Category: Gear

Kindle Books now for loan. Yay!

When I put together our Nook vs. Kindle e-reader comparison, one of the major differences between the two was that the Nook allows you to borrow books from the library–a nice feature if you’re a fast reader or don’t necessarily need to own every single one of Kurt Vonnegut’s books. But now, Kindle has upped the ante by allowing you to loan books with fellow Kindle owners. The new Kindle loan process seems simple–decide what book you want to loan, click “Loan This Book” on the “Your Orders” page, and Amazon will email your recipient. Then she’s got 14...

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The best Beatles songs for kids

While there are some awesome kindie rock bands out there that we’ve featured both here and on Cool Mom Picks, there are plenty of awesome “adult” tunes out there that work just as well for our kids. Now that the Beatles are on iTunes (whoo!), I’ve pulled together a few faves–perhaps less obvious than Yellow Submarine and Octopus’ Garden. And they’re all ready for downloading, whether you got a shiny new iPod under the tree or you’re looking to add some new life to your old one. Just grab the whole album, or download individual songs and make your very...

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The Dell Inspiron duo is a tablet! It’s a netbook! It’s a tablet!

With the holiday shopping rush now over, some of you lucky enough to be on Santa’s nice list may be looking to buy some new technology with those new gift cards, or take advantage of the big after-Christmas sales. For you tablet coveters, one of the most exciting new releases this year has to be the Dell Inspiron duo, a netbook that actually converts to a tablet. Oh yes it does. [find out how to win one of these beauties after the jump!] Essentially, the tablet has a swivel screen on a hinge, so if you flip it inward...

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Cool new cases for your cool new iPad and iPhone

If the holidays were super-good to you and you’re a proud new owner of an iPad or iPhone, chances are that you’re probably looking for a sleek new case to protect your sacred new tech toy. Well look no further–we’ve found a few gorgeous ones, and the brand just may surprise you. If the name Case-Mate conjures up images of practical but boring tech accessories, then you haven’t seen their recent makeover. Case-Mate hired industrial designer Erik Arlen (famous for his innovative shoe designs at Nike) to give edgy coolness to their mobile tech cases. And with prices starting...

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Piquing Our Geek: Custom Headphones for Lyric Freaks

I know people that I can describe as a man or woman of their word, but that’s being taken to a whole new level when words become a style of personalization for gadgets.  A pair of The Street Headphones are a holy, major, unabashed splurge at $1,100, but what you’re paying for isn’t what comes out of the headphones but what comes on top of them. These headphones, via design and research collective Freedom of Creation, can be customized with songs, quotes or whatever words represent the person wearing it. You have to admit they do look pretty stunning....

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Dads Dig This – BeSpeak iPhone app

Our next Dads Dig This guest blogger is David Wescott, a Durham, NC-based dad who writes about public relations, science communication, and politics at It’s Not a Lecture.  I admit that most of the time you can find me in worn jeans and something with a Red Sox logo, but sometimes I want to look good. Real good. Like Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman or Michael Douglas in Wall Street good.  Problem is I don’t have a clue about how to look that good. But since I can’t call up Alan Flusser, the guy who outfitted Pacino...

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Nook vs. Kindle – An e-reader smackdown

Whether you’ve got an e-readers at the top of your holiday list, or you’re shopping for one as a gift for someone else like I am, with so many to choose from it can be…well, hard to choose. So we decided to compare two of the hottest e-readers – the Nook and the Kindle – in a good old fashioned mom-moderated smackdown. We’ve found that comparing these two e-readers, the newest of which both have wi-fi (and 3G for more money), are sort of like comparing apples and oranges; the best choice really depends on your own personal preference...

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Dads Dig This : Crosley Revolution Portable Turntable

Curious about what hot tech dads are digging these days? Here’s our next installment of Dads Dig This featuring Andy Blackman Hurwitz, aka Disco Daddy, who is the co-founder of Baby Loves Disco and dad to three adorable boys. While analog technology might be old school to some, it’s still high tech to me, thanks to the Crosley Revolution sitting neatly on my desk, which flips it back to the future. This cool machine plays music effortlessly and wirelessly through any fm radio — whether its transistor or full stereo — and is totally cord-free, making it super portable....

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Colorful iPad cases make me happy

I’m hoping to get an iPad for Christmas. And by hoping, I mean I have this sneaking suspicion that when the sigOth said “don’t buy yourself anything right now, like an iPad” that that was some kind of subtle hint. So I’m already scouting out beautiful iPad cases so I can keep my new baby (should I get one. Of course.) safe, sound, and stylish This iPad trip cover by M-Edge might be just what I need to shake things up in my otherwise black array of technology covers. I love the stripes, but from the looks of the...

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Free smart phones at Best Buy. Oh yes they did.

With all the smart phone choices out there these days, deciding on the right one can be a bit overwhelming. And as busy moms, we don’t have enough time (or lollipops) to lug our kids from store to store, especially this time of year. It just so happens that Best Buy Mobile has a fantastic selection, covering all different carriers.  And they’ll be giving away some of that fantastic selection absolutely free. Seriously. [don’t miss a seriously amazing offer after the jump] Throughout December, Best Buy is giving away a free smart phone to customers with the purchase of...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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