Category: Editors’ Picks of the Year

The 12 best apps for parents of the year: Editors’ Best Tech of 2013

When we look for the best apps for parents all year long, it doesn’t mean we’re only looking for baby journals and monitors. Although we like those too, parents are connecting, organizing, photographing, and sharing digitally like no one else. With that in mind, we present our very favorite apps of 2013 that were either new or had notable upgrades. Considering parents are three times more likely to own an iOS device than the general public, it’s not surprising that app developers are still focusing on iPads and iPhones more. But we’re pleased to see more and more great...

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Best kids’ music to download now: Editors’ Best Tech of 2013

From our top 2013 kids’ albums, check out our favorite singles to download and you’ll get a nice sampling of the best family music of the year. We’ve got cool kids’ music that will get you all moving, thinking, and just plain ol’ singing-along-to-at-the-top-of-your-lungs. And hey, if you find a song you love, get the whole album and support a cool indie artist. That way you both benefit. Shine and the Moonbeams’ High Five The song that got me hooked on Shawana Kemp’s voice, this 2010 recording of High Five is smooth, soulful, and welcome to be stuck in my...

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The coolest new gadgets for kids: Editors’ Best Tech of 2013

Tracking down the coolest new gadgets for kids is one of our great joys as both parents and picky consumers. Each year sees a ton of launches, but not all of them make it to the next. Here, our very favorite launches of 2013 which both kids and parents can feel good about owning. More like this, please!   nabi Camera For years it’s been a challenge to recommend cameras for kids. They tend to be more novelty toys than good pieces of technology, but finally, nabi comes along, puts a foot down, and says, let’s change the game. For...

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The most chic tech accessories: Editors’ Best Tech of 2013

As much as we adore our tablets and smartphones, we might be even more excited about some of the gorgeous, chic tech accessories that we rely on to keep them protected and keep us wired in style. Here as part of our Best Tech of 2013 series, a few of our absolute favorites from this year that could make any tablet fan, devout e-reader, or audiophile feel that much more fancy.   Knomo Quilted Laptop Sleeves We fell in love with this brand a while back, and their 2013 styles are just as beautiful as ever. We still can’t...

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The most helpful tech tips: Editors’ Best Tech of 2013

Over the course of the year, we’ve put together so many helpful tech tips for our readers, plenty from your own questions to us. (We love answering reader questions!) Here, some of our favorite tips of the year, including lots just for parents, that we think you might find the most useful. Comparison of the top e-reader subscription services If you’ve ever wondered if you should be reading ebooks through Oyster, eReatah or Scribd–and what the heck the differences are anyway–this post breaks it down in simple terms. How to take better holiday photos These tips aren’t just great...

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The 11 coolest new gadgets of the year: Editors’ Best Tech of 2013

In our Editors’ Tech Picks of 2013 series, are so excited to present our picks for the coolest new gadgets of 2013. These are the 11 that best captured our imaginations this year, with a combination of smart design, functionality, innovation and just plain coolness. We hope we’ve included some of your own favorites too.     1. The iPad Air Hard to believe, but Apple took a near-perfect product and made it even better. It’s light, it’s sleek, it’s beautifully compatible with iOS 7, and that retina display is a thing of beauty. We find ourselves turning to our iPad...

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The best gadget cases we’re coveting: Editors’ Best Tech of 2013

We’re excited to launch our annual Editors’ Best of the Year series, featuring our very favorite tech picks we’ve come across in 2013. There was no submission process, no “vote for me” component–just the stuff we love. And so we start with one of our most loved categories, the best gadget cases we’re coveting. After all, we all have gadgets. And they all need cool cases right?   Adopted Leather iPhone Case Kristen gets compliments every time she has her Adopted case on her iPhone (above). They’re sturdy and gorgeous: Basically everything you’d want in a smart phone case....

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Top kids music singles of 2012 for download: Editors Best Tech Picks of 2012

Before we ring in another year, I’m looking back at some of my favorite kids’ music tunes of 2012. With a little something for every taste, here are some great songs to upload into your family music mix. 1. Thousand Star Hotel from The Okee Dokee Brothers’ Grammy-nominated  Can You Canoe? (Also a top Fids & Kamily pick) 2. Connect the Stars from The Pop-Ups’ Radio Jungle. 3. Nightmares Disappear from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s Make Believers. 4. High Five from Shine and the Moonbeams. 5. Why is Dad So Mad? (about Star Wars) from the Board of Education’s Binary   Check out...

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The coolest new gadgets for parents: Editors Best Tech of 2012

There are so many cool new tablets, cameras, speakers and gadgets out these days we’re overwhelmed by the options. But we think all of these are worth a look–and maybe even an “add to cart.” Liz Samsung Galaxy Camera I think this camera really will reinvent the idea of the portable digital camera. It’s got all the features of high-end point and shoot, with the addition of an Android-based touch screen on which you can download apps and connect to the Internet. Just…wow. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader fans got a big thrill with Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite this year, which...

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The coolest gadgets and games for family fun: Editors Best Tech of 2012

This was probably one of the biggest years for kids’ gadgets, but we definitely had our top favorites, and ones that we’d want in our own kids’ hands.   Kristen Nabi 2 With so many kids’ tablets on the markets, I’m going to have to pick the Nabi 2, which is the most versatile, well-designed one out there. I really like how it’s made to last a kid through when they’re not a little kid anymore. We parents can really appreciate that. Boogie Board LCD writing tablet My kids can’t put down their new Boogie Board LCD writing tablets...

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