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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Who’s number one? In our humble opinion, you are. Two can be a crowd, if those two are siblings, and they’re fighting over the last yogurt pop. Three is for bears, Musketeers, and Billy Goats Gruff. Four– or, really, fore– is what dad might be saying today on Father’s Day. And five is for these choice picks from the last week. But who’s counting? 1. Dr. Harvey Karp shared his favorite app with us. Can it help you have the #1 Appiest Baby on the Block? 2. Just the fax, ma’am. And the fact is that this amazing new...

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Fathers Day Gifts – For the tech-loving dad.

Of course you can always give a new iPad or a MP3 player to a cool dad. But we’re excited by these tech-inspired Father’s Day gifts that are a little off the beaten path. While of course the handmade card from the kids, or the breakfast in bed will be the thing any cool dad will treasure most, if the dads on your list are anything like the dads on ours, they won’t say no to a little high-tech awesomeness. For swanky dads, the QR Code Cufflinks (at top) can spell out I Love You, or customize your own message. It might just inspire...

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New technology turns the page on how kids read

This is a sponsored message from DK Publishing It’s an amazing feeling to watch your child develop a love of reading and learning, especially if you’ve always been a bookworm yourself. But if your son or daughter needs a little more coaxing (especially as school winds down!), the new 3-D Dinosaur and 3-D Human Body books from DK Publishing literally come to life, drawing even the most reluctant readers right in. This innovative series merges what parents love about hard copy books with the wonders of 3-D animation to create an interactive reading experience using “augmented reality” technology. Throughout...

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

We love how tech isn’t just for speaker-geek guys any more. It’s smarter, it’s inspired by nature, and it solves some of a mama’s most basic problems in a chic way. If you haven’t been visiting Cool Mom Tech lately, here are some of this week’s coolest, problem-solving picks. 1. Splash. Your digital camera is dead! …or is it? 2. An iPhone telephoto lens so amazing, it captured the space shuttle launch. We’d imagine it could handle a kid’s soccer game too. 3. We love this great looking–and cheap!–way to keep those pesky cords organized. 4. This week we...

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

Happy Mother’s Day to all you cool moms out there! When the pancakes are all eaten and the house miraculously cleaned without your help, here are some posts for you to lie back and enjoy while the kids massage your feet. They were all culled together for their combo of both cute and cutting edge from our sister site Cool Mom Tech this week. We’d say they all meet or exceed said standards. 1. The most techtastic way to share cute photos of your kids–maybe the pics of them cleaning the house for you today? 2. The very finest...

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5 great picks from Cool Mom Tech this week – sound effects edition

Sometimes, you want your tech to be silent, but sometimes, the sound effects are the best part. ZAM! Here are the latest, greatest, just-in-case-you-might-have-missed it picks, fresh from Cool Mom Tech to you. We hope it brings you the sound of giggles, followed by sighs of happiness. 1. Ka-pow! It’s an e-reader smackdown, where digital devices go head to head, battling it out for your books. 2. Awwww! Valentine’s Day may be over for another year, but this round-up of our favorite romantic movies will love you long time. 3. Hello? Skype 5.0 for Mac is fresh out of...

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Go ahead. Make my cookies.

We were delighted with the Martha Stewart makes Cookies app when it was introduced this past fall for the iPad, and now there’s one more reason to like all this four-color, interactive deliciousness–more yummy cookie recipes and a new lower price. At least for a limited time. The app is just $2.99 for the next week; a nice discount over the original $7.99 price. Especially since there are now more heart-shaped treats that look so fantastic, my five year-old just enjoys scrolling through the pages as if it were the best storybook in the world. (A story that ends with me eating...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech

In case you were too busy playing with your new iPhone over the holidays, here are some top picks on Cool Mom Tech you might have missed this week– including old things, new things, and really expensive new things that might change the world. 1. Big news about Kindle eReaders – your books can now be loaned! 2. There’s a cool new way to use that old typewriter. It’s high-tech, it’s smart, and our own guest dad blogger totally digs it. 3. If you got a new tablet for Christmas, we’ve got some colorful iPad cases you’re going to...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech – cute apps, cuter iPad cases, and a $500 gift card giveaway

Some of the fun stuff happening on our sister site, Cool Mom Tech this week This week is your final chance to enter to win one of 2 $500 gift cards to Best Buy. Good luck! We found a cute app to help your kids make snowmen indoors–great if you’ve got too much snow outdoors. Or none at all! What do you do with your old cell phones? Here’s one great idea. Gorgeous new cases for iPhones and iPads (should Santa have brought you some techy goodness for the holidays). Looking for a new tablet? How about this tablet...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest technology and apps

With how integrated tech is becoming in our lives these days as parents, it’s getting harder to narrow down our favorite apps, software, hardware, and other 21st century picks. Here are a few of our favorites of the year, including some picks from our sister site, Cool Mom Tech. Tech Uh, the iPad? Helloooo… –Liz + Kristen Toshiba scored major parent points with their new Toshiba Kids PC. It’s comes preloaded with safety features and a kid-friendly browser, and the wipeable keyboard is truly magical. -Kristen Tech Accessories If smartphones are the brag book of the new century, the...

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Subscribing: It’s like an inbox full of awesome

If you’re reading this, you are fabulous, and we love you, and we want to bring further awesomeness to your inbox a couple of times a month, plus chances to win fantastic prizes. All you have to do is subscribe to Cool Mom Picks before Thursday (hurry!) and here are 5 reasons why that’s a good thing. 1. Our subscribers are just a wee bit more special than other subscribers. It’s true. 2. In addition to our fab monthly newsletter, CMP subscribers have the chance to enter to win a delicious prize pack designed to make family dinner time...

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Big news! We proudly introduce the launch of Cool Mom Tech

Well after months of work, we can finally let you know the big news that’s been keeping us all busy lately: The official launch of Cool Mom Tech! Whoo! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a so-called techie to feel at home over there. You’re online right now mama, and that’s all the techie you need to be. Check in daily and you’ll find the coolest picks to keep us stylish, keep us organized, save us money, and keep our kids smart, safe, and entertained. Not necessarily in that order. To see the kinds of things we love,...

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As close to being Harry Potter we’ll ever get

My children would give just about anything to apparate inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. The early reviews (and word from CMP Editor Liz who worked with Universal early on in the development) make it look so cool, it almost makes me want to brave the crowds. But alas, we are mere muggles and need things like vacation time and money, not magic, to get us there. Until we gather enough knuts for the trip, we have a new game that will make the waiting a little more fun. The cool new LEGO Harry...

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Technology is getting smaller; your chance of winning some, kind of big.

In case you missed it, you’ve still got until tomorrow, Sunday, to enter to win the super fabulous new HP Mini 210 netbook and the utterly adorable HP V5040u Camcorder. No, seriously. You can win both of them. Would we kid? (Well, maybe. But not about this.) For all the details, check our original post. And don’t forget, if you’re a Blogher conference goer this weekend, you’ve got one extra chance to...

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One thing that gets smaller on a mom – her technology

I love small things. I do. Crazy about little things. So when HP offered up the new HP Mini 210 and the utterly adorable HP V5040u Camcorder to review, we leaped at the chance to see if they were as fabulous as they looked. The answer: Yes! The purse-sized HP Mini 210 is drool-worthy in colors including Preppy Pink and Pacific Blue.  This is the perfect PC for moms on the go like me, small enough that you can pop it into an average sized purse or even your diaper bag. (Just keep away from leaky sippy cups!)  It...

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Like an audio scrapbook of awesomeness

Ever been the person in charge of a group gift, and discovered that special circle of purgatory that involves trying to contact large numbers of people and keep track of who’s done what and who still needs to contribute? Yeah. Not fun. And then there’s the icing on the cake, which is deciding whose names to put on the finished product even if not everyone participated. Well, SpeakSake offers a unique and very personal way to make a gift for one from many say, for a retiring teacher, Grandma’s 90th birthday, or a great germ-free way for everyone to...

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Free books from Borders. Yes, free.

They say you don’t get something for nothing but today, that’s not quite the case. Because Borders Books has got a special deal going right now when you download one of the Borders eReader apps, which are also free.  Downloads are for both Mac and PC, plus BlackBerry, Android, iPhone and iPads so you pretty much have no excuse not to try it out–unless you’re like our associate editor Delilah who’s using duct tape and bubble gum to hold together her relic of a cell phone. And the books aren’t bad either – while you won’t quite get the...

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Finally, the digital camera that makes your kids smile.

Getting my four year old daughter to smile for the camera is harder than you can imagine. She doesn’t like sitting still, much less actually looking at the camera and posing for a picture. Sound familiar? That’s why I was so happy to get the chance to check out the Samsung TL205 DualView Camera. This is a nice, slim point-and-shoot camera that offers something I haven’t seen on any other camera — an LCD display on the front. Yes, the front. This front LCD display is activated separately from the one on the back, and simply turning it on...

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Yep, they can hear you now

I gave up on my Bluetooth headset for my mobile phone a while back; I was always forgetting to charge it, and on the rare occasions when I didn’t, I had trouble getting it to stay in my ear, and the sound quality was terrible. So despite all the hype about Jawbone’s new line of ICON headsets for mobile phones — which, I have to admit, are pretty cool-looking, with an option to suit just about any style — I wasn’t sure I’d actually, you know, use it. This is one of those occasions when I’m delighted to have...

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Practicing safe electronics

My beloved new MacBook is now as much a part of my kitchen table as the napkin stand but, in such a high-traffic spot, my laptop is in constant danger of a small person dribbling a juice box over the keys. Instead of constantly playing defense, I now use protection with iSkin.    Despite its brand name — second only to the iPad in its unfortunate mental imagery — iSkin makes a smart ProTouch Keyboard Protector that should make computer-loving moms jump for joy. This thin silicone covering lays across a laptop’s keys, with raised key for easier typing and...

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