Tag: smartphones

The Superbook turns your smart phone into a laptop. Yes, you read that correctly.

As much as we already do with our smartphones, the small screen and tiny keyboard can be limiting, at least when it comes to getting actual work done. That’s probably why the Superbook has completely blown its Kickstarter goal. Related: A keyboard case that turns your iPad into a laptop. Sort of.  The Superbook is a smart laptop shell with a large screen, a keyboard and a touchpad, along with over 8 hours of battery life. All you have to do is plug in your Android smartphone, which launches the corresponding app, and boom! Everything on your smartphone is synched and...

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Web Coolness: Lego Dad, Instagram feed changes, and device rules for parents

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them too.   Our new favorite Facebook page: Lego Dad Get ready, Instagram is about to change in a major way. 8 ways your smartphone could be messing with your life. The 30 most influential people on the Internet in 2016 according to Time. A 15-minute trick to get your home office organized. Over at Cupcakes and Cashmere, a new massage app that caught our eye.   For your Crossy Road fans, there’s a Disney version now! How to make a Star Wars Easter...

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Ditto: A wearable tech device to keep smartphone alerts on the QT and your phone off the dinner table

Whenever my husband and I manage to squeeze in a date night dinner, I have to be very conscious of my iPhone usage. He does not appreciate the lemme just check this one thing real quick business, not in the slightest. I get it, though. Having my face washed in that blue light as I glance down at my Instagram feed instead of looking at him under the glow of candles can be annoying and rude.  So, when I heard about the Ditto — a teeny, tiny wearable tech device that discreetly buzzes to notify you of smartphone alerts, kind of like...

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The 15 coolest new tech gadgets of the year: Editors’ Best Tech of 2015

We’re always excited to try out all the new gadgets each year and wow, what a long way we’ve come since Cool Mom Tech launched five years ago. Technology like pressure touch screens, the overwhelming adoption of streaming music and media, the desire for portable everything, and items that have gotten both very very small (Polaroid Cube) and very very large (iPhone 6S Plus) are really changing the game. So we hope you enjoy our picks for the very coolest new gadgets of 2015 And psst…if you’re looking for cool tech toys? They’re coming up in their very own post.   -Liz +...

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First cell phones for kids: 12 features and considerations to help you find the perfect one.

We’re continuing our series about kids and cell phones on behalf of our sponsor, the premium authorized Verizon retailer, Cellular Sales, because wow, do parents need help with this! And by parents, we mean, ourselves too! Because we know first-hand that once you say okay, I’m going to take the plunge (eep!) and get my kid a cell phone, there are so many questions to ask yourself to help you find the right one. (Psst…one of the cool things about Cellular Sales is that you can call to set up a no-wait appointment so that once you arrive at your...

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The new limited-edition CSA images smart phone cases by Speck: Cool art that keeps your phone safe too

It’s really no surprise that Speck smart phone cases are so popular with smart phone users, including us. They’re thoughtfully designed to keep your phone safe. But their new limited-edition CSA images cases just added a whole new feature to the mix: Style. This collection for iPhone 6/6S (with the Samsung S6 models coming soon) are some of the coolest we’ve seen from them, whether you’re a longtime Charles S. Anderson fan or have no idea what that even is. You’ll find a handful of cool, iconic images from the company printed using Speck’s Inked technology on cases that will keep your phone...

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A fast, easy way to identify and block unwanted scam calls. Because no, you did not actually win a free cruise in a contest you don’t remember entering.

It seems the whole National Do Not Call Registry isn’t always effective. Legit marketers have a lot of loopholes; charities, pollsters, political fundraisers and others are exempt; and then there are those shady marketers who simply don’t care. I know, you’re shocked, shocked. Lately, my cell phone has been ringing off the hook with actual numbers that don’t come up on caller ID as unknown and don’t start with 800 or 866 so they seem legit enough to answer. Only if I do, I get a recorded message “from customer service” or “from your credit card company” or “about the winning entry” I have...

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16 of the best organizational apps for parents: Back to School Tech Guide 2015

Let’s hear it for organizational apps this time of year! What would we ever do without them? After all, back to school also means getting back to routines, which can highlight some of our old systems for staying organized and keeping the family running like a well-oiled machine may need some serious updating — or, in some cases, a total overhaul. So we’re thrilled to launch our 2015 Back to School Tech Guide with some fantastic, tried-and-true apps to help you get the family’s routine in gear. Here are 16 of what we think are the best organizational apps for parents to help you...

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10 essential tips for protecting your tech gadgets so they last. (Or at least until the next version comes out.)

There’s that wonderful moment when you first open up the box of your newest gadget and just smile at it. Some folks even give the new, shiny, and often pricy tech toy its own special name. At no point during this grand unboxing do you envision the gadget in other state than pristine. You want to keep it in tip-top shape for as long as possible — or at least until the next upgraded version comes out. So how do you that? Honestly? By planning. And right now, in the swirl of back to school season, is the perfect time to start...

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Tips from a pro for taking better family vacation photos. Good timing, right?

If you’re like us, you’re counting down the days to a summer vacation, whether it’s a weekend at the grandparents’ place or something bigger. Either way, hopefully it means sleeping in late (kids willing), lazy days, catching up on books and of course, lots and lots of vacation photos. Lots. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Amazon Cloud Drive for an ongoing series, and their service happens to be perfect for this very thing. In fact Amazon Cloud Drive is free for Amazon Prime members, and since it securely backs up and stores all your data, and continues to auto-upload endless amounts of new...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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