Author: Pilar

Printing Instagram photos gorgeously (and easily) with Plywerk.

Cutting, matting, mounting, spraying adhesive that ends up peeling later–printing Instagram photos yourself then framing them can be a pain in the rear, but a professional framing service can be spendy. Hooray for alternatives! We’ve covered services like Canvas Pop which prints your photos on beautiful canvases, Prinstagram for posters, PostalPix for prints on aluminum, and InstaThis which does a nice job printing Instagram and other cell phone photos on acrylic or wood. But now there’s another service we’ve found with a new take on it all: Plywerk. This nifty purveyor of pre-cut pieces of sustainable maple and bamboo plywood...

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Unroll.me: How to clean up your inbox with a minimum of hair-pulling-out.

I’m usually not one for New Year’s resolutions, but, in the spirit of getting more done in 2014, I decided to tackle my email–like so many of you who ask us how to clean up your inbox when it’s overrun with more emails than anyone can keep up with. PaperKarma took care of my physical junk mail, so now, it’s all about cutting out the virtual variety with Unroll.me. This service attempts to clean up all those subscriptions you signed up for a million years ago, or the ones you mysteriously found yourself getting without ever signing up at all....

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3 completely silly, non-educational, totally fun apps that let kids be kids on their holiday break

To us, the holidays are a time for throwing the rules out the window a bit. We eat too many cookies, the kids stay up too late, and if their typical screen time doubles (or triples) while we all enjoy a little down time, so be it. So here are 3 of the silliest, completely non-educational, but way fun iOS apps that our kids love, to let them do just what kids do do best: be kids.   Dumb Ways To Die App This sunny little app–in the darkest possible way–is a surprisingly addictive, endlessly funny way to kill...

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CamMe Selfie App: A cool way to take group photos and actually be in them too

Why would a parent consider a selfie app? Let us count the ways. First off, the eleventy bazillion visitors you’ll want to capture memories with this holiday. However, unless you have a camera shutter remote for your DSLR or phone (hint hint, Santa), that group shot you’re after isn’t likely to have you in it. Sure, I’ve tried using the timer function on my camera, climbing up some shelves to make sure the extra-tall people’s heads aren’t cut off, then clambering down and running to get into the shot just in time for the shutter to capture my butt...

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The new Toca Mini app: It’s a small world after all.

Cute? Funky? Funny? That’s entirely up to you in this new colorful world from Toca Boca, one of our favorite developers of kids’ apps, and it’s all created with kids’ wild imaginations in mind. Toca Boca just released its latest iOS treat, and it’s sure to make your kids smile. Because I’m already smiling and according to my two, I’m ancient. (I prefer “young at heart.”) In Toca Mini, kids are given a blank “figurine” that they can customize to make unique fantasy friends. Ombre-striped, kewpie-eyed superhero? Mustache-tattooed, flower stamped friend? Done and done. To start, kids simply tap...

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Biggest Price Drop: A discount site for finding savings on the good stuff. The really good stuff.

As a parent, I think it’s my responsibility to save money where I can (kids are expensive!), but only on things I really want. That’s why we love finding great coupon apps and money-saving tech tools that make things easier. Besides, I never remember to bring coupons to the store with me, and no one needs 20 deodorants anyway. But a steal on an Anthropologie skirt or a deal on Jimmy Choo shoes? Now that can come in handy with this awesome site. Think of BiggestPriceDrop.com as a super chic lookbook updated in real time that lets you sort apparel,...

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Piquing our Geek: Draw your own video game with Pixel Press.

My second grader is crazy into made up games he creates and customizes himself. Everything from blueprints for Star Warsian buildings to trains crafted from Toca Builders blocks are on his roster of perpetual projects, and creating his own video game is definitely at the top of the list. If it sounds like your kid and mine could be long lost twins, then Pixel Press is about to channel their creative energy and make it a reality. The soon-to-be-released iOS and Android app started as a successful Kickstarter Campaign with more than 2200 backers, and is designed to turn your child’s drawings...

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Build-your-own computer kits for kids, all designed by another kid. Minds blown.

We all know STEM is a big deal in schools these days. The combination of science, technology, engineering and math is what kids are living on a daily basis, so a 10-year-old entrepreneur named Ethan Saadia wants to encourage even more kids to really get into computer science, with a start-up we’re excited to tell you about. Yes, he really is 10, and he really did invent PCs for Me. Housed on a website he built himself, Ethan’s business revolves around selling the first build-your-own computer kits designed just for kids. Ethan’s goal is to teach kids about the inner...

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Flips: Headphones that turn into speakers. Whoa.

As a family of frequent travelers, we have a lot of headphones at the ready, just waiting to be thrown into our carry-on bags or in the car. But we’e never seen anything like this before. Billed as a hybrid headphone/speaker system, Flips headphones are designed to work like regular headphones for personal listening, but turn into actual speakers when the earpieces are flipped over. How amazing for travel, when you want to transition from quiet gaming or movie time on the road, and then music when you get to your destination. Though they’re not noise-canceling specifically, having tried them out,...

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Hit the road with the Toca Cars app

Creative, quirky, playful, rule free and devoid of in-app pop ups (hooray!)–all reasons why Toca Boca is one of our most favorite app developers for kids. So lets rejoice for the new Toca Cars app! Taking a cue from more complex games like Minecraft (ahem, Toca Builders) I like that kids are getting a little bit more of a challenge from Toca apps, including this one. Toca Cars, released for iOS this week, is revving things up with two games in one. Kids can drive a car around a virtual cardboard town and knock stuff down, or they can create the...

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