Tag: music

You hear that? It’s the sound of your inactive SiriusXM radio turned on, free!

Imagine my surprise when I discovered the inactive SiriusXM radio in my car was suddenly blasting Channel 78 Kids Place Live again? Well, it turns out that it wasn’t a fluke. Now through the end of May, SiriusXM has automatically turned on all inactive radios, with no strings attached. Related: Here’s how to listen to podcasts on your iPhone.  That means you can catch up on news, your favorite 90’s songs (not just me, right?), and yes, listen to the segment featuring Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas that was the impetus for their new Wow in the World podcast on...

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Spotify and Chill on Valentine’s Day with Prince to serenade you

Your Valentine’s Day just got a whole lot more romantic thanks to the official news that Prince is now available on Spotify and Apple Music. Whoo! That’s right, all of his albums can be streamed all day, and… all night. Ahem.  Start off with a little Purple Rain, and then, depending on how your evening goes (aka when the kids finally fall asleep after their day long sugar high), Get Off? We’ll let you take it from here. And if you need more romantic ideas for a date night at home, parents, we’ve got them in spades. Or should we...

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Are earbuds causing hearing loss in kids? 3 things you can do right now to protect your kid’s ears

As a mom of a tween who blasts music through her earbuds on a daily basis, you can bet a new article about earbuds and hearing loss caught my eye. Reportedly, there’s been a 30% increase in hearing loss in adolescents (one out of every five, actually), which they’re attributing to the increase in earbud use. According to the article, phones made in the U.S. can hit up to 115 decibels (dB) with permanent damage occurring with regular exposure at 110 dB (or higher) for longer than one minute. So, considering I often have to wave my hands in front of my daughter’s face or tap...

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10 of our favorite iOS 10 features that you should know about

Even though I downloaded iOS 10 last week, like many of you, it’s taking me awhile to get used to all the changes and new iOS 10 features. Oof, there are a ton. And while I have to admit that I’m liking most of them, there’s definitely a learning curve, even for someone who considers herself to be pretty tech savvy. So to help get you started, here are 10 of our favorite iOS 10 features that you should know definitely about, some of which I love, some of which I’m still adjusting to, plus some tips to help you make the most of...

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Lights, music, party!

With the warm weather here, I’m spending much more time outside with my family, whether it’s just eating dinner outside or having a few friends over for an impromptu gathering. And to spruce my little outdoor space up a bit, I think I might need to spring for these lights which happen to have built-in speakers too. Cool Mom Tech is a rstyle affiliate.  Related: 4 great speakers for outdoor entertaining, from waterproof to washable Just sync these Bluetooth speaker lights to your smart phone or tablet and you’ll be able to stream your favorite music, no app required. They’re perfect for outdoor use,...

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4 great speakers for outdoor entertaining this summer, from waterproof to washable. (Really!)

The best part of hosting parties in the spring and summer is that everyone can be outside, so you don’t have to do a full clean-up of your house the next day. But if you tend to rely on a big indoor sound system, you may not just be able to turn those speakers outward in the windows. Instead, check out some of these terrific speakers for outdoor entertaining that I’ve found. I like them because they’re portable, colorful (don’t underestimate the importance of good design), and waterproof or resistant to varying degrees. Whether you’re entertaining near a pool, or just near messy kids,...

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Web Coolness: A smart jump rope, a new Toca Boca app, and free books for your Kindle

Here are some of our favorite tech links from the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too.   For all you bike lovers, meet handleband. Netflix might pay you to travel and take Instagram photos. A smart jump rope. Cool! We spy a few tech gifts in the new Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide over on Cool Mom Picks. 5 secrets of people with inbox zero. (via Pop Sugar Tech) A new Toca Boca app, hooray!   Wow, love this: Major city subway systems designed in the style of Mario Bros. video games. Amazon Prime members: You can get...

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Calling Toca Boca fans: Get ready to bust a move with the new Toca Dance app

As much as I can hold my own on the dance floor, the stark reality is that I have about two moves I heavily rely on. (Ask anyone at any wedding I’ve ever been to). Despite my efforts to expand my moves repertoire, I think I have to relegate myself to the fact that that’s my dance floor MO. But when it comes to digital dancing, the brand new Toca Dance app is really where my skills can shine. Launching today, as in this very moment, Toca Dance is the 31st(!) app from one of our all-time favorite developers, Toca Boca, and...

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An app to help young kids learn about music, easily

When it comes to my range of talents, I’m sadly lacking in the music department. Yep, I’m pretty much tone deaf, unlike Kristen, the former music therapist, who puts us all to shame there. However I still really want my kids to get the benefits that come from a good musical education. And I’ve found a great place to start, especially for kids who you might not be ready to invest in music lessons for yet. The Edoki Academy Easy Music app  (iOS and Android) is a terrific music app for kids around preschool age, because intuitively builds music awareness while they think they’re just...

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Organization help: Decluttr app gives you cash for unwanted CDs, DVDs, and games. But is it worth it?

Since starting to Konmari, or “tidy,” my  home almost a year ago, I’ve found myself avoiding certain categories of stuff left to purge, like the four large bins of CDs we’ve had stored in our basement since switching all our music over to digital. But I recently discovered an app that makes it easier to part with all that media, because I actually get paid to declutter. And that’s apparently all the motivation I needed to part with them. Aptly named Decluttr, this free app for iOS and Android is so easy to use that I’ve already sent and received payment for...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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