Author: Kristen Chase

What is SnapHack? It’s the reason we warned parents about Snapchat.

Just a few weeks ago, we featured four apps kids are using that parents should know about, and noted that SnapChat was decreasing in popularity–which gives us a small sigh of relief. But with a brand new app release this week, we’re thinking kids might start heading back to SnapChat. Here’s what you need to know.    SnapChat, in a nutshell, has been called “the sexting app” because it allows you send in snaps which presumably “disappears” after a 30 seconds giving the sender a false sense of security. Originally, when someone tries to take a screenshot of your...

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4moms brings amazing technology to a brand new collection of must-have baby gear

I’m amazed every day at how many tech innovations in baby gear there have been since I had my first daughter nine years ago, many of which we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Tech. By far, one of the most popular strollers we’ve shared with you was the 4moms Origami stroller, also the makers of one of my favorite play yards. And now we have the exclusive scoop on three amazing new products from them and wow–they are incredible.  Let’s just say I am geeking out over baby gear and don’t even have a baby.   rockaRoo Baby SwingRecently,...

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Why your favorite Facebook fan page posts aren’t showing up in your news feed.

You might have noticed that some (or many) of your favorite Facebook fan pages have started disappearing–again–from your news feed on Facebook. Thanks to a recent Facebook update that eliminated Facebook Edgerank, entirely changing how Facebook handles your news feed, it’s like Groundhog Day, sigh. Well, here are the 3 simple steps you need to follow to make sure you’re seeing the fan page posts you want to see on Facebook.  –Julie + Kristen 1. Go to the fan page. Then, right under the header photo, make sure the Liked button is checked. 2. Next, mouse over the “Liked”...

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Swanky covers that aren’t just a pretty case.

I’ve had my eye on a few super stylish iPhone cases, but I have to be honest, I’m a little fearful of how well they’d hold up with my slippery hands and my kids’ grubby fingers. Well, my fear is gone thanks to my new cover that’s so swanky I get compliments on it pretty much every day. I’ve had my ADOPTED leather wrap case on my iPhone 5 for a few weeks now and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten compliments. And how often I’ve dropped it. In both instances, I’ve been more than pleased. It’s got...

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Feet for your smartphone

If you’re like me and just toss your phone in your handbag or briefcase, then you’re probably opening up all your plugs to all sorts of not-so-awesome dust and dirt. And while I’ve seen USB covers, I can’t say I’ve seen an actual smart phone dust plug. Until now. These hilarious feet smartphone dust plugs crack me up every single time. Just pop it into the plug on your iPhone 4, 4S, or 5, as well as your Samsung phone, and not only does it protect your phone from wayward particles that are surely floating around in your bag,...

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The best first laptop for a child? Reader Q&A

My 10-year old son is definitely ready for his own laptop, but I have no idea what to get him! Can you help with a child-friendly option? -Amy Funny you should ask, Amy. I just decided to get a laptop for my 9-year old, which was a lot easier than I expected. Here are a couple of suggestions that I hope will help you out. –Kristen Now my first instinct was to buy a new laptop, like the ASUS X501U that we recently featured. At under $350 the price was definitely right, and so I figured that would be...

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Piquing our Geek: New fitness tech with the Sensoria Smart Sock Fitness Tracker

As an avid runner, I’ve got my fair share of fitness gadgets, many of which we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Tech. So I suppose it’s no surprise that I’m fascinated by this new fitness tracker that actually attaches to a smart sock. Yes, a sock. The Sensoria Smart Sock Fitness Tracker (phew, a mouthful!) is unlike any other fitness gadget I’ve seen. It involves a smart, washable sock, plus an anklet that magnetically snaps on the cuff of the sock, and then it all comes together with a mobile app for iPhone or Android that monitors and guides you...

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Celebrate Apple App Store’s 5th birthday with free apps

I can’t believe it’s been five years since Apple launched their app store. (And as you know, we love Apple apps!). But hey, I’m all for a celebration, especially when it means that some of their most popular and usually quite expensive apps are free! Now through their official birthday on Wednesday, you can snag favorite apps that we’ve featured on Cool Mom Tech for free! Take a look at some of the awesome deals: – Day One, (usually $4.99) – Barefoot World Atlas, (usually $4.99) – Where’s my Water, (usually $.99) – Tiny Wings, (usually $.99) – Toca...

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The best new Kindle FreeTime Unlimited downloads for kids

As parents, we’re big fans of Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, which gives you access to tons of kids’ content at one low monthly price–especially nice for those of us who have purchased ebooks, videos and games, only to find our kids were bored after one play. There’s been some confusion as to exactly what’s included in the monthly fee and the answer is…a lot! So here are a few of our favorite picks for big and little kids from the thousand new titles of games, shows, apps and books, all for the Kindle. And if you have FreeTime Unlimited well,...

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Fun DIY tech project: Braided cord covers

I’ve decided to spend a little energy styling my home office this summer, and first up, putting my excellent friendship bracelet-making skills (ha) to good use by covering a few of those unsightly cords with this cool tutorial. We’ve featured other DIY ways to save your frayed power cords, even ideas for how to use washi tape to decorate your cables, but I really love the way this DIY braided cord project looks in the end. With just a few supplies you’ve probably got in your house already and a simple knotting technique you might have even learned as...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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