One of my favorite new discoveries at Toy Fair 2017 was Turtle Mail, a cool WIFI-connected gadget that actually lets you send messages to your kids without them needing a screen. That’s because your little notes print out like a cash register receipt for your kids to read. So fun! Related: Toymail is a fun gadget for kids who aren’t ready for a cell phone Invented by a couple of parents, Turtle Mail is super simple to set and use. With their Turtle Mail WebApp, you, or any friends or family you allow, can send a message to your child, like fun...Read More
14 of the best organizational apps for parents to help keep you sane | Cool Mom Tech Back to School Tech Guide 2016
We love finding the best organizational apps for parents each year because honestly? We need them ourselves! If you’re anything like me, all household organization seems to disappear over the summer as we fully embrace our laid-back, casual schedule while we can. But now that school is in session, I’m all about getting focused. I our new routine again, and these apps have been a lifesaver for me. From calendars to homework helpers, team communication apps to smart ways to organize all that artwork that’s going to come home with my kindergartener, these are what I think are some of the...Read More
Even though my kids don’t have cell phones yet, they love texting their grandparents and especially love sending them audio messages (which iOS 8 made very easy to do). Sure, grabbing my phone and sending a sweet I scored a goal at my soccer game today! is fun, but imagine kids’ excitement when they can communicate the same message as an audio file through a squeezable plush toy. Well, hello, Talkies. Just out today for preorder, Talkies are the latest product from Toymail, a smart mom-run tech startup that created the adorable Mailmen we raved about when they first came out. Similar in concept, Talkies connect...Read More
SimplyCircle app streamlines parent-school communication. And parent-soccer team, parent-carpool group, even parent-parent living in the same household. Which we often need too.
A large chunk of parenthood is about communication: With your partner, your kids, other parents, teachers, coaches, you name it. And too often, mishaps pop-up and communication goes wonky — especially this time of year, when it seems like there are more class parties, more performances and sports play-offs, more holiday schedule changes, more why didn’t anyone tell me about the Election Day bake sale last week? Oh, and those last-minute snow day alerts and cancellations will be here before me know it. This is where the SimplyCircle app comes in. I think it’s worth a look because it can really make your life way...Read More
One of our top family tech picks from CES this year was Triby, the wireless hands-free speaker phone that helps keep the whole family in touch, even without a landline. The preview got us giddy for the technology to come for those of us getting rid of landlines at home. And now there’s the Ily family phone, which is also billed as a way to bring everyone together and we’re excited by the options. So what’s the difference between Triby and Ily, and which one is right for your family? The biggest thing that Ily can do exclusively is make video calls, either...Read More
I have a close-knit family. My sisters and I talk a lot any given week. The thing is, we all live in cities spread miles (and countries) apart, so we rely on social media, texting and, when time zones line up nicely, video chats. And with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and so many other “let’s talk!” holidays coming up, it made me eager to try the Rounds app, a Facetime alternative that offers live video chat to both iOS and Android users. What’s more, you can share photos, make voice calls — even play games and watch YouTube videos together. All for free. Did I mention unlimited...Read More
This week at the International CES, I was honored to sit down with Andrea Smith of MommyTech TV (link coming soon!) and share some of my favorite products for families that I had seen at the show early on. I knew exactly what I wanted my first pick to be: The Triby wireless hands-free speaker by French company, Invoxia. If you’re someone like me who’s ditched the land line at home, or who’d like an excuse to, this is the perfect way to do just that, while still keeping the home front connected. It’s essentially a Bluetooth-enabled speaker phone that...Read More
If you’re like me, you pretty much can’t live without iMessage. And now that you can sync it between your iPhone or iPad and your MacBook, well, it’s like a communication dream come true. Except when you need to turn it off. The buzzes and beeps can be hugely distracting during important calls, and as much as I love it on my computer, it can often be hard to get work done with your iMessages popping up every few seconds. So, I put together these simple tutorials for temporarily disabling iMessage on your iPhone, iPad, or computer. How to disable iMessage on your iPhone or iPad 1. Of...Read More
I cannot tell you how many times I call a fellow iPhone user with FaceTime Audio and they’re all, What is this? followed by Wow, why don’t I ever use it? It seems that a ton of people, at least in my wide circle of friends and family, are familiar with FaceTime Video but not with the audio feature, and I’ve learned you are totally missing out on all sorts of benefits if you’re not using it. Like the video feature, audio connects you to other iPhone users on Wi-Fi (or data, if you choose). To find the FaceTime Audio button on your iPhone or iPad, go...Read More
When it comes to apps, we’re all about finding the newest and coolest ones that help the busy family machine run a little smoother. And as we ramp up to back-to-school season, life is probably about to get even more hectic. Oh forget probably. It is! So, how are we supposed to keep track of everything — and everyone? That’s where our newest sponsor Cabin comes into play, and boy, are we glad to have them, especially now that the Cabin app is available on both iOS and Android. Seriously. This app is like a mini social network, but a totally private one,...Read More
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