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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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Too much phone, tablet use may gimp kids’ development

Too much phone, tablet use may gimp kids’ development

Back in the days, our folks would tell us that watching TV would turn us into brainless zombies. Today, that might have some truth as well when it comes to heavy use of mobile devices. Boston University Medical Center researchers are now questioning the effects that these devices have, especially on children below 2 years of age, theorizing that a heavy dose of mobile could, in fact, be detrimental to social, emotional, and even mental skills that can only be learned through human-human interaction.

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Vine Kids brings curated, looping videos just for your little ones

Vine Kids brings curated,  looping videos just for your little ones

There are some universal truths about kids and the media they consume. Kids love flashy, colorful stuff, and they adore repetition. That’s what makes the news that Vine has created ‘Vine for Kids’ so endearing. The new app culls kid-friendly vines from the service proper, then makes them available to the kids! A swipe left or right brings a new Vine, and a tap on the screen lets loose “quirky” sounds. For now, Vine Kids is only available on iOS devices.

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AmbyGear wearable for kids includes educational games

AmbyGear wearable for kids includes educational games

A new wearable for kids has cropped up, and it's called the AmbyGear Smart Watch. The wearable has a typical smart watch design with decidedly kid-friendly flavors (there's zebra print, for example), and a low-end display that young children won't mind. It's not the first smart watch for children that we've seen, but it does deviate from the norm a bit by including educational games for the child on the watch. This is in addition to common functionality like integrated GPS and durable construction.

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