Author: Jeana

Bark makes monitoring your kid’s digital usage (and keeping them safe) so much easier

Now that my son has a phone, as do all his friends, it’s a whole new world of parenting. For now, he is content texting his friends yo, bruh, what’s up and watching sports clips, but there will soon be a time when social networks come more predominantly into play. And when it does, I’ll be relying on a new service called Bark to keep an eye on activity. We have covered parental monitoring apps, services, and routers (like Circle by Disney, for example) in the past, but it’s about time there’s a much more all-encompassing, efficient, and streamlined way than...

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Joy gets your photos and video off your phone and onto an interactive digital album

If you’re a photo hoarder like me, but never actually get your photos off your phone or tablet for anyone to see, I bet you’ll be as intrigued as I was by this new interactive photo album called Joy. The Joy Album is a gorgeous digital gadget that allows you to share, view, and preserve your memories without having to print them out or pop them into a physical photo album. Created by former Apple and Sonos designers, the 13″ touchscreen showcases individual photos, and also features montages and customizable layouts that incorporate photos and videos into one screen. It’s basically an ongoing...

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Tile Mate keeps track of your keys, so you don’t have to. Whoo!

We have been longtime fans of the Tile smart tracker, because we’re fans anything that helps keep track of stuff we’ve misplaced. Well, they just launched Tile Mate, which features a handy little hole, making it perfect for keychains, loveys, backpacks, and more. Tile Mate works just like the original Tile, which lets you find your items or your phone simply by ringing the Tile on the app, or by pressing the Tile itself, but with a hole that lets you easily hook it on a keychain, a zipper, or a big safety pin. And unlike the original Tile, this version lets you customize...

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How to disable press home to unlock on the iPhone. Because it’s driving us nuts, too.

Ever since downloading iOS 10, I have swiped-to-unlock my phone about 75 times. Talk about being a creature of habit. It has taken a bit to get used to “press home to unlock,” especially because now I seem to hold the home button too long and end up activating Siri with Touch ID at the same time. Argh! Luckily, there’s a quick and easy way to bypass that extra press of the home button with a simple setting switch. If you’d prefer to just rest your finger on the home button to unlock your phone, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button. Then...

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A simple trick that could save you a ton of battery life

If you’re having issues with your iPhone on iOS 10, here’s a simple trick that could save you a whole lot of battery life. Bonus: It’ll help with data usage too. Although Wi-Fi Assist is meant to be a helpful service by automatically switching your phone over to cellular data when it detects an unstable Wi-Fi network, it can a battery killer and a data eater.   Related: How to fix iPhone battery issues in 6 easy steps  Luckily, it’s very easy to remedy. Go to Settings > Cellular and scroll all the way down to the Wi-Fi Assist feature. Simply toggle off...

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Up, up and away with the Sago Mini Planes app

Lately, my preschooler is all about airplanes, but even if your kids aren’t as obsessed as mine, I bet they’ll still love the Sago Mini Planes app. Similar to Sago Mini Friends app (which we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Tech), the Sago Mini Planes app features the same kind of whimsy, color and fun sound effects that kids love, just now in the air! Geared specifically for preschoolers, this app lets players choose their airplanes, the passengers and then the flight path, flying through the sky with obstacles to go around, things to eat (big cookies in the sky!) and stars to catch. Related: Khan Academy...

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Printing from the palm of your hand with HP Sprocket

When school started a few weeks ago, one of my daughter’s first homework assignments was to bring in photos of favorite people and things to decorate her daily notebook. I love the idea, but didn’t love that I had to email myself photos, print them, realize the toner was low, replace the toner…all at 9 PM. If only I had the HP Sprocket mobile printer then to save the hassle. Related: What to do with your digital photos? Tons of fantastic ideas This palm-sized mobile printer instantly prints 2×3″ images from your phone (iOS or Android) and has quickly become a coveted...

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BOSEbuild Speaker Cube: A DIY Bluetooth speaker kit for kids that totally rocks. Yay STEM!

We have certainly covered lots of DIY STEM toys for kids and even more Bluetooth speakers here on Cool Mom Tech, but the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is the first product I’ve seen that so awesomely combines these two elements. Hello, holiday gift idea. Related: 5 great STEM toys for kids with a math focus BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is a DIY kit that allows kids to assemble a Bluetooth speaker all by themselves, or with the help of an adult (mainly for those 8 and younger). All you need is scissors, tape and a willing kid, because the kit comes with everything else – speaker components, circuit board,...

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14 of the best math apps for kids of all ages: Back to School tech guide

Our Back to School tech guide continues with a bevy of the best math apps for kids of all ages. There are so many fantastic options these days — almost too many to count (ha) —  so we’ve done the digging for you to uncover lots of the best math apps including a few old favorites from these pages, and plenty of new additions. It’s by no means comprehensive, so be sure to see our post on the best math apps of 2015 for even more ideas. One thing you’ll notice about this list — the belief that math can and should be fun, especially when you’re first learning. Hopefully, with...

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12 of the best reading apps for kids of all ages: Back-to-School tech guide

Our back to school 2016 guide continues with our picks for some of the best reading apps for kids. From preschoolers learning ABC basics and sight words, to older kids needing a synonym for obsequious (or uh, maybe that is the synonym?), we have you covered. Because like you, we really want to raise children who genuinely love to read, and when apps can help make it fun, all the better. Related: 10 of the best reading apps just for preschoolers and younger kids Best Reading Apps for Younger Kids Sight Words app When my first born was in kindergarten, all I heard about was sight words,...

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