The best of CES 2018: Must-see picks for parents!

From cool coding toys for kids to swanky tech accessories, health tech + all the stuff you never knew you needed…until now.

Crayola.com gives you a lot more reasons to want crayons

For the most part, marketers of kids' products have yet to discover smart ways to get folks to their site for any reason besides product info. (Seriously, when was the last time you logged onto your kid's favorite breakfast cereal URL, despite the back panels' hollow...

Long live Alexander McQueen. As a laptop case.

As we've been noticing for some time now, designer fashion is expanding beyond clothes and into technology. If handbag designers can make accessories to hold your keys, then why not your laptop too, right? The latest entry is from no other than late fashion icon...

An iPad app to make math as fun as Bingo

We've only had our iPad for a week now, and already my homeschooled daughter and I are reaping the benefits thanks to so many of the cool, educational games we've discovered. Some of which, like Math Bingo, can be a fantastic addition to what can be a pretty one...

Desk chairs at DWR, now 15% more comfortable

As the old joke about Design Within Reach goes, the name makes no sense at all when you consider the prices. But it's still one of my favorite shops guaranteed to leave my drool marks on my laptop screen, as I imagine the fabulous, perfectly perfect home I'll have....

Angry Birds goes high fashion

This morning I saw a little girl in my building wearing an Angry Birds shirt, and had to laugh. How awesome that the hot iPhone game of 2010 (so hot that the New York Times Magazine did a story on it earlier this month) has infiltrated the minds--and chests--of...

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...

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What work of art do you most look like? The silly app everyone is playing with

My timeline started blowing up with bizarre side-by-side photos of selfies and museum portraits. I tracked it down as a feature of the new Google Arts & Culture app (iOS and Android) which is free, fun, and possibly has some educational value in it too. Scroll down...

Recharge with these 5 fantastic self-care apps in 2018

It's not always easy for us parents to find time to focus on our mental and spiritual health, but it's critical to being good parents for our kids. So, set aside the guilt about "me time" and download these free self-care apps now. They're going to get you in the...

The best ever, super simple trick for taking better selfies

Last week on family vacation, atop the San Jacinto Mountain with the scenic Coachella Valley behind me, of course tons of selfies were taken. As is the law these days. When it was my turn to pull out my phone, I realized I couldn't get a flattering angle, and the...

5 free journal apps to harness your thoughts in 2018.

Harness your thoughts (and maybe a New Years’ resolution) with one of our favorite free journal apps.

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...

The Best of the Best Educational Apps

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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...

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 -...

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