With the recent CloudPets hack, and others like it (remember Hello Barbie?), it’s becoming clearer that smart toys, particularly the stuffed animal kind, could pose a privacy risk that parents should know about. Don’t get us wrong, we love smart toys and have featured many here on Cool Mom Tech, like the new Toymail Talkies for example, and we think that they can be a cool addition to your kid’s toy box. And given their popularity, we’re pretty sure you’ll be seeing more and more of them hit the shelves in the coming months. But, before you fork over the...Read More
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If you own an Internet-connected VIZIO smart television, you might have heard that they’ve been collecting data on your viewing habits for years, and surprise, it’s a serious breach of privacy. We took a close look at the reports and the claim on the FTC website to give you a quick breakdown of the VIZIO privacy breach and what it means for your family. And most importantly, we’ve got exactly what you need to do to turn that feature on your VIZIO television off right now. Related: Internet safety tips for families that you should know Are VIZIO televisions really spying on us? According to...Read More
Online privacy is becoming harder and harder to wrangle. Remember Spokeo? Well, recently there’s been a ton of buzz about a newish site called Family Tree Now. It’s been around for a couple years, but within the last 24 hours I have heard everyone from my tech-averse baseball-mom neighbor to goofy morning radio hosts, even the Washington Post warning about the amount of personal info that is shared on this site. We took a closer look and whoa, they weren’t kidding. You’ll definitely want to check to see if your info is there, and opt out if you so choose. What is...Read More
We saw a ton of new smart home products launch last year, with offerings from Nest, WeMo, smart doorbells and much more. But wow, after walking the floors at the CES conference last week, it’s clear that 2017 will bring even more integration between products, along with smarter functions, remote access, and voice recognition. Let’s just say Alexa, the voice and software behind Amazon Echo, ruled. Here, 8 of the coolest (and craziest) smart home products I saw at the show that I think you will want to have on your radar, parents. Related: A smart WiFi Thermostat: Crazy or cool? LG Smart InstaView Fridge Bring on the...Read More
This is a sponsored message from SudoPay If you love shopping online but don’t love the idea of giving out your credit card number and personal information for every purchase, then SudoPay might just be exactly what you’ve been looking for. This free app instantly generates virtual credit cards that you can use like any other, whether you’re shopping for holiday gifts, making payments, or sending gift cards to friends and family. To use SudoPay, just download the app, then select from a variety of dollar amounts up to $1000. You can even customize your virtual cards’ appearances with their gallery, or...Read More
Web Coolness: Last-minute geeky Halloween costumes, fun Halloween apps for kids, and Twitter kills Vine. What?
Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them too. 30 last-minute geeky costumes, like the Pokéstop above from PopSugar, that you can easily put together. One of our favorite to-do apps just got a major upgrade. Nice! Wow, big news: Twitter is killing Vine! Need last-minute Halloween costume help? Check out these DIY Star Wars costumes. New York subways might just be Metrocard free by 2020 thanks to this app. 6 Halloween apps for kids, from adorably spooky to downright scary. Amnesty International ranked 11 tech companies on encryption and...Read More
This week I got a scam email claiming to be an invoice from my iTunes account on Apple. Luckily, a few things tipped me off that this wasn’t legit, so I contacted Apple about it and saved myself the tremendous hassle of having to change all my credit card numbers — such a pain. Even though there were a things that tipped me off that this was a phishing scam, I have to say this one was pretty good. Here’s what you can look for, and what to do about it too. Be careful, parents! What to look for in the Apple invoice scam...Read More
Parents are always asking us how to monitor the safety of their kids online. Combine that with social media, and it can be really overwhelming for parents to know how to educate their kids while still keeping track of their activity. And as someone with a tween in the house, I can tell you I’m much more vigilant about privacy and safety that I ever was before, but it can still be a challenge managing their Internet usage. So, here’s a quick and easy cheat sheet for parents, with expert tips and guidelines that answer a lot of the Internet safety questions...Read More
Web Coolness: Apple’s message to customers, how teens are using messaging apps, and Monopoly goes cashless
Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too. Easy, clever ways to clean-up, store, and display Legos. Sock over the vacuum hose?! On creating a computer voice that people will actually like. (Kristen says, Why don’t they just hire Ryan Reynolds? Done.) Wait, all Monopoly games are going cashless? A must read: Apple’s message to customers about data security. One of the coolest uses for Legos we’ve seen: A prosthetic arm for kids. Wow, gorgeous new accessories coming for the FitBit Alta. (via PopSugar Tech) Want your old Twitter...Read More
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