Category: Tips and Tricks

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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3 tips for getting started with your iPad 2

Whether you’re reading this from your precious iPad 2 or you’re still waiting for it to arrive, I can’t stress how important it is to keep your new gadget protected, especially if you’ve got kids around. I thought I’d put together three simple tips to help your keep your iPad 2 as safe and stylish as possible, so you and your family can enjoy it forever. Or at least until they release the iPad 3. 1. Choose a case I remember opening the box to my first generation iPad and wondering how in the world anyone could use it...

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5 ways to spring clean your computer

With spring officially here in the Deep South, I’m determined to do a massive spring cleaning before the end of the week. And that includes my computer, which definitely needs a little TLC. So while I’m dusting the blinds and washing the windows, I’ll be giving my computer the same special treatment. 1. Clean your screen: If you’ve got grabby little kids like me, you can barely see what’s on your computer screen. Monster Clean works safely on everything from your monitor to your cell phones and other portable gadgets. 2. Disinfect the keyboard: All you’ll need is a...

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Spring cleaning your tech: 5 tips for organizing photos

I consider myself to be a fairly organized person, but I admit to pushing photo organization to the very bottom of my list. That means I’ve got a zillion photos on my DSLR and smartphone, and the rest are scattered about my computer in oddly named files that seemed like good titles until I went to try to find them. As it turns out, organizing photos isn’t rocket science and it really doesn’t take that much time. So I’ve put together these five easy ways to get those photos in order before your kids are old enough to do...

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Syncing calendars with Blackberry – Reader Q&A

I was wondering if Cool Mom Tech has a recommendation for an online calendar system to keep up with everyone’s busy schedules in my family? I need something that syncs with my Blackberry, as well as Outlook or Yahoo, and preferably free! -PI We’re firm believers in syncing up your calendar with your smartphone, PI, in fact, that’s really one of the benefits of carrying a fancypants phone. Now here at Cool Mom Tech, we’re Gmail users so we’re big fans of Google calendar, which has a downloadable app to get you started. Since you mentioned Yahoo!, you’ll be glad...

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3 reasons why I love my iPad

When I brought home the first generation iPad, I admit that I actually knew very little about its capabilities. But as a co-founder of a tech site being bombarded day after day with new iPad apps, I knew that I needed to take the plunge for work’s sake. (Ahem.) Since owning for about six months now, I can honestly say that it’s become a regular part of my family’s daily existence, as much as our television and my laptop. If you’re where I was last fall, wondering whether an iPad is right for your family, here are 3 reasons...

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National Consumer Protection Week with Capital One: Tips for safe and secure online shopping

We’re so pleased to be partnering with our sponsor Capital One to help celebrate National Consumer Protection Week. This is the second installment in our smart surfing series, focusing on tips to help you with safe online shopping. We’re no strangers to online shopping. I mean, duh. And considering it’s 2011 (and you’re here) we highly doubt that you are either. In fact, we might be so bold as to say it’s a busy mom’s very favorite kind of shopping. But time-saving and convenient as online shopping can be for us, of course it’s super important for us to ensure that our experience is a safe one....

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National Consumer Protection Week with Capital One: Tips for keeping your privacy in a very public online world

We’re so pleased to be partnering with our sponsor Capital One to help celebrate National Consumer Protection Week. We’ll be sharing cool, smart surfing tips on how to keep you and your family’s online privacy as safe as you can. Now we love social networks, internet surfing and web shopping as much as the next mom, but as more of our time is spent in the cloud, we’re increasingly concerned about the information we’re sharing and how to protect our privacy. Lately, it’s been hard to tell what’s legit and what’s a big fat scam, and with our kids entering the online world...

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Video sharing sites? Reader Q&A

I love taking pictures and videos of my son and would like to email them with others but I am always concerned about where my shared pictures and videos may end up. I was wondering if you know of any websites that have a “sign-in” feature when sharing videos? -Stephanie With four kids and lots of friends and family far away, you can only imagine how often we get begged to see video, Stephanie. Thankfully, there are a slew of handy, secure sites that allow you to upload and share video with ease. Both Snapfish and Shutterfly offer services that...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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