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 Family Tech with Christina at But 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.


Tips for Tricking Your Boss into Being a Better Manager

A great boss can make the workplace your favorite place to be. A bad one can transform the daily grind into one of the circles of Hell. Or make you dream about which of those circles you’d like to see your boss suffer in … for eternity. Unfortunately, a good boss is about as rare as a return ticket at the River Tantalus.
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cheap glasses

Right after my son Cole got his driver’s license, he realized glasses were a must if he wanted to drive after dark. Dutifully, I took him to the eye doctor, and an hour later, he had picked out great-looking frames. Unfortunately, I was down hundreds of dollars. Next time, buying online will be a no-brainer.
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Drop out of college; earn a six-figure salary coding

A four year degree isn't the only path to a great development job -- if you have the coding chops. Savannah Kunovsky was working toward a computer science degree when she learned of Hack Reactor, a coding boot camp in San Francisco. She applied, got in, and ended up walking away from the four-year degree program. Link to Story

In Honor of Genius—and Fun

It's time to pay tribute to Claude Shannon, the man who developed the concept of information theory. I've been covering technology since the time when installing silly batch files on coworkers' computers was considered an acceptable office prank. I've seen it all appear: DOS, the graphical user interface, handwriting recognition, color printers, music file formats, the hard drive, the CD-ROM, the modem. Link to Story

By the numbers: Detroit offers a bright future for technology professionals

Metro Detroit’s tech job growth was nearly 2x the national average in recent years. For the last few years, the automotive presence at CES has gone from noticeable to taking over. In January of this year, there was so much car tech at CES that I watched a Bosch technology that allowed a car to park itself, drove a smart car that connected not only to a smart phone but to a smart watch, tried inductive chargers built into vehicles, and evaluated in-car app marketplaces. Link to Story

Made some mistakes? Don't let them limit your options

Mistakes are good teachers -- if you learn from them. They don't have to define you. I’m having my house painted. House painters tend to talk while they work and these guys are outside my office window. So I have become an unwilling eavesdropper. And much of the conversation I'm listening to focuses on regret about the choices that led to this life spent on a ladder propped against a house earning a marginal income. Link to Story

10 Road-Tested Travel Apps

When our kids were little, my husband Dan and I planned road trips with an attention to detail that likely rivaled General Eisenhower’s strategy to invade Normandy. these days, we hit the highway at the drop of a hat like a pair of carefree teenagers, with our own teens (17 and 15) in tow. A smartphone and the right apps at our fingertips means there’s very little we can’t tackle as we go.
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Surviving a Cross-Country Road Trip with the Husband, Two Quarrelsome Teens and a Dog

“We could pull a Thelma and Louise right here, Mom.”. Ava (15) was pointing to the precipice falling away into oblivion before our car. We were climbing into the mountains on our way out of Death Valley, six days into our own epic, life-changing road trip, and relocating from North Carolina to California.
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Opening Minds with Skype in the Classroom

Sometimes I’m stunned by the myopic viewpoints my daughter encounters in school, and so is she. I’ve gone to a lot of trouble to help both my kids see past their own small world to understand global issues. We travel as much as we can. We watch programming from other cultures. And we explore the Internet with an eye to the larger, diverse world.
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Teach Your Kids to Create the Future

Written on December 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm , by Christina Tynan-Wood. And when shopping for your kids, I suggest you think about the role you can play in nurturing that sort of brilliance. You might know that much of the amazing innovation we have seen in our lives started with a famous statement by John F.
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The Best Activity Trackers for Staying Fit

Our roundup of the best wearable activity trackers that help you count how much exercise you are getting daily.
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Your Future Car

Automotive experts say the next decade will bring a slew of family-friendly innovations with the potential to really rev up your day-to-day driving. Cars are getting smarter, safer and more amazing-poised to become rolling personal assistants, or even chauffeurs. Join us in the front seat and enjoy the ride.
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