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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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Netflix now has 5-minute shows for kids negotiating bedtime

Netflix now has 5-minute shows for kids negotiating bedtime

Netflix has just added a series of videos that will allow parents to perfectly troll their young kids who refuse to go to bed on time. Picture the common situation: child is watching TV when bedtime rolls around. Parent tells them it's time to turn it off, but child begs and pleads for "just one more show," then they'll promise to go to bed. Now, thanks to Netflix, parents can say "fine, just one more show," without it being a big problem. Because the show is only 5 minutes long.

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Dad turns son’s wheelchair into Star Wars snowspeeder for Halloween

Dad turns son’s wheelchair into Star Wars snowspeeder for Halloween

Dads that are big fans of Star Wars are turning out to be a very crafty, creative bunch. We've seen not one but two custom rocking horses built, the first being an X-wing, and the second a Speeder Bike. While those two hand-made projects were for very young kids, this latest one is for a child that's a bit older. Ryan Scott Miller's son Jeremy uses a wheelchair, so he built a snowspeeder — the ship the rebels used during The Empire Strikes Back's Battle of Hoth — that fits overtop, just in time for Halloween.

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Fuhu nabi ELEV-8 tablet wants to take kids to new heights

Fuhu nabi ELEV-8 tablet wants to take kids to new heights

Kids these days are growing up with all the mobile technology amenities this world has to offer and their needs and wants have also changed to match. In addition, today's kids will be tomorrow's pre-teens, and they are starting to look for devices that go beyond just toys. Fuhu, a leader when it come to mobile devices for kids, has just launched the new nabi ELEV-8 tablet just to answer that need. Now kids can have a more advanced tablet in their hands, while parents still retain the same Fuhu-certified control.

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EE Robin tablet aims at kids with robust parental controls

EE Robin tablet aims at kids with robust parental controls

It can be a challenge handing a kid a normal tablet and letting them roam around the web. Adult content and other inappropriate material is as close away as a web search. Many parents seek out tablets that are specifically aimed at children and want parental controls to keep kids away from inappropriate items online. EE has launched a new kids tablet called the Robin that fits this bill nicely.

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Disney-themed bionics include Iron Man and Star Wars prosthetic hands

Disney-themed bionics include Iron Man and Star Wars prosthetic hands

Remember that awesome video back in March where Robert Downey Jr. brought a custom 3D-printed Iron Man prosthetic arm to a 7-year-old boy? Well, it turns out that affordable kid-friendly bionic limbs are much closer to reality than expected. The startup Open Bionics (which, to be clear, was not involved in the prosthetic delivered by Downey Jr.) has teamed up with Disney to make bionic hands designed after characters from Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars.

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