The Best Apps to Help You Master Networking

Gone are the days when networking meant intimidating, time-consuming legwork. Thankfully, web and mobile apps now provide more opportunities to establish valuable connections and also make it possible to master this art. To get you started, here are some of our favorite networking apps. The basics: LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the gold standard in professional networking. Once

Radio Show Recap: Kara Swisher

Tech journalist Kara Swisher has been reporting on the internet since electronic mail and the world wide web weren’t yet abbreviated. Randi recently had the pleasure of spending an entire Dot Complicated Radio Show hour with the Re/Code co-founder and correspondent. Here are some of Kara’s choicest thoughts on trends, technology, and her favorite platform of

News vs. the Net

The internet has forever altered how journalists acquire information. What was once a soap box became a published periodical. A news broadcast, now a viral video. From blogs to vlogs to Twitter, there’s definitely no shortage of news available, but how accurate is the info you’re receiving? While technology expands the amount of news outlets,

Chalk, the Online Preschool

Preschool in the United States can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000 per year—figures that can be prohibitive to many families. But every child deserves access to an early education. That’s why we’re so excited about CHALK Online Preschool. The CHALK program began in actual preschools—they have brick and mortar locations in Chicago and Los Angeles—but the

Parenting in the Age of Social Media

With social media on just about every device, parents have new fears to keep them awake at night. Around 95% of teens between the ages of 12 and 17 are online, and 81% of them use social media sites regularly, according to a recent study from the Pew Research institution. Younger children are also logging

So You’ve Taken the Ice Bucket Challenge. Now What?

Unless you’re living under an Internet rock, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has probably monopolized your Facebook feed over the past few weeks. Everyone from Justin Bieber to Ben Affleck to Anna Wintour has taken a cold shower to raise money for research on Lou Gehrig’s disease. But how can other charities compete? Will copycat

Elevate, An App Made for Your Brain

It’s no joke that smartphones have made us chronically unfocused (hi, Candy Crush), so we’re making room for a feature that can do something good for our minds. Elevate is a free app that’s designed to improve your cognitive abilities (speaking, writing, reading, and listening) through a series of sharply-designed brain exercises. To get started,

Ten Ways To Bring Your Past Into The Future

Of all the new things technology allows us to do, it’s funny how much we use it to recall our favorite memories of days gone by. Whether we’re pulling up the lyrics to Bell Biv Devoe, taking a quiz to find out which Muppet we are, or tracing our family tree, the Internet has made

3 New Tech Devices for Back to School

As the school year begins, your kids are probably wishing for the hottest new devices. But students need more than the latest tablet or smartphone, and it makes sense to step off the beaten path and find technology that will enhance their school experience. Here are my top three picks: StickNFind Keeping track of belongings can

Let Your Tablet Entertain You

Have you noticed that more people are canceling their cable in favor of streaming services? Many viewers now watch movies and television shows on their tablet devices via platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and Hulu Plus. With the rising costs of cable, nixing that bill can save you a chunk of money every

OneDay, A Movie-Making App

Right now, my youngest child is a precocious three-year old. While she can talk up a storm and has a rather impressive vocabulary (a gift of being the third child, it seems), one of my favorite things about the way she talks is when she doesn’t quite get it right. I love the way she