Category: Gift Guides

Editors Best Tech of 2011: The gadget cases we’re coveting

Now that we all own a laptop, a camera, a smartphone or two, and who knows what else, we all need great gadget cases. How wonderful that there are so many that our functional and fabulous all at once. For the iPad: Seth Aaron iPad cases for MarooLiz: I have had more people ask where I got my iPad case this year, than nearly any non-tech accessory I own. That’s saying something. Project Runway winner Seth Aaron’s line of cases for Maroo are a little punk, a little high-fashion, and still smartly crafted to offer serious protection. I love...

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Editors Best Tech of 2011: The coolest techcessories

While we love our gadgets, we also love those clever and cool tech accessories that make them work better, more efficiently, or more effortlessly. Here, we present our very favorite techessories of 2011. PlugBugLiz: A brilliant little adapter from twelvesouth that let’s you charge your Macbook and iPhone or iPad from one socket. Total travel necessity for me now. Motorola RoadsterKristen: I’m all about going hands-free in the car, and the Motorola Roadster makes that happen while keeping amazing sound integrity. It’s so much more than a bluetooth or a speaker phone, giving you talk-to-text capabilities just like your own...

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Editors Tech Best of 2011: The coolest websites

While not every one of these websites are brand new, these are the ones that we fell in love with in 2011, may of which experienced terrific upgrades and improvements that make our lives a lot easier or more entertaining. Culling from reviews on both Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech, we hope these 15 sites are all here to stay. Pinterest Liz: Talk about going from 0 to 60 in about 0 seconds–Pinterest seems to have gotten huge, fast, and no surprise. It’s making plenty of us very very happy. (Hey, you can even follow us there...

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Editors Best Tech of 2011: The best photo editing and sharing resources

If parents all do one thing with technology, it’s take and share pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. This year saw a slew of new apps and resources to help making your picture taking, editing and sharing easier and more fun. Here are our editors’ favorites. InstagramKristen + Liz: The fact that the number of Instagram users is surpassing the number of Foursquare users says something, and we bet the huge number of parents on this photo-sharing social network has a lot to do with it. While we did prefer the filter before this year’s app update, it’s still...

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Editors Best Tech of 2011: The coolest gadgets for kids

Even though our kids somehow get their hands on our own smart phones and tablets, these cool gadgets are made just for them. And guess what? They love them so much they actually leave ours alone. LeapPad ExplorerLiz: First there was Cabbage Patch Kids, then Tickle-me-Elmo, then the LeapPad Explorer tablet, the next “impossible to find” must-have holiday gift for kids. It’s not entirely surprising considering the excellent functionality, LeapPad quality, and affordable price. That is, unless you bought yours scalped off a guy on Craig’s List. VTech InnoTabKristen: I am impressed with how much kids can actually do...

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Editors Best Tech of 2011: The coolest apps for little kids and preschoolers

We use our gadgets as just one tool in a huge arsenal of parenting tricks to help us entertain our little ones. When we do, here are the apps that keep our kids happy, with lots of emphasis on storytelling, imagination and creativity. Toca Boca appsLiz + Kristen: Every app this Swedish company makes turns to digital gold. From the quirky Toca Hair Salon to the charming Toca Tea Party, these are the apps our younger kids return to again and again. Often with the company of their big siblings. Eric Carle: My Very First AppKristen: It’s no surprise that...

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Editors Best Tech of 2011: The coolest apps for tweens and big kids

Those tweens and big kids can be a tough crowd when it comes to technology, but these apps have passed the test. And why we’re always wondering where our iPhones and iPads are. BrainPOPLiz: Our post headline says it all: Brain Pop Jr answers kids’ questions better than “ask your father.” While technically a website, there’s also a free iPad app that that features one of their entertaining, educational, non-patronizing movies a day. Topics range from presidential history to financial literacy, even 9/11. Weird but TrueKristen: What is it about bigger kids being obsessed with all things odd and...

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Editors Best Tech of 2011: The coolest apps for grade schoolers

These top kids’ apps of 2011 are the perfect combination of education and entertainment, which is why our editors–and our grade schoolers–think they’re cool. Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This AppLiz: While Mo Willems’ debut app is designed for preschoolers and up, I really think it’s the 5-6 year olds who get the most out of it. Because it’s more than an awesome ebook you help create yourself, it’s the tools and inspiration to get you writing on your own. Stack the StatesKristen: I have to admit that combining trivia with a sort of Tetris-like game is pretty brilliant....

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Editors Best Tech of 2011: The coolest online shopping helpers

As much as we love shopping, we love it even more thanks to the amazing sites and apps that make our online shopping experience much easier, especially on our wallets. FabLiz: Because I’m addicted to of course I’m addicted to the little alert that hits my iPhone at 11 AM every morning. It’s the fastest way to find everything that’s cool, modern, and possibly…mine.  PriceblinkLiz: I can’t even tell you how much money I’ve saved shopping this year with the help of Priceblink. While you can go right to their website, I love the browser add-on which automatically...

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