8 essential tech gadgets, gear and games for your kids this summer

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Kids around the world are looking forward to the summer of 2021 and here are a bevy of interesting tech games and gear that will keep them occupied throughout the months of freedom from schoolwork. Anticipation for summer this year has a decidedly different vibe, stemming from the anxiety-filled, pandemic-induced, sheltering- and schooling-from-home year. School attendance and schedules varied throughout the country, not just from state-to-state, but city-to-city and public or private. The inconsistencies have resulted in many districts considering adding days to the school year. Many children had difficulty adjusting to virtual school, so summer activities that add low-key learning are especially beneficial. Balance your summer activities. Be sure you have enough wind-down activities...

Come Cry With Us on the ‘Gadget Lab’ 500th Episode Extravaganza

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MC: Oh, you're warming my heart over here. Well, OK. So of all the changes that you instituted to our institution, what do you think is the most lasting contribution to the podcast?DP: So the thing that I still find myself loving, and I get no credit for this, except that I like made us have the meeting that I think led to this, if I remember correctly, was the recommendations thing that, at the end, everybody's just going to say something that they love. That was your idea, I'm pretty sure, in, "How do we structure this podcast a little more, conversation?" I'm pretty sure you were the one who was like, "Let's just end with recommending stuff we like." And that's still as a listener now, it's consistently a thing that I love, and I've found books and TV shows and weird apps, and Arielle is always sending people to new places to get their...