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Mar 13 2013

Free 16GB HD Android Tablet


UPDATE: This Giveaway is officially open to Canadian residents, unless prohibited by law.. I’ll adjust the widget when I get home thus afternoon. I’m so happy to be able to extend this to all my friends to the north. :-)

Before we get started, I want to explain why I’m doing these giveaways. These tablets are generously donated by Idolian. I’m free to give them away as I see fit. I’ve chosen the giveaway route because it seems to be the most fair. My goal is to not only provide this technology to those that need it, free of charge, but also raise Autism Awareness in the process. 

Anyone can enter (right now it’s Continental US and Canadian Residents (unless prohibited by law) ONLY because I have to pay for shipping out of pocket. At the moment I can’t afford to ship outside of the US and I’m sorry for that.) You don’t have to have Autism or be a special needs parent in order to win. 

Remember, my goal is to raise Autism Awareness and help other families.

We really owe Idolian a huge thank you because they are the only company that I know of that is willing to reach out and provide these devices to the community


@Lost_and_Tired Android Tablet Giveaway

Welcome to the latest and greatest giveaway from Lost and Tired. I’m honored to work with Idolian, in conjunction with to make this giveaway possible. I haven’t met any other company that was willing to step up and help provide the autism community with this much needed technology. They deserve all the credit for this.

This particular giveaway is the first for the month of March and is for the 2013-02-12 09.16.04recently reviewed Idolian Mini Studio Dual Core, 8″ android tablet (See Mini Studio 8″ #Android Tablet Review). This android tablet is a direct competitor to the new iPad
Mini. The Mini Studio by Idolian, stacks up spec for spec (with the exception of the camera) with the more expensive iPad Mini.

It also has all the massive advantages that go along with the android OS as well, the biggest being customization and choice.

Now for the details of the giveaway.

First and foremost, the disclaimer:

Members of the Lost and Tired family are not eligible for this giveaway. This contest is for the continental US and Canadian Residents (unless prohibited by law) ONLY. Sorry, I can’t afford international shipping.

This giveaway is for one (1) Mini Studio 8″ android tablet by Idolian. This contest will run from 03/13/2013 – 03/22/2013. You can enter by using the form below. If for any reason you need to contact me, you can do so by clicking here.

Please note that that the winner will have 24 hours to respond to the notification email. After 24 hours I reserve the right to award the prize to the next on the list. Please check your email in the day following the end of this giveaway.


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Feb 18 2013

@MobileFun Slim Carbon Fiber Flip Case for the Galaxy Note 2 (Review)


Slim Carbon Fiber Flip Case for the Galaxy Note 2

I was lucky enough to be sent the Slim Carbon Fiber Flip Case to review. This Samsung Galaxy Note 2, courtesy

This is a very nice and professional looking case. It actually protects the amazing Galaxy Note 2, without causing the little scuffs and scratches that can be cause by other cases.

The case itself is about $27 shipped from the UK. This is a really good price, especially for being internationally shipped.


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Feb 15 2013

The Next Big Thing in #Autism Tech is Already Here


Those of to you that know me know that I’m a huge proponent for using technology to aide in improving the lives of children and adults on the autism spectrum.

There are so many different pieces of technology to choose from and I have found that some things work better than others. 

However, I personally find that as far as tablet technology goes, android based devices are vastly superior to things like the iPad by Apple.  Do t get me wrong, the iPad is a great device but it’s very overpriced and doesn’t allow for user customization.

Because Android is an open source technology, there tons and and I mean tons of devices to choose from.  Prices very depending on what you are looking to purchase.

I wanted to give you an example of how an Android device is helping my youngest with Autism, to practice his letters, number and shapes.

The device that Emmett is using is called the Galaxy Note 2 and it’s by Samsung.  This particular device is a hybrid.  It packs the best features of a smartphone and a tablet and blends them to perfection.  The result is a device with a very large screen and a stylus that let’s you write, with digital ink, directly on the screen.

As you can see, Emmett is using that stylus, called the S-Pen, to trace his letters and color a picture.

It’s just like writing on a piece of paper only better and more engaging.  Emmett loves using the S-Pen to draw pictures and practice writing his name.  The really cool thing is that he can take it with him, pretty much wherever he goes.

The S-Pen is significantly different then the aftermarket stylus you can buy for the iPad.  This is a fine tip pen and literally detects the amount of pressure you apply to the screen.  For example, more pressure means a thicker line. Less pressure means a finer line. 

Technology is amazing and can have such a huge impact, especially when in the hands of a person that really needs it. 


This site is managed via WordPress for Android, courtesy of the @SamsungMobileUS Galaxy Note 2 by @Tmobile. Please forgive any typos. I know how to spell but auto-correct hates me.  ;-)

For more ways to help the Lost and Tired family, please visit Help the Lost and Tired Family.

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May 09 2012

Tech4Autism: Tech Reviews by Lost and Tired



Before I get into any of these reviews, I want to say a few things first. Typically, if I review a piece of technology, I focus on the specs and hardware. I’m a hardcore techy at heart and so I like to be on the bleeding edge of technology. I have experience developing on Android devices and I’m a recognized developer over at xda-developers. Having said that, while I’m a techy, I’m also a special needs father to 3 boys on the Autism Spectrum.

Being a special needs parent myself, I realize how very limited time and money can be. I also know just how much the right technology can help a child with Autism not only learn, but also communicate and navigate their world. My intention is to provide a unique approach to reviewing tech products that can benefit the special needs community. I will be providing information on how a particular device can benefit a child with Autism. My goal is to introduce families to the devices that they can afford and that can help their child, while at the same time helping the manufactures or companies behind this tech to reach a new consumer base. That consumer base being special needs families, like mine, that need more choices in devices and some that are actually affordable to more people.

I want the public to realize that despite past trends and insane levels of fanboyism, you don’t need to spend $500-$800+ on an iPad in order to help your child with Autism. There are better, more affordable options available in a multitude of designs, colors, sizes and price ranges. There are more and more educational apps hitting the Google Play Store everyday. I’m not suggesting that the iPad is a bad device or doesn’t work well. However, in my opinion, until Apple opens up it’s OS, allows for customization and reduces the cost of entry level devices, android based devices will continue to be the best and most cost effective solution for tablet based tech. Of course, this is just my opinion, however, this opinion is shared by many hardcore tech and development sites.

I want you to know that you have a choice when it comes to the tech you need to help your child with Autism. When you realize you have a choice, you can find a device that not only fits your budget but also is better suited for you child’s particular needs. I aim to provide you with information that will help you to make these decisions.

With that said, I hope you find this useful.

If you are a manufacturer and would like to have your tech reviewed by Lost and Tired please contact me and I would be happy to speak with you about it.  [contact-form subject=”Lost and Tired Contact” to=”[email protected]”] [contact-field label=”Name” type=”name” required=”true” /] [contact-field label=”Email” type=”email” required=”true” /] [contact-field label=”Website” type=”url” /] [contact-field label=”Comment” type=”textarea” required=”true” /] [/contact-form]

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May 07 2012

The #Autism Discussion: 05/07/2012


As we become a more automated world,  many things are changing. Technology is growing faster than most people can keep up with it.

For today’s discussion,  I thought it would be interesting to compare how we all leverage technology to help our kids with #Autism to better learn or simply communicate with their world.

Please reply in the comments….

**Thanks for reading**

       -Lost and Tired

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Look for “Autism Help” app at the Google Play Store Registered & Protected

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Apr 30 2012

#Autism question of the day: 04/30/2012


What kind of technology, if any,  do you use to help your child with #Autism?

**Thanks for reading**

       -Lost and Tired

Please join our Autism Help Forum

Look for “Autism Help” app at the Google Play Store Registered & Protected

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