All tablets have motion and orientation sensors. While the primary use of these sensors is for auto-rotation of the screen, they are also used by developers in adding fun to their games. This fact along with great graphics handling and social media interaction make tablets one of the most popular gaming devices today.Do you know which tablets are best for gaming? A gaming tablet should have a good screen, a fast processor and responsive controls. Below are the tablets most people consider when it comes to playing mobile games.Google Nexus 7This is probably the cheapest gaming tablet to date. The Google Nexus 7 is only $199 but that didn’t stop it from becoming a monster when it comes to Android games. This tablet is powered by NVIDIA’a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and comes with a RAM of 1 GB. Its specification is enough for it to run the best high-definition games on the Google Play Store. Plus, it runs Jelly Bean, the latest version of the Android operating system. This version is optimized to enhance the performance of the tablet.Besides the processor, the Nexus 7 also has a good screen. Games definitely look good on it. It’s seven-inch built is also perfect for those who can’t handle larger tablets very well.ASUS Transformer Pad InfinityThe Transformer Pad Infinity is the fastest Android tablet in the market today. While it has the same processor as the Nexus 7, it is clocked at 1.7 GHz. The Nexus 7 is only clocked at 1.3 GHz making the Transformer Pad Infinity a perennial winner in tablet comparisons.But that’s not the only thing this tablet can offer. Users can connect their PS3 or XBOX 360 controllers on the Infinity which adds to the overall gaming experience. If you are used to playing on a PC, you should know that this slate supports a keyboard dock. Finally, you can connect the tablet to any external display that has an HDMI port.iPad (2012)There was a debate on whether the iPad is faster than Tegra 3 tablets like the ones mentioned above. Apple’s famous tablet doesn’t have a quad-core processor but it has a quad-core graphics chip. This means the iPad can still compete when it comes to gaming. Couple that with its ridiculous Retina display then you have one monster gaming machine.Another advantage of the iPad is the number of gaming apps it supports. There are more high definition games on the iTunes Store than on the Google Play Store. This should have been OK if there are Android ports of all Android games but this is not so. Good games and superb hardware make the iPad the top gaming tablet.
Could too much tech time lead to unruly behavior or even worse with your child?An Iowa teen recently ran away from home when his parents took away his cellphone.As reported by most major outlets the 13-year-old was found dead some five days later.While no one will ever know what truly caused the death of this child, and several issues could have impacted his behavior, taking away his cellphone was certainly a contributing factor to an argument between the child and his parents.Today many youngsters are becoming addicted to their tech devices at an early age. Many parents are giving their kids iPads and tablets at age 2, some even younger.Studies are beginning to appear indicating the problems associated with tech addiction.Too much device time can lead to a slow development of social skills and a lack of communication. It can have long term physical effects too with brain development and related issues.Here are five helpful hints to reduce tech dependency and increase healthy conversations.1. Give very young children blocks and toys, not devices. The best toys will engage a child’s senses, spark their imaginations and encourage them to interact with others. As they grow, infants can use toys to explore object permanence and cause and effect relationships. They also need objects such as blocks to help build motor skills and hand-eye coordination.2. Parents need to put their devices away and set a good example. Society demands can be rugged but mom and dad need to stay off their devices and talk to their kids. Create device free times around dinner and later. Engage with your kids by playing board games and other activities that encourage conversation. Work related messages can always be answered after the children have gone to bed.3. Consider giving your child/teenager a flip phone rather than a smartphone. A flip phone encourages more conversations, and discourages internet access and app use. If you must provide your child with a phone because you don’t have a land line, and your child stays home alone, or you need to pick your child up from school or practice and need to be able to communicate, a flip phone will suffice.4 Maintain “device boundaries” between your child and their friends so it does not dominate their life. When you schedule playdates, sleepovers, and social outings… ask the parent what their device policy is and respect it. Don’t allow your child to bring their device to a friend’s house if that family has a device free policy. If you must reach your child, obtain the parent phone number to contact your child.5. Learn how to limit screen time and block content. If you have concerns about technology, but not to the point where you feel it must be taken away all together, educate yourself on the best products on the market to block content, enforce screen time limits, etc. Some good apps for this are Circle, and Bark.