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Toys & tech for your eco-wild child

Is your child happier outdoors than in? Here are 8 holiday picks that will satisfy the most adventurous, nature-loving kid.

Smart tech for your scholar

Our tech expert introduces new back-to-school devices and software to lighten your student's load and keep her organized, so she'll hit the ground running this fall!

9 must-have tech tools for an organized family

Say farewell to chaos and hello to a smooth school year with these online tools that will keep your family on track, on schedule, and on the same page.

Great learning gifts for your high schooler

8 smart, sassy, and sophisticated gifts for every teen on your list.

Wild Card winner: LeapPad Explorer

Not ready to hand over your iPad - or yikes, buy one? Our 2011 Golden Apple Wild Card winner - nominated by our staff - may be the next best thing for your early reader.

iPhone apps for your rug rats

Every day another gazillion iPhone applications are released into the wild, and the vast majority are designed for grownups. But more and more developers, realizing how many young hands are reaching for their parents' phones, are creating apps for kids. The list below highlights some...

Guilt-free video games

Think gaming companies only prey on your child's baser instincts? Check out these seven video games with creative and humanitarian themes.

Top gizmos for wee techies

The past decade or so has witnessed an explosion of creativity in the toys-for-techies arena. Where budding geeks once had to limit themselves to model rockets and ham radios, there now exist countless do-it-yourself kits, introductions to a particular field of science, and just-plain-neat gadgets...

Software for revving up reading

There's a fair amount of software out there for children just starting to read or having trouble doing so. Despite the relative simplicity of the programs and graphics, many options do a good job of allowing kids to explore the sounds and meanings of words...

Best audiobooks for kids

If you're going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, audiobooks are a great way to keep the kids from whining, "Are we there yet?" But today's audiobooks do a lot more than foster family harmony in the form of group diversion...