The best of CES 2018: Must-see picks for parents!

From cool coding toys for kids to swanky tech accessories, health tech + all the stuff you never knew you needed…until now.

Desk chairs at DWR, now 15% more comfortable

As the old joke about Design Within Reach goes, the name makes no sense at all when you consider the prices. But it's still one of my favorite shops guaranteed to leave my drool marks on my laptop screen, as I imagine the fabulous, perfectly perfect home I'll have....

Angry Birds goes high fashion

This morning I saw a little girl in my building wearing an Angry Birds shirt, and had to laugh. How awesome that the hot iPhone game of 2010 (so hot that the New York Times Magazine did a story on it earlier this month) has infiltrated the minds--and chests--of...

Trade up your iPod at Toys R Us

I tend to take an "if it's not broken, don't fix it" attitude when it comes to my gadgets. I'm perfectly happy with my plain old iPod, and really I figure if it's working well for me, then I don't exactly need the newest, prettiest model. But that doesn't mean I don't...

Homework by dragon

For some time now, I have been looking for software to help my sixth grader organize his thoughts while writing school essays. I recently complained to a friend that dictation software didn't work well with my son's tween voice. Basically, it was producing written...

Cupcake making without cavity making

To say my girls are obsessed with the range of cake, cupcake, Jell-O mold, and cookie making/decorating iPhone apps out there is an understatement. It's like the EZ-Bake Ovens of the smartphone era: So fun for kids, it doesn't even matter whether they eat the results...

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How this free app will change the way you make your grocery shopping list.

If you're like me, you scramble to text your partner the items you need as you think of them, which makes for a pretty disorganized shopping list. But since discovering the AnyList app in our Recipe Rescue Facebook group, my grocery shopping list is the most organized...

The easy way to send a free ecard for Valentine’s Day. Make someone’s day!

Whether you forgot to grab a Valentine's Day card for the kids (or to the grandparents "from" the kids?), have a Galentine pal who would love to her from you today, or are thinking about sending a sexy "shape of things to come" message (ahem) to your sweetheart before...

Is MoviePass good for families? We tried it! | Damn you, Facebook Ads series

When I first heard about MoviePass on Facebook, I thought it sounded a little too good to be true. All the movies you could possibly see, for just $9 each month? That's crazy, considering how much it currently costs us to see movies in the theater with four kids (or a...

7 fitness apps for busy parents, or anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time.

Life is short, and now is the best time to do something for yourself and your health.

4 must-download medical apps for families during cold and flu season

Cold and flu season is on us, and wow, this is a bear. We've seen you stressing out on Facebook and Instagram, and we're right there with you. To help, we've found some medical apps for families that might bring a little peace of mind. These apps can help you analyze...

The Best of the Best Educational Apps

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Mustang Sally

The klutz that I am, a camera strap is an absolute must-have, particularly when it comes to my extra special fancy DSLR. However, I'm not so keen on being an advertisement for it, and I've been scouring Etsy to find something a little cooler. The unique upcycled...

Droid vs. iPhone – Reader Q&A

I am buying a new cell, but can't decide between an iPhone 4 or a Android phone. What cell is best? -SarahOoh, fun purchase, Sarah! Picking between the iPhone and the Droid can be a difficult decision - sort of like choosing between your own family and your in-laws at...

Vlingo-ing is the new Texting. Only safer.

While I have mastered the skill of tossing a cheese stick to the back of the minivan without looking, hitting a screaming child's outstretched hand like a quarterback throwing a touchdown pass, I am still challenged to find the right hands-free cell phone calling...

iPhone covers like Grandma made.

I tend to think of the Apple store when I'm in need of a new iPhone case. But duh. I should be thinking about Etsy. Because when you search for iPhone cases, you find something as fabulous as this. We first discovered these fabulous handmade iPhone/Droid covers (or...

It’s a big TeuxDeux

Between after-school activities, weekend soccer games, getting Caleb a birthday present for his party on Saturday, flu shot appointments, sending in the permission slip for the field trip, and, uh, you get the gist, it's a wonder I don't leave my house looking like...

Great video cameras for under $500? Reader Q&A

"Hey Cool Mom Tech! Can you provide a recommendation for easy to use, readily compatible, high quality video cameras for less than $500? We bought one a few years ago but it takes a PhD to figure out how to edit the videos and even how to use it." - Ericka EI totally...

Is your camera ready for this jelly?

If you're anything like me, then the camera you generally reach for is the one that fits right in your back pocket - your phone. And while my camera phone definitely gets an "A" for convenience, it doesn't score as high when it comes to creativity. Let's face it -...

Bing and your school could win big

Bing and You're Done? Sure, if you just want to search for something. But you can also use Bing to win big bucks for your local K-12 school. Bing Education has introduced Our School Needs, a way for you to land some serious cash for a specific school need, and really,...

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