Parents of Gen Z kids: Are your kids using online passwords safely?

This new survey says… probably not. Here’s what you need to know.  

What's the best affordable laptop for kids?

Here’s an option you might not know about! 

IKEA to the media organization rescue!

I blame the current state of our living room on my sigOth's addition to oh, pretty much anything with a controller and an on-off switch. In other words, the gaming addiction is killing us.The Wii controls are different than the PS3 remotes are different than the...

A laptop bag made just for dudes. Or is it?

I am a laptop devotee, and so I carry mine everywhere. And as much as I try to keep my laptop case for my laptop only, as a mom I totally know that other stuff sneaks in there. Next thing you know, I've got a laptop/iPhone cord/board book/green crayon/magazine/water...

You’ve got me feeling emoticons

So I know I can't be the only one who's sent a snarky email or left a cheeky Facebook comment and ended it with a smiley emoticon. I guess it's sort of like starting a sentence with "no offense but... only nicer, right? Well, I can't wait to have some fun with these...

Splish Splash I was taking an app

No techie parent needs convincing that the right app can do a lot more than keep your kid entertained while you wait in a long check out line or try to finish your food at a restaurant. The best ones actually teach your kids.Splish Splash Inn, from Shortstack, is one...

In defense of teens with headphones

Here’s a thoughtful perspective on why you should just let them listen.

Tips & Tricks to Make Life (Way!) Easier

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5 podcasts we listened to last month

Podcast lovers! Here are 5 podcasts that made our subscribe list last month. 

The Echo Smartpen: smarter than your av-er-age pen

No matter how many gadgets with keyboards are available, we kind of hope that actual writing never goes away. Kids still take notes at school and parents write notes at home or work. However if you don't transcribe your notes to a computer, or organize them all in a...

Welcome to Cool Mom Tech!

Welcome to the official launch of Cool Mom Tech! We are so glad to have you here.Don't worry, you don't have to be a so-called techie to feel at home here. You're online right now mama, and that's all the techie you need to be. Check in daily and you'll find the...

1s + 0s = Love

It doesn't matter whether you can code a webpage in under six minutes flat (is that even possible?) or construct a motherboard with your eyes closed. Cool jewelry is cool jewelry - plain and simple. Or really, super and rad, which is how I might describe these binary...

Made in Me: The love child of a storybook and a computer

Originally posted on Cool Mom PicksFor better, or worse, our kids live in a electronics culture, and I've always believed if you choose wisely, your kids can really benefit from the range of products out there. Well Made in Me was made by a dad (and a team of...

SpeakSake – Like an audio scrapbook of awesomeness

Previously posted on Cool Mom PicksEver been the person in charge of a group gift, and discovered that special circle of purgatory that involves trying to contact large numbers of people and keep track of who's done what and who still needs to contribute? Yeah. Not...

Xie Xie for the new Chinese for Munchkins app! (Thank you!)

Yesterday my son had a playdate with a little Chinese girl, coincidentally the same day I downloaded Chinese for Munchkins to my iPhone. The amazed look on her face when I asked them if they had seen a hóu zi or a lóng (a monkey or a dragon) at school was priceless....

It’s true, fish really is brain food

Previously posted on Cool Mom PicksSo it's become pretty clear that iPhone apps can be God's technological gift to parents wanting to avoid toddler meltdowns in restaurants and pediatrician offices. Some of my favorite apps for the younger set come courtesy of Duck...

Hipstamatic is a photography blast from the past

I'm far from a photography expert, and admittedly, the only camera I use anymore is my iPhone.  While every now and then I get a great picture with it, I often feel bad that the only pictures of my kids are taken with the sub-par quality of a camera phone. That is,...

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