Author: Kristen Chase

Is Unroll.me safe to use?

In a recent New York Times article, one of our favorite organizational apps Unroll.me was mentioned as selling user data (specifically emails with Lyft receipts) to Uber, and not surprisingly people are worried, including us. We’ve been using this app for years now, and have been recommending it since we first discovered it, so you can imagine we were surprised to hear the accusations. So, we decided to take a closer look at the Unroll.me Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, as well as speak to someone on their team to get clarification about what exactly is happening and...

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Tine lets you add digital photos, even video, to a paper greeting card. Hello, Mother’s Day!

Well, here’s one way to ensure no one will ever throw away that greeting card you so lovingly wrote out and mailed. These Tine message tags allow you to send photos, video, even audio messages using a special code that you can stick pretty much anywhere. Perfect for when a text, email or video just doesn’t cut it. (And we moms here say that means Mother’s Day). Related: A very cool digital Mother’s Day card from the whole family Simply pop the tag on the card or gift, then use the Tine app to record your message. Then, your lucky recipient...

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Web Coolness: 101 women in tech to follow on Twitter, stop snooping on your kid’s social media, and more

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web we enjoyed this week. We hope you like them too.   Funny art from Curly Bracket Design. (But so true). Here are 101 London women in tech to follow on Twitter. Get ready: Facebook is entering the world of VR. Here’s how to use Apple Air Pods on a plane. Are you listening to our Spawned podcast yet? Here’s how Yosemite rangers are using tech to save bears.   Easy supermarket tricks to help you save money at the store, including smart apps! Research says snooping and...

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New research: snooping on teens doesn’t work. Oops.

If you think spying and snooping on your kids’ social media behavior will help keep them safer, a new study in the Journal of Adolescence actually suggests otherwise, this recent post on Well Family discusses. In a survey of 455 adolescents, researchers found that teens who believed their parents were snooping on them shared less information that teens who felt their parents were respecting their space and boundaries. Related: Internet safety tips for families you can start using right now And this supports previous research that suggests snooping behavior from parents can negatively affect the home environment for families with teens. So...

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Holy mother of Pikachu, there’s Pokémon makeup!

If you’ve got Pokémon loving tweens and teens in your house, you better pop in some ear plugs before you show them the new line of Pokémon make-up from Korean brand TONYMOLY. They’ve got everything from nail polish to face masks, all covered in Pokémon branding, though they’re not just cute packaging. The products actually match certain characters, like Pikachu nail polish which comes with lightning bolts. Related: Is Pokémon Go safe for kids?  Before all the Poké geeks in your house get too excited, they’re not yet available here in the U.S. So, until then, you might have to keep...

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New study says screen time during the day is affecting your toddler’s sleep at night

If you’ve got toddlers on screens during the day, a new study out of England suggests it could be cutting into their sleep at night. And as we parents know, sleep is a precious commodity. Looking at data from about 700 British families, researchers discovered that kids between the ages of 6 months and 3 years who spend more time playing with touch-screen devices during the day got less sleep at night compared to kids who used touch screens less often. And, they took a lot longer to fall asleep too. Double whammy.  Related: 8 smart ways parents can manage screen time...

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An 8-year old boy learned how to drive on YouTube, then drove his sister to McDonald’s. Um.

Just when we parents were worried about all those scary parody videos on YouTube, an eight-year-old boy watched a regular old driving how-to video and decided to hit the road with his sister for a McDonald’s stop. Nope, we’re not kidding. Can you imagine getting the call from police to come pick up your kids at a local McDonald’s because your elementary-aged kid had driven there? And with his sister in the backseat, no less. Related: 12 of the funniest YouTube videos for kids The police officers had actually gotten several calls reporting a child behind the wheel, who was actually...

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This high-tech baby cot from Ford makes it feel like you’re driving your baby around at night.

Looks like Ford took a cue from all parents everywhere who have been stuck driving their baby around in their car to get them to fall asleep, and built a baby cot that actually mimics that exact experience. (Well, for the baby that is. Thankfully). The Max Motor Dreams makes it feel you’re driving a baby around, when actually, they’re just in bed and you’re binge watching Game of Thrones. As it should be, right? The phone app records your nighttime drive, and then when you’re back in your home, it uses that info to reproduce the experience with...

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How to use the new Facebook Story: It’s like Instagram Story and Snapchat had a baby!

Just when you got the hang of Instagram Story, Facebook decided to launch their new Facebook Story, which you’ve seen across the top of your News Feed if you’ve got the most recent version of the Facebook app. This is not to be confused with Messenger Day stories, which is similar but within the Facebook Messenger app. Related: Here’s how Facebook picks what’s in your News Feed. And how to change it.  Seriously though, what’s next? (via Amy Allen Clark on Facebook) Facebook Story is designed to function just like Instagram Story, but with a few fun Snapchat-like features....

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Get your tech organization in shape

When it comes to tech organization, sometimes it’s just as simple as a coin pouch transformed into a earbuds holder, which is exactly what these Triangle Coin Pouches from FashionABLE can do. And with style, too. Related: 3 smart tech organizers to help you tackle your cords We’re no stranger to the leather goods at FashionABLE, all of which are made by artisans who craft them by hand and who earn a sustainable income, education, as well as medical care for their families. But we love that their accessories are so fantastic for tech as well. These pouches are the perfect size for...

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