Category: Tips and Tricks

Best iPhone apps for a 4 year-old girl? Reader Q&A

A little birdie tells me that you might be a good person to ask for educational and child-friendly apps. I’m helping my boss sort out his iPhone and he has a four year old girl. I have a list that includes Cookie Doodle, Cut the Rope, Drawing Pad, Bloom and Angelina Dress Up. Can you think of maybe 5-10 must-haves apps for her? -Gil Gil, why what a smart little birdie that was! Indeed, I’ve got two girls, 3 and 5, and between them I’d imagine their favorite iPhone apps might be just the ticket for your boss’s 4...

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Tech resolutions for the New Year

We’re still in the throes of New Year excitement, at the beginning of January when resolve is still strong, gyms are packed and old habits haven’t reared their ugly heads. Yet. Although certain resolutions may lose their luster, we’ve got a few tech resolutions that are easy to make, and easy to keep. And hey–if you hate the idea of making resolutions, we can just call them “very good ideas.” Use technology to stay organized: We recently did a post on techorating tips¬†from Apartment Therapy’s Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, and he offered some great suggestions on how to integrate design and...

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The Apple app store is open! Yippee!

Judging from comments on the posts here, and pithy reports from our Facebook fans, I’m not the only Mac fan that frequents these here pages. And this week, at last, you’ve finally got a central spot to download all those excellent apps in the brand new Apple App Store. There are more than 1000 apps at the Apple App Store, both free and paid, just like you find when you’re downloading apps from iTunes. In fact, it works just like the one on your iPhone; you just download the app to your computer and launch it right from your...

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5 cool ways that tech can get you organized for 2011

Since so many of us add “get organized” to those (sometimes pointless) New Year’s Resolution lists, we’ve found a few great tools and apps to help you out. On our weekly column on Momformation, the Babycenter blog, this week Kristen has rounded up 5 cool ways that tech can get you organized if you’re a parent. Hope it helps! [photo: Intuition...

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Best Buy Wish List Video – Last Minute Shopping Tips

Here’s the next fun installment as part of our Best Buy Wish List video series featuring our co-founder Kristen. This time she’s getting a few last minute shopping tips from a friendly Blue Shirt who’s got the inside scoop on things like the last possible moment you can order online and still pick up your gifts at your local Best Buy store; to their extremely handy Store Pick Up Plus that’s the next best thing to a drive-thru. It kind of takes any hassle out of getting those final gifts under the tree. Sometimes waiting until the last minute...

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5 Reasons moms can be happy for the cloud

This post is sponsored by Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Live which let you do all sorts of cool things with the cloud. I am a busy mom. If you are a mom, you’re likely one too. (Is there even such a thing as a not busy mom? I tend to doubt it.) So of course I’m always looking for ways to streamline pretty much everything in my life, from media to organization of our family info. And I realize there’s so much I take for granted that we can do these days thanks to the cloud. Basically everyone...

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Getting more shopping bang for less buck online

We’re so thrilled to be part of the launch of the brand new Windows Phone which is helping people, including moms like us, do more with less.     We here at Cool Mom Tech live by the technology of online shopping. (Boy, do our credit cards know that.) But thankfully, shopping online can actually help you do more with less in the literal sense–like when we’re all trying to watch our pennies with the holidays right around the corner. With that in mind, here are three easy ways that you can stretch that dollar, and still score fantastic,...

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7 Tips and Tricks for a High-Tech Halloween

Yesterday, our Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner, along with GeekDad editor Ken Denmead, shared some fabulous ways to make your Halloween high tech with ABCNews.com. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about a mechanical arm to give out your candy, or a way to suck all the calories out of those chocolate bars. Just some cool kid-friendly apps, an addictive Halloween game (Angry Birds, anyone?), and even some ways to use technology to bring new life to your kids’ costumes and save some money for next Halloween. Click over to ABCNews.com to get all the details, just in time for Halloween this Sunday....

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2 Tech tips for keeping in touch with military parents or family out of town

Whether you live far away from family or have a traveling spouse (or travel a lot yourself), technology is a fantastic way to make everyone seem closer than they really are. Today over at CafeMom’s The Stir, Cool Mom Tech COO Kristen Chase offers her two favorite tech ideas for keeping kids connected to parents out of town–which she knows a little something about. Especially with a husband who’s a commercial pilot and United States Reserves officer. So tell us – how do you use technology to connect with your loved ones? We’d love to know any of your...

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iPads as toddler babysitters: Is technology ever too much?

This past week, Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner talked to the NY Post about iPads as toddler babysitters, one of the hot topics in the parenting world these days. Computer World has even nominated the iPad as the children’s toy of the year. Where do you stand on children and technology? Does your preschooler have free reign over your iPhone apps? Do you set limits? We’d love to hear your thoughts![photo: ny...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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