Category: Tips and Tricks

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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3 ways to use your iPad with young children

iPad serves different functions for every member of my family. My traveling husband takes it with him to read books or watch movies, I use it to catch up on my blog reading and magazines, and my older kids use it for some of their homeschool lessons and to blow off steam. But even my two-year-old gets in on the mix, and here’s how. 1. Educational apps We’ve got plenty of learning apps for my older two children (ages 6 and 4), but there are a plethora of fantastic ones for the littler kids too. My two-year-old’s go-to favorite...

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How to give a tech gift for Mother’s Day

When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, I’d love an iPad 2 just as much as a beautiful mom necklace. Okay, maybe even more. But it can be a little tricky pulling off a gadget as a gift. So here are 3 tips to ensure that your techy gift gets as many “wows” as any other Mother’s Day gift. 1. Make it special I realize that an iPad 2 is pretty special on its own, but if you really want to say “thanks” to that special mom in your life, turn it up a notch and load a couple...

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Smart new tools to help keep kids safe on Facebook

Just when I thought I finally understood the privacy settings on Facebook, my son reminded me that he will be 13 soon–old enough (shriek of terror) to have his own Facebook profile. At that moment, I had a feeling that another “talk” must be added to the very important list of required discussions between parent and tween son. Luckily, our Facebook safety talk is going to be easier now that Facebook redesigned the Facebook Family Safety Center, their hub for concerned parents like myself and their online socially savvy teens.   The Facebook Family Safety Center includes safety articles, videos...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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