Christina Tynan-Wood

Columnist, freelance writer

San Francisco Bay Area

Christina Tynan-Wood

I have been covering technology since before Bill met Melinda and you met Google. I currently write the Family Tech column in Family Circle magazine and the Deal Seeker column at Yahoo! Tech. I also write about education, parenting, and many other topics for many other publications. Clients include, Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, This Old House Magazine, USA Weekend, PC Magazine, PC World, Jaguar, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many others.


Volvo is Making Cars a Lot Safer for Kids

When most of us imagine what future luxury cars might look like, we might picture ultra-comfy seats or watching movies during boring stretches of road. When the car-safety nerds at Volvo think about it, they come up with a safer way for the most vulnerable beings in our world—our kids—to travel by car.
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BMW Made My Daughter a Driver

I took my teenage daughter to BMW Performance Driving School. The weekend started with my sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava, whispering these words to me as we sat down in the classroom portion of her weekend at BMW Performance Driving School. The room was full of teenagers. To me, none of them looked older or more confident than her.
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4 Cars with Tech to Help Your Teen

2016 Chevrolet Malibu is the latest car with features to limit teens' ability to get into trouble. Look back at those kids bickering in your back seat on the way to school, and enjoy them while they last. Before you know it, they’ll be asking for the keys and driving themselves to school. The most shocking thing about that may be that you will actually hand the keys over and let your baby maneuver that fast, massive, and potentially deadly machine into the world.
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The Volvo XC90 Would Not Let Me Die

I had to try three times to swerve like a drunkard into the oncoming traffic lane. I was on a freeway in Spain, driving a new Volvo, and it would just not let me. The first two times, as soon as I started to drift from my lane, the Volvo’s steering wheel rumbled a warning against my folly. The third time, though, I managed to ignore the car’s insistent warnings and head directly across the median line.
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Your Next Car Will Have a Computer for a Dashboard

This year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit wasn’t just about the usual: speed, fuel efficiency, and comfort. Tech was everywhere. The annual car show was, in fact, geek heaven. Technology was everywhere, even though a lot of it was hard to see. Collision avoidance, smart cruise control, lane guidance, sensor-driven driving corrections, and radar alert systems are technologies you rarely notice.
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BMW's Car That Won't Crash

A day testing the latest in collision prevention on the BMW i3. I like the idea of a car that drives itself. I know the rest of the world is not 100 percent with me on that. But I’ve watched a lot of science fiction movies. In those, if you engage autopilot, you get to do fun things in your bunk instead of keeping your hands at ten and two.
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5 Must-Have Gadgets for the Driver

You didn't know you needed them. As seen at the the Consumer Electronics Show. Did you just leave the garage door open–with the bikes, kayaks, and dive gear in it–when you left on your commute to work? But there is no need to drive home to check. With MyQ, just look at your phone, tap to close the garage door, and carry on.
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Fuel-Cell Toyota Mirai: The Future?

Amid the sea of people and exciting tech announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, there was an announcement from Toyota that is probably a pretty important moment in automotive history: the Mirai. It's Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell car, a mid-size sedan that will be available for purchase or lease in October.
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Is that love or fear?

When my daughter Ava was in the sixth grade, she asked if she could walk to school by herself. The walk was idyllic, woodsy suburban, and one she and I often did together. I thought it was a great idea, a healthy walk before school would allow her to feel at home in the world outside our yard. in freezing snow — when I was much younger.

Save data and money with this backup power supply for your home office (Deal of the Day)

If you have a home office, and rely on it for your livelihood, preparing for power outages means more than just having a flashlight handy. Unless you plug your essential work tools into a UPS (uninterruptable power supply), a storm or power failure could cost you hours of work — which means money.
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Tired of Packing Your Own Suitcase? DUFL Will Do It for You (Deal of the Day)

You know that scene in Up in the Air when traveling HR consultant George Clooney gives us all a lesson in how to pack light for flying? I have actually used his advice many times and found it solid. But I’ve found a service — DUFL — that makes packing and lugging luggage a thing of the past. Here’s how it works: You sign up at DUFL before your trip (well before your trip).
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7 Tech Tools That Will Actually Improve Your Romantic Relationships

Technology takes a lot of heat for isolating people from each other. We’ve all seen those couples ostensibly eating dinner together in a restaurant, but staring at their phones. And we’ve all groaned in pity. when used right — can also bring you closer to the people you love. In fact, it can be one of the better tools in your romance toolbox.
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