Author: Kristen Chase

The big issue with Snapchat’s Snap Map and kids that no one is talking about. But should.

When Snapchat (or just Snap, as it’s being called these days) rolled out it’s Snap Map feature earlier this summer, there was a lot of buzz about the safety risks it could present, especially with so many younger users. Basically, the Snap Map tracks your whereabouts, and shares it with your friends, selected friends, or publicly (if that’s how your app is set). Freaky, right? You’re probably saying to yourself “why don’t they just turn the damn thing off,” except, you actually can’t. Yes, yes, there is Ghost Mode, which you can set and then blocks the ability for other...

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Recall alert: These glitter-filled iPhone cases are burning people. Yikes!

If you or your tween or teen loves those glitter-filled iPhone cases, you know, the ones with liquid and floating sparkles and designs, you’ll want to check the manufacturer stat. The CPSC has recently issued a recall because there have been numerous reports that the liquid inside could cause chemical burns. Eep. Related: 5 fun rainbow iPhone cases These cases, all made by manufacturer MixBin Electronics, have been sold in places like Amazon, Henri Bendel, and Nordstrom Rack, just to name a few, and in about 24 reported cases (so far, that is), the chemical inside has leaked out...

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These unicorn iPhone cases for teens and tweens are magical!

These days, back to school shopping almost always includes a new iPhone case, especially if you’re like me and you’ve got a tween or teen in the house. Unicorns were hot last year, but they seem particularly hot for back to school season this year. We’re seeing them everywhere! Here, 5 fun unicorn iPhone cases for tweens or teens. Or hey, maybe you. Who am I to put an age on magic? Cool Mom Tech is a reward style affiliate. Related: 18 seriously cool unicorn iPhone cases  We’ve featured this Always Be Yourself unicorn iPhone case from Society 6...

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How to figure out how much of the total solar eclipse you’ll see, based on where you live.

If you’re counting down the days to the total solar eclipse (or The Great American Eclipse) like us, you’ll probably want to know exactly how much you’ll see of it based on where you live, which is why you’ll want to check this handy calculator from Vox. Related: 5 fun total solar eclipse gifts. Yay darkness!  Simply add your zip code and it will tell you exactly how much of the total solar eclipse will be visible, as well as what time it will peak. For me, it looks like I’ll only be getting a partial eclipse at around 2:30pm...

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We’re celebrating the total solar eclipse with these fun gifts. Yay darkness!

We have to admit that we’re getting pretty excited about the total solar eclipse on August 21. Depending on where you live (or where you’re traveling to), you could experience up to 3 minutes of complete darkness during day. Along with making sure you’ve got safe solar eclipse glasses, we’re loving these fun solar eclipse gifts to commemorate an experience that has happened in a very long time. Related: 5 expert tips for watching the total solar eclipse with kids Snag this cool solar eclipse gym tank in everything from a t-shirt to a hoodie, even a baby onesie...

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iPhone trick: How to use Text Replacement to make your texting life a whole lot easier.

You’ve probably seen the stories about how kids have pranked their parents using the Text Replacement feature on the iPhone. You know, they set it so that when their parents text the word “No,” it gets replaced with the word “Yes.” Oh kids these days. As it turns out, this handy feature is so smart for parents, because it can actually help you text more quickly when you need to send a reply and you’re juggling 400 other things. Sound familiar? Related: 3 iPhone tricks for when you’re too busy to take that call Here’s how to set up...

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How to host a Facebook Live just for specific friends (and why you should).

This past week, I was unable to pick up my son from hockey camp, which meant missing his big game. Womp, womp. But, thanks to a cool Facebook Live feature you might not know about, my fiancé was able to film the whole thing, and not have it publicized to anyone else but me. And I got to watch it Live as it happened, almost like I was there in person! Related: How to use the new Facebook Story feature. To share a Facebook Live just for Specific Friends, simply head over to your Facebook feed, and hit “Live”...

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A Star Wars hotel is coming. And it looks like… Westworld?

With the Star Wars lands hitting Disney Parks late next year (or early 2019), we probably shouldn’t be surprised that they’re adding a Star Wars hotel to the mix too. And while we don’t have many details, we have to say it sounds (and looks) a little bit like Westworld. Hold the cowboys and bar maids. Related: DIY Star Wars slime your kids will love According folks that attended the D23 Conference in Los Angeles where it was announced, this new Star Wars hotel will feature various storylines that guests participate in for their entire stay, all while surrounded...

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Solid as a rock.

I’ve been in the mood for a new iPhone case, which is how I discovered these fun geode cases at Society 6. While they’re not real geodes (I know, stating the obvious here), they really do look like the real thing. Such a bright, colorful way to keep your iPhone safe, all summer long, and right now, they’re 20% off plus free shipping. Whoo! Here are just a few of my favorites from the artist TheQuarry. You can also search around the site for other geode cases from other designers. Related: Over 30 of the coolest iPhone cases for every...

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Amazon Prime Day tech deals you won’t want to miss

In case you didn’t hear yet, it’s Prime Day, the day when Amazon deals abound, particularly for those of you shopping for tech gadgets. As you might have guessed, there are way too many deals for us to round them up right here, but we did find a few to get you started! – Save 50% off an Amazon Echo or Alexa as she’s fondly known, which is a fantastic deal on this super popular gadget. If you’re wondering why you might need one, check out 27 things you can do with your Amazon Echo. – We love our...

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