Author: Kristen Chase

DayOne: A fantastic baby book app, even if your baby isn’t a baby anymore

Now that I’ve discovered this amazing new journaling app, I know plenty of parents can make up for lost time without going out of their way. In fact, it might be the very best baby book app I’ve found. I pretty much ditched the baby book after my oldest daughter turned six months, and now, four kids later, the only record I have is on my personal blog, which is scattered with photos and stories, but not the everyday bits that I’d love to have kept. The DayOne app saves the day. It’s one of the easiest and most intuitive...

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How do I watermark my photos for free? Easy!

Now that I’ve started posting photos of my family on the Internet, I’ve been thinking much more about how to watermark my photos. Thankfully, it’s not nearly as complicated as I thought, especially with the help of my go-to photo editing site, PicMonkey. Whether you’re posting photos of your kids on Facebook or sharing pictures of your crafts or recipes on Pinterest, here are simple instructions on how to watermark your photos.   There are actually a couple of ways to watermark your photos using PicMonkey, both of which won’t take you long.   WATERMARKING WITH A NAME/URL The...

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Meet Afterlight: Possibly our new favorite photo editing app

As an avid iPhone camera user, I generally use Camera+ to shoot my cell phone photos, and then upload it to Snapseed for editing before sharing on Instagram. Phew! But recently I was introduced to a cool new app that has all my favorite features of all the editing apps combined. And wow, is it awesome. Afterlight Photo Editor [EDITED TO ADD: Since publishing this post, the app has changed its name from Afterglow to Afterlight] is a fantastic iOS app that allows you to shoot and then edit your photos in myriad ways. Once you take the photo in the app–or...

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How to get the most out of the Magisto video editing app

If you’re like me, you’ve got tons of family videos on your smartphone and lots of aspirations to do something with them all. But then “one of these days” turns into months and years, because who really has time to sit down and edit together hours worth of video? Well, not me. So when I learned about the Magisto video editing app at CES 2013, I couldn’t wait to give it a try with my own videos. Let’s just say, I’m super impressed, considering I’ve put together the coolest videos with just a couple of clicks. How Magisto Works...

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How to make an iPod Touch safe for kids

[This post has been updated as of January 2014 to include new information] I’m pretty sure almost every one of my oldest daughter’s friends got an iPod Touch for Christmas this year. We’re talking third-graders. And while even we here at Cool Mom Tech have recommended it as an option for a handheld gaming device for kids, the iPod Touch has a lot of features that are decidedly not kid-friendly, which is why you want to make sure you understand all the ways to make an iPod Touch safe for kids. Unless you’re watching your child like a hawk every...

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Piquing Our Geek: The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

While I was cleaning out my mom’s house this summer, I found a boatload of old 35mm film negatives and other than send them to a service that develops old photos, I had absolutely no idea what to do with them. Well, with this campaign on Kickstarter (update: and now available through the lomography store), I might be able to scan them myself using my own smart phone.   The Lomography smartphone film scanner is a dream gadget for retro-photographers, analog film buffs, or hey, people like me who have tons of 35mm film negatives and no real way of printing...

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The new FitBit One and FitBit Zip: Don’t wait until New Year’s to get in shape

I was a big fan of the FitBit back when it came out, a handy little gadget that’s sort of a pedometer on steroids. It’s great for those of us who aren’t super hard core fitness buffs but just want to have something that keeps track of our basic activity, calories, and steps. Well big news: FitBit has launched two new gadgets, both of which I think will make fabulous holiday gifts. I just spotted the new FitBit One in stores a few days ago, and similar to the FitBit Ultra which it is replacing, this smart gadget tracks steps and calories, plus has...

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Where to print Instagram photos? SnapBox makes the answer a whole lot easier.

With everyone wondering where to print Instagram photos, it’s nice there are helpful apps like Keepsy and cool services such as CanvasPop to turn them all into great artwork and gifts. In fact, I think I’m already done with most of my holiday shopping. Jealous? But since discovering this brand new service launching today, I’ve got another amazing way to take any smart phone photos and whip them up into amazing, affordable photo gifts. Even better, you can order them from your smart phone and pick them up right at your local drug store. Meet SnapBox, a cool new...

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The new Evernote smart notebook from Moleskine – Changing note taking forever

Considering I never leave home without my Moleskine and am completely addicted to Evernote, you can imagine how excited I was to hear about their brand new collaboration that’s nothing short of amazing. And if you’re not yet using Evernote, an amazing organizational app that lets you categorize and organized everything from photos and scanned documents to written notes and drawings with a simple photo from your camera or an email, this might just be the perfect gateway to your newest app addiction.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the new Evernote Pocket Ruled Smart notebook that uses Evernote’s page...

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How do people make those collages on their Instagram photos?

I’ve been eyeing up the adorable photo collages on my Instagram feed, wondering how my fellow iPhoneographers were making them. Well, it definitely can’t hurt to ask, because I got the scoop on the coolest collage app that’s super easy to use. PicFrame offers you a ton of different photo collage options, allowing you to showcase more than one photo in a large square that’s perfect for Instagram.  I’ve made a bunch already, all of which just require you to tap to upload your photo into the frame of your choice, then slide to fit (or expand, depending on...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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