Sep 06 2012

September 6, 2012 Stories

Now blink and flick channels! FirstPost

How to be happier at work. CBS News 

Can You Be Fat and Fit - or Thin and Unhealthy? TIME 

Spacewalking Astronauts Fix Space Station With Toothbrush. YAHOO! News - That's so McGyver!

Jessica Simpson: 'My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel.' TODAY 

Paralympics 2012: Brad Snyder Navy Veteran Blinded In Afghanistan, Wins Gold. Huffington Post - The stories coming from the Paralympics have been amazing!

The pigs of 'Angry Birds' get their own game. USA TODAY - If you are a fan of the game "Angry Birds" you might have heard that the pigs are getting revenge against the birds.

Gabby Douglas to release memoir in December. TODAY - “Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith,’’  and will detail her journey to gold in the London Olympics.

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Sep 06 2012

8 Year-Old Boy Donates $1,000 Prize

Boy, 8, donates $1,000 prize to little girl, 2, with leukemia. TODAY

 

Wyatt Erber is awfully single-minded for an 8-year-old. When he learned about an extensive, summer-long scavenger hunt in his town, he went for it. And when he learned the scavenger hunt winner would pocket a cool $1,000, he immediately knew what he would do with the money.

“He said, ‘Let’s do this to help Cara!’” said Wyatt’s mom, Noelle Erber, 40, of Edwardsville, Ill. “I remember thinking, ‘Who am I to tell him that he might not win?’”

It turns out that Wyatt did win — and, without hesitation, made good on his promise. He gave all his winnings to Cara Kielty, a 2-year-old girl who lives on his street and was diagnosed with leukemia in May.

“I wanted to help her,” Wyatt told TODAY.com.

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Sep 05 2012

Elmo Calls

Elmo recruited for app that helps potty train kids. TODAY (Purchase App)

 

Remember way back when you didn’t yet know how to use a toilet?

No?

It’s (probably) been a while since you mastered the art, but ask any new parent and they’ll tell you it can be arduous trying to teach their toddler bathroom skills. A few years ago, the Toy Lab team at Ideo began exploring ways to ease the experience, and found that guidance from older siblings was hugely beneficial. Leveraging a three-year relationship with the Sesame Workshop, Ideo developed a prototype where Elmo — who is often seen by tots as an older sibling figure — would offer encouragement over the phone. (As a 30 Rock aficionado, I have to point out that Pete Hornberger used this technique — iPhone, Elmo voice, potty training, and all — in an episode from 2007.)

The concept tested incredibly well, and it was apparent that extending the character’s furry reach would be beneficial in aiding other elements of growing up. Elmo Calls is the result; the interactive app allows kids to share moments with, and learn from, the iconic bright red resident of Sesame Street, who can be enlisted (by parents) to make contact for video and audio calls and voicemails that cover everything from "it’s time to exercise" to "it’s time for bed."

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