Tag: media

Web coolness: Custom emoji are coming, moms defending screentime, incredible tech-created artwork and more.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Hooray! Custom emoji are coming – and hopefully we’ll get to use of these feminist emojis too. (That PMS cramps emoji is kind of genius.) Free Apple Camp sessions for kids this summer! But hurry! The dark side of putting your family on YouTube. Yikes. The kids who lost their Harvard acceptance letters because of social media posts. Video of a  toddler Star Wars fan you have to see. (Yes, a toddler.) A mom defends children using tech devices...

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Web coolness: Last minute tech gifts for Mom, the airline laptop ban, phishing hits the White House and more

Here are some tech links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. CMP is an rstyle affiliate   This is your weekend, mamas! We love this #mom tote from Amalia Lopez of Latte Design on Etsy. Maybe a little gift for yourself…? (shown at top) Lots of Mother’s Day tech gift ideas for you. But hurry! If you don’t hurry, maybe try one of these great ideas for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, many easily accomplished thanks to online retailers and overnight shipping. Instagram photo gifts for moms who love their family photos. Really cool app-based service that can...

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Big (real) news! Fake news gets easier to spot with the new Google Fact Check

It seems like an April Fool’s joke (and yes, I double checked the date on the post) but at long last, Google is taking moves to quash fake news with a new Fact Check feature in Google Search and Google News, worldwide. So basically, Google Fact Check is not itself fake news. That’s a relief. According to the recent post on the Google blog, publishers can now enable a “Fact Check” tag in Google News which will mark as news those articles that have been fact-checked by publishers and respected fact-checking organizations, like Politifact,  FactCheck.org and Snopes. It even includes fact-check sites like Climate...

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Pocket: The Pinterest alternative to help save all those articles, recipes, tweets and more.

If you’ve become more of a news junkie over the past year like I have, you’ve probably realized that your standard browser bookmark bar isn’t necessarily your best best for saving articles you want to come back to. Let alone recipes you want to remember, gifts you want to buy, YouTube videos you want to see…you get the picture. Enter Pocket. This brilliant, simple, very intuitive bookmarking service has replaced  del.icio.us –and even Pinterest in its former glory (RIP) —  for me. It lets me quickly bookmark pretty much everything, all directly from the web or even social media, and save it in...

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Web coolness: A texting umbrella, screen time tips from parents, Facebook changes its timeline. Again.

Here are some of the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   An umbrella made for texting in the rain? Sure, why not. A warning about what you share on Facebook Messenger. Another Facebook timeline change — this one you might like. Parents share their own best tips for managing screen time. Need to manage your own screen time? Tips for putting away the tech and staying engaged. Virtual reality websites are coming from Google. Ooh, the Tory Burch for Fitbit wrap bracelet now hugely on sale. The first ever tech and...

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CINEMOOD brings family entertainment to your wall (or anywhere) in a really cool new way

I love family movie nights, especially on those rare occasions when it takes less than 15 minutes for the kids to agree on what we’re going to watch. So when I heard about a new wireless projector called CINEMOOD that lets you bring family movie night with you anywhere, I was intrigued to say the least. This gadget, which recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, turns any blank wall, ceiling, side of a tent, garage door, basement ceiling (you get the idea) into your own personal theater with about two-hours of completely unplugged battery life. But that’s not all. The reason we thought...

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Let the StoryCorps app capture stories of your family’s history this holiday. The result is really beautiful.

When I’m driving around running errands, I usually have NPR on the radio, unless I’m listening to Spawned, of course. The stories that almost always end up with me in tears, searching for a Kleenex in the console, are the reports from StoryCorps which present such beautiful, slice-of-life human interest segments, reminding us that even ordinary, everyday lives — like mine — can be really special. So I think it’s really cool that StoryCorps wants us all to get in on the storytelling too, with The Great Thanksgiving Listen project. Related: A photo app that preserve more than snapshots, it preserves your family stories....

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How to use new Twitter Moments: Could it make Twitter a more quick and easy news source?

Notice a little lightning bolt icon at the top of your Twitter feed? No, it’s not a Halloween month tribute to Harry Potter. In an attempt to lure some new folks back to Twitter — evidently 316mm monthly users isn’t enough for some investors — and to keep those of us already there, there more often — yesterday Twitter introduced the brand new Twitter Moments feature, represented by that iconic bolt. As in, quick, click here! Lightning is striking as we speak! Don’t be mislead by the word “moments” which made me think, oh no…is this like Facebook moments, showing me some...

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A simple guide to cutting the cable cord: 4 of your best options

For well over a decade, people have been talking — or more like yelling — about being hamstrung by cable companies. Some had-it-up-to-here folks have started cutting the cable cord and looking for more manageable, customized ways of watching what they want, when they want, without emptying their wallets. But those early cord cutting options were limited. Like, you could get some of the basics from Column A, but the truly cool stuff from Column B? For a long time, those options remained off-limits, protected behind the Cable Subscribers Only velvet rope. But that was then. Now the options for viewers who want to severe ties with...

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Common Sense Media: How to know what to watch with your kids, and when

It’s been awhile since we first mentioned Common Sense Media on Cool Mom Picks back in 2009. Since I check it so often, like to remind myself whether there are any pikes through the head in Hunger Games, or whether The Bad News Bears is totally inappropriate for my fourth grader based on today’s values, I just figured it was one of those “in every parent’s back of tricks” resources. As it turns out, so many parents have been thanking us for the reco after hearing us talk about it on our recent SPAWNED podcast, that I thought it was worth revisiting here. Because...

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