Author: Cool Mom Staff

How to support women using tech, on International Women’s Day, and every day.

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, and for some, A Day Without Women. However you choose to support women today, whether you know one or are one, there are actually lots of ways you can do so with technology. From using your social media accounts to amplify the diverse voices of women on the Internet, to shopping online to support small women-run businesses (like purchasing prints from artist Rachel Ignotofsky, work above), we’ve put together 11 ways you can celebrate International Women’s Day that will create an impact long after March 8 is over. And we bet you’ve probably got...

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A handy guide to the Instant Pot buttons. It’s okay, we need it too.

Like so many other folks out there, we’re obsessed with The Instant Pot, a hot, new kitchen gadget you might have discovered here on Cool Mom Tech. (And if not, hey, it’s okay, we forgive you. Ha). Recently, our food editor Stacie Billis put together a quick, handy guide to the Instant Pot buttons, which can make cooking your favorite Instant Pot recipes a whole lot easier, and well, more successful. If you’re just opening your new Instant Pot box this week, or you’ve had it for awhile and want a handy cheat sheet so don’t have to do...

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Web Coolness: Instagram albums, women in STEM art prints, and why you should skip email in the morning

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   We are loving these awesome women in STEM art prints. Room service robots! Why you should skip reading email in the morning. (But oof, tough habit to break for some of us) In case you missed the Women of NASA LEGO set that’s been blowing up the Internet. This adorable 3rd grader is in the National Google Doodle competition, and he wants your vote. If your favorite kitchen gadget is the Instant Pot, you’ll want...

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8 smart ways parents can manage screen time and not lose their minds

We’ve found that managing screen time is one of the most common across-the-board challenges parents in this digital age face. And hey, with six kids between us, we understand how difficult it can be, especially when just going gadget-free is not a feasible option. Over the years, we’ve tried all sorts of different approaches to screen time management with our own kids, from screen time manager apps to creating simple reward systems, even turning it into family time, all eight of which we’re sharing with you. Whatever you choose, we hope these ideas help you help your kids make better...

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Web Coolness: The new NASA travel poster, a hot Instagram feature, and why people are leaving Snapchat

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   We’re loving this gorgeous new, free NASA travel poster. (via Laughing Squid) This device lets dads feel the fetus kicking in utero! Whoa. Ooh, wearable tech that’s actually chic and not gimmicky. Here’s how social media might be creating unrealistic parenting standards. Coming soon? Charging devices might be as simple as connecting to WIFI. Here’s everything you need to know about the hot new Instagram feature. 13 email etiquette rules from around the world. Randi Zuckerberg...

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Your smart phone is gross, and other reasons to spring clean your tech. Even if spring isn’t here yet.

We’re hardly germaphobes but if you knew the bacteria growing on your phones, tablets, and earbuds, well, let’s just say you might take a few minutes to clean them off every week (and not just once a year), especially if your kids are touching them. But hey, no judgment here. This is clearly a better late than never sort of situation, and we’ve got super simple tips to help you spring clean your tech. Whether you just want to know how to safely disinfect your gadgets or you want to organize your cords and cables in just 15 minutes a...

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The Lofree looks like a keyboard, but sounds and feels like a typewriter

We had such a wave of nostalgia after seeing this super cool Lofree keyboard on Design Milk that we just had to share it with you. You fellow Gen X-ers who used typewriters and word processors to write high school and college papers might appreciate this modern take on a beloved old gadget. Related: The Qwertywriter turns your iPad into a typewriter. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Bluetooth keyboard that hearkens back to the days of yore, but the Lofree keyboard is decidedly prettier. You can use it with most computers, connecting with Bluetooth or a USB, and then clack...

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Save money on groceries with these 4 coupon apps. Easy, peasy.

If you’re looking to cut down your grocery bill (who isn’t?), clipping coupons and checking the grocery store circular are smart ways to make it happen. But these days, you can do so much of that online, right from your smart phone, thanks to these 4 coupon apps. From tracking your loyalty savings to giving you deals on organic and natural foods, these coupon apps could save you a whole lot of money on items already on your list. And if you’re looking for a few more grocery shopping tips and tricks, we’ve got them. We’re all for anything to...

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Web Coolness: Star Wars Origami, the Nokia 3310 is back?, and where to stream the Oscar-nominated Best Picture films

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   This Japanese artist Tadashi Mori shares the coolest origami tutorials. Star Wars, anyone? (via TadashiOrigami on Instagram) This monk is spreading Buddhist philosophy using Twitter. How very 2017. Here’s why Microsoft is one of the most innovative companies of 2017. Where you can stream all the Oscar nominated Best Picture films. How to make your very own stop motion Lego movie. Why you need to a have social media policy for your babysitter.   (Photo via...

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Free Valentine’s Day e-cards from the New York Public Library. Because books are hot.

These free Valentine’s Day e-cards from the New York Public Library (NYPL) gave us a little chuckle this morning, so we just had to share the love so you could share it too. Just head over to the NYPL website and create one of your own for your special book-loving someone. I’m giggling over “Check Me Out” (heh, get it?) and “Talk Wordy to Me.” Hey, they’re no Valentine’s Day emoji messages (ahem, cough), but they’re pretty funny nonetheless. And hey while you’re there and if you feel so inclined, you can give a little donation love to the...

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