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Modern Family Columnist — Yahoo
Covers:  Satire, It Management, Security, Iphone Apps, Politics, Gadgets, Privacy, Education, Family, Internet, Technology, Facebook, Social Media, Twitter
Doesn't Cover: Feminine Hygiene Products, Yankees, Gluten, The Large Hadron Collider

Award-winning journalist, editor, satirist, and international man of mystery.

Dan Tynan's Biography

Dan Tynan has been writing about technology since Steve Ballmer had hair. In December 2013 he joined David Pogue's band of merry pranksters at Yahoo Tech, where he has been causing trouble ever since. You can see what shenanigans they've been up to by visiting Yahootech.com.

Prior to that Tynan was a contributing editor for Family Circle magazine, where he wrote about the intersection of parenting and ...

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National Magazine Award

1999 - Single Topic Series, Best Single Issue
OK, I didn't win. But I was a finalist twice -- once for a series on Internet Privacy that ran in PC World in 1998 (I was special issue editor), one for the September 2002 issue of Popular Science (I wrote one of the features for that one, which was nominated for best single issue). Does that count? The good news: I got to sit right behind Martha Stewart at the 1999 awards ceremony. You wouldn't know it to look at her on TV, but she has a caboose the size of Montana.

What was your first job as a journalist?

You mean one that paid in actual currency, not just coffee and snacks? That would be copyeditor at Infoworld, back in the previous century.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes, I am that friggin' old. Hell, I used a *manual* typewriter. Smith Corona. I still remember how Wite-Out smells (and get a little woozy).

How is social media changing news?

It's much faster & far less accurate. Also much more temporary. News cycles approaching near zero. And if it can't fit inside a tweet, well..

Apple Watch Tops List of Hottest Fitness Trackers

yahoo.com — Have you clocked your 10,000 steps today? A couple of years ago, that question might have been nearly impossible to answer. Now it's a daily obsession for the 84 million people wearing fitness trackers.

The Hoverboard Is Real. We’ve Got Video to Prove It.

yahoo.com — Ever wanted to soar on a board like Marty McFly? Today, a Los Gatos-based startup named Arx Pax launched its Kickstarter campaign for the Hendo Hoverboard, an honest-to-goodness skateboard with nothing but air between you and the ground.

Neil Young’s Pono Music System Almost Ready to Rock in the Free World

yahoo.com — Hey hey, my my. Rock and rollers never die - they just turn into tech entrepreneurs. Last night at the 14th annual Dreamforce conference, Black-Eyed-Pea turned tech visionary Will.i.am unveiled his Puls ("pulse") smartwatch/phone/fashion cuff. On Thursday it was Neil Young's turn.

The 12 Greatest Tablets of All Time

yahoo.com — It may shock some of you to learn this, but the Apple iPad was not the first tablet PC. In fact, it's not even close. As we teeter on the brink of yet another sacramental iPad unveiling, it's a good time to look back at some of the less successful but still important tablets we've seen through the ages.

10 Ways to Protect Your Home Network from Hackers

yahoo.com — Read: 5 Ways to Make Your WiFi Network Safer, Faster, and More Reliable And instead of just one machine to protect, you might have a dozen - including mobile phones, game consoles, streaming video boxes, and smart appliances - all vulnerable to attack.

What Are Bluetooth Beacons, and Why Are They Following You?

yahoo.com — Just when we thought it was safe to take off our tinfoil hats, we learn that sensors hiding inside New York City telephone booths are secretly tracking us, according to an exclusive report by BuzzFeed.

Cyberbullying: 12 Things Every Parent Needs to Know

yahoo.com — (Mean Girls /Everett Collection) The first time I was bullied, I was in fifth grade. A kid named Sean, who looked a little like Eddie Munster, decided it would be fun to torment me. So every day at lunchtime he'd walk up and punch me hard in the stomach, knocking the wind out of me.

Windows Through the Ages: How Does Windows 10 Stack Up?

yahoo.com — Yesterday Microsoft unveiled the successor to Windows 8, giving us all a sneak peak at Windows 10 before it appears for real next year. Why skip 9 and go straight to 10? Your guess is as good as ours. Even the number 10 is suspect.

Bellabeat Lets Pregnant Women Tune In to Their Wombs

yahoo.com — Sometimes a sonogram just isn't enough. If you long to hear the lub-dub of your little nub before he makes his grand debut, Bellabeat is for you. Today the Croatia-based company introduced three products aimed at making pregnancies just a little smarter, while moving the beginning of the quantified self even earlier - before there's officially a self to quantify.

7 Survival Tools for the Parents of Teenagers

yahoo.com — Being a parent is a total bait and switch. Your kids start out helpless and adorable, a gurgling bundle of ceaseless wonder. You are a god in their eyes, powerful and wise beyond knowing. And then, one day, the transformation happens. They turn into teenagers.
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Oct 24, 2014

@ThatsMyFace possible to get order delivered by halloween if ordered on monday?

Oct 24, 2014

@emojimasks cool. the question is, when? I assume not before this halloween, yes?

Oct 24, 2014

@emojimasks so your website says your masks are backordered for four weeks. so no halloween fun this year. accurate?

Oct 24, 2014

@DraculaMail thnx. now on a plane. @gogo connection is unbearably slow, so I won't know if it works til later. I will let you know.

Oct 24, 2014

@DraculaMail I'm glad, vlad. if you can send it to me post haste, that would help. trying to file my column today, if possible. thnx.

Oct 24, 2014

@Gogo so your business model is to underperform, overcharge, and give free credits to more slow internet when customers complain. yes?

Oct 24, 2014

My @gogo connection is now at sub 28k modem speeds. This is slow even by Gogo's subpar standards.

Oct 23, 2014

I joined my neighborhood's #Halloween Treat Map on @Nextdoor! See who's giving out candy and hosting haunted houses: nextdoor.com/treat

Oct 23, 2014

RT @YahooTech: Here's Facebook's newest app, Rooms - It wants to make old-school Internet forums cool again yhoo.it/1sUfBze pic.twitter.com/t8Yh2yahak

Oct 23, 2014

@mims yeah maybe. but main reason tech j looks like PR is the internet's addiction to speed. first ones win. no time for thoughtful critique

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