Author: Kate Etue

A story app for kids that will totally make you think Flight of the Conchords

Remember playing the telephone game when we were kids? That one where you’d sit in a circle and whisper a phrase all the way around, and by the end it was nothing like the original secret? Well, now that game has had a makeover, hit the iPad, got an extra shot of coolness from Rhys Darby, and it’s great. Have You Heard? is the debut release from Yoozoo books, a kids’ app company from New Zealand–thus, the connection to Rhys Darby from Flight of the Conchords, who serves as narrator.  In fact, I’m willing to listen to this app over and...

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Style Up: Like having a free personal stylist through your computer

If you’re anything like me, your mornings are crazy–waking everybody up, making breakfast, walking the dog, packing backpacks, getting the kids dressed, and more. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to also put together a chic outfit that lets the world know you actually do care about the way you look. But now there’s a service using technology and your own email inbox to help women get out of the yoga pants and default pony tail. Sign up for StyleUp and set up a profile on their site about your style, body type, and budget (should you be looking for new clothes...

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iStoryTime: The new ebook library features your kids’ favorite characters

If you love giving your kids access to ebooks but hate having to buy them a la carte, check out the new ebook library recently launched by Zuuka, one of the oldest and best resources in the ebook world. Over the last few years, iStoryTime has been building up an amazing library of ebooks for kids, many of them featuring licensed characters from the likes of DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, Sony, and PBS. You get four free titles with the download (available on iOS right now), and most of them are narrated by the same voices you’ll hear in the...

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A smart cap that lets you know when football is taking its toll on your kid

Football parents around the country are becoming more and more concerned about concussions. Some of these medical findings we’re hearing about are pretty scary. But football isn’t going away any time soon, so how do we keep our kids safe while they’re playing under the Friday night lights? Thanks to Reebok, we’re taking a huge step in the right direction. Reebok is leading the pack in innovative technology that helps identify dangerous hits when they happen. The Reebok CheckLight is a comfortable skull cap that is worn by itself or under a helmet, with a display light clearly visible at the...

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One Globe Kids takes your children around the world in a most creative way

My husband and I really want our kids to learn to appreciate other cultures, which means we have to actively seek out ways to expose them to other cultures, and here’s a wonderful new one. One Globe Kids was created by a multi-cultural, globe-trotting mom with a passion for cultural awareness. So she’s crossed the planet to spend time with fourteen children in The Netherlands, Burundi, New York City, Israel, Indonesia and beyond, turning the visits into an amazing, interactive experience for kids who don’t have the chance to travel the globe, all right on your PC or iPhone. With the...

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Checked Twice: A visual holiday wish list registry that keeps your whole family on the same page

We’re not newbies when it comes to online gift wish lists and registries, but now there’s a new one that just may be smarter than all the rest. I have the same problem every year at Christmas with gift-giving: My kids see something they want, I absent-mindedly tell both grandparents, then Christmas morning comes, and I’m getting hurt looks from one grandmother as she sees my kid open the exact same gift she got him. Ugh. So this year I’m going digital with Checked Twice. This site has some really nice features I love. First, it eliminates the problem of repeat gifts...

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Mynd: Possibly the best free calendar app we’ve found.

I’m the type of person who loves to be organized. It’s embarrassing admitting that school supply shopping tops my list of fun stuff to do. But when it comes to calendars, I’m kind of a stick in the mud. I mean, even though we’ve reviewed a lot of the best calendar apps, I’ve been perfectly happy to stick with iCal to organize everything my family does. I’m usually wary of new calendar apps because I really don’t want to have to start from scratch, you know? Well, let me just say…Ive been converted. Before I get carried away with how...

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eReatah: Like a Netflix for e-books. Books you get to keep.

I love the feel of a real book in my hands, but I have to admit I really love the convenience of ebooks when I’ve just finished The Hunger Games and I can’t wait more than five minutes to get Catching Fire downloaded on my iPad. But what do you do when you’ve finished the series and you’re searching for that next life-changing book to read? There’s a new company entering the ebook world, now in beta testing, and I’m loving the idea. eReatah is fast (like a cheetah, get it?) and easy. For a monthly subscription–choose from 2...

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A unique school fundraising idea using your very own photos

School fundraisers are increasingly necessary these days with so many funding cuts, but we all know that even as kids are out shilling candy and wrapping paper, it’s their parents end up doing most of the work. So I’m excited to find this very innovative idea that just may help get the class that much closer to their trip to DC. Edited to add: This service is no longer available but for a similar crowdfunding photo site, please check out Foto Fund There’s always that one parent with the amazing camera, the one you beg to send you her pictures...

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Turning your photos into talking photos with the Shuttersong app

I love when I catch that perfect, precious moment of my sweet little guys and girl on camera. But the ability to add their adorable little voices to the photo? Stop it. The new Shuttersong app does this effortlessly. This is seriously ratcheting up the adorable factor in the way I’m going to share my photos.   The Shuttersong app is so easy to use that it has a wordless interface, which makes it both beautiful and completely intuitive. In fact, my three-year-old quickly figured out how to change the photo filters (it’s the bar across the top of the screen)...

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