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Autodesk, Mattel to bring the magic of 3D printing to kids

Autodesk, Mattel to bring the magic of 3D printing to kids

We guess it was inevitable. When smartphones and tablets became the hot tech toys, kids become the next target of device makers. Now that 3D printing is the buzzword, it's only a matter of time before children become the next big, or in this case, small, customers. Autodesk, one of the foremost players in the 3D software scene, and Mattel, one of the biggest toy companies, are joining forces to do just that. Though, for now, kids are still safe as the two have yet to reveal concrete products from this partnership.

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Google Play’s ‘Designed for Families’ tries for family-friendly apps

Google Play’s ‘Designed for Families’ tries for family-friendly apps

Google is making a push for family-friendly content in the Play Store. Today, the company is announcing Designed for Families, a new program that will allow Developers to designate their content as safe for all eyes. While the program will undoubtedly put more eyes on apps, Google is also promising apps that fall under the Designed for Families banner “will be eligible for upcoming family-focused experiences on Google Play that will help parents discover great, age-appropriate content and make more informed choices.”

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Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Being at the forefront of the 3D software industry, Autodesk is in the prime position of taking advantage and profiting from the recent 3D printing renaissance. However, 3D printing has been, and still is, a relatively exclusive club made of adults and young adults with the know-how, not to mention the equipment, to turn ideas into digital models into physical objects. In order to increase those numbers, and potential customers, you need to train the next, younger generation of 3D designers. And that is exactly what the new Tinkerplay app hopes to accomplish.

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uberFAMILY rides to include nabi 2 educational tablet for kids

uberFAMILY rides to include nabi 2 educational tablet for kids

Uber has announced a new partnership with Fuhu that will bring the maker's nabi 2 educational tablet to its uberFAMILY rides. This gives kids something to do during a ride that doesn't involve playing with the power windows or kicking the back of the seat, and has that educational twist to put this under utilized spat of downtime to good use. The feature is only coming to Washington DC, however, and the ridesharing service doesn't go into many details at this point.

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Hasbro rehashes Skip-it and Twister into fitness tracker

Hasbro rehashes Skip-it and Twister into fitness tracker

Depending on when your childhood took place, you might have an entirely nostalgic new fitness tracking option (it's meant for kids, but we won't judge): Hasbro has tweaked its popular Twister and Skip-it games/toys to have a health-centric slant. Skip-it, for those unaware, was that ball connected to your ankle by a loop; you skipped it around to make the number counter increase, something that seems exceptionally archaic such a short while later. And Twister, dare we say, needs no introduction.

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YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

This week we're hearing - again - that Google will be releasing a YouTube app made specifically for children. As YouTube is the primary app for video content from the web on Android - and is used by most iPhone users for video content on the web as well - it makes perfect sense that a child-friendly option, YouTube for Kids, would be made available. Why, you say? Why, you might ask as a person who does not have children playing with smart devices every single day of the year?

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Kid-friendly YouTube app coming February 23

Kid-friendly YouTube app coming February 23

It seems that Google is making good on its promise to have child-safe products this year, starting with probably the most engaging one of all: YouTube. USA Today reports that a colorful and limited new YouTube app will be debuting 23rd February to help give parents a bit of peace of mind, not to mention more control, over their kids' online viewing activities. And, of course, the app will be filled to the brim with contents that kids will love, or supposedly love, while keeping more mature videos out of the way.

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OLPC, One Education to launch a modular tablet/laptop hybrid

OLPC, One Education to launch a modular tablet/laptop hybrid

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project had a laudable goal, but unfortunately those plans materialized in very different, and sometimes disappointing, ways. But for all their failures, you have to give them props for never knowing when or how to give up. Now OLPC's Australian partner One Education is said to have a new XO device ready to be unveiled in a few weeks and it is probably more ambitious than ever. Not only will it be a tablet/laptop hybrid, it will also be a modular one.

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Goodnight Lad ‘augmented reality’ book comes alive

Goodnight Lad ‘augmented reality’ book comes alive

Digital books offer things a paper book can't, not the least of which are both interactive and animated elements. Still, there's nothing quite like a physical printed book, particularly when it comes to kids who like to handle a physical object and flip through pages. A new children's book called "Goodnight Lad" aims to be the solution, striking an even mixture between the two storytelling mediums by merging technology and paper into what is being called an "augmented reality" book.

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Google snaps up Launchpad Toys, liberates its apps

Google snaps up Launchpad Toys, liberates its apps

Google has acquired the kids-centric company Launchpad Toys, the latter company has announced. Google has confirmed the acquisition, but neither have given any details about what Google paid for the service. This shows an increased push on Google's part to provide more content for younger users, and comes with a certain big perk for Toontastic users in particular: that storytelling tool is now available for free, having previously been a for-pay offering, a change already reflected on the App Store.

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