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.


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.

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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The Procrastinator’s Guide to Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

You had big plans. This was the year you were going to show up with the perfect bouquet, amaze her with a few well-chosen French phrases you learned just for her, or sweep him off his feet with the, er, unconventional night you planned. But then there was all that work to do, all that rent to pay, that damn Super Bowl party to organize.
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Get Your Accounting in Order and Save 30 Percent While You’re at It (Deal of the Day)

Do you run a small business? If so, do you have an iron grip on your finances? Well, according to a recent study from, 65% of the people who’d owned a failed business blamed financial issues — cash flow visibility, access to capital, that sort of thing — for their venture’s demise. So whatever you do, maybe 2016 is the year you start doing a better job of wrangling your money.
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How to Score Some Big Fat Deals on Some Big-Screen HDTVs for Game Day

Game Day is approaching fast. And while that might be starting a worldwide panic-buying spree on Cheddar Jalapeño Cheetos, beer kegs, and chicken wing supplies, for those of us who care more about getting great deals this week is all about big-screen TVs selling at bargain prices. This week, many consumer-electronics retailers are offering some of their best deals of the year on some of their best TV models, at prices designed to move those sets from the showroom to your living room.
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8 Ways to Save Time and Money by Automating Your Grocery Shopping

I have a recurring dream: I wander into the kitchen, looking for something to eat. While there, I notice we’re out of a few things. I say aloud, “Buy paper towels.”. A little while later, the paper towels show up at my door. And somehow it doesn’t cost any more than if I’d driven to the store. Actually, this isn’t a dream at all.
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Best Tech Gifts Under $100

What do the kids want? Your sister? I will tell you. They want intangibles like eternal love, happiness, world peace, acceptance, and a clean house. But those are difficult to wrap. So we buy each other gifts so everyone will have something to open. As long as you don’t buy something truly awful, the love and hope message somehow gets through.
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Ready to Quit the Rat Race? Here’s How to Save Some Cheese When You Go Solo

Does your daily grind or dwindling bank balance have you dreaming of a new career? Perhaps you have a brilliant idea that everyone tells you is sure to earn you millions. Or maybe you’re finding it difficult to leave your adorable offspring in the hands of someone else each morning before the commute.
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Saving Money on Travel (Without Staying in Hostels or Sleeping on Trains)

I have a hankering to hit the road, to see places unseen, to just pack my bag and go live in the world for a bit. But I can’t do it: Like most of you, I have to stay right here and work. But I can still dream. And dreaming about it sent me hunting for deals that make traveling easier, cheaper, and more stylish.
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How to Turn Your Kid into a Coder

The media (social and otherwise) has been buzzing lately about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to our collective future — and, as a consequence, about the importance of teaching them to our kids. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. will create 1.4 million jobs in computer science related fields by 2020.
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How Bill and Melinda Gates Want to Transform Teaching

You know how Bill Gates helped change the way people all over the world work, play, and communicate? Now he and his wife, Melinda, are talking about changing the way we teach and learn. This week, to mark the return to school for millions of American students, Bill and Melinda are posting a series of blog entries in which they ponder the ways education could be transformed by technology.
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Deal Seeker: 5 Ways to Protect Your Smartphone (Without Spending a Bundle)

Last week, Verizon announced that it was ditching its old sign-a-two-year-contract-and-we’ll-subsidize-your-phone plans. Instead, you’ll buy your phone for full price (perhaps with installment payments). And Verizon is only the latest carrier to make that switch. Which means that, now more than ever, you need to take care of your phone; replacing it could cause some serious sticker shock.
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