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.

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...

A laptop bag made just for dudes. Or is it?

I am a laptop devotee, and so I carry mine everywhere. And as much as I try to keep my laptop case for my laptop only, as a mom I totally know that other stuff sneaks in there. Next thing you know, I've got a laptop/iPhone cord/board book/green crayon/magazine/water...

You’ve got me feeling emoticons

So I know I can't be the only one who's sent a snarky email or left a cheeky Facebook comment and ended it with a smiley emoticon. I guess it's sort of like starting a sentence with "no offense but... only nicer, right? Well, I can't wait to have some fun with these...

Jonathan Adler goes wired. Or really, unwired.

We've long since ditched the land line and become a mobile-only household. Overall, I love the savings and consolidation; if not the fact that the stupid 3G network doesn't reach my kitchen for some reasons. The main challenge for me, as with most busy moms, is...

Splish Splash I was taking an app

No techie parent needs convincing that the right app can do a lot more than keep your kid entertained while you wait in a long check out line or try to finish your food at a restaurant. The best ones actually teach your kids.Splish Splash Inn, from Shortstack, is one...

Have a cool flash drive you do?

I admit that I'm not a hard core fan of much by way of pop culture--except Ryan Reynolds that is--but I have heard that there are miiiight be a few major Star Wars fans out there. Some of them are moms. Some of them are kids. Some of them right here on our very...

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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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Perfect for fall – a speck of purple

I'm all for hopping on trends for Fall when it comes to my wardrobe, so I'm just getting used to the idea that I can do it with my personal gadgets too. And let's face it, if you want to get on the purple train right now, a purple argyle iPhone case is a lot cheaper...

Sumo means style. (Not big fat guy in diaper.)

Hey Apple Store, I've got a bone to pick with you. I was browsing through your laptop cases at your 14th Street store and let's just say I, and the two other women staring blankly at the unimpressive display, left empty-handed. If you wouldn't mind stocking a few that...

The Echo Smartpen: smarter than your av-er-age pen

No matter how many gadgets with keyboards are available, we kind of hope that actual writing never goes away. Kids still take notes at school and parents write notes at home or work. However if you don't transcribe your notes to a computer, or organize them all in a...

Welcome to Cool Mom Tech!

Welcome to the official launch of Cool Mom Tech! We are so glad to have you here.Don't worry, you don't have to be a so-called techie to feel at home here. You're online right now mama, and that's all the techie you need to be. Check in daily and you'll find the...

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...

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