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Managing director and editor-in-chief of the Technology Tell network. I live in South Philadelphia and that's more than great enough for me. Musician, writer, sports nut, indie rocker from the wayback, big fan of great people. Old. Awesome. Snazzy. Finicky. Friendly. jpaone@napco.com. joepaone on Facebook.

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Why attempt home automation yourself when you can have a pro do it for you? (Post sponsored by URC)

We know the standard answer to the question in the headline: Because it’s cheaper. But is it really?

Smart home no longer a choice between ultra-expensive and cheap DIY (Post sponsored by URC)

Great news: It’s more affordable than ever to automate your home, while taking all the guesswork and annoyance out of setting it up.

13 ancient videos about blimps we can’t stop watching

Many of us get a little rush when we see a blimp (or dirigible, or zeppelin, or airship) floating in the sky. Now imagine what people must have thought when they saw one hovering over their neighborhood 80 or 90 years ago. It must have totally blown minds. These old newsreels about blimps are almost hypnotic to watch.

The My Friend Cayla doll not only talks, but it listens

Dolls that talk to you are nothing new. But what about a doll that not only talks to you, but listens to what you have to say? That’s what the My Friend Cayla “interactive doll” is all about.

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Zyro DroneBall disrupts the tyranny of your dumb old balls

Balls, balls, balls. Frisbees, pucks, shuttlecocks. I’ll bet you didn’t know that they were your grandpa’s way of playing games. They’re such a frustrating letdown, amirite? A problem in search of a solution. I mean, when you’re not throwing or kicking them around, they just sit there. What a waste! But not to worry. Silicon Valley has you covered with — what else? — a “smart ball.”

Americans spend almost five hours a day noodling with their smartphones

Every day I get on the subway and everyone has their nose buried in a phone. I walk down the street and, again, everyone has their nose buried in a phone, or are blabbing away with someone, somewhere, about nothing urgent. I know, I know, cliched argument, hey you kids get off my lawn, etc. But it got me thinking: Just how much damn time are we Americans spending on our smartphones?

AMPL “smart backpack” promises a compelling way to charge your devices

First I was sitting on airport and convention center floors, huddled next to outlets and furtively charging my laptop and phone. Then I was carrying around a portable charger in my bag to charge my devices on the go. Super convenient! But what if your bag was the charger?

Smart Spray iPhone case gets us all misty

Interested in being annoying, charming or perhaps a supervillain? A new iPhone case named Smart Spray might be your ticket.

MommyTech TV at CES 2015: Disney

Disney’s new Imagicademy brings a comprehensive, big picture view to kids’ education and keeps parents in the loop.

MommyTech TV at CES 2015: Spinmaster Toys’ Meccanoid Robot

MommyTech TV at CES 2015: Spinmaster Toys’ Meccanoid Robot

MommyTech TV at CES 2015: Vera Sweeney & Audrey McClellan talk fashion tech and more

Vera Sweeney & Audrey McClellan talk fashion tech and more

Kube Bluetooth speaker cooler keeps you lubricated and entertained

The next time you’re drinking with your buds, why not bring the noise and the booze in the same package? That’s what Kube, a new product we spotted at CES, proposes.