Amazon Will Soon Release Kid-Friendly Echo

Bella Breakdown Parents of small children, your prayers have been answered. A kid-friendly version of the Amazon Echo called “Free Time” will launch May 9th for $80. Coming in a variety of playful colors, the Amazon Free Time will have several parental controls put into place such as restrictions on purchases, filtered music streaming and a bedtime feature that suspends use. The Free Time will also solicit a “please” and “thank you” from its users, reinforcing politeness. But will this kid-friendly device ultimately serve as a tool or a distraction? It can be both depending on when you allow...

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This High-Tech Bracelet Is Both Pretty And Useful

Bella Breakdown It’s wonderful to watch technology merge with the fashion industry. There are digital body scanners that can take a person’s measurements in one visit so clothing companies can custom-make clothing for clients with the push of a button. There are fashion apps like DAAMN! that give you access to your own personal stylist who can offer on demand style opinions with the push of a button. This whole push of a button thing seems to be quite a theme in the fashion-technology world. Ringly Luxe is the stylish smart bracelet that is just as pretty as it...

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This Toothbrush Tells You If You’re Brushing Your Teeth Correctly

Bella Breakdown This toothbrush tells you if you suck at brushing your teeth or not. How does it do such a thing, you may be asking? This smart toothbrush, called ‘Truthbrush,’ collects data each time you brush your teeth. Just like a Fitbit tracks your exercise and physical activity, this toothbrush tracks your oral health and hygiene habits by taking your brush strokes. The goal of the brush is to correct common mistakes made when brushing one’s teeth. Whether it’s not brushing far enough back in the mouth, brushing to hard and hurting the gums, or you name it…this...

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What Has Technology Changed About The Workplace?

Where Would We Be Without Technology? Technology has definitely brought us convenience. It’s now possible to order all of your favorite clothes, purchase your groceries, and get that new coffee pot you’ve had your eye on, without ever leaving the comfort of your couch. Technology has birthed smartphones, which has created endless opportunities for online shopping, social media updates and communication with anyone on the planet…all from a simple touch of your finger. This change technology has brought can be seen in our daily lives, but how has it effected the workplace? Well, one of the main shifts (much...

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Children And Smartphones: To Allow, Or Not To Allow

Bella Breakdown We wish we could say this was an ‘age-old’ dilemma, but that wouldn’t be too accurate. Smartphones have only recently come on to the scene, within the last 15 years or so, but their impact has been astounding. Not just with advancements in communication between adults, smartphones have now made their way into the hands of adolescents and children, bringing up a valid conundrum for parents every where: should I allow my child to have and/or use a smartphone? See, the problem is, once they go off to school, many of the other kids will more than...

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