Author: Kristen Chase

Breaking news: Apple refund coming for all those accidental in-app purchases from your kids

Although my own kids haven’t made any in-app purchases without my permission that I know of (knocking on wood right now), I know lots of parents whose kids certainly have. And thanks to a new FTC ruling, Apple has to pay you back for all those accidental in-app purchases. Whether it was a single $.99 indiscretion or hundreds of dollars on new lives in Candy Crush, Apple is now required to provide full restitution to parents whose kids made in-app purchases without their parents’ permission.  Apple will also have to clarify when an in-app purchase is being made. Of...

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Web Coolness: Simpsons go LEGO, changes to Gmail, your new Jetsons kitchen, and more!

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did.   Simpsons LEGO set. Cool, dude. Our Editor Liz has been reporting back from CES, starting with some amazing kitchen innovations. Hello, Jetsons. Also announced at CES, Playstation Now. We’re intrigued. Some big changes coming to the SnapChat app that might (finally) dissuade users. What do you think? The First Annual Selfie Olympics got even weirder than you could imagine. Such a smart gadget for parents who have kids using computers. A new Gmail feature...

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The 7-minute workout app: Does it work?

Like millions of people, I’ve got “get in shape” at the top of my resolution list this year, but not a ton of time to spare. So while I figure out if I’m going to join the gym or start running again, I decided to give the 7 Minute Workout App a try. I mean, I’ve got 7 minutes a day. Maybe. Sometimes. So why not? But can 7 minutes really make any sort of difference? Well, I’ve been trying it for the last week and I have to say, I’m very pleasantly pleased. Now there are a lot of...

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The Jawbone UP vs. FitBit Flex – A fitness band smackdown

When it comes to fitness bands, the Jawbone UP vs FitBit Flex are the two comparisons that come up in every conversation I have. So for the last few weeks–yes, even during the holidays–Julie and I have been using them both to track our own activity and sleep. Or, uh, lack thereof. We are parents after all. If you’re wondering which fitness tracker is right for you, here are our thoughts on both devices. While there are other sources for all the technical specs, we’re sticking to the big picture–what you get, how they work, and why you might prefer...

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Web Coolness: SnapChat hacked, Facebook’s teen problem, and more

Here are a few links we’ve enjoyed reading this week around the web. We hope you like them as much as we do.   Holy awesome LEGO Joker Funhouse, Batman. Looks like Isaac Asimov’s predictions about 2014 are spot on. Freaky! SnapChat gets hacked in a big way. Was your (or your teen’s) account affected? Did you catch all the winners of our Editor’s Best of 2013? Congrats to all the cool picks! Goodbye, Cameras: Really beautiful New Yorker piece about the evolution of photography. If you’ve got visiting guests this winter, here’s a cool way to share your WIFI password. Helpful...

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Happy New Year, cool moms!

Thanks for hanging with us throughout 2013. It has been such an honor for us to have such an amazing, smart, challenging, savvy community. We’re excited for everything 2014 holds for us–and for you. Happy New Year! -Kristen, Liz, and Team Cool Mom...

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Last-minute donations made easy with tech

If you’re like us, you’re on a tech organization rampage right now, like backing up data, organizing digital photos, and getting rid of those cord tangles once and for all. Or at least until February. But before you close the curtain on 2013, might we suggest making a last minute donation to a worthy cause? Thankfully, you can do it in just a couple of clicks. Over on Cool Mom Picks today, we’ve rounded up our staff’s favorite causes and charities — some you might know, some that might be new to you. All of them could use your...

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3 ways to save money shopping online – even last minute.

Featured Partner Just because Christmas is on Wednesday doesn’t mean I’m done shopping online. With rush shipping and ship to store options, I can continue to avoid the crazy last-minute holiday crowds. And hey, if I can save money while I’m doing it, I’m all for it. Here, 3 simple ways to save money shopping online for the holidays and frankly, all year long. 1. Sign up for the store rewards programs where you already shop I tend to forget about rewards programs at stores I frequent in part because I do most of my shopping from home, and...

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The coolest last minute tech gifts. (Is it last minute yet? Yikes!)

I’m not sure about you, but Christmas really snuck up on me this year. It’s only a week away! (Eep!) But that’s one of the reasons I love tech–when you’re scrambling to find great gifts, they’re available to ship now, or even to pick up at the store with just a few hours to spare. That’s where our sponsor Best Buy comes in. It just so happens they’re fully stocked with some of our own favorite tech gifts from affordable treats to big splurges, including plenty we’ve recommended on our own 2013 Tech Holiday Gift Guide. Plus you can grab every one...

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5 of the coolest techie Pinterest pins this week

Make sure you’re following us on Pinterest because you might be missing pins like these, all of which are perfect for holiday giving. (Only 12 days until Christmas–but no panicking!)   1. A thoughtful gift for a shutterbug. And one we bet they don’t have yet. 2. One of the coolest gadgets we’ve seen for under $40. Score! 3. Love how this old holiday favorite got a digital makeover. 4. Awesome gift for the Minecraft lover in your life. 5. If you’re getting yourself or someone else an e-reader for Christmas, you’ll want to read...

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