Category: Tips and Tricks

How you’re using it: Dropbox

One of the exciting aspects of technology is that there’s never just one way to use something. But given our limited time as busy parents, we never seem to have enough of it to dedicate to playing around with applications and gadgets to maximize their capabilities. So we decided to start a new “How You’re Using It” series, which taps into our go-to “help desk”:  our Twitter followers and our Facebook fans. We’ve asked tons of smart parents how you’re using various tech tools in your own lives, and we’re hoping you’ll be as inspired as we are by...

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4 ways parents can stay safe on Foursquare

It seems everyone is jumping on the location-based bandwagon, these days. But the big question has always been whether Foursquare is right for parents. For me, the answer is yes, but the safety issue is key. This is where some common sense and some self-protection comes into play. 1. Manage Your Foursquare Friends Carefully In some ways, I think of Twitter as the whole wide world, Facebook is a closer set of friends, and Foursquare is people you would like to see in person, at any moment of the day. You do not have accept anyone and everyone into...

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4 cool Google tricks you might not know

I’m a card-carrying member of the Google frequent searchers club, whether it’s odd cold symptoms or Ryan Reynolds photos. (Heh.). But little did I know that Google can do a whole lot more than just random searches. Here are four cool Google tricks that can be huge timesavers for busy parents. Calculator: No need to open up your computer calculator or pull out your phone. Just type your mathematical equation into Google like 245+718= or and press enter. Your answer will pop up in a matter of seconds. Remember to use the the asterisk for multiplication, and the backslash...

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Is there a way to get free ebooks on my iPad? Reader Q & A

I recently got an iPad 2, but I am having a hard time justifying paying for ebooks. I have been searching for a website that allows me to rent current bestsellers for free and I found one called My Pad Media that claims for a one-time lifetime fee of $49.95 you can download all the ebooks, newspapers, comic books, etc, you want. I have tried to search online for reviews on the site and I am having trouble. This sounds too good to be true…any help you can give would be most appreciated! -Rebecca Hi Rebecca, your instincts are...

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Quick tech tip: Filtering out unwanted tweets with Tweetdeck

I am on Twitter a lot. A lot. And while I really do adore all the feeds that I follow, every so often there’s an event or a “Twitter party” of some sort that’s cluttering up my stream and I want to filter it out. Fortunately, TweetDeck offers a simple way to get it totally off your radar, and I’m surprised that more Twitter users don’t know about it. 1. First, make sure you’re using TweetDeck, a great app that lives on your desktop (I find their mobile version unfortunately too buggy to recommend) and makes it easy to sort...

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5 easy way to recycle your tech

This eco tech series is brought to you by our excellent sponsor, Sprint Replenish, which is helping us think of ways we can go green with our technology. As much as we love our gadgets, we can’t help but think of how many of them end up in landfills when the next cooler, shinier, must-have comes out. Yikes. So we’re happy to have discovered 6 different eco-ways to trade in or recycle those gadgets, keeping the world safer for the next generation tech, and the next generation in general. 1. Dropoff Locations Recellular is a favorite organization of ours,...

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4 easy ways tech eliminates unnecessary paper in your life

This is part of a sponsored series for Sprint Replenish who is helping us think about going green with our tech. I’m all about saving trees–hey! I like trees!–so I do my best to avoid overindulgent paper use. Sure, we recycle junk mail as scrap paper for the kids and I click “no receipt” when I’m at the ATM. But thanks to technology and handy gadgets I already use every day, I’ve been able to eliminate even more. Here are four easy ways that you can significantly decrease the amount of paper you use on a daily basis and...

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3 reasons to finally get on board with Bluetooth

Confession: I have never been an earpiece kind of gal. I still snicker at those people who walk down the street looking like they’re talking to themselves. But ever since the announcement last week about the potential hazard of cell phone radiation, I figured better safe than…not safe. I finally bit the bullet and activated my Bluetooth headset–a Jabra Stone that, I might add, is beyond awesome. I cannot possibly be the only mama out there who simply never got on the Bluetooth train yet. If you haven’t yet figured out why you need it, maybe this will help....

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3 reasons to love the Kindle app on your smartphone

I downloaded the free for iPhone app way back when I upgraded my first generation iPhone to a pretty new iPhone 4, but it was only recently that I actually decided to upload a book. Now I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner. While many people keep telling me that the Kindle experience is much better on the iPad or on an actual Kindle, I’m perfectly happy using it on my iPhone (or Droid, if that’s what you have). And if you’re a mom with a smart phone, here’s why you might love it too. 1. Late night feedings...

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5 gadgets the iPhone 4 replaces

I admit that way back when my husband bought me a first generation iPhone, it was a completely frivolous purchase for me–something I coveted because it looked cool. And I could check email from my phone! Technology! Fast forward a few years with my newly upgraded iPhone 4 and I’ve come to realize that my iPhone has become essential to my daily existence as a mom. In fact, it’s a more-than-adequate stand-in for five gadgets I used to use regularly. If you’ve ever wanted to justify an iPhone purchase, here’s five perfectly good reasons. 1. Camera Unfortunately, I have...

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