Gadget Show Live logoLast week was The Gadget Show Live at the NEC – a trade and public show of consumer technology and anything else that fits into a geeky gadget-y world. I went with the geekdaddy two years ago, and we both really enjoyed it. This year I managed to wangle two days there – once on my own for the “pro and trade” day and a second time once it had opened to the public with the whole family (thank you to Toca Boca for providing tickets for us all). I greatly enjoyed both visits, and have collected together all the best things I saw during both days to share.

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what tablet should I buy my kids for Christmas?So you’ve decided you want to buy your child a tablet for Christmas, but you’ve no idea where to start? The tablet market is very exciting these days, with many new and interesting developments happening on a near-daily basis. However as “family tablets” become bigger business, with more and more tablets entering the market aimed specifically at kids, how are we as parents supposed to choose which one is right for us? After all, a lot of these devices represent a significant investment, and you don’t want to end up with the wrong one. All tablets are not the same, so I’ve pulled together a little guide which I hope will help make your buying decision easier. In this guide I’ll describe the three main categories of tablet available, give the pros and cons of each kind and then give my overall recommendations and “best buy” list… [click to continue…]

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acer iconia b1 box viewHere in the geek family we love our tablets. We’ve seen first hand the educational benefits these devices can have, and we’re on a constant mission to find good quality, cost effective family tablets. iPads are lovely, but very expensive, and Android based tablets like the Nexus 7 are starting to prove really viable alterntatives. I was offered the chance to try out the brand new Acer Iconia B1, a sub-£100 7-inch Android tablet; here’s what I thought of it.

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When I started posting a selection of pictures from my week a few weeks ago I had intended it to be a regular weekly feature. However I missed last week due to generally drowning under the weight of extra stuff that needs to be done in preparation for Christmas so it’s been a fortnight since I last posted a selection of my favourite pictures. So this week I’m playing catch-up and sharing my favourite photos that I’ve taken in the last two weeks…

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Are household appliances geeky?

October 9, 2012

I must confess when Panasonic asked me to be one of their “Intelligent Living Mums” I hesitated for a split second. Whilst I do possess all the basic skills needed to run a household, I wouldn’t say I was really known for my domestic ability. However they seduced me with their offer of a trip […]

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Living with the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer

December 7, 2011

The LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer is tipped to be one of the most sought-after toys this Christmas. It’s a child’s tablet device, with a touchscreen, built -in camera, and access to a large selection of games via an online store. Does that sound similar to another device, maybe? I am sure there are many iPad-owning parents […]

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How the iPad can make long car journeys easier with small children

October 12, 2011

“Kids always sleep in cars!”. When the geekdaughter was tiny I heard that all the time. And it isn’t always true. It wasn’t true for me then, and it’s not true now. We learned at an early age that the geekdaughter would only ever sleep for a maximum of 30 minutes in the car. Maximum. […]

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Thanks Steve

October 6, 2011

I think it’s well-known how much I love my i-Devices. You’ll almost never see me without my iPhone, and I generally have my trusty iPad to hand as well. I’m not a complete Apple devotee though, as I really really don’t like Macs. I inherited the geekdaddy’s old 24″ iMac when he upgraded, and it […]

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A first look at the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer, and a chance to win your own!

August 13, 2011

Tablets are big business. The iPad started it all, but there are a whole host of rivals coming out. And anyone who has a tablet and a small child will know how kids are drawn to them, and not only that, but how good they are at operating them! The geekdaughter is a dab hand […]

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Apple confirms iPad 2 coming this month

March 3, 2011

Yesterday Apple confirmed that they will indeed, as speculated, be launching the new iPad 2 later this month. It’s faster, thinner and lighter, and also has two cameras like the iPhone4 – one front-facing and one rear-facing. The geekdaddy is very excited that it’ll be coming in two colours – black and white – he’s […]

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The Nintendo 3DS is coming

February 15, 2011

This is a sponsored post Here’s the latest Nintendo promotional video for their forthcoming handheld gaming platform, the 3DS. It’s due for launch in the UK on March 25th, and I must confess this video has piqued my interest a bit. I am not a fan of 3D, and purposely seek out the 2D version […]

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How I keep my daughter in bed for longer

September 2, 2010

A couple of months before the geekson was born, we moved the geekdaughter out of the nursery and into her own “big girl” bedroom, complete with “big girl” bed. She coped with the change really well, and loved (still does) her new room. Up until this point she had been happy to stay in her […]

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Why I love my video baby monitor

September 1, 2010

When my sister-in-law got a video baby monitor for her firstborn, my first reaction was that she was taking paranoid parenting to a completely new level. Was it really necessary to be able to spy on him sleeping all the time? Well, then the geekdaughter arrived, and brought with her a new understanding for me […]

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