Category: Computers

IdeaPad Yoga 13 – It’s a laptop! It’s a tablet! It’s both!

It may come as no surprise that I have been in the market for a new laptop for some time, especially because I mention my antiquated Dell Vostro any chance I get. Anyone who has to wait seven minutes for their computer to start up can empathize. The thing is, every time I start looking at options, I’m just amazed at the kind of innovation I’m seeing, including the new increasingly viable tablet-laptop hybrids. (Which is even more reminder of how old my sputtering machine is). One such example is the IdeaPad Yoga 13 by Lenovo. At first glance,...

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Apple reveals iPad Mini, iPad 4, and more!

As expected, today Apple launched a bunch of new gadgets, including the highly anticipated iPad Mini and the big surprise, an iPad 4th generation. But those weren’t the only newsworthy products Apple launched that we think might be of interest to you. Here we rounded-up the best of what’s coming from Apple, along with the scoop on the new iPad with Retina Display and the iPad Mini. Isn’t it cute? Before we get to the huge tablet news, we should mention the brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display¬†(below) that’s pretty exciting if you’ve been wanting all the...

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The latest news from Apple that parents should get excited about

Anytime Apple holds a big event, we at Cool Mom Tech wait with bated breath for the news of their next great tech innovations. Yesterday at the WWDC (World Wide Developer’s Conference), in usual Apple fashion, their announcements didn’t disappoint. Yay for iOS 6! Here, a quick recap of what we’re most excited about. Hint: Apple products are about to get a whole lot thinner, faster and fancier, from the MacBook Air to remarkable changes on the iPhone and iPad. MacBook Air and MacBook Pro changes I’ve been eyeing the MacBook Air and Pro line of laptops for a...

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Are you key-bored? We can fix that.

Keyboards can be so boring: The same letters, numbers, symbols. Can’t we spice it up?  Why, yes. Yes we can. We’ve found several cool sets of vinyl sticker decals for your Mac keyboard should you be interested in getting quirky with the keys. The adorable Lego keyboard set (above) is available from NoisyBoyStore on Etsy. The vinyl decals supposedly have an outdoor life of 3-5 years; no promises as to how long that’ll last on your laptop, considering sticky kid fingers and how often one must update Pinterest boards these days. We were also entranced by this outrageous Mac...

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Want! My Top CES Laptop Pick: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

Even though tablets and smartphones are my top choices for digital access on the go, I am still a fan of physical keyboards and the full functionality of laptops for getting real work done on the road. At CES this week, I saw a demo of a game changing laptop-tablet hybrid called Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13. And I want it. Badly. The YogaPad’s 13.3 inch HD screen is agile enough to rotate a full 360 degrees (get it? Yoga?), converting the laptop to a tablet. It has 8 hours of battery life–which is pretty amazing–and auto updates email and...

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What’s a good family desktop computer? Reader Q+A

What would be your pick for a family desktop computer? We have 7 & 5 year old boys and my husband is wanting to look at some of the touch screen desktops. Thanks for any opinions! -Heather We definitely like the idea of a touch screen desktop, Heather, especially since so many kids are already used to it thanks to the proliferation of tablets and smart phones that have the same. Aside from the HP TouchSmart  that we featured on our site and recommend you consider, here are three other options. Just make sure to get a big hard...

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Intel Ultrabooks – Light as air laptops, only for PC users

If you are a PC user who has been coveting a laptop as light as a MacBook Air – then the wait is over with a new offering from Intel that weighs less than 3 pounds. Intel Ultrabooks are not only lightweight, they’re less than 1 inch thick, and I’m so glad to see other laptops finally lightening their load. One laptop in particular, the 13.3 inch Toshiba Portege Z835 is one that impressed, and it’s also lighter on the budget–just $799 compared to the $1,299 MacBook Air. Wow. As for features, the Toshiba Portege Z835 has a strong...

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Dell and Threadless sitting in a tree

I love that buying tech these days doesn’t mean you’re relegated to a plain silver or black gadget that looks exactly like every other. (Or wow–remember when they were all beige?) Now that there are so many ways to express our personalities through our technologies,I love that Dell and the always wonderful Threadless have teamed up to give us custom tech at its best. We’re already big fans of the Dell Design studio, which allows you to choose from all sorts of cool designs to jazz up your laptop. But now, you can take the awesome t-shirts designs from...

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Goodbye, Steve

This morning we all woke up to a world without Steve Jobs in it. And if our social media feeds were any indication, you don’t have to be a techy to be profoundly moved by this loss. Both Kristen and I and so many of our writers are feeling it deep in our souls today. He was our generation’s Edison, our DaVinci, our John Lennon. Or as one blogger put it, he was simply our Steve Jobs. As I tried to describe to my daughter just why I was so sad this morning, I realized that all these things...

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3 reasons parents need a netbook

I can’t tell you how many people stop me when I’m out and about, to ask me if I love my netbook. After using a few different brands for over a year now, I have to say that it’s definitely one of the smarter investments I’ve made–not just for my own work but for our family as well. So let me tell you what I tell everyone who stops to ask. 1. Travel When my husband made a bit of an impulse purchase with our first netbook, I initially didn’t understand the appeal. But with his frequent travel, it’s...

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