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Mother's Day Tech Giveaway: Win the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE Android Tablet!

I've really been digging my new ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE here at Rock Father HQ (read my full review here) - so much that the folks at ASUS USA have teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER for a Mother's Day Giveaway in which one lucky reader will win one of these for themselves. This new Android Tablet features 4G LTE capability powered by AT&T's Network (you can add it to an existing contract, start a new one, or go contract-free on AT&T GoPhone). For non-AT&T users, it'll still run really well on Wi-Fi alone, but it's the 4G LTE that really makes it a portable wonder.

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Tech Review: ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE (AT&T)

When searching for the right tablet, there's so many options out there that it's often hard to cut through the clutter. With expanding features and a wide breadth of price points and options available, the market is always-evolving, and I'm always interested in checking out the latest. One feature that I'd not previously had on a tablet before is 4G LTE, and that just changed with the release of the new ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE, available exclusively through AT&T. This new, feature-packed, competitively-priced Android tablet just hit the streets a few weeks ago, and after spending some time with a a review sample, I'm ready to share some thoughts.

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Tech: IRON MAIDEN and ONKYO Team for MAIDEN AUDIO...

IRON MAIDEN have long been doing well on the cross-branded merchandise, but as recent forays into everything from beer to airlines has shown, there is no limit to the might that can come from the 'Maiden. Today comes news out of CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas that the legendary band has teamed with ONKYO for a new project called MAIDEN AUDIO. With a booth that's decked out complete with a large-scale statue of band mascot Eddie (holding a blaster and wearing Iron Maiden headphones) housed within the Gibson Guitars tent, it's a true teaser of a launch.

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Disney Imagicademy: Opening New Worlds of Learning and Magic for Kids & Grownups #DisneyImagicademy #CG

In the short period of time since I finally decided to allow my girls to get some hand-held screentime, we've gone from having no tablet to having at least three (there might be more). The iPad Mini is largely THE ROCK FATHER's tablet, and that means that it's pretty much set-up for me, but over the past couple of months, I've really started to kid-ifiy it a bit, loading up the best Apps that can both teach and entertain. One of the best new releases comes from Disney, a name that families like ours are immersed in on a daily basis, and with Disney Imagicademy there's a whole new world of learning opening up for kids ages 3-8, and a parental component that can enrich the entire program through an interconnected experience.

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Ready to Rock the #BedTimeBattle? The Elo Pillow is a New Weapon in the Sleepytime Wars...

eloTHE ROCK FATHER™ has partnered with Life of Dad and elo™ for the #BedTimeBattle promotion.

Technology and kids. If you've been following my online ramblings long enough, you probably know that I'm hesitantly cautious whenever new tech comes along that in some way involves the little ones. I put my money on crushing the "App Toy" trend a couple years ago - those annoying items that required someone else's technology (like a quickly-outdated smartphone or tablet) to be inserted in it to run. Once the tech was obsolete, so was the toy. I was the mean Dad that bought a new crossover without screens in the back, and I absolutely despise seeing grownups instinctively shove "devices" into their kids hands like a micro-chipped pacifier (funny enough, we really didn't do actual pacifiers with our girls, either). I've actually had other people's children tug on my shirt asking to use my phone to "play a game." No. As an adult, I'm already too tethered to my gear, so I'd rather my kids not be. But, like most things, tech can be great in moderation, and there's some fine stuff out there that serves a real purpose if you're looking in the right place. Unexpected tech, like the elo™ Pillow.

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