Category: Tips and Tricks

3 tips for getting the best Cyber Monday tech deals

Just in case you didn’t get your shopping done on Black Friday or you were waiting for bigger, better deals, Cyber Monday is upon us, which means lots of discounts on all sorts of techy goodness. Hooray for more shopping! Before you get overwhelmed with where to go and what to buy, we’ve got three tips to help you focus your shopping energy and keep your eye on the prize: knocking everyone off your holiday shopping list within your budget so you can buy yourself an iPad 2. Oh wait, maybe that’s just us? 1. Check our crystal ball:...

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6 apps to help families survive the Thanksgiving road trip

If you are among the millions of folks traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, we’ve rounded up six cool apps that we think will help make your trip smoother, for you and your kids. Just make sure you’ve got the headphones packed and your smart phone and tablet batteries fully charged. FOR EDUCATIONAL GAMING TIME: STACK THE STATES While we’ve got tons of apps for kids that are fun and educational, we love this one in part because it can be played collaboratively, even if you’ve got older and younger kids in the same car. By the time you get...

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5 tips for making better holiday shopping decisions. Not all of them obvious.

Before Black Friday hits, I’m already busy tackling my holiday shopping. It’s no surprise that tech is at the top of a lot of my family’s lists. In other words, it’s even more essential that I’m getting the best deal possible when I hit the stores. Thankfully, the wonderfully helpful Decide.com (now our sponsor, hooray!) is all about making finding awesome discounts on your tech holiday gifts easier than ever. With their help, we’ve put together 5 handy tips on how to make better shopping decisions as you gear up for the big shopping season, all of which you can...

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How to keep up with your favorite fan pages on Facebook now

We’re so appreciative of our Cool Mom Picks community on Facebook, but thanks to recent major Facebook changes the site has made, we’re hearing that a lot of you aren’t seeing our updates. We feel for you! We’re not seeing a lot of our own favorite page’s updates now either. It seems Facebook, going for a more “intuitive” experience, has changed the way it picks which content you see. The Top News and Most Recent tabs we were all used to have changed. Now your Top News stories and posts you’ve interacted with most recently may appear above more...

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How You’re Using It: Firefox Add-ons

I’m a pretty avid Mozilla Firefox user, but only recently have I entered the amazing world of Add-ons. While we’ve covered a few that we really love, like PriceBlink (amazing!), this week I asked our Twitter followers for their own favorite Firefox add-ons. Here are their awesome suggestions: *If you’re a fan of Evernote, then you’ll want to check out the Firefox add-on that allow you to clip and save to your lists with a couple of quick clicks. *Streamline and secure your surfing experience by blocking ads and possible Malware sites with Adblock Plus. *Use Interclue if you...

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5 fabulous tools to keep your driving safe

We’re happy to be writing this series on behalf of our sponsor Mercedes-Benz, which is committed to keeping families safe through technology. Visit MBUSA.com to learn more. As a busy mom of four, you can imagine how often I’m chauffeuring my brood around town to various activities. This means that I’m glad my smart phone is handy–I’m not sure what I would do without my Google Maps app! But with a car full of precious cargo, you can bet safety is of my utmost concern. Here are five of our favorite ways to more safely use your cell phone...

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How You’re Using it – Google Docs

Since purchasing my MacBook Pro late last year, I became addicted to the convenience and functionality of Google Docs. Turns out, I’m not the only one. When we asked our readers and Twitter followers how you are using Google Docs, the answers were so varied, it made me realize that there’s so much more I could be doing with it. -Kristen – We use it to plan menus across multiple parts of the family for camping trips and vacations. It allows everyone to put in when they will be in town (so we have head count) make a plan...

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Keeping kids safe in an online world

This series is brought to you by Mercedes-Benz, which is committed to keeping families safe through technology. Visit MBUSA.com to learn more. It’s pretty amazing to think that our kids are growing up never knowing a world without Facebook, smartphones and smiley faces made out of punctuation marks. But as a mom, I am always reminding my kids that their safety is my number one priority, even before insuring Angry Birds proficiency. Here are just a few ways to help you raise safe kids in a technology world. 1. Talk about online safety early and often There’s no reason to...

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How you’re using it: 5 great ways to use Google Calendar

It’s only been in the last year that I’ve come to understand the true organizational joy that is Google Calendar. But even with how much I use it, I realize that there are probably a bunch of other uses that could make me more productive. So for this week’s “How You’re Using It” feature, I asked fans on Facebook and Twitter to share how you’re using Google Calendar. And wow, I’m so glad I asked. – I use it to to schedule events but I add in the address of the event to the calendar so that come the...

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Understanding Facebook’s new privacy changes – great news for parents

It doesn’t seem like a week goes by without Facebook making more changes to its privacy settings. The company gets a lot of flak for seemingly loosey-goosey privacy policies, but the forthcoming changes (and there are a lot of them) may put all of our minds more at ease. There are several changes that have already started rolling out on the site, basically to make profiles more private and give users more choice in how we share our content and who we share it with. Here are the ones I think are the most important–and that are long overdue:...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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