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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the "App Toy" trend a couple years ago - those annoying items that required someone else's technology (like a quickly-outdated smartphone or tablet) to be inserted in it to run.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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Review: Margaritaville Audio MTX Studio Headphones

Doing what I do and living the way I live, I've used a lot of headphones over the years. While styles have changed and the type of application can be different (I like studio at home, earbuds at the gym), it all comes down to the perfect match of sound and style to impress me, and when the chance came to check out a pair of Margaritaville Audio's new MTX Headphones, I snagged it. After a box said to contain their "Margarita Lime" headphones arrived here at Rock Father HQ for review, I put them to the ultimate test and took them out on the road... after giving them an in-home test with a bottle of Landshark Lager, which I figured was appropriate. 

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Giveaway: Win the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch - The first Smartwatch for Kids!

VTech KidsIt's taken exactly 32 years, but something I wanted as a child has now become a reality. You see, back in 1982 the best television program that the world will ever know made it's premiere on NBC. David Hasselhoff, a talking Trans-am, and a whole lotta awesome rolled into living rooms on KNIGHT RIDER, the adventures of Michael Knight and K.I.T.T. inspiring generations... but it started with kids like me. Much like the science fiction of STAR WARS and STAR TREK has become reality over the years, so has that of KNIGHT RIDER. Think of how many "gadgets" K.I.T.T. had that now come standard on new cars - GPS, DVD/Blu-ray screens, games, computer-aided driving, crash protection, hands-free calling and even voice recognition. But there was one other thing from KNIGHT RIDER that I wanted, something my own imagination would have me pretending to have as I spoke to my own wrist: Michael Knight's watch, or "comlink." Thanks to VTech, it's real, and they've partnered with THE ROCK FATHER to get one of you hooked up with the new Kidizoom Smartwatch for your kids!

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