Category: Random Coolness

Web Coolness: Last-minute eclipse fun, app-controlled sneakers, the best political podcasts and more

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. We are so excited for the solar eclipse! Here are some activities to get pumped up before the eclipse. NASA plans to run experiments with old bomber planes during the eclipse – so cool! [Top photo: still from NASA video] And of course, we’re also in Back to School season. Be sure to check out our Back to School Guide and School Lunch Guide. An anonymous social media app you may not have heard about. We love...

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Everything you need to watch the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.

We’re counting down the days to the total solar eclipse that we’ll be experiencing on Monday, August 21. In case you haven’t heard about it (what?), or might have missed all the helpful information we’ve been posting here on Cool Mom Tech, we’ve rounded up all our posts right here in one handy place. From safe glasses to tips for watching with kids, even how to figure out how much of the solar eclipse you’ll see in your area, we’ve got you covered. Just like the sun. Heh, get it? Here’s how to check how much of the solar...

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Think you’re creating safe, secure passwords? You might want check. Stat.

Over the years, you’ve probably heard a few different suggestions on how to create strong passwords, one of which was pioneered by Bill Burr, formerly of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. However, he’s now saying that his method for creating secure passwords might actually make you more vulnerable. Yikes. Related: How to create safe, secure passwords.  In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Burr discussed how his original recommendations, which were to replace letters with symbols (like 3asyL1keSund@yMorn!ng), look complicated, but were actually easy to guess (though my Lionel Ritchie reference might not be what...

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Web Coolness: Star Wars Moleskines, the solar eclipse, and the downside of tech

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. As we get ready for back-to-school season, Star Wars Moleskines? Yes, please! Some say smartphones have destroyed a generation, while this scientist claims kids are going to be okay. But truthfully, we are a little worried about how tech-supported FOMO impacts our kids. Here are some strategies to tackle FOMO. Can social media assist our own self-discovery? Inclusion in tech is a hot topic this week. How moms are ruining Facebook. Your brain processes reading a paper...

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The big issue with Snapchat’s Snap Map and kids that no one is talking about. But should.

When Snapchat (or just Snap, as it’s being called these days) rolled out it’s Snap Map feature earlier this summer, there was a lot of buzz about the safety risks it could present, especially with so many younger users. Basically, the Snap Map tracks your whereabouts, and shares it with your friends, selected friends, or publicly (if that’s how your app is set). Freaky, right? You’re probably saying to yourself “why don’t they just turn the damn thing off,” except, you actually can’t. Yes, yes, there is Ghost Mode, which you can set and then blocks the ability for other...

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Recall alert: These glitter-filled iPhone cases are burning people. Yikes!

If you or your tween or teen loves those glitter-filled iPhone cases, you know, the ones with liquid and floating sparkles and designs, you’ll want to check the manufacturer stat. The CPSC has recently issued a recall because there have been numerous reports that the liquid inside could cause chemical burns. Eep. Related: 5 fun rainbow iPhone cases These cases, all made by manufacturer MixBin Electronics, have been sold in places like Amazon, Henri Bendel, and Nordstrom Rack, just to name a few, and in about 24 reported cases (so far, that is), the chemical inside has leaked out...

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Inbox Pause: The new amazing new Gmail feature that can get you more work-life balance.

For ages now I’ve touted the wonderful benefits of Boomerang for Gmail to help me better manage my incoming and outgoing email, and it seems the folks at Google like the feature themselves. Because now Gmail has actually incorporated Boomerang’s technology into a brand new feature called Inbox Pause. And it is awesome. Especially if you struggle with work-life balance. Or email-life balance, as it were. Sigh. Here’s how to activate Inbox Pause Click on the big blue button and you’ll get a quick walk-through that explains basic functions: 1. Stopping email during certain times that you specify. This is...

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Web Coolness: Fake solar eclipse glasses, new Netflix shows, and preparing for college with Spotify

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Periodic table TOMS! ZOMG! (Reward style affiliate) Here’s why you should turn off all your push notifications immediately. And here’s how to turn off notifications and other tips for how to make your phone less distracting. Cell phones are banned at crosswalks in Honolulu. Will other cities follow? Here are some facts about online predators you need to know. Yet another study claiming that violent video games do not cause violent behavior. Are you convinced? Don’t like...

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How to figure out how much of the total solar eclipse you’ll see, based on where you live.

If you’re counting down the days to the total solar eclipse (or The Great American Eclipse) like us, you’ll probably want to know exactly how much you’ll see of it based on where you live, which is why you’ll want to check this handy calculator from Vox. Related: 5 fun total solar eclipse gifts. Yay darkness!  Simply add your zip code and it will tell you exactly how much of the total solar eclipse will be visible, as well as what time it will peak. For me, it looks like I’ll only be getting a partial eclipse at around 2:30pm...

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The new Girl Scout STEM badges: Engineering, computer science, and robotics, oh my!

When I was a drop-out Brownie some 30-ahem years ago, my troop worked on badges like Basketry and Arts & Crafts. But now I’m kind of wishing I could go back and do it all over again because this fall, the Girl Scout organization has announced a new collection of badges for girls of all ages, all focusing on STEM. From long-term curricula that focuses on engineering, computer science, and the outdoors, to smaller-level badges that introduce robotics and mechanical engineering to girls as young as kindergarten, these are the real deal. Seriously, Girl Scouts has come a long...

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