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Disney Mix is a family-friendly messaging app that’s safe for kids

Disney Mix is a family-friendly messaging app that’s safe for kids

If the thought of yet another mobile messaging app is enough to make you gag, well, you're probably not alone. But now Disney has gotten into the game with Mix, a messaging app that's specially designed for kids and families. Available now on iOS and Android, Disney Mix may not seem as impressive as services like WhatsApp or Snapchat, but it includes a number of features designed to keep kids and pre-teens safe online.

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4Moms Moxie stroller keeps your smartphone charged

4Moms Moxie stroller keeps your smartphone charged

New moms and dads take lots of pictures. Just check your Facebook or Instagram for anyone you know with a baby if you need proof. With all the snaps of baby and selfies that moms and dads take, it can be hard to keep your phone charged while out for a walk with your little. This is where the 4moms Moxie stroller comes in. It looks like one of those old-fashioned prams, but it has some cool power-generating tech inside.

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Mi Bunny, Xiaomi’s first smartwatch, is for kids

Mi Bunny, Xiaomi’s first smartwatch, is for kids

You've got to start them young, right? Or so goes the saying, which probably applies to anything but gadgets. But that's not stopping device makers from trying to tap into this young, quite literally, market and it seems that Xiaomi isn't immune to its allure. The Mi Bunny might not be the first Xiaomi smartwatch that grown ups have been, and still are, waiting for, but for kids, it might be the next best thing to that kid-unfriendly but cool Apple Watch. And, like any Xiaomi product, it's dirt cheap, too.

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Fisher-Price is making kid-safe baby moments with GoPro

Fisher-Price is making kid-safe baby moments with GoPro

GoPro cameras might be most commonly associated with track days and extreme sports, but if Fisher-Price has its way you'll be using them to record your kids, too. The company is one of more than a hundred different firms taking part in the GoPro Developer Program, the camera specialist's attempt to turn its product line into a whole ecosystem.

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McDonald’s new Happy Meal box turns into VR goggles

McDonald’s new Happy Meal box turns into VR goggles

McDonald’s has introduced a new Happy Meal box in Sweden that transforms into a pair of virtual reality goggles after the meal is finished. The goggles are the same as Google Cardboard and similar constructions -- you slide your phone into place and look through a pair of lenses, enjoying 3D apps and 360-degree videos. McDonald's calls these 'Happy Goggles,' and has created a VR kids game to go with it.

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Jetts are sparking wheels you can attach to your shoes

Jetts are sparking wheels you can attach to your shoes

Razor is the company that is behind the hoards of scooters that you see kids zipping around your neighborhood on. Scooters aren’t all the company makes, but they are probably the best known product that Razor makes. The company has something new called Jetts.

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VTech’s ‘Learning Lodge’ hack exposes kids’ data

VTech’s ‘Learning Lodge’ hack exposes kids’ data

In a statement today, VTech, maker of gadgets for children, announced that its customer data has been breached. According to the company, an “unauthorized party” accessed data within the Learning Lodge app store database earlier this month; that database has neither banking info nor certain personal identification details like social security numbers, but does have 'general' profile info.

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One Education’s Infinity modular laptop/tablet hits Indiegogo

One Education’s Infinity modular laptop/tablet hits Indiegogo

It was way back in February that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative and its partner One Education announced a modular laptop/tablet hybrid, dubbed the XO-Infinity, promising a debut in the following weeks. Well, it's a bit later than expected, but One Education finally has working prototypes, and, after dropping the XO part of the name, has now launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the Infinity.

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KidGPS tracker monitors you child’s whereabouts

KidGPS tracker monitors you child’s whereabouts

Like the idea of tracking your young child, but they won’t keep a GPS-enabled watch on their wrist? X-Doria has a different solution, one involving a rectangular tracking device called KidGPS. Instead of strapping it on like a smartwatch, the device can be attached to a lanyard for securing to a bag or belt, or it can be placed within a pocket, keeping tabs on where you kid is at, but without being intrusive.

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Verizon GizmoGadget, GizmoPal 2 wean kids on wearables

Verizon GizmoGadget, GizmoPal 2 wean kids on wearables

Who says only adults should get all the hi-tech, almost sci-fi wearable technology fun? LG and Verizon definitely don't think so.That is why the two are launching not one but two wearables made just for kids. The GizmoPal 2 is, as the name clearly says, is the successor to last year's gadget of the same name. The real start of the show, however, might be the GizmoGidget, which practically gives kids a colorful though slightly dumbed down smartwatch that also offers parents some peace of mind.

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Verizon’s new Ellipsis tablet was made for kids

Verizon’s new Ellipsis tablet was made for kids

Although not as popular as some of the top brands in the tablet market, Verizon has regularly put out its own brand of slates aimed at budget conscious customers. Now it's bringing its Ellipsis brand to its youngest demographic yet. Joining the announcement of the new GizmoPal 2 and GizmoGadget from LG, Verizon is revealing the Ellipsis Kids tablet. The name says it all, delivering an Android tablet that's designed both inside and out for kids, with age-appropriate content, colorful rugged bumpers, and, of course, parental controls.

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Circle with Disney keeps any device under parental eyes

Circle with Disney keeps any device under parental eyes

In this digital age, almost every kid wants to have access to the Internet and to modern amenities like mobile devices. The situation often presents a nightmare for parents who want to protect their children from the dangers of the online world. Since not all smartphones and tablets are equipped to safeguard children's welfare, some parents resort to buying specialized devices with parental controls built-in. Now, however, they might not need to spend as much, with Circle with Disney offering that same control for any device in the house and a fraction of the price.

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