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!

1s + 0s = Love

It doesn't matter whether you can code a webpage in under six minutes flat (is that even possible?) or construct a motherboard with your eyes closed. Cool jewelry is cool jewelry - plain and simple. Or really, super and rad, which is how I might describe these binary...

Made in Me: The love child of a storybook and a computer

Originally posted on Cool Mom PicksFor better, or worse, our kids live in a electronics culture, and I've always believed if you choose wisely, your kids can really benefit from the range of products out there. Well Made in Me was made by a dad (and a team of...

SpeakSake – Like an audio scrapbook of awesomeness

Previously posted on Cool Mom PicksEver been the person in charge of a group gift, and discovered that special circle of purgatory that involves trying to contact large numbers of people and keep track of who's done what and who still needs to contribute? Yeah. Not...

Xie Xie for the new Chinese for Munchkins app! (Thank you!)

Yesterday my son had a playdate with a little Chinese girl, coincidentally the same day I downloaded Chinese for Munchkins to my iPhone. The amazed look on her face when I asked them if they had seen a hóu zi or a lóng (a monkey or a dragon) at school was priceless....

It’s true, fish really is brain food

Previously posted on Cool Mom PicksSo it's become pretty clear that iPhone apps can be God's technological gift to parents wanting to avoid toddler meltdowns in restaurants and pediatrician offices. Some of my favorite apps for the younger set come courtesy of Duck...

Bugaboo + iPhone = Conspicuous consumerism at its most practical

When I found out Bugaboo had come out with an iPhone holder accessory, my first thought was to roll my eyes. What, we can't stand the idea of being out of reach of our precious phones for the time it takes to fish it out of our jacket pockets in the park? But then I...

Hipstamatic is a photography blast from the past

I'm far from a photography expert, and admittedly, the only camera I use anymore is my iPhone.  While every now and then I get a great picture with it, I often feel bad that the only pictures of my kids are taken with the sub-par quality of a camera phone. That is,...

DriveSafe.ly – the app that takes on distracted driving

I know that there is no text or email worthy of taking my eyes off the road while driving, especially now that I'm carrying precious cargo in the back seat. But the urge is strong, oh so strong, to see what message has just popped up, and I'm such a good driver,...

iPhone cases for the terminally hip, courtesy of Threadless

Previously seen on Cool Mom PicksI could count the many ways in which I am completely obsessed with  Threadless, the original crowdsourcing art-to-product site, but who has that kind of time? But with this, their latest, my life may just be complete--Threadless has...

Kids Eat For – Consider it an app for free fries

Previously seen on Cool Mom PicksYeah, sometimes we want to hit our favorite restaurant and the kids can nibble off our plates or make do with -- gasp! -- adult food. But other times we're faced with the realities of a tight budget and wanting to keep the peace. With...

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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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Have2p – Say it out loud and guess what kind of app it is.

Originally posted on Cool Mom PicksWhen I think back to my pregnancies, my first thought isn't of the miracle of life or even the swollen feet and the heartburn. No, when I remember those days, my mind immediately goes to one place: The bathroom. With each child, I...

Gentlemen, start your Roku

Previously posted on Cool Mom PicksWe're always on the look out for the perfect Father's Day gift, or heck, any occasion gift for the men in our lives who are often hard to shop for. And selfishly, we kind of like gifts that we can get some use out of too.If you've...

Animoto offers video editing a non-techy mother can love

Not to brag, but for a non-geeky girl I know my way around a computer.  I'm not even afraid to dive into code. But where it comes to video editing, I'm a complete dolt.So when I created my very own free (free!) 30-second video at animoto, I was astonished at the...

The iPhone app for babies, bottles, and boobs

Previously posted on Cool Mom PicksThe quip, there's an app for that has become completely cliche, but Baby Brain has gone and proven it again. And new moms will want to sit up and take note.They've created the ultimate iPhone app for tracking baby's vital stats and...

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