Author: Cool Mom Staff

Geek? Chic.

Halloween is just barely behind us which means at Cool Mom Tech, we’re already on the lookout for the most fabulous holiday gifts for the tech-inclined. Of course we’re not limiting the search to the electronics department of major stores; not when there are so many geek-chic items waiting for us on our beloved Etsy. Case in point: this fabulous geek necklace from Piano Bench Designs. Alayna, a self-taught Albuquerque jeweler, is putting herself through grad school with all sorts of fun sterling wire necklaces of single words. I haven’t seen it in person, but with 840 happy customers...

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The futuristic world of streaming movies on demand

Imagine…you put the kids to bed, pour some wine and watch the movie of your choice without having to listen to the guy behind you smack his lips on Sour Patch Kids. The line between TV and PC is becoming blurred and the newest gadgets and services aim to make each more like the other. Recently, I shared a few devices for watching streaming movies at home, perfect for moms who aren’t exactly hitting the theater every weeknight. In streaming movies redux, here are more options that provide you with instant access to movies and TV shows directly to...

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Piquing our Geek: Google Liquid Galaxy as a teaching tool

This week I had the incredible privilege of attending the Google Creative Sandbox party, an event set up to show people what’s new and cool in Google’s world these days. Let’s just say if this is what Big Brother looks like, he’s dapper. Most exciting to me as a parent is Google Liquid Galaxy, which is essentially Google Earth put into a 360-degree Flight Simulator game. I admit they nearly had to drag me out of there so some of the other guests (or um, a whole line of 85 people) could have a turn. Play with the joystick...

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7 Tips and Tricks for a High-Tech Halloween

Yesterday, our Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner, along with GeekDad editor Ken Denmead, shared some fabulous ways to make your Halloween high tech with ABCNews.com. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about a mechanical arm to give out your candy, or a way to suck all the calories out of those chocolate bars. Just some cool kid-friendly apps, an addictive Halloween game (Angry Birds, anyone?), and even some ways to use technology to bring new life to your kids’ costumes and save some money for next Halloween. Click over to ABCNews.com to get all the details, just in time for Halloween this Sunday....

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Web Coolness: Angry Birds costumes, toddler + iPhones, and a new app that really is scary

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. The hottest get-up for Halloween this year? Either Snooki…or Angry Birds costume. The NY Times talks about toddlers and iphones. This one brings out some strong opinions! Unplgged has smart tips for decluttering your technology. FourSquare’s voting badge is here. For those who just don’t feel the same sense of accomplishment from a Starbucks badge. On Mashable, the average number of texts a teen sends each month might blow you away. Do you use public Wi-Fi, or do you have a school-aged...

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Good news for SIRIUS XM users. Who are women. And need some inspiration.

If you have SIRIUS XM, you know it’s not just about 80’s music and 47 channels of sports. Or at least it’s not this Saturday, when you can even tune in for some heavy-duty female empowerment. On October 30, SIRIUS XM will broadcast key speeches and interviews from The Women’s Conference 2010, with impressive speakers like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eve Ensler, and Mary J. Blige all speaking on issues of women’s empowerment. This is, actually, the first time I heard of The Women’s Conference, a three-day forum created in 2004 to empower women...

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2 Tech tips for keeping in touch with military parents or family out of town

Whether you live far away from family or have a traveling spouse (or travel a lot yourself), technology is a fantastic way to make everyone seem closer than they really are. Today over at CafeMom’s The Stir, Cool Mom Tech COO Kristen Chase offers her two favorite tech ideas for keeping kids connected to parents out of town–which she knows a little something about. Especially with a husband who’s a commercial pilot and United States Reserves officer. So tell us – how do you use technology to connect with your loved ones? We’d love to know any of your...

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Wearing your social media on your sleeve. Or lapel.

By all accounts, geek is chic, and if there’s any doubt then just poke around Etsy these days and see how technology is inspiring design and fashion. Case in point: the handmade felt badges from Sunflower Express. These one-inch wide  handmade felt social media pins will make awesome stocking stuffers, or just a gift for yourself. For just $15, you’ll get to pledge allegiance to Twitter, Facebook, or if you’re old skool, RSS. And by old skool, I mean 2008. That’s how things roll these days. –Liz Find felt jewelry and accessories online at Etsy’s Sunflower...

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iPads as toddler babysitters: Is technology ever too much?

This past week, Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner talked to the NY Post about iPads as toddler babysitters, one of the hot topics in the parenting world these days. Computer World has even nominated the iPad as the children’s toy of the year. Where do you stand on children and technology? Does your preschooler have free reign over your iPhone apps? Do you set limits? We’d love to hear your thoughts![photo: ny...

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Epiphanie – A revelation in camera bags

Even though I own and love my Canon Rebel XLR, I tend to only rely on my iPhone and save the fancy camera for special occasions. It’s mostly because, well, I just don’t have the room in my bag. Besides, the last thing I need is for my precious to get covered in snack crumbs and juice. But all that has changed since discovering the first laptop/camera bag hybrid that’s as gorgeous as anything you’d wear without technology inside it. Seriously. Gorgeous.[don’t miss an amazing giveaway after the jump!] Created by photographer and mom of three Maile Wilson, the...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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