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.


Cutting the (phone) cord - modern options for your small business

Your business – even if your office is a pickup truck and your lone employee is canine – needs a phone number people can use to find you. A landline is out. It’s a relic from another age that can’t keep up with you. But you don’t want to give your personal cell phone number to every potential client you meet at the dog park.
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Spanking: discipline or abuse?

It's common, it's cultural, it's legal in all states in the nation. But does spanking work? I grew up with two kinds of spanking. My mother, a gentle and affectionate Brit raising four small children without much support, rarely spanked. Well, she often smacked our butts, jokingly, affectionately, with a laugh, sometimes followed by a tickle or hug.

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.

This Artificial Leaf Uses Sunlight to Make Drugs

Leafy plants are miraculous self-sufficient factories capable of transforming solar energy into chemical energy through photosynthesis. Since Giacomo Ciamician published his first photochemistry experiment in 1886, scientists have looked for a way to recreate photosynthesis. But they haven't been able to harness enough sunlight to make the conversion artificially.

Alternative Ways to Save the Planet

When Donald Trump said climate change was a hoax invented by the Chinese, 7 out of 10 Americans knew better than to believe it, according to a recent survey. And his positions on the environment are well known, including campaign promises to boost the use of coal, kill the Environmental Protection Agency, cancel the Paris climate deal, and cut U.S. payment to United Nations climate change programs.
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You Might Be Part of the 'Botnet' Army and Not Even Know It

In horror movies, the invading threat is usually a monster, a human turned evil or something undead. But there is a horror movie scenario unfolding around you right now and without knowing it, you might be one of the extras. It involves a 'botnet' army made of enslaved internet-connected devices, yours for example, your router, webcam, computer or tablet.
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One Less Thing to Stress About: Screen Time

As a writer, I've been covering technology for well over two decades. my son Cole is 20 and daughter Ava is 17—have been online since before Google morphed from a geeky PhD research project at Stanford into the mighty search engine whose name now doubles as a verb. During that time I've interviewed hundreds of tech industry players about how to raise kids in the information age.
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As Polls Faltered, These Forecasts Got It Right

On election night, we watched the polls with a healthy dose of skepticism. They aren't always precise. But they usually point us in the right direction. This time, they were so far off the mark that pundits, citizens, pollsters, and newscasters are scratching their collective heads and wondering what the hell happened.
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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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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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