Category: Random Coolness

Web coolness: Custom emoji are coming, moms defending screentime, incredible tech-created artwork and more.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Hooray! Custom emoji are coming – and hopefully we’ll get to use of these feminist emojis too. (That PMS cramps emoji is kind of genius.) Free Apple Camp sessions for kids this summer! But hurry! The dark side of putting your family on YouTube. Yikes. The kids who lost their Harvard acceptance letters because of social media posts. Video of a  toddler Star Wars fan you have to see. (Yes, a toddler.) A mom defends children using tech devices...

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How to get money back from your kid’s $*%! in-app purchases on Amazon.

While it was announced on May 30, a lot of parents still don’t know that the FTC announced refunds are now available for unauthorized in-app purchases on the Amazon Appstore. That means you, kids, and your itchy little in-app purchase-happy fingers. This is all because the FTC decided that between November 2011 and May 2016, it was too easy for children to make purchases on Kindle devices using real cash, should it have been presented as “coins” or “lives” or “donuts” or whatever else that does not sound like “mom and dad’s actual hard-earned money that will be needed...

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Tech trick: How to hide app purchases so your kids can’t download through Family Sharing.

I’m grateful to my daughter who (much to the chagrin of tweens and teens everywhere, I’m sure) tipped me off to a trick I wasn’t aware of: Kids can easily download new apps to their devices without your knowledge, if you have Apple Family Sharing in use. Now my kids do need my approval to download any new apps, because of the Ask to Buy feature I have enabled. And I love Apple Family Sharing, because it means I’m not paying three times when we all want to play Alto’s Adventure. (Don’t judge.) Related: A new study about kids’ online behavior might surprise...

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Happy Father’s Day, cool geeky dads!

Even with all the awesome technology and myriad ways to use social media to honor that special dad in your life, there’s just something about a simple handwritten note that goes a very long way, especially these days. Now if only we could find a pen. Here’s to all the cool dads (and granddads) out there! We hope you have a wonderful day, filled with all your favorite geeky activities. Enjoy having that video game controller all to yourself. – Team Cool Mom Tech card via Fluid Ink Letter...

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Web Coolness: Apps for dads, brain hacking, and the perfect emoji

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Do your uber-tech-savvy kids know what a vinyl record is? This little girl can’t understand why her dad would want a record for Father’s Day, and we can’t stop laughing at her despair. (Top photo: screenshot from Katie Stauffer’s Instagram video) Need more gift inspiration? Here are some quick Father’s Day gifts you can make online, and other ideas for easy last-minute presents. We’ve got plenty of tech gifts for Father’s Day for you fast shoppers. Or,...

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9 creative kid portrait ideas that make genius Father’s Day gifts. Just add a frame!

If you missed the boat on photo gifts for Father’s Day or Mother’s Day…no, wait! You didn’t! We all live in the land of the smartphone cam, after all, and if you’ve got a camera  — especially that dandy iPhone 7S — and a place to print a photo, you’ve got what it takes for a creative kid portrait idea, that makes a wonderful surprise Father’s Day gift. Well, you’ll need the kids too, of course. Here are just a few creative kid portrait ideas for Father’s Day that we’ve seen found from incredibly talented parents around the web that...

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New study about kids’ online behavior might surprise you, parents. And not in a good way.

A recent survey of more than 1600 U.K. kids revealed some fascinating results when it comes to kids’ online behavior, leading the UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to make some pretty strong recommendations for parents. Remember that tech talk we’ve spoken about on a frequent basis here on Cool Mom Tech? They want parents to be having it with their kids every two weeks. But really, parents should be talking to their kids about their digital lives every single day. Related: 8 shocking statistics about kids’ online behavior that parents need to know...

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Web Coolness: a cardboard snowspeeder, how QR codes impact China + more

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. This father went above and beyond, with this Star Wars snowspeeder he made for his daughter to take to school. Top Photo by John Stoddard. Whatever issues Uber has had, kudos to them for offering free rides to the UK polls for voters with mobility issues. What happens to websites created only for short-term viral fads? Looking for Father’s Day gifts? We’ve got tech gift ideas for any type of dad. Some people think Apple’s new HomePod speaker looks like...

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Harvard rescinds 10 offers to students posting offensive Facebook memes.

For those of you with teens applying to college, if you’re wondering whether college admissions officers check student social media accounts, the definitive answer is “yes.” This is clearly evidenced by this week’s incident in which Harvard rescinded offers made to ten students who posted offensive Facebook memes in a “Harvard Memes for Horny Bourgeois Teens” group chat. Now, Facebook meme groups are quite common among prospective and current students. In fact, according to The Princeton Review (with whom I’ve been doing some work with over the last few months), Facebook meme groups for college students can be a positive way...

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Web Coolness: Sleep goggles for insomniacs, Star Wars fidget spinners, and more fun tech links

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Here’s where women in science are making a name for themselves. {Photo via Emily Calandrelli} This Back to the Future fan got a ticket after hitting 88 mph in his DeLorean. Darth Vader fidget spinners and Stormtrooper fidget spinners exist. Yes, they do! Here’s to moms who don’t make life perfect on Instagram This study says fitness trackers aren’t accurate at counting calories. Mark your calendars now! Sana’s smart sleep goggles for insomniacs will be out in 2018....

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