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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 Greatschools.org, Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, This Old House Magazine, USA Weekend, PC Magazine, PC World, Jaguar, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many others.

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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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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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Top Tech Picks for 2013

Dozens of hands-on tests later, we proudly present more than 20 tech gifts guaranteed to please picky tweens, teens, moms and dads.
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One Family Upgrades Their Technology Lifestyle

A family's technology overhaul makes music, movies, and gaming easier and more fun.
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Back-to-School Tech Tools: E-Readers, Tablets and More

How Times Change It doesn't seem so long ago that in our family, back-to-school shopping involved endless wandering through stores while gathering folders, erasers and notebooks by the dozens. Now our son and daughter (ages 16 and 13) are all about technology, preferably the portable kind.
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High-Tech Gadgets for Dads and Grads

They want the hippest, hottest tech stuff on the market. You don't want to buy something that will seem outdated (or worse, just lame) in a month. Solution? Choose from these awesome options that earned two thumbs up in our hands-on tests.
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Keeping an iPad Safe in the Kitchen

My son recently installed the Allrecipes app on our iPad and began rummaging around the kitchen asking, "Do we have Cream of Tartar? What is Cream of Tartar? Do we have Baking Soda? How about Baking Powder? What's the difference?" I am happy to see his interest in eating sugary desserts inspiring him to create them.
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Should I Give My Teen a Kindle Fire?

My daughter Ava (13) is an avid reader. I bought her a Kindle (2nd Generation) for Christmas two years ago and it has been her constant companion since. It helps her to read constantly because there is no pause between finishing one book and moving on to another.
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Live & Learn (Online!): How to Take Virtual Classes

Getting my kids back in the swing of classroom life involved the usual whirlwind of buying supplies, troubleshooting wardrobes and updating computers or software. But this time I felt a pang of envy. My 14-year-old son opted for an ambitious schedule including Latin and honors history and science.
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Tech Tools for New Year's Resolutions

Coming up with resolutions for 2012 was depressingly easy-I just changed the date on top of my 2011 list. After going gangbusters for a number of months with eating less, exercising consistently and getting out of debt, I lost focus somewhere in the heat of the summer and that was pretty much that.
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Your Brain on Tech: How Being Connected 24/7 Affects Us

Our collective ability to communicate on the go (think, "Stuck in traffic, be there in 10" and "Get milk before you come home") offers a logistical upside that by now is second nature.
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8 Money-Saving Tips from Finance Bloggers

Snowball Your Debt J.D. Roth at Get Rich Slowly (getrichslowly.org) dug himself out from under a mountain of debt and now has cash in the bank. He did it by bucking conventional wisdom, which is to pay off the biggest debt with the highest interest rate first.
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