The 2017 Holiday Tech Gift Guide is Here! Let's Shop!

 

From stylish techcessories to the hottest games, practical gadgets and so much more, check out our editors’ picks for the coolest holiday tech gifts for everyone on your list!

Trade up your iPod at Toys R Us

I tend to take an "if it's not broken, don't fix it" attitude when it comes to my gadgets. I'm perfectly happy with my plain old iPod, and really I figure if it's working well for me, then I don't exactly need the newest, prettiest model. But that doesn't mean I don't...

Homework by dragon

For some time now, I have been looking for software to help my sixth grader organize his thoughts while writing school essays. I recently complained to a friend that dictation software didn't work well with my son's tween voice. Basically, it was producing written...

Hands free – Music to a busy mom’s ears

I've definitely raised an eyebrow when I've seen what looks like someone talking to themselves at a restaurant, only to notice some giant bluetooth headset stuck in their ear. But with "hands-free" being the only legal option in many states for car cellphone usage,...

Cupcake making without cavity making

To say my girls are obsessed with the range of cake, cupcake, Jell-O mold, and cookie making/decorating iPhone apps out there is an understatement. It's like the EZ-Bake Ovens of the smartphone era: So fun for kids, it doesn't even matter whether they eat the results...

Mustang Sally

The klutz that I am, a camera strap is an absolute must-have, particularly when it comes to my extra special fancy DSLR. However, I'm not so keen on being an advertisement for it, and I've been scouring Etsy to find something a little cooler. The unique upcycled...

Droid vs. iPhone – Reader Q&A

I am buying a new cell, but can't decide between an iPhone 4 or a Android phone. What cell is best? -SarahOoh, fun purchase, Sarah! Picking between the iPhone and the Droid can be a difficult decision - sort of like choosing between your own family and your in-laws at...

Vlingo-ing is the new Texting. Only safer.

While I have mastered the skill of tossing a cheese stick to the back of the minivan without looking, hitting a screaming child's outstretched hand like a quarterback throwing a touchdown pass, I am still challenged to find the right hands-free cell phone calling...

iPhone covers like Grandma made.

I tend to think of the Apple store when I'm in need of a new iPhone case. But duh. I should be thinking about Etsy. Because when you search for iPhone cases, you find something as fabulous as this. We first discovered these fabulous handmade iPhone/Droid covers (or...

It’s a big TeuxDeux

Between after-school activities, weekend soccer games, getting Caleb a birthday present for his party on Saturday, flu shot appointments, sending in the permission slip for the field trip, and, uh, you get the gist, it's a wonder I don't leave my house looking like...

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Portable North Pole app is back with new, better-than-ever features. It’s magical.

The Portable North Pole app and website is hands-down our favorite way for kids to get a chance to talk with Santa. And this year, it's back with new features that make it better than ever. For kids who are clever, curious (and maybe a little doubtful) the elaborate...

Why the new Local app could make you delete Yelp for good.

I admit, Yelp drives me crazy for a number of reasons. And now, just in time for the holiday shopping and travel, comes a truly viable app alternative. Let's say you live in Silverlake, you like comedy shows and galleries, and four of your friends have recently...

The new hi-tech paper planner that’s blowing our minds

Even though I've become a strictly digital planner kind of person, but I do find myself missing paper planners. Well, Moleskine, who's my long-time personal favorite source for old-school paper journals, has a brilliant new solution that's exciting both the geek and...

This app freezes kids’ phones until they answer your texts. Awesome or intrusive?

Does this situation sound familiar, parents? You're trying to get in touch with your tween or teen, but they're ignoring your texts because they're busy playing games on their phone, which also happens to be set on silent. Well, that's what was happening with dad Nick...

TripIt’s new feature makes air travel so much less stressful. We’ll take it!

If you've ever tried dragging a bunch of tired kids and all of their luggage around an airport while searching for a charging port, a snack, or a bathroom -- let alone the gate for the next leg of your flight that boards in five minutes -- you'll know why I'm so happy...
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Paper Dolls as fabulous, adorable, must-have iPhone app

We don't recall that we've ever seen a reaction to an iPhone app as we did with the Paper Town Friends app that we recently posted at Cool Mom Picks. Comments! Downloads! Facebook "likes" galore!  And  I'm not surprised in the least. This sweet game is kind of like a...

Great video cameras for under $500? Reader Q&A

"Hey Cool Mom Tech! Can you provide a recommendation for easy to use, readily compatible, high quality video cameras for less than $500? We bought one a few years ago but it takes a PhD to figure out how to edit the videos and even how to use it." - Ericka EI totally...

Is your camera ready for this jelly?

If you're anything like me, then the camera you generally reach for is the one that fits right in your back pocket - your phone. And while my camera phone definitely gets an "A" for convenience, it doesn't score as high when it comes to creativity. Let's face it -...

Bing and your school could win big

Bing and You're Done? Sure, if you just want to search for something. But you can also use Bing to win big bucks for your local K-12 school. Bing Education has introduced Our School Needs, a way for you to land some serious cash for a specific school need, and really,...

How to be undead in less than 5 minutes.

Whether you're into True Blood, Vampire Diaries, or Twilight--and I'll admit I adore all three--it's impossible to escape the world's ongoing fascination with all things dead and fangy. Whether you're a vampire fan, too, or you just want to send freaky Halloween...

The geek’s guide to racy pick-up lines

I can't code my way out of a paper bag, but I figure that's why I have so many awesome friends who use their tech savvy to work amazing magic all over the internets. And I've got a pretty good hunch that they'd all appreciate this "You are the CSS to my HTML" shirt...

The MAGIC Astro Bouncer – high tech. But is it really MAGIC?

It's amazing how far baby gear has come in the last few years since I was spending way too much time virtually shopping for my online registry. Bouncy chairs no longer just...you know, bounce. Oh no. Now they are promoted as full-fledged baby entertainment systems. Is...

IKEA to the media organization rescue!

I blame the current state of our living room on my sigOth's addition to oh, pretty much anything with a controller and an on-off switch. In other words, the gaming addiction is killing us.The Wii controls are different than the PS3 remotes are different than the...

Apps for healthy kids: Enjoy them with a plate of broccoli

We tend to think of apps for kids as the bits of genius that keeps them occupied in the doctor's waiting room, maybe help them brush up on their 3 R's. But we're always looking for ones that get kids smarter about other stuff too. Like, say, food and healthy eating...

How to Get to Inbox Zero: A girl can dream, right?

I have more problems managing my inbox flow than you can imagine. Seriously, you don't want to know how old some of the emails in my inbox are. (Okay, 4 years. Just in Gmail. My other account goes back to 2002.) So after much urging by kindred spirits on Twitter, and...

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