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Google's Project Bloks tinker toys teach coding to kids

There has been a big push in computer-science education in the last few years. The UK has made it part of its national curriculum, President Obama has pledged $4 billion toward a national computer-science initiative and a slew of toys and games designed to teach kids how to code have come to …

Stunning Magic Leap Star Wars team-up brings C3P0 and R2-D2 into augmented reality - Pocket-lint

Magic Leap might be one of the most exciting technologies in development right now when it comes to augmented reality - or any reality for that …

Osmo's blocks are like Lego for coding

There's a growing sense among educators and parents that learning to code is a valuable life skill. The UK has implemented programming in its computing curriculum, and several companies have cropped up with toys and games designed to teach young 'uns how to code. Today a startup called Osmo has …

Google is helping MIT update its programming language for kids

MIT is teaming up with Google to create the next generation of its popular visual programming language "Scratch." The partners are working on an open source version of the language called "Scratch Blocks" based on Blockly, Google's own visual programming code. It will teach kids how to code by …

Firefox usage overtakes Microsoft’s IE and Edge desktop browsers globally for the first time

Firefox has met a notable milestone, as the desktop version of Mozilla’s browser overtook Microsoft’s incarnations globally in terms of usage for the first time, in April.<p>According to analytics company StatCounter, which tracks browsing data over 15 billion page views per month across three million …

Software

Deadpool Photobombs Other Movies On ITunes

If you happen to go movie surfing on the US version of iTunes over the next few days, you could be in for a big surprise. Infamous potty-mouthed antihero Deadpool has infiltrated Apple’s online store and ‘inserted’ himself in typically unsubtle fashion into the promotional graphics of a number of …

Film Industry

BBC launches iPlayer Kids app

Is it just us, or are TV providers starting to forget who pays the bills 'round here? The younger, inexplicably energetic members of the household seem to be getting all the attention of late. Barely a few weeks have passed since Sky debuted its Kids tablet app, and now the BBC is launching iPlayer …

See the Sorcerer Supreme in New Doctor Strange Set Photos

See the Sorcerer Supreme in action in new Doctor Strange set photos!<p>Production continues on Marvel Studios‘ <b>Doctor Strange</b> and the film has moved from …

Netflix debuts Marvel's 'Luke Cage' on September 30th

If you've been waiting for Netflix to flesh out its grittier Marvel shows with the release of <i>Luke</i> <i>Cage</i>, you now have a date to mark on your calendar. Lead actor Michael Colter has revealed that the unbreakable hero's show will premiere on September 30th, or half a year after <i>Daredevil</i>'s second season …

SnapGlass? HoloChat? Snapchat is secretly hiring wearable technology experts

There's reason to believe Snapchat is building smart glasses. That could mean a lot more snaps from a whole new perspective.<p>If Snapchat made a gadget, what would it be?<p>That's not a rhetorical question. The social media startup, currently valued at $16 billion, is recruiting hardware experts for a …

Social Media

Stephen Fry's new startup is a Pinterest for education

Stephen Fry has quietly co-founded a startup that bills itself as a "Pinterest for education".<p>The company called Pindex launched this month, and is a self-funded online platform that creates and curates educational videos and infographics for teachers and students.<p>Their first video is a Stephen …

Infographics

Best Kids Apps for iPhone and iPad: Boost Your Kids’ Intelligence & Creativity

Growing kids require a lot of care and comfort. While outdoor activities ensure their physical fitness and social skills, the time they spend with …

Teaching apps could do away with music instructors

The most terrifying thing about learning an instrument is the moment when you have to play in front of an examiner. It's also a moment that future generations might be spared if the new Scalebook app is any indication. The software is designed to help trainee violinists improve their scales in …

Obi Worldphone, company founded by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley, announces new $139 Android device

Obi Worldphone, the company founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley, has announced that it is releasing a new phone aimed at emerging markets. Called the MV1, the device was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and will cost either $139 or $149, depending on the amount of RAM you …

Mobile Technology

An Egg-Shaped Drone Built To Nestle Into A Backpack

But not egg-sized<p>Drones mock the very existence of birds. These clumsy noisy human-built flying machines put human eyes into previously avian domains, scaring bears and provoking all sorts of natural animal rage. PowerVision Robot’s new drone isn’t just an attempt to usurp the sky from its …

Drones

Omate's kids smartwatch does 3G calls and reliable tracking

Smartwatch connoisseurs should already be familiar with Omate, the maker of one of the first full-Android watches with cellular connectivity. Given the recent surge in the number of kids smartwatches, it's no surprise to see Omate also announcing one, which is dubbed the Wherecom K3. It's …

Instead of Pixels, Crayola's New Kids' Tablet Is Filled With Sand

If you’ve ever scribbled your name in the sand on the beach with a stick, you’ll understand where Crayola found the inspiration for its new drawing …

Kids

Thor: Ragnarok director wants to give Hulk a stronger voice

It’s a safe bet Hulk will smash when he appears in <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i>, but how much will Marvel’s big green guy talk in the upcoming sequel?<p><i>Ragnarok</i> …

This App Is So Fun Your Kid Won’t Realize They’re Learning About Space From A Quantum Physicist

By<p>Jan 06 2016, 10:24 PM<p>You might argue that kids today spend too much time staring at screens and not enough time staring at the stars, and you might …

James Gunn Watched ‘Civil War’ And Says Tom Holland Is ‘Awesome’ As Spider-Man

When it comes to the filmmakers of Marvel Studios, it’s quite possible that no one has been as eager or happy to interact with fans as <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> writer/director James Gunn. Ever since he joined the blockbuster juggernaut, he’s been more than happy to answer fan questions, deny casting …

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Will Be A Very Different, Hulk-Filled Experience Than The Prior Films

Kevin Feige’s chat with Empire that revealed some tidbits about <i>Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2</i> — namely that big bad Thanos wouldn’t be making an appearance — also included some insights on what we can expect from <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i>, the third Marvel film scheduled for 2017. While he’s mum on any solid …

Microsoft Launches Official 'Cortana' App for iOS and Android Devices

Microsoft today officially launched its virtual assistant Cortana as a downloadable app for iOS and Android platforms (via <i>Business Insider</i>). Similar to Apple's Siri personal assistant, Cortana allows Windows users to set reminders, preview the weather, and answer basic questions thanks to …

Cortana

Experts: Smartphones and iPads are OK for early developing children

In what ranks as something of stunning reversal, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has changed its stance on the potential harm smartphones …

Apple Invites Developers to Begin Submitting tvOS Apps for Review

Following today's slew of software updates, including a golden master of tvOS for developers and a release of Xcode 7.1, Apple is now inviting developers to begin submitting their tvOS apps for App Store review. Apple will begin taking orders for the new Apple TV next Monday with shipping beginning …

Smart TV

The 5 best tablets for kids in 2016

Things to consider<p>Before jumping in with our pick of the best tablets for kids, it's worth thinking about some of the factors you'll want to consider …

Gear & Gadgets

More than 30% of U.S. children first use a mobile device while in diapers, says American Academy of Pediatrics

Updated parental guidelines are needed to help make informed decisions about the use of technology by children, says the American Academy of Pediatrics, as it revealed that more than 30% of U.S. children first use a mobile device while still in diapers. The AAP says that “digital life begins at a …

Parenting

Wunderlist for Windows 10 lets you add to-dos with Cortana

Microsoft has released a new version of Wunderlist — the to-do app it acquired in June — for Windows 10, with support for OS-specific features like dictating tasks to Cortana and displaying live tiles.<p>The desktop app has got a nice visual refresh with flatter design elements. The sidebar and detail …

Windows 10

New Apple TV Only Supports Two Bluetooth Controllers at Once

Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV includes support for a full App Store, making it possible for developers to create games and apps for the device for the first time. A platform like the Apple TV seems well-suited to multiplayer games, but it appears the new Apple TV will only support two …

Smart TV

Selfies now kill more people per year than sharks

We’ve had an unusually high number of shark attacks so far this year, but even so, Condé Nast Traveler has reported that <i>even more</i> people have died in 2015 due to selfies.<p>That’s right. It turns out that a bad mix of vanity and not paying attention to one’s surroundings is far more deadly to human …

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