Category: Tips and Tricks

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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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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The best solar eclipse glasses for your family, in every price range. Because you like your retinas.

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re geeking out over the total solar eclipse that’s coming on August 21. Where you live will determine what you see, but here in Nashville, viewing will be at a premium with almost 3 minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. So, I’ve been checking into which solar eclipse glasses are right for my family. Because we like our retinas. Ha. So, we found some great solar eclipse glasses in every price range, so you can watch safely with your kids too. CMT is an rstyle affiliate Related: 5 expert tips for...

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iPhone trick: How to use Text Replacement to make your texting life a whole lot easier.

You’ve probably seen the stories about how kids have pranked their parents using the Text Replacement feature on the iPhone. You know, they set it so that when their parents text the word “No,” it gets replaced with the word “Yes.” Oh kids these days. As it turns out, this handy feature is so smart for parents, because it can actually help you text more quickly when you need to send a reply and you’re juggling 400 other things. Sound familiar? Related: 3 iPhone tricks for when you’re too busy to take that call Here’s how to set up...

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Here’s why you need to stop force quitting apps on your iPhone right now.

If you’re like me, then you’ve probably thought that force quitting apps on your iPhone or iPad (by tapping the home button twice and swiping up) would make your phone run faster and save your battery. Well, turns out that tip — which I’ve been following religiously since then — is absolutely wrong. And in fact, it’s eating up your battery. Related: Do you know these 3 handy iPhone email tricks? When you double-click the home button, you’re actually accessing a navigation tool that’s there to help you find apps you have recently used. These apps aren’t running in...

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How to host a Facebook Live just for specific friends (and why you should).

This past week, I was unable to pick up my son from hockey camp, which meant missing his big game. Womp, womp. But, thanks to a cool Facebook Live feature you might not know about, my fiancé was able to film the whole thing, and not have it publicized to anyone else but me. And I got to watch it Live as it happened, almost like I was there in person! Related: How to use the new Facebook Story feature. To share a Facebook Live just for Specific Friends, simply head over to your Facebook feed, and hit “Live”...

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5 expert tips for watching the total solar eclipse with kids

In less than 2 months (or August 21, 2017 to be exact), the total solar eclipse will hit our sky, and let’s just say we’re pretty excited. If you’ve got the date marked on your calendar (or wondering if you should), check out these tips from our guest Mark Bender, who’s been hunting eclipses since 1999, chasing them from Norway to Australia. He’s sharing 5 tips to watch the solar eclipse like a pro, so get ready for quite a show. 1. Make it educational. Considering the last eclipse like this one happened 99 years ago, talk to your...

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Don’t miss these smart tips for tackling digital clutter. Game changers!

If you’re like me, you probably have 6,782 photos sitting in your camera roll on your phone, hundreds of song downloads you never actually listen to, and tons of out-of-date unnecessary documents on your laptop. If that sounds familiar, you might be in need of a tech clutter intervention. But, don’t freak out. Instead, listen to Kristen and Liz discuss with Joshua Zerkel (from Evernote, you guys!) some really smart tips for organizing digital clutter. These tips helped me so much, and are keeping me from getting overwhelmed and burning out. Like, I totally agree with Kristen that I’ve...

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