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Lori Borgman: 'Close-captioned' open to interpretation

I enjoy other people's typos, not in a gloating sense, but in the sense that it lets me know I am not alone. I keyboard fast and make a lot of typoes. (Yes, that was deliberate. Just checking to see if you're tracking.) I probably spend 20 percent of my keyboard time backing up to make corrections.

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Living with Children: Time for a time-out

For several reasons, I am not a fan of parenting magazines. First, they reinforce the impression that child-rearing is a very complicated affair, requiring consulting with "experts" on a regular basis (and yes, I am fully aware of the irony of that statement). Second, with every issue, said publications raise the Good Mommy Bar by giving women (their nearly exclusive consumers) more things to think about and more things to do. Third, they often render conflicting information and advice. Fourth, the advice they dispense is often just downright bad.

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7 family-friendly ideas to have the best 4th of July ever

Still looking for fun ideas for the 4th of July holiday? We found some surefire wins for the whole family, from an Independence Day-themed movie night to a National Parks' inspired road trip to a read-loud book club and beyond. We encourage you to get the kids outside, but as you're mapping out your weekend, you don't have to ban screens entirely. Not only do they offer entertainment, but they can also offer loads of learning opportunities. Set reasonable limits that allow for family time and other important activities, and incorporate media and tech in ways that bring the family together.

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Game review: 'WipEout Omega Collection,' three fantastic futuristic racing games for PlayStation

Parents need to know that the "WipEout Omega Collection" brings the futuristic and combative racing game "WipEout HD," its expansion "WipEout Fury," and its sequel, "WipEout 2048" to the PlayStation 4. But while players get to use guns, explosives, and futuristic devices to knock their competition out of the race temporarily, there's no blood or gore. There's also no inappropriate content, even when you're the one getting temporarily knocked out of the race. The game does feature online competition, during which conversations between players isn't monitored.

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App review: Three Good Things: A Happiness Journal, simple, free app helps kids – and adults! – increase positivity

Parents need to know that Three Good Things – A Happiness Journal is a very simple, free journal app that enables users to record three positive experiences every day. Each entry is limited to 100 characters or less. Created by a teenager, the app is based on brain research that suggests focusing on positive moments daily can increase happiness. Users can "level up" every time they add a daily journal entry, share their entries on Facebook or Twitter (sharing is optional), gain experience points, view previous entries, set a custom notification, and more. Note: At the time of this review, this app did not have a posted privacy policy.

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