Author: Kristen Chase

Watching the total solar eclipse in August? Here’s how to get the glasses you’ll need for free.

Unfortunately, we’re going to be in an airplane during the highly anticipated total solar eclipse in August, so it’s questionable as to what we’ll be able to see of it. But, if you’re going to be on the ground, mark your calendar because this is not to be missed. The only issue: you’ll want to have glasses to protect your eyeballs, even if you’re in the areas where you’ll only see a partial solar eclipse. Related: 71 of the best science Twitter accounts to follow But, lucky you! There are a bunch of libraries (like 4800 or so) across...

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Summer screen time making you nuts? Here’s how to manage it, parents.

If you’re like us, then your kids having been begging for screen time the second they got out of school. But hey, just because you’re home more doesn’t necessarily mean you get more time on your screens, kids. So, to help you manage the summer screen time, we’ve got a ton of fantastic resources, ideas, and tips to help make it a whole lot easier, all of which we’ve tried ourselves and can vouch for as working in our own homes. Related: The Circle for Disney screen time management system. Is it worth it?  Take a peek at our...

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4 ways to use tech to keep your family mosquito free this summer.

Summer is here, and that means a whole lot of bugs, and ways to try to prevent my kids from getting bitten by bugs. Thankfully, there are smart ways to use tech to help keep those mosquitos at bay, at least around your home, or when you’re on the road, you camping types. Related: The best bug sprays for Zika virus protection First up, the Stinger cordless mosquito lantern, which can kill up to 40% more bugs with its UV black light. And, when you don’t need to zap pesky critters, you can use it as a regular LED...

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Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Now with AI. And a sense of humor.

We’re big fans of Sphero, as you might guess considering we’ve featured lots of their cool tech toys here on Cool Mom Tech (BB-8 anyone?), so it’s no surprise we’re intrigued by their newest launch, Spider-Man. But unlike their other toys that move around, Spider-Man keeps you company without having to lift a finger. Or web. Related: Sphero 2.0 brings a whole new meaning to playing ball. This WIFI-connected interactive toy does everything from tell jokes to guard your room, all at your request. That’s right, just ask (or tell) Spider-Man what you need and he’ll take care of...

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Instagram’s new Archive feature lets you hide photos, rather than delete them. Brilliant!

We’ve probably all had photos we’ve shared on social media that we would very happily forget, like say my lovely “before” shot I took when I was starting a workout regimen a few months after having a baby that now pops up every single time I Google my name. Well, Instagram has launched a new feature that can help those of us who’d love to hide photos we’ve posted that we don’t necessarily don’t want to delete. Related: Here’s what happened when this teen deleted all his social media accounts Their new Archive feature allows you to hide photos...

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A computer mouse that will make you smile, every time you use it.

Even though the second we saw the new Doodle Collection computer mouses from Logitech and instantly thought they’d be a fun graduation gift for a soon to be high-school or college freshman. I really want one for myself. Aren’t they fun? Related: Fun, manga laptop sleeves we want for ourselves It’s tough to choose a favorite one, but whichever design you pick, you’re getting a wireless mouse with a battery that will last you 18 months. Plus, you can use it up to 33 feet away from your computer. Granted, I’m not sure why you would need to do...

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Wear your Apple Watch on your sleeve.

So many people are using their Apple Watch as a fitness tracker (and music player), but not everyone wants to wear it on their wrist. If that sounds like you, or perhaps the dad in your life, the ActionSleeve from TwelveSouth is what you’ve been looking for. And right now, it’s 15% off. Related: 4 stylish fitness trackers that look great outside of they gym, too. For sports like CrossFit, kickboxing, weight lifting (you get the idea), wearing the Apple Watch on your wrist can be movement prohibitive, which is why the ActionSleeve is a smart alternative. Granted, I’m...

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New study about kids’ online behavior might surprise you, parents. And not in a good way.

A recent survey of more than 1600 U.K. kids revealed some fascinating results when it comes to kids’ online behavior, leading the UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to make some pretty strong recommendations for parents. Remember that tech talk we’ve spoken about on a frequent basis here on Cool Mom Tech? They want parents to be having it with their kids every two weeks. But really, parents should be talking to their kids about their digital lives every single day. Related: 8 shocking statistics about kids’ online behavior that parents need to know...

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Kids Listen makes it super easy to find the best podcasts for kids

I’m not the only one in my house who loves listening to podcasts. My kids, especially my son, are big fans too, which is why I was so excited to discover Kids Listen, a web app that creates curated playlists of the best podcasts for kids. And from what I can tell, they’ve got very good taste. Hello, Wow in the World! Related: How to find and listen to podcasts on your iPhone If you’ve ever tried to find good podcasts for kids on iTunes, then you know that the task can be pretty overwhelming. There are a ton of...

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Here’s what you need to know about the Apple HomePod aka Alexa by Apple.

Okay, okay so the new HomePod is not technically the Amazon Echo (aka Alexa), but well, it pretty much is, just shaped more like a marshmallow in Apple’s signature black and white. That’s not to say we’re all not going to want it when it hits shelves in December, but it’s a pretty late arrival considering Alexa, Dot, and Google Home (just to name a few) have been on the market for awhile now. And for the most part, people (including me) are pretty happy with them. Related: 27 cool things you can do with the Amazon Echo While...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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