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New device lets parents hold smartphone, feed baby simultaneously

Published: Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 3:23 AM
Updated: Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 3:23 AM

For parents of newborn babies that need to multitask, a new device could be the answer to their problems.

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Swipe&Feed is a smartphone and baby bottle accessory. It was invented by Tim Causa of Reston, Virginia, who was trying to figure out a way to catch up on work while feeding his son, Jack. The infant had acid reflux issues and had to take a bottle every hour, Causa told WTVM.

"For 25 minutes at a time, I was in a dark, quiet room feeding my son. It dawned on me that I could do some catch-up work while he fed, but I needed something to help me hold a bottle and my smartphone," Causa told WTVM. "I searched online for solutions, but nothing was on the market. That's when I decided to seize the opportunity and solve the problem myself."

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Causa said the device will fit iPhone 6, 6s or the new iPhone 7 without a case, in addition to most Android devices. The device also fits most baby bottle sizes. 

Pre-orders are available via their website and on a Kickstarter page

Causa appeared on the “Today” show on Wednesday and noted afterward on his Facebook page that the Kickstarter goal already has passed 50 percent with 18 days remaining.

“It's hard to believe that an idea I had a year ago has progressed from a rough prototype to a professionally engineered, patent pending product that has now been featured on the ‘Today’ show,” he wrote.

Causa told WTVM that there has been some backlash on social media about his device impeding on the quality bonding time between a parent and child.

"Quite frankly, since I used it at night, I don't think much bonding time is being missed out on during those dark-room-3 a.m, bottle feedings,” he told the station via email. “I think the most disturbing aspect is how quickly people forget that parenting is tough, and shaming a parent who is doing their best and occasionally needs to find a break is terrible.

"We expected some backlash — the internet is full of warriors without a cause, but I'm hoping that my product would provide a solution to working parents like us who are just trying to do their best." Best of 2017 contest guidelines

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:16 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:16 AM

Talk about killer cupcakes! Make sure to vote for your favorites in's Best of 2017 poll. Nominations run Nov. 14-26, and final voting starts Dec. 4 and closes on Dec. 22.
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Talk about killer cupcakes! Make sure to vote for your favorites in's Best of 2017 poll. Nominations run Nov. 14-26, and final voting starts Dec. 4 and closes on Dec. 22.(Lisa Powell)'s Best of Dayton contest is a way for our site visitors to informally express their opinions about local entertainment options. 

Don't mistake it for market research or scientific opinion polling. Nominees in each category are chosen by the amount of nominations received from our readers. If your business gets left out of the voting, please don't take it personally.

Voting is restricted to one vote per day. Totals registered by our servers will be considered final.

Nominations will be accepted from Nov. 14-26, 2017. Final voting will run Dec. 4-22, 2017.

Oh yeah, if you decide to cheat — like using some sort of automated voting — we reserve the right to delete you from the list of nominees, reset our poll to zero votes at an arbitrary time or just eliminate you from the final results. How we decide to do this is up to us, but nominees getting many votes per minute will be prime suspects, as will those getting all their votes from too few IP addresses.

We'll also eliminate you as a nominee in any future similar contests sponsored by or our company's other sites and publications.

It's not cheating to promote yourself and ask people to vote for you! Post it in your business, on your website or social media page - or if you're really wild, say it on a sandwich board. Just make sure to tell people the voting's on!

If your business wins your category, we're fine with you advertising that you were voted "Best of Dayton" in your category, just as long as you mention that the voting was on Put it on signs, coasters, tattoos or menus — everyone should know how good you are. 

But you really shouldn't be talking about this year's win more than a couple of years down the road — going any longer than that is sort of like the Cincinnati Reds telling everyone how great they are because they won the World Series in 1990.

Online sales top $5 billion on Black Friday

Published: Sunday, November 26, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

Online sales jumped this year on Black Friday, topping $5 billion.
Xavier ROSSI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Online sales jumped this year on Black Friday, topping $5 billion.(Xavier ROSSI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

There were plenty of crowds on Black Friday, but the shoppers that stayed home and took advantage of online sales is on the rise, CNN reported.

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American shoppers spent a record $5 billion online in 24 hours, an increase of 16.9 percent in dollars spent on the internet from Black Friday in 2016. Those figures were released by Adobe Digital Insights, which tracks 80 percent of online spending at the 100 largest retail websites in the United States, CNN reported. 

Amazon said Friday that orders were being placed “at record levels,” with more than 200,000 toys sold in the first five hours of the day, CNN reported. Amazon did not provide sales figures for the entire day.

While sales boomed online, purchases at malls and large retailers remained strong, CNN reported. Estimates from ShopperTrak, a data analytics company that measures the number of shoppers at stores, said sales at those outlets decreased “less than 1 percent” compared to Black Friday in 2016, CNN reported.

Adobe predicts that Cyber Monday will be even bigger than Black Friday, bringing in as much as $6 billion in digital sales, CNN reported.

ShopperTrak was optimistic for the holiday shopping season, since there are four Saturdays in December before Christmas. ShopperTrak added that after Black Friday, Dec. 23 and Dec. 16 -- both Saturdays -- will be the second and third busiest shopping days of the season.

KFC debuts romance novel for Mother’s Day

Published: Saturday, May 06, 2017 @ 8:34 AM


When it comes to a love story, Colonel Sanders might just have a leg up on the competition.

Or a wing. Or even a thigh. 

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KFC is touting the Colonel as a dignified hero with his silver mane and distinctive goatee in its first foray into romantic literature. Sanders becomes “a handsome sailor with a mysterious past” in “Tender Wings of Desire,” USA Today reported.

The fast-food fried-chicken chain is offering the novella as a Mother’s Day promotion. The book can be downloaded for free from Amazon, and 100 Facebook users will be offered a hardback copy, USA Today reported.

“The only thing better than being swept away by the deliciousness of our Extra Crispy Chicken is being swept away by Harland Sanders himself,” said George Felix, KFC’s United States advertising director. “So this Mother’s Day, the bucket of chicken I get for my wife will come with a side of steamy romance novel.”

While KFC touts its chicken as finger-lickin’ good, the company is approaching its book tastefully. The book will mirror the prudish era of Victorian England, USA Today reported. Madeline Parker is a bored housewife who is trying to escape her loveless marriage at stately Parker Manor.

As one might expect, the Colonel delivers, sweeping Madeline off her feet. The chicken might be fried or even extra crispy, but KFC is hinting that the passion between Sanders and Madeline Parker will be steamy.

Car slams through Beavercreek home

Published: Sunday, December 23, 2012 @ 9:12 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 23, 2012 @ 11:49 PM

One man is facing charges after police said he, along with a female passenger, fled the scene of a crash after the vehicle he was driving plowed into a house on North Central Drive.

The incident happened just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening. Fire and police crews responded to 1789 North Central Dr. on a report of a vehicle into a house. Upon arrival, crews discovered the vehicle in the house’s living room. The residents said those inside the car had fled.

Beavercreek police questioned a male driver on Timberline Drive. The female suffered minor injuries. Officers said the driver was a short distance from his house when the accident happened.

The residence was occupied by two Wright State University students.

Noel Thompson of Springboro is the father of the woman who lives at the house. He said she and her fiancé had been living there for about six months.

“They just got done … completely re-gutted the whole thing, he said. “So it’s kind of a shame.”

He said it was fortunate that his daughter and grandchild were visiting tonight when the accident happened.

“Where the car ended up hitting went right through where they could have been easily tonight” he added.

Gas and electricity is being shut off to the home, police said.

They said the driver was questioned, but was not arrested. He was processed and released. Officers said the driver will face a failure to control charge. They added that alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, and additional charges could be filed.