Is screen time driving you crazy?

Try these 5 smart strategies to see what works best for your family. 

Kids + smartphones: When are they ready?

Ask yourself these 7 questions before you take the plunge.

The iPhone is coming to Verizon. For real!

I've been coveting an iPhone ever since their launch, but as a Verizon wireless customer, I didn't want to switch providers. Every year I held my breath and crossed my fingers that this would be the year that my device of choice would come to my provider of choice....

The joy of underwear

If you've enjoyed nice quiet family dinners with your toddler without anyone daring to yell fart or underwear, well enjoy it while you can. You've got a few short years, and then those very things will be pretty much the funniest things in the entire world. (Of...

9 video calling options beyond Skype. Very Jetsons!

Video calling has become pretty much a necessity for those of us traveling moms who want to read the kids bedtime stories from our hotel rooms at a conference, or keep in touch with deployed military spouses or family overseas. Wow, remember when we were kids and...

Tech resolutions for the New Year

We're still in the throes of New Year excitement, at the beginning of January when resolve is still strong, gyms are packed and old habits haven't reared their ugly heads. Yet. Although certain resolutions may lose their luster, we've got a few tech resolutions that...

Bed trays as laptop trays. Why not!

Embarrassing confession: I spent so much time with my laptop on my lap one summer, I have permanent, if faded, dark marks on my thighs. Now I'm always telling myself that one day, I'm going to invest in a laptop tray of some sort. In looking around I realized hey,...

The Apple app store is open! Yippee!

Judging from comments on the posts here, and pithy reports from our Facebook fans, I'm not the only Mac fan that frequents these here pages. And this week, at last, you've finally got a central spot to download all those excellent apps in the brand new Apple App...

Attention travelers: Word Lens app es muy bueno

It's not often that I come across an iPhone app that makes me stop and marvel. Of the hundreds I've had the opportunity of reviewing, I can count a handful that I continue to be amazed by. I just found one more to add to the list. It's called Word Lens and it's...

Piquing Our Geek: Refrigerators without the HFC

We're all for greening up our homes and lives wherever we can, and sometimes that comes from the manufacturers, who give us better options in the first place. We read this week that General Electric plans to introduce the first HFC-free refrigerator for US households...

What if raising unplugged kids is a terrible idea?

This is a fascinating podcast interview with an expert who thinks we’re doing it all wrong. 

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9 great educational YouTube channels to help keep minds sharp this summer

If they need a tablet break, steer your kids towards these wonderful channels. They all beat toy unboxing, promise.

Colorful iPad cases with a stand? Reader Q+A

I'm the happy new owner of an iPad and I actually like the Apple case for its simple design, small form and the ability to flip it completely open or close it to cover the screen.  However, I am not excited about the boring black. Have you found any you love that...

Dads Dig This: The typewriter turned computer

Look at what Scott Adler aka "The Dadler" on Babycenter's blog Momformation (where you can find us too!) thinks is cool. He's our next guest dad blogger in our Dads Dig This series. As if I thought size equated with cool, I've populated my life with collections that...

5 cool ways that tech can get you organized for 2011

Since so many of us add "get organized" to those (sometimes pointless) New Year's Resolution lists, we've found a few great tools and apps to help you out. On our weekly column on Momformation, the Babycenter blog, this week Kristen has rounded up 5 cool ways that...

A laptop bag worth showing off

I used to travel with this huge, ugly, black leather laptop bag, primarily because it was given to me and I felt bad not using it; but also because there weren't many other options on the market. I'm so glad that gadget accessories have taken a huge turn for the...

Kindle Books now for loan. Yay!

When I put together our Nook vs. Kindle e-reader comparison, one of the major differences between the two was that the Nook allows you to borrow books from the library--a nice feature if you're a fast reader or don't necessarily need to own every single one of Kurt...

Happy 2011, cool moms!

We can't thank you enough for joining us over here at Cool Mom Tech, and making our first few months amazing. Truly, your support and readership allows us to continue  doing what we love. And for that, we're incredibly grateful. (And if you haven't added us to your...

The best Beatles songs for kids

While there are some awesome kindie rock bands out there that we've featured both here and on Cool Mom Picks, there are plenty of awesome "adult" tunes out there that work just as well for our kids. Now that the Beatles are on iTunes (whoo!), I've pulled together a...

Readeez, now for your mobile viewing pleasure

If you're not familiar with Readeez, and you have a child who's starting to read, then you're in for a treat. This series of adorably-designed videos are paired with songs, poems and written words to help kids associate letters with their accompanying sounds. And...

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