Tag: iPhone

Solid as a rock.

I’ve been in the mood for a new iPhone case, which is how I discovered these fun geode cases at Society 6. While they’re not real geodes (I know, stating the obvious here), they really do look like the real thing. Such a bright, colorful way to keep your iPhone safe, all summer long, and right now, they’re 20% off plus free shipping. Whoo! Here are just a few of my favorites from the artist TheQuarry. You can also search around the site for other geode cases from other designers. Related: Over 30 of the coolest iPhone cases for every...

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Addicted to your iPhone? Try this one easy trick to seriously curb your screen time.

I’ve been seeing a lot of research lately that seems to find a correlation between how much time we spend on our phones and our kids’ behavior. Specifically, their bad behavior. The constant distraction of pings and alerts from my phone that takes my attention away from my own kids frustrates them too, especially now that they’re home all day on summer break and I’m trying to juggle work and kids at the same time. But, I’ve recently found a tip to break the iPhone addiction that really works: setting my screen to black and white. It’s painful, but...

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10 questions parents should ask when writing a cell phone contract for kids

Last year my husband and I gifted our two older kids with their own iPod and Kindle, and along with the devices came a contract that outlined our expectations for using them. As my friends have started getting wifi-connected tablets or phones for their kids, these contracts have been a big topic of discussion. So, we’ve pooled our collective ideas to share the top 10 things to we’ve considered before writing a cell phone contract for our kids. It really does help us start on the same page with our kids when it comes to how they use tech. And having less...

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The first thing your kids should say when they call 911 from a cell phone

With so many families ditching land lines and moving strictly to mobile phones, the biggest issue has been what to do when you need to call 911. In fact, it’s such a big deal that I know lots of parents who have decided to keep their land line just for that reason. But, there are safety precautions you can take if you’ve decided to go land line free in your home. Related: How to set up Medical ID on your iPhone Along with keeping your phone charged at all times (maybe we suggest a portable battery charger?), it’s important that your...

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The one awesome iPhone feature you might not be using. But should!

Back when iOS 10 hit and the iPhone 7 launched, we mentioned the Favorites widget which you will find on your iPhone when you swipe right from your home page or locked screen. Found it yet? Okay, good. Turns out, it’s one of our most favorite iPhone features, because you can customize it with everything you need to get to quickly on your iPhone. If you haven’t been using it yet, or didn’t realize you could actually customize it, here’s how. Related: 3 smart iPhone tricks for when you’re too busy to answer a call How to customize your iPhone Favorites...

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Web Coolness: Star Wars umbrella, The Instant Pot, and rogue Twitter accounts galore.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them too.   Oh you know, just a Star Wars light saber umbrella. We hear it slays at the bus stop! You can now address Alexa (Amazon Echo) as “Computer” because Star Trek is real life. How to write emails with military precision. A lovely conversation with our Editor Kristen about how we started Cool Mom Tech and where we hope it’s going. All this hype about The Instant Pot. Do you own one? A YouTube video that’s making us smile. Got iPhone battery issues?...

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Web Coolness: Kid inventors, Hidden Figures, and a cool geeky vending machine

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy too.   We had a blast meeting cool kid inventors this past week, including Alexis Lewis (above). Check out our Facebook Live to see them talk all about their amazing inventions. The only thing missing from this Super Mario Bros. made from Legos is a tiny plumber. Why this writer told his friends to stop using WhatsApp. Here’s why so many people are crowd funding Hidden Figures screenings. How should to fix a waterlogged phone with silica packets. Whoa! Watch out for...

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Emergency iPhone tip: How to add additional fingerprints to your Touch ID

You’re probably familiar with the emergency call feature on the iPhone, which you might have seen if you temporarily forgot your passcode or had a child attempt to do it incorrectly multiple times. But you might not know that you can add additional fingerprints to your Touch ID, adding another level of emergency coverage just in case. Whether you want to add a child, a partner or spouse, or just another one of your own fingers (hey, you never know), here’s how. Related: How to turn off your iPhone location settings and why you should How to add additional fingerprints to...

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Web Coolness: Cool holiday tech gifts, email inbox anxiety, and big Netflix news!

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   Some of the coolest gifts for tween boys (that girls will love too). Those sneakers! This is not a drill. You can now download your Netflix favorite shows and watch them whenever you want, no WiFi required. A fascinating piece about online friendships. Easier to make, but also shallower. Here’s what to delete off your phone to get more space back. A holiday tech gift for kids that you might want to keep for yourself....

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iPhone trick: Turn any book into an audio book with a simple swipe

Here’s a cool trick that you can use on your iPhone to turn any book into an audio book, with a simple swipe using the handy Speak Screen feature. To enable Speak Screen, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech > Speak Screen and make sure it’s turned on. Then, scroll down a bit further to Voices, and choose which voice you’d like to use, whether it’s an English speaker, or another language. Unfortunately, there is no Ryan Reynolds. However, there is Daniel, and he has a lovely British accent (though still sounds a bit computer generated). Related: 2...

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