Category: Tech CMP-Style

5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here five of our favorite tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this week, just in case you missed them. 1. Our Facebook fans went gaga for this snappy handmade onesie. Is your favorite photographer’s assistant a point-and-cute? 2. This addictive puzzle game app is free, educational, and fun for you and your kids. 3. The top news from Apple this week that parents will be excited about: we’ve got the scoop! 4. We can’t believe we’re going bonkers over a camera strap. Once you see it, you’ll know why. 5. You now have permission to rock out at the...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are some of our favorite geeky picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. We found the ultimate baby gift for math geeks or anyone with a good sense of humor. 2. Colorforms have finally gone digital, and our kids are fighting over the app. 3. Pamper your laptop in a gorgeous leather bag that fits everything you need to carry, beautifully. Even better, it doesn’t actually look like a laptop bag. 4. Is this the ultimate, swanky gift for the geek dad in your life— or the ultimate, geeky gift for the swanky...

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The best karaoke songs for any situation

We had the best time writing this post on behalf of our sponsor, Bing. Read on and you’ll know why. Also, you may get Celine Dion stuck in your head after this and for that we apologize. I hardly know a parent in my circle who doesn’t confess to the guilty pleasure that is karaoke. Oh admit it–there’s nothing more fun than a private room with a few friends on babysitter night, a couple of hot mics, and a few bottles of…well, something that gets you more willing to belt out Bon Jovi than you might have been earlier...

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When is a cool tie more than cool tie? When it’s a cool Father’s Day ecard.

When I think of Father’s Day, two things immediately come to mind: ties and cards. Both of which can be awesome, and not trite–provided you know what to look for. Two years ago we discovered the gorgeous indie label ties from Pierrepont Hicks, which we loved so much, we included them in our 2010 Father’s Day Gift Guide. (Italian linen–hello!) So we’re thrilled to hear that they’ve partnered with our favorite mobile ecard purveyors at Red Stamp to create some really beautiful ecards based on their textile patterns, that you can customize and send right from their free app....

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are five of our favorite picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week: 1. Presenting the first actual Instagram camera, which instantly prints out photos like a Polaroid. Would you buy one? 2. If the dad in your life loves music, this unadvertised Sonos deal at Target is too good to pass up. 3. This fantastic pre-trip packing app does everything but sit on the suitcase and zip it up. Although it can remind you to do that, too. Heh. 4. We may have found the perfect accessory for you iPhone users. Hint: it’s the size of a tissue...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

From photo magic to outlet genius, here are a few of our favorite discoveries on Cool Mom Tech from the last week, just in case you missed them.  1. Here’s a cool use for an old phone (remember those?) that would be a great Father’s Day gift. Besides, you’ll have fun stumping your kids. 2. A round-up of our favorite apps for kids, from each of our contributors, to help keep kids happy, educated and entertained on long car trips this summer. 3. We love this brilliant ebook app for kids, especially if your kid’s class uses Scholastic Book...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Just in case you missed them, here are some of our top tech picks from Cool Mom Tech over the last week. 1. Move over, gourmet cupcakeries. This beautifully designed cupcake app makes delicious DIY a piece of cake. With sprinkles. 2. This free app is so helpful for shoppers, that we liken it to the secret menu at In ‘n Out. Why did it take so long? 3. A pretty (and water-resistant!) piece of jewelry that can help you remember when you last nursed and how long the pizza has been in the oven. Our Facebook fans went...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Hard working moms, we salute you! We’ve also got you covered with some of our tech top picks of the week, just in case you’ve been too busy dropping gift hints all week. 1. If the traditional Mother’s Day cards don’t seem to reflect your family, check out this free and beautiful collection of inclusive Mother’s Day e-cards. 2. If you’ve got photos stored on Kodak Gallery, you don’t want to miss this post on what to do with your photos on Kodakgallery.com, which was bought out by Shutterfly last week. 3. We’re wild about this handy, organization app...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

We’re starting off the month of May with cool cases, gadgets, and apps galore. Here are some of our favorite Cool Mom Tech picks from the last week, in case you missed them. 1. This awesome iPhone case is so retro it comes with a B-side. Remember those? 2. Here’s why we think this computer is so perfect for busy moms.  3. We found a cool app and website that’s better than Craig’s List for buying and selling all your used goods.  4. Take charge of your smart phone contact list with this smart, handy app. We’re wondering how...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

If your Mother’s Day gift includes a card that says “Dear Mom, I <3 u 4evr” (and she knows what that means) then we’ve got you covered with lots of fun picks in the coming weeks on Cool Mom Tech. Meanwhile, here are some of our favorite posts of the last week in case you missed them. 1. Don’t want to miss this totally fun round up of geeky Mother’s Day gifts. 2. One of our all-time-fave interactive books has become an interactive app for kids that we bet they’ll love as much as ours do. 3. If you’ve got...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Some of our favorite tech picks this week that we think you’ll like too. 1. In honor of Earth Day, save power and money with these super cool eco-friendly smart phone chargers.  2. If the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey went mobile, we’re pretty sure this iPhone case would be hers. Lovely. 3. A fun coloring app that features your kids’ very favorite character– themselves!  4. Picnik is officially closed. But we’ve rounded up some great ways to edit your online photos that we may actually like better. 5. We found one of the coolest iPhone docks we’ve ever seen....

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Ideacious – for people with big ideas. Or people who love people who have big ideas.

My mom is one of those people who is always coming up with one great invention after the next. But she never really moves beyond the idea phase. We know a lot of our readers are brilliant inventors and entrepreneurs too, which is why I was so excited to share Ideacious, a fascinating new site–still in beta–that provides idea-makers with the assistance they need to get products designed, created and sold. Ideacious boasts an extensive network to help you patent your ideas, design them, build them and more, ultimately even offering a way to pre-sell designs on the site....

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

In case you might have missed them, here are some of our favorite Cool Mom Tech picks from the last week. 1. Picnik who? When it comes to free photo editing, we’re all about PicMonkey now. 2. Accio Harry Potter on our e-readers! It’s like magic! 3. Which hot, wet, electric appliance would you have to pry out of our editor’s cold, dead hands? Click here to find out. 4. Get ready for your close-up with this fantastic Kickstarter project that lets you finally jump into your own pictures and videos. 5. We’re digging this adorable, affordable interchangeable wardrobe...

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The Best April Fool’s Jokes of 2012

Okay, so clearly at Cool Mom Picks we’re all 14 year-old boys at heart because we love April Fool’s, and we always love calling out some of the greatest April Fool’s jokes spreading across the web every year. Here, a few favorites of 2012 so far: *a violent Hunger Games app–for kids 6 and up. *reddit, as it might have looked in the 1960s *skip hop introduces bacon teethers *Conan O’Brien buys Mashable *Google’s new “really advanced search” *disposable diapers, now with more bling *think geek’s annual list of “new” products including electronic Hungry Hungry Hippos for iPad (that’s...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Ah, Spring. When our thoughts turn lightly to disinfecting the keyboard and running away from zombies. Yours will too, once you check out these top picks from the last week. 1. Kids and parents of all ages will love this amazing atlas iPad app that makes us want to travel the world– and poke camels. 2. Don’t forget to spring clean your tech! We’ve got loads of great tips for cleaning your tech, many of which are completely free and use things you already have in your kitchen. 3. Need motivation for your run? We’ve found an app that...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Technology is all about learning, growing, and now, going to camp at the Apple Store. Here are some of our favorite picks you might have missed from the last week. 1. With these ten smart tips for photographing your kids, you’re sure to get the perfect Easter pic for Grandma’s mantle. 2. Apple Camp takes on a whole new meaning when it happens at the Genius Bar and involves your kids learning iMovie. 3. Free talking and texting on our smart phone? Don’t mind if we do! 4. Are you there, Kindle? It’s me, Margaret. We’re stoked that one...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

With the new season, comes new tech gadgets, games, and guides on Cool Mom Tech. In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite picks from the past week. 1. We’ve got the scoop on the new iPad release, such as the fact that it’s not actually called the iPad 3. Do you want it as much as we do? 2. The only thing nearly as exciting as the new iPad is this new Star Wars Xbox 360 Kinect game. Is the Force with you? 3. Spring means lots of tweeting and new nests–both outside and on...

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Presenting the Productivity Guide for Working Parents (And who doesn’t need that!)

As busy parents ourselves, we know (we know! we know!) how valuable our time–and space–can be. Fear not; we’re here to help you out. That’s why we’re so happy to introduce a month-long series on Cool Mom Tech, the Productivity Guide for Working Parents, sponsored by Motorola. This week, we’re starting out with 7 great home office organization tips. We know #6 can be challenging–but we have faith in you. Keep an eye out for more helpful ideas, products and resources next week. And what’s really cool? A comment on each of our posts gives you a chance to...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Now that we’ve leaped into March, it’s time to take advantage of some of the tech world’s recent leaps. Here are some our favorite posts you might have missed from the last week. 1. Which free Disney app did our editor use at least twenty times a day when navigating Disney?Click to find out–and to see how long the wait time is for Dumbo at this very second. 2. Hallelujah! We found a card reader for your iPad so you can finally grab photos directly from your SLR– and it takes USB drives, too. 3. What do you get when...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

One of our favorite things about tech is that it lets grown-ups play like kids again. From vintage video game kicks to a candy-like rainbow of chargers, here are some of our favorite picks at Cool Mom Tech this week. 1. Our Editor-in-Chief Liz followed up her segment on Martha Stewart with a techie turn on The Today Show. You won’t want to miss her top picks for websites and apps that make life easier! 2. Ditch your white cords for a rainbow of colorful iPhone chargers that keep the kids from stealing yours then claiming they didn’t. 3....

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

We totally <3 you, and that’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tech picks from this past week, in case you missed them while sending Lovestagrams and eating candy hearts that read “Email Me”, of course.  1. If you’re sick of waiting for your camera to focus before snapping a blurry pic of a child’s elbow or a cat’s ear, you’re going to dig this amazing new camera that shoots first and focuses later. 2. Our favorite e-cards are free, hilarious, and available year-round, not just for Valentine’s Day. Oh, and they sometimes involve Ryan Gosling in...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

We’re in awe at how far technology has come, even in just the past year. Our favorite picks from the past week are so 2012. And that’s a really awesome thing. 1. Check the home thermostat from work? Turn on the fan from carpool? With the invention of one special gadge, the future is here, friends. 2. This new app is as close as you can get to actually being at Disneyland, without spending $6 on a bottle of water. 3. This amazing new digital video baby monitor does everything but burp the baby.  4. Pretty smart phone cases...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Need a little Super Bowl Break today? In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite tech posts from the last week, including some gorgeous red gadgets for Valentine’s Day–pair it with blue to honor the Pats. Or uh, the Giants. You tell us. 1. You know what you need on your iPad? More butts. Seriously. 2. For you non-iOS users, take a peek at these 3 cool new Android apps for kids.  3. Turn your smartphone into a real phone, beautifully. And without all that cell radiation. 4. If you’re freaking out about the demise of...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

We joined Wednesday’s blackout to protest SOPA and PIPA, but we’re glad to be back online, sharing some of the coolest tech finds from the last week, many of which we found through the very web sites we’re hoping to protect. 1. If you like Words with Friends, here are two new apps to add to your word game addiction. 2. We found a thermostat so smart, it practically thinks for you. Our Facebook fans went nuts over it! 3. This adorable app for kids is the next best thing to having a dog. 4. The prettiest iPad cover...

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One cool way for kids to learn more about Martin Luther King’s Dream today

If my kids ask me to tell them about Martin Luther King Jr’s accomplishments, I’m scared I’ll ramble on for so long, my kids’ eyes will glaze over. Hey, he did a lot. Thankfully, smart-website Brain Pop and its little sister Brain Pop Jr have each put together concise, age-appropriate, and—most importantly—not boring videos about Dr. King’s life so that my kids can learn more about him on this day marking his birthday. Brain Pop Jr’s Martin Luther King, Jr video, starring Annie and her curious robot Moby, is written for younger grade school students, though precocious preschoolers could follow...

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New Year’s Resolution Help: Take a family vacation!

All week long we’re offering our tips and ideas to help you tackle your (and our) New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’re a staunch believer in resolutions or not, we hope our cool picks will help motivate you as we hope they do for us! Like so many families out there, we made a resolution to go on a fabulous family trip. Uh, last year. The problem with family vacations is that they can be stressful and expensive to plan–never mind really getting on a plane or in a car and going somewhere. Once you’ve got the money saved, luckily, there are...

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You’re a good app, Charlie Brown

Every year I realize I’ve missed 99% of my favorite children’s holiday shows (sorry Charlie Brown!) because I’m preoccupied with the 1000 other things I have to do before Christmas morning.  Thankfully, one of my all time favorite Christmas shows is now also an iPhone and iPad app that is available any ol’ time. Like…right now! A Charlie Brown Christmas app takes the beloved story from 1965 and uses 2011 technology to add a layer of interactive fun to the story. I love, love, love that the original story is here so that my kids and I can page...

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The Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide – Hooray!

Over 120 holiday gifts in our own Holiday Gift Guide for the entire family just weren’t enough for us, mamas, so that’s why we added 100 more ideas over at our Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide. Isn’t the bow pretty? We scoured the web for the coolest geeky gifts for everyone on your list — the cool nieces and funky nephews, the manly man and fashionista traveler, the kids, grandparents, yes even you! You’ll find all sorts of technified and tech-inspired goodies at every price range. Even a whole list under $16. And just because we love our readers,...

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