The best ever, super simple trick for taking better selfies

Even our serious techie friends see us doing this and say, “whoa!”

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...

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...

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If your kid is struggling with math, these apps can help

Find 18 of the very best math apps, from K through college. Some are actually fun!

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A new study about kids and social media: The news is...good!

If you’ve got tweens or teens using social media, you’ll want to read this new study of kids 13-17.

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,...

How to be undead in less than 5 minutes.

Whether you're into True Blood, Vampire Diaries, or Twilight--and I'll admit I adore all three--it's impossible to escape the world's ongoing fascination with all things dead and fangy. Whether you're a vampire fan, too, or you just want to send freaky Halloween...

The geek’s guide to racy pick-up lines

I can't code my way out of a paper bag, but I figure that's why I have so many awesome friends who use their tech savvy to work amazing magic all over the internets. And I've got a pretty good hunch that they'd all appreciate this "You are the CSS to my HTML" shirt...

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