Tag: texting

iPhone trick: How to use Text Replacement to make your texting life a whole lot easier.

You’ve probably seen the stories about how kids have pranked their parents using the Text Replacement feature on the iPhone. You know, they set it so that when their parents text the word “No,” it gets replaced with the word “Yes.” Oh kids these days. As it turns out, this handy feature is so smart for parents, because it can actually help you text more quickly when you need to send a reply and you’re juggling 400 other things. Sound familiar? Related: 3 iPhone tricks for when you’re too busy to take that call Here’s how to set up...

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Web Coolness: Instagram Stories tips, restaurants with no cell connection, and the best make-up tutorial we’ve seen

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too.   Star Wars socks for back to school. So cool! 11 Instagram Stories tips you might not know. Cool tongue-in-cheek posters imagine quirky Olympic game ideas. 10 funny tweets that totally explain how kids relate to technology today. Smart light bulbs that might actually help you keep your home safer. A really great reason to stock up on printer ink: These awesome back to school printables! On this week’s Spawned podcast, a cool app we’ve loved, now with awesome...

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Make a splash with these 6 must-see geeky-cool pool floats and rafts

When it’s time to unplug the devices and hit the pool, lake, or ocean to cool off, I know my kids love stretching out and relaxing on a comfy pool float or raft while they talk to their friends. And, whoa, they would go nuts for any of these totally cool options we found, that reflect their love of all things tech, gaming, and geekery. Heck, I know plenty of adults who would love these too. So keep reading for six of the coolest geeky pool floats and rafts for our plugged-in kids. Just leave the electronics on dry land, okay? CMP is an...

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Web Coolness: Star Wars (duh!), magical Netflix socks, and more

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   It’s Force Awakens Day! Here’s an ultimate guide to everything Star Wars, with recipes, printables, crafts, and gifts, like the framed Han and Leia art by Pretty Peculiar (above) So when exactly do those “indicator bubbles” actually tell you someone’s typing? Here’s the answer! Geeky Christmas cards with a sense of humor. You won’t believe what these Neflix socks can do.   Wow, a chart with every single color Lego that was ever produced. (via swiss...

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Emoji smart phone cases. Because they’re already all over your phone anyway.

Oh c’mon, I know that emoji are already all over your phone. Is there anyone that can still resist the siren call? I think not! That’s why I going all-in with one of these emoji smart phone cases. The question is, which one should I get?   I like Kate Spade’s interpretation of emoji, which not surprisingly makes them seem a little more upscale. The Lovestruck emoji iPhone 6 case [Edited: currently out of stock] is my favorite of her collection, but she’s got a few others to choose from. Or, I could buy a couple and change them depending on my...

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Web Coolness: Apple’s Back to School deal, educational YouTube channels for kids, and what’s your Facebook unfriending policy?

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   We’re curious about this safety device you wear on your wrist. What do you think? If you’re in the market for a new computer, don’t miss Apple’s back to school deal. It’s pretty good this year. Welcome to the cool dad club, Mark Zuckerberg! 6 of the best educational YouTube channels for big kids.   Mmmm, donuts. For your smart phone, that is. Love this case! A powerful new video from AT&T is a heavy reminder...

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Web Coolness: Hillary Clinton on Instagram, big Apple News, and a text walking lane (not kidding).

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   We think this Star Wars mug makes the perfect geeky Father’s Day gift. Hillary Clinton is on Instagram! There was lots of speculation about her what first post would be. What do you think? How cool is this? A DIY Minecraft camp full of coding lessons, snack ideas, even outdoor activities that you and your kids can do right in your home. Thanks to Pop Sugar Tech for these helpful tips for traveling with tech...

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Rounds app: A terrific Facetime alternative for Android users who want to talk to iPhone users.

I have a close-knit family. My sisters and I talk a lot any given week. The thing is, we all live in cities spread miles (and countries) apart, so we rely on social media, texting and, when time zones line up nicely, video chats. And with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and so many other “let’s talk!” holidays coming up, it made me eager to try the Rounds app, a Facetime alternative that offers live video chat to both iOS and Android users. What’s more, you can share photos, make voice calls — even  play games and watch YouTube videos together. All for free. Did I mention unlimited...

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How to use the iOS 8 audio message feature: It’s like it was made for parents.

Hold the phone! No, seriously. Hold the iPhone, because there’s something new(ish) and neat and cool happening with its Message app that you’ll definitely want to hear about if you haven’t yet. While this fun feature has been around since September, when iOS 8 launched, I’m guessing this will come as news to some of you on-the-go parents, too. The deal is, you can send short audio messages — your voice, a song clip, the baby giggling uncontrollably — with a simple touch, hold and swipe. It’s almost like turning your phone into a walkie talkie, without taking the time to dial, waiting...

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Web Coolness: The new SNL app, museums ban selfie sticks, and when kids should be on social media

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.   Watch all your favorite Saturday Night Live skits right on your smartphone. Awesome. Speaking of SNL, we love how Norm Macdonald used his Twitter account to share the backstage stories of the #SNL40 reunion. Worth a follow and a read. Looks like more and more museums are starting to ban selfie sticks. Oh noes! This new Facebook feature helps users decide what to do with their account after they pass away. 10 tech issues to consider if...

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