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Merry Christmas to you!

From Liz, Kristen, Beth, Christina, and everyone at Cool Mom Tech, we wish you a peaceful, happy, wonderful day, filled with good family, good food, and hopefully not too many plastic clamshell packs to have to pry open. And thanks to all of you for helping to make...

Board games go 2.0 with Winter Land

Before the kids go to bed and Santa's elves get busy wrapping gifts, we spend Christmas Eve drinking egg nog, playing games, and watching movies with the kids. But now that we have the iPad, we'll probably add a round or two of a digital board game into the mix. The...

Piquing Our Geek: Custom Headphones for Lyric Freaks

I know people that I can describe as a man or woman of their word, but that's being taken to a whole new level when words become a style of personalization for gadgets.  A pair of The Street Headphones are a holy, major, unabashed splurge at $1,100, but what you're...

No glove, no love

It's freezing outside, and you want to use your Smartphone to tweet about how incredibly freezing it is outside, but to do that you'd need to remove your warm gloves. Drat. If only there were a way to keep your hands warm and use a touch screen device. Ta da!! Check...

Would you pay to cheat on Angry Birds?

I admit that I've been completely sucked into the Angry Birds craze, as has my entire family. So much s,  that my kids know exactly what level we're stuck on.Level 16 on Angry Birds Seasons, if you're curious. So I have to admit that my interest was piqued when I...

Dads Dig This – BeSpeak iPhone app

Our next Dads Dig This guest blogger is David Wescott, a Durham, NC-based dad who writes about public relations, science communication, and politics at It's Not a Lecture.  I admit that most of the time you can find me in worn jeans and something with a Red Sox logo,...

And a very BetaMaXmas to you too

There was once a magical time. A time when children waited in breathless anticipation for their favorite Christmas Special to play on TV. There was no DVR or Video On Demand; no rewinding or fast-forwarding; no YouTube; no bathroom breaks. You had only one shot to...

5 fun, favorite educational apps for elementary aged kids

Make learning more fun, whether it’s math, science, reading basics, or a second language!

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How the Apple Watch is helping me be more mindful, more fit, and more connected with my kids

The surprising impact of an Apple Watch that we never would have expected. 

Best Buy Wish List: 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

We're having such a great time working with Best Buy here on Cool Mom Tech over the last week. (You have been entering our gift card giveaways, right?) In fact, a few days ago, our co-founder Kristen headed out to her local Best Buy to chat with one of their helpful...

Nook vs. Kindle – An e-reader smackdown

Whether you've got an e-readers at the top of your holiday list, or you're shopping for one as a gift for someone else like I am, with so many to choose from it can be...well, hard to choose. So we decided to compare two of the hottest e-readers - the Nook and the...

Music to your ears

It's very rare in the car with my kids to be able to listen to a song I like the whole way through without interruptions. Whether there are relentless questions like, "Mommy, what's this song called?" or "Mommy, what is the name of the person who sings this?" or...

Best Buy Wish List: Gaming (whoo!)

Best Buy Wish List is a sponsored series in which we feature the things we're coveting at Best Buy--and then give away gift cards so you can buy them yourself.  Whee!It's no secret that we have a thing for gaming around here. Must be all those years of dropping...

Custom videos from Santa that make me a believer too

This weekend on Cool Mom Picks, we uncovered an awesome custom video from Santa, and our readers are going nuts for it.  As are our own children. So much so, it would be gross holiday negligence for me not to share it here so even more children can wake up their...

A digital camera for the littlest shutterbugs

Holiday time is of course a photographer's paradise for capturing family memories. I encourage the kids in our family to take pictures, which provides a great "kid's eye view" into own traditions and activities--and the fact that my own favorites aren't necessarily my...

The Neato robotic vacuum sucks. In a good way.

For the past two Christmases, my mother has given me vacuums, a gift I try not to take as judgment on the state of my house. And while the Dyson was--and still is--great, my little robotic Roomba continues to make me positively giddy as it whirls around my house....

Send your holiday greetings 2.0-style this year

The holiday cards are starting to trickle in and it's always such a treat to receive greetings from dear family and friends from near and far. With each one, I'm reminded that we need to get moving on ours as well (as opposed to our Happy New Year card in mid-January...

ArtRage for iPad. Watercolor 2.0

Art projects are one of our family favorites, but cleaning up, not so much. So I was excited to try Artrage for iPad, an application for virtual painting and drawing. And wow, it is simply wonderful. Related: The mini Monet art app for iPad The app offers different...

Quirky.com: Why didn’t I think of that?

As I was looking around the website Quirky, I kept using words like Genius! and Awesome! This web site helps people develop and produce super interesting product ideas. And better--lets those of us who simply appreciate super interesting product ideas, buy them....

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