Author: Cool Mom Staff

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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Peace Tech and Harmony

While Cool Mom Tech has now been up and running for a whole month now (whoo!) this past week, we were excited to make things official with a bi-coastal launch party. No easy undertaking, when you consider Liz, Kristen + Beth have 9 children between the three of us, and one of them just arrived this week! Thanks in no small part to our incredible sponsor Logitech and the incredible Harmony Remote (which you totally need, trust us), we took over the San Francisco and New York City Logitech lofts, with 125 of the coolest media mavens in tech,...

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Piquing our Geek: The Silly Bandz game for Nintendo DS

Well, it was only a matter of time before our favorite landfill-embellishing cheapo kid pleaser made the licensing rounds. Any day now I expect Silly Bandz bedding, Silly Bandz bike accessories, and a Silly Bandz animated series on Nick Jr. featuring the made-for-TV Silly Bandz Band, with Imagination Mover Dave Poche on guitar. But for now? We’ll just have to settle for the Silly Bandz game for Nintendo DS coming out next month in time for holidays. Evidently the Zoo Games Inc. game has players trying to rescue captured Silly Bandz (oh noez!) using the Bandz that they’ve got...

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Web Coolness: Autism therapy, digital textbooks, and new old desks

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Can the iPad help children with Autism? Really fascinating article. Digital textbooks are on their way sooner than you think. And better yet, the first one will be free. Ooh, neato things made with recycled apple computers We’re loving the family pumpkin photos shared by the photography community at Shutter Sisters. Can your Android phone control robot toys for the kids? That would be a yes. An entire iPhone subway band we wish we’d run into on our morning commute. Fun! Apartment...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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