monday - check it out to find another fun giveaway & video feature!


One (1) Winner will receive:
    * a copy of The Klutz Book of Animation
    * as well as The Klutz Book of Inventions, Dr. Frankensketch's Monster Drawing Machine, and The Klutz Yo-Yo Book!

Prize Pack valued at: $79.80. Giveaway details are listed at the bottom of this post.

AnimationCover Here is the press information sent to me about the Klutz Book of Animation:

"Anybody with a computer, camera, internet connection and a little bit of creativity can create animated films for the masses. The Klutz Book of Animation is a how-to-guide for this art form. Step-by-step instructions show you how to create a variety of different classic stop motion special effects."

Watch the real videos created here as inspiration to start making your own animation! My kids can't wait to try making their own animation.

Giveaway details:

To enter to win the prizes listed above, please comment on the post below with what you would do if you won the books? Are you a mom or dad that wants to do projects with their kids? Are you an aunt, uncle, grandmom or grandpop that wants a fun activity to do with the kids are visiting? Are you a big kid that wants to try it for yourself?


--Only one comment/entry per person.

--A Valid email address must be entered in the private "email" section of the comment (not in the comment text). If a valid email address is not provided, another winner will be chosen.

--Winner must be located in North America (Canada/US). Shipments can only be made to Canada/US.

--We are not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded. Approximate value of prizes may vary.

--Winner will be choosen via Random.org on Friday Oct 1 by 12pm pst.

Disclosure: TechMamas.com did not receive compensation in any form for this post. Techmamas.com did receive a copy of the Animation book to review.

September 14, 2010

DEMO Fall 2010 update: Apps, Moblie and Shopping Galore

DEMO is a conference where innovative new companies launch their products and services. This year the DEMO Fall 2010 is in my very own local Silicon Valley. I enjoy covering Fall DEMO to see the selection of new companies launched - and am always delighted when some of them are geared to the family market.

Here is the FAll DEMO 2010 Pearltree that summarizes the companies. Below the Pearltree, I will list some of the companies that are relevant to families and parents (and also some that are just interesting).

Here are some fall DEMO 2010 companies. Italicized sentences are directly from the press releases:

mParent by EME International: mParent is "a moblie app that allows parents to view their child's grades, learning progression, activity schedule, and be alerted to assignments, exams, absences and more". I will be stopping by to talk to the mParent team to find out more about how the app works.

Copia Interactive - Copia Interactive integrates social and ecommerce in an open platform that combines content, social networking and e-commerce across multiple devices.

CYNCZ - CYNCZ is an app "that manages multiple address books (email, phones, CRM's and social networks by providing an "automatic self updating" address book solution".

MicroFueler - "Microfueler makes a portable (plug and play) organic waste conversion Ethanol system, including fuel dispenser nozzle. Waste is processed through the MicroFueler within minutes and used to power vehicles or generate electricity using the company's GridBuster generator product. Microfueler is connected wirelessly so fermentation algorithms, fuel production, and dispensing can be monitored and controlled remotely anywhere in the world".

Microfueler also just announced the "earth's first home Ethanol system" EFuel100 that could make trips to the gas station irrelevant. 

Poynt Offer Engine: Poynt Offer Engine is a way for advertisers (small or large) to reach consumers when they are making purchasing decisions.

FilterFoundry - This would be of interest to moms or dads that are designers or visual artists. "FilterFoundry is a social network marketplace built for the worldwide audience of designers and visual artists, enabling members to build and manage a profile and creative work, market talents, get work, hire and manage projects, search and answer vital questions, learn and teach and buy discounted digital goods."

FitLab: FitLab is a virtual health club and personal fitness system where users can create personalized exercise routines that are then displayed on the site.

Foound: Foound is a service that allows you to organize events with friends on mobile or web.

HealthInReach: HealthInReach is a marketplace that connects patients with top doctors through suite of online tools and information.

Spark: Spark is a user interface that simplifies the user experience on Android.

HomingCloud: HomingCloud is a social networking site that connects residential real estate owners with buyers, renters and sub-letters without brokers.

MobiCart: eCommerce moms or dad may be interested in, as this company provides a free way to build and manage your own iPhone, iPad and Android mobile e-commerce shop.

Needly - Needly is a site that allows users to sell what they have and get what they need (without merchant accounts or PayPal). Needly uses an escrow based payment system.

Parellels Desktop 6 for MAC: Parellels Desktop 6 for MAC offers a way to run Windows and MAC applications side by side without rebooting. 

GoToCamera: GoToCamera is software that allows consumers to use existing webcams they already own as home security cameras.

WeLiket: is a web browser toolbar that offers a live interactive online shopping experience.

SocialSmack: SocialSmack is a web and moblie experience review platform powered by a real-time social stream.

TuneUp: TuneUp is a plug-in for iTunes and Windows Media Player that lets users fix and organize information about their music collections (digital music management).

Veebeam: Veebeam allows users to wirelessly stream anything from their laptop to their TV's (i.e. Hulu, pictures, Netflix).

LiveComplete: LiveComplete is an internet resource for empowering people to live healthy lifestyles.

TryItOn: Moonjee's TryItOn helps customers visualize themselves in a variety of apparel and accessories.

More to come as I visit DEMO Fall 2010 tomorrow...

Pearltrees Update 0.7.3: Custom Avatars, Full Screen Videos, Faster Browsing and New Super Embed features

The social curation website Pearltrees just released Update 0.7.3 that has the following new features:

  •  Account customization: Custom avatars
  • User interface upgrades: Zoom and Full-screen videos
  • Collapsable lists of pearltrees
  • New Super Embed features
  • Performance improvements: Faster browsing
  • Updates to Firefox addon
  • Invite feature to invite friends to join you on Pearltrees

I use Pearltrees to organize content I find all over the web. As a visual person, Pearltrees has helped me keep track and share important web content. Just a few days ago, I was following all the social media channels for NYC Fashion Week 2010 because I could not be there live. I used Pearltrees to organize the designers that have social media channels:

Disclosure: Beth Blecherman is a Pearltrees Evangelist.

September 07, 2010

Lifescoop Blog: Kid Desk 2.0 Upgrade - Enter to win $250

The ever so clever Clever Girls Collective invited me (@TechMama) to participate in a back to school challenge on the My Life Scoop blog (powered by Intel). It was great timing because I was in the middle of a challenge of my own: how do I redesign my 11 year old's kid desk to get ready for middle school and to have enough room to hold his technology AND projects?

Take a look at my post on My Life Scoop blog titled "Contest: Kid Desk 2.0 Upgrade - Be In It To Win It": the winning comment/solution will be awarded $250.00 gift card.

I am in need of a kid desk upgrade 2.0 - please share your ideas and enter the contest!

Disclosure: I am being compensated to write the post on My Life Scoop - but am in desperate need of a desk for my tween so I can't wait to read the comments!

September 01, 2010

Hanging with Yahoo Motherboard and Yahoo Shine

Yahoo motherboard summit (11) Years ago when I realized I could not use my work email for personal use - I set up a Yahoo email address. I still use Yahoo Mail and view my RSS feeds via myYahoo page.  So when Yahoo created a Mother Board program for outreach to mom bloggers, and I excited to participate.

The first Mother Board Summit was mid-July, I was excited to see the fellow Motherboard members, meet the engaging Yahoo team and connect with a brand that I am already a power user of - to learn more about their applications and properties.

As I de-brief from my trip to BlogHer10 in NYC August 6-7, I can't help but think of the fun I also had connecting with my fellow Motherboard members at conference and spending time at the Yahoo Shine booth.

The theme of the Yahoo Shine booth at BlogHer was "re-invention" - with videos discussing how women re-invented themselves displayed on screens as well as live video interviews being filmed at the booth to share more re-invention stories. I decided to share my own re-invention story with a video interview. Lucky for me, they had a makeup section and artist to help touch up my makeup before I went on. I had been in a hurry that morning at BlogHer10 and did not put my contacts in - so I needed some makeup "re-invention"!.


After I recieved the make-up "intervention" I was ready to discuss my career intervention. Jumping off the "Partner" career track as a Senior Manager at Deloitte to have my twins (I already had an older son) was a hard choice. I always felt that becoming a mom was the right choice - I just could not find the right work/life balance after I went back to work with my first child. I began blogging as a career 2.0 and online social networking to build a new professional network, which I could do on a flexible schedule (and the second shift - which is after the kids go to sleep). Then I did lots of hard work to build an new online brand (TechMama) - all of which helped me re-invent myself professionally.  Here is my Yahoo Shine reinvention video:

Back to the Yahoo Motherboard Summit details:

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Apple and Sony Tech Updates Sept. 1

I know many families use multiple Apple and/or Sony products. Today it seemed to be the "day of tech updates" with press meetings for both Apple and Sony. While I did not get to be there live, I felt like I was there because of all the posts I have been reading all day. I decided to curate the links I found using Pearltrees:






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