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Setting Parental Controls for Kindle Fire HD [Video]

Kindle Fire Parental Controls
Keeping track of how to set parental controls on various devices can feel like a full-time job. Fortunately, there are videos from great companies like Covenant Eyes that can help you stay on top of things.

This video shows how to set parental controls on the Kindle Fire HD. It also has some great tips for communicating with your kids about device ownership and responsibility.

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New 7-inch Kindle Fire Unboxing

feature-kids-heroI recently purchased 2 5th generation Kindle Fire tablets from Amazon. Here’s a quick unboxing I did live on Periscope last night.

Product Details

  • Beautiful 7″ IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600) and fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor.
  • Rear and front-facing cameras.
  • 8 GB of internal storage.
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices.
  • Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music

First Impressions

My initial impressions are positive. It’s much faster than the older model and the new FireOS include great features like parental controls and user profiles which are missing from the iPad and iOS. Restoring from backups of older devices was really easy. The power button, volume toggle, headphone jack, and USB port are all at the top of the device. The cover for the microSD card seems a little flimsy but if you’re not opening and closing it constantly it should be OK. A full review will be coming soon.

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10 Battery Saving Tips When You’re Van-Schooling – WHS 163

The homeschooling year has started for many. That means long days sitting around the kitchen table reading books and listening to mom or dad lecture about Algebra or World History.

Maybe that’s the way thing go in your house but my family is out of the house a lot. That means having to do school work in the van sometimes. Maybe the kids can catch up on some reading or do math drills with one of the Kindle Fire tablets.

If your family is like ours you may find yourself running out of power for all of those devices if you’re out of the house for a few hours. That may lead to multiple devices needing to be charged at the same time. Here are 10 Battery Saving Tips When You’re Van-Schooling that will settle squabbles over the power outlets in your van.
10 Battery Saving Tips When You're Van-Schooling

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Sold My Kindle Fire, Bought an iPad Mini, Recommend the Nexus 7 – WHS 70

A few months ago I sold my Kindle Fire in order to buy an iPad.  Originally, I intended to buy a refurbished iPad 3 ($379) because it was cheaper than a new iPad 2 ($399) and still came with the same warranty as a brand new iPad.  The Apple store online was out of the refurbished iPad 3 so I headed down to the local Apple Store on my lunch break to have a look at the Mini, not intending to buy it at all.

When I picked up the Apple Mini I knew immediately that this was the tablet for me.  Compared to the full-sized iPads in the store, the iPad Mini feels like a feather in your hands.


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