Category: Tech CMP-Style

Hooray for iPhone apps for children that give you five minutes to yourself

My husband is taking my two kids on a transatlantic flight all by himself, bless him. My contribution to the experience is my iPhone, fully loaded with toddler-distracting applications. Three of the iPhone apps I have lined up for her are Hippo Hooray‘s Colors, Shapes, and Letters, which are gorgeously done and quite absorbing. Simple premise: The hippo tells you what to touch (letter, color, or shape) and congratulates when you’ve chosen correctly. Aside from the beautiful graphics, the true touch of genius is in their selection of older children’s voices for the apps. I’ll tell you what, my...

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“Status symbols for the uber geek.” That’s our kind of status symbol.

I shrieked with joy last night when friend of CMP and Jimmies lead singer Ashley Albert turned us onto her new collaborative project with Phoebe Jonas, Survival of the Hippest. And by hippest we mean techiest, geekiest, and 2.0-iest, of course. The shop is going to offer something new and cool every few months, starting with these personalized nameplate ID necklaces, keychains, bracelets and pins in the Social St@tus collection. They’re made from your choice of sterling silver or blingalicious 14k, and can be personalized with any Twitter ID or hashtag of your choice. Am I speaking Greek? #sorry....

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Because sometimes you’ve just gotta go

When I think back to my pregnancies, my first thought isn’t of the miracle of life or even the swollen feet and the heartburn. No, when I remember those days, my mind immediately goes to one place: The bathroom. With each child, I remember nine months of constant urination. (You’re welcome.) I even remember outings I skipped because I worried about easy access to facilities when I would (inevitably) need them. Well, that was years ago, and thanks to the miracle of technology, your pregnancy–or toddler potty training–can now be easier than mine… at least in the bladder department....

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RunPee – So pregnant women will never miss the good parts again

I’m pretty sure my pregnant bladder had a mind of its own, ensuring that I would have to run to the bathroom at all the most inopportune times. You know, like immediately after you pass a rest stop on the highway, just when you fall asleep, and right at the good part in the movie. But with the RunPee (hilarious, right?) iPhone App, you just enter any movie currently in theaters that you’re watching, and you’ll get a subtle vibration when it’s a good time time to go, well, run and pee. Or, if you’re not pregnant, get a...

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The iPhone app for babies, bottles, and boobs

Proving the quip that, Yep, there’s an app for that, Baby Brain has created the ultimate iPhone app that we think you new moms will love for tracking baby’s vital stats. Once you’ve programmed in your baby (or babies), it’s as simple as the press of a button to log diapers, sleep, even every possible detail about feedings, from how many ounces in a bottle to which boob and for how long. I especially love that you can press a button to start the boob timer, in case–like me–you’re prone to nodding off while baby nurses. It’s all right...

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Get on your bikes and ride

One of my first purchases after moving from an urban high-rise apartment to a house in the ‘burbs was a bike. Sure, there were plenty of places to ride in the city, but with only two closets and about a million toys, I simply didn’t have the space to store a bicycle too. Ah, the sacrifices we moms make for our kids. If I’d known about SwissBike, I could have had a bike without taking up valuable toy storage space. With technology that originally began as a military research project, SwissBike grew into a line of performance folding bicycles....

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Eye-Fi with my little eye

With three kids, there’s always a photo op that I am dying to capture but even while I’m never without my digital camera, I’m lousy at remembering to upload all those pictures. Next thing you know it’s July and I’m sending out holiday pics. Eye-Fi is exactly what I need. It is–get this–a wireless SD memory card. Wireless. Hello, genius! It replaces the memory card currently in your camera, and after you configure the Eye-Fi Manager on your computer (don’t worry, it’s a breeze), you pop in the card, take a picture and watch it magically appear on your...

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Turning your iPhone into Super Nanny

Okay, before you laugh, allow me to tell you why you totally want the Time-Out Application for your iPhone. You can pre-program this iPhone App for up to four kids with associated time-out durations, and then– this is the beautiful part– you can run them concurrently. Or you can do what always seemed the norm in my house, which is send one kid to time-out and then five minutes later when they’re still there but the sibling has just taken advantage of the quiet to steal a cookie, you can start the second kid in time-out and totally still...

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Can You Hear Me Now?

These days I woo clients while emptying the dishwasher, refilling sippy cups, and changing poopy diapers. Yes, really. Obviously, a Bluetooth headset is a must. But not all headsets are created equal, which is why I lo-ove my Zivio Boom.  It’s got six different earpieces, a removable ear loop, and a ball-and-socket style connection. Don’t even worry about what any of that means; let’s just say this wireless headset is so customizable that it will fit anyone comfortably.  Plus, the Boom microphone means the person on the other end will hear only me– not my children whining in the...

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A baby monitor for your iPhone? Sure. What the heck.

I remember that time we went to visit my folks for the holidays, and in the midst of packing the presents and the pack-n-play, I somehow forgot the baby monitor. Well, I was sure I’d hear the baby when she woke up. But by the time I went to check on her I discovered that she’d been screaming with indignation for long enough that I immediately dissolved into a puddle of maternal guilt. If you find yourselves out of town without a baby monitor but with internet access (thus, you are here), we have a great solution in CodeGoo’s...

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Dear Santa, Call me back!

If there’s one thing I love about the holiday season, it’s that delightful little perk of being able to tell the kids they have to behave or Santa won’t bring them anything for Christmas. (Holiday blackmail: Just another service I offer as a mom.) Thanks to TokBox‘s cool new live video calling service, I can keep the mythology going by letting them call Santa themselves. Free. We upload a video message for Santa, and they’ll get an actual personalized video from him right back! I hope he mentions the part about how he particularly loves children who are nice...

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When good things happen to good people

Remember that awesome $5k Intel tech makeover we got to help give away this fall? And you helped vote for the winners? And you were kind of hoping it was you but realized that the people who won were so deserving that you felt perfectly great about it? Right! That one. Well Marco and Dave, the two cool guys from Hot Hardware, just hooked up the three winners and caught the transformations on tape. From a recent cancer survivor, to a non-profit community theater, to a cool family farm, if you want to feel the goodwill and high-tech holiday...

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We get to give away a $5000 tech makeover. Whoo!

Are you reading this post right now on the other side of a Comodore 64? Reluctant to give up that original Walkman? Wondering why you just can’t find any good Betamax tapes these days? Well have we got news for you. One of the cooler promotions we’re excited to be a part of comes courtesy of FM and Intel who are giving away like some whopping crazy $5,000 tech makeover to a lucky person. And guess who gets to be one of the judges? We do! And you know how much we love giving things away. If you’re interested,...

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The Sony Alpha DSLR-A 300K: Cool Mom–and Cool Dad–Approved

This review comes courtesy of an exceptionally cool dad, Nate, my own sigOth, which I insisted on since he won’t let me near the camera. Grrr. -Liz I can say without exaggeration that our apartment has been overrun by the most obnoxiously adorable everything in the world for Liz to consider for review. She recently caught my attention, however, with an e-mail from Sony about a new camera. I like cameras. I like new things. I can only imagine I’d like a new camera. Figuring it’d be the latest in the point-and-shoot category I feigned a vague interest in...

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Big Brands Doing Cool Things: The Eco TV from Phillips

Let’s face it, what most guys are really hoping for for Father’s Day is that big screen TV. I know my own sigOth’s wish list includes a vast array of expensive electronic toys for boys. Like really expensive. Like the kind that require a trip to Circuit City with the Platinum Card. Whether your hedge fund paid out this year or you’re just looking for an excuse to replace the old 14″ relic left over from your college days, you might be able to justify the purchase a little better with the Eco TV from Phillips. This Energy Star-rated baby has a full 42″ flat screen and has won all kinds of awards, in no small part because it’s RoHS compliant. Which means it’s free of all those bad heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury, and so on) that are probably eating our brains faster than bad reality shows. It’s got a power saver mode, a backlight that dims, and even the manuals and the packaging are recycled. Just like half the programming that you’ll use it to watch this summer after the kids are asleep. Rock of Love II in HD anyone? Find it at Amazon for a mere $1249.99...

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Peace of Mind: Add it the Shopping List

Lately we’re finding so many cool companies that are developing products and services to help parents of kids with allergies or medical conditions and we’re all shouting a big collective whoo! about it. One of them is the parent-invented ICE Packet. No, not that kind of ice packet. This one is basically a little doodad that hooks to your kid’s backpack or a keychain that holds a USB flash drive. On it, all your kids’ medical and emergency info that you’ve input using a very smart, very simple application. Just stick the drive into your computer (macs too) and...

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Even Vegans Carry iPods

I’m a podcaster for God’s sake and I still do not own an iPod. Even my husband, a certified iPod hater, thinks it’s nuts, so much so that he’s getting me one for Mother’s Day. At least that’s what he’s threatening to do.  But since iPods aren’t exactly the most obvious sentimental mom gift, I’m hoping he’ll pair it with this great photo iPod case by Smoy.net. Handmade right in NYC using vegan leather, these cases from Smoy’s NoHo line keep your iPod safe from grubby hands and whatever you’ve got rolling around in your purse, all with a slot to...

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Flipping for the Flip

We lost $10,000. Or to put it another way, that $10,000 should have been ours – if only the moment of spectacular toddler hilarity captured on videotape had actually been captured on videotape. After which of course we would send it off to America’s Funniest Home Videos and claimed our rightful cash prize. What can I say, it looked like it was recording. Thus began my affection for the Flip video camera.   Even gadget spazzes like me can work this thing. But you don’t give up much in the process – it’s lightweight, crazy small, and bloggers especially...

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Even if Your Playlist is Embarassing, Your iPod Doesn’t Have to Be

I know that I’m probably the last person on this green earth to own an iPod, but I figure that since they come out with a better one every year, I might has well wait until then. God. I sound like my mother. But when I saw these fantastic iPod holders by Aster and Sage, I’ve decided that I’m officially in the market for a little Apple-y musical goodness. These padded appliquéd cases are created using recycled fabrics, and a a spring hinged opening gives you easy access to the tunes. Find them at Arte Bebe, our one stop shop for...

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iPig

It’s one thing when you give in and buy your kid an iPod. It’s another when your realize that she is still at the age where everything of value ends up trashed in a matter of weeks.

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