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Yo Vs. Slingshot: When Stupid Is Smarter Than Too Clever

As a function within Facebook, “Poke” seemed to exist only to confuse and annoy people. Why would anyone want to send someone a message with no content?<p>It’s still a valid question, only it takes on a somewhat different flavor now that Yo, an app that’s basically just Poke as a standalone service, …

Understanding Facebook’s Lost Generation of Teens

The social network’s struggle to woo kids isn’t because it’s also their parents’ favorite social network.<p>Hillcrest High School, in Queens, New York, sits just beyond the Jamaica AirTrain station, where passengers woosh off to JFK. It’s not simple proximity that lends the place its international …

Social Media

The Surprising Data Behind How Often Brands Should Post On Instagram

Building a big following on Instagram is a balancing act: You need to post often enough to keep your followers’ attention but not so often that they feel spammed and block you.<p>That’s the conventional assumption, anyway. But it’s not true, according to new data gathered by the social analytics firm …

Yahoo's TV Dreams Are A Real Head-Scratcher

These are strange days we’re living in, when every actor in Hollywood wants to be an angel investor in startups, and every tech company feels like it needs to be making Hollywood-style entertainment.<p>Yahoo Microsoft and AOL are all ramping up their TV programming efforts. Yahoo, whose previous …

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San Francisco Will Transform Into Gotham to Fulfill Batman-Loving 5-Year-Old's Make-a-Wish

The day starts with a call from San Fran's Police Chief, asking for Batkid's help. From there, Make-a-Wish explains:<p><i>After rescuing a damsel in</i> …

Why Didn't Tumblr Turn Out More Like Twitter?

Twitter was founded in March 2006. Tumblr was created in February 2007. Twitter has 230 million monthly active users, 53 million of them in the U.S. Tumblr is thought to be within an order of magnitude of that — between 30 million and 50 million actives, plus more than 300 million unique visitors. …

Authoritarian parenting vs. parenting with authority

<i>Adapted from the Child In Mind blog on Boston.com.</i><p>Authoritarian parenting, as in “my way or the highway,” and its opposite, permissive parenting with …

Rebuilding Lego for Today's Kids

Lego fans no longer need to fret about the cat or dog knocking over their constructions. They can ward off bothersome pets or nosy siblings with a …

Want to Comply With Online Privacy Laws for Kids? Good Luck!

Many developers began holding their breath when changes to COPPA, the federal rule related to children’s online privacy, went into effect in July. …

Can we make mobile devices a good thing for kids?

<i>Adapted from the MD Mama blog on Boston.com.</i><p>Two years ago, only 8 percent of families who had kids age 8 or younger had a tablet. Now, 40 percent …

Parenting and Teaching the Gifted Child, Part 2

Parents of gifted children may feel obliged, on occasion, to push their child more academically. They may feel that they have an extra responsibility to oversee the gifted child's educational progress. In my last blog post I wrote about the common characteristics of gifted children, including the …

Vietnam market for kids' entertainment promising: investors

Two girls play the role of pilots at KizCiti in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City / PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE<p>Investors in children's entertainment …

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Toddlers take to smartphones and tablets; kids 0 to 8 years old watching less TV, survey shows

SAN FRANCISCO — Stuck figuring out your favorite mobile game app?<p>Try asking your nearest toddler; she just might know how to help.<p>More than one-third …

Disney to release children’s TV show first on tablet apps

LOS ANGELES — A cat in a pink cowboy hat is leading Disney’s television operation deeper into the Wild West of mobile viewing, where it hopes to …

First national study on parenting of young kids

Mums and dads, your views are wanted.<p>Officers looking into early childhood development will begin quizzing more than 3,000 parents from today, in the …

Parenting and The Third Metric

Written by Jan Cloninger<p><i>"We all have this place inside of us a place of strength, harmony and wisdom, but most of the time we don't live there. How can we course-correct faster? How can we encourage each other to live in that place more?" -Arianna Huffington</i><p>I could not agree more. I know the truth …

How do I get people to back off and stop giving me parenting advice?

<b>The question:</b> It seems like everyone from my parents to strangers on the bus want to give me parenting advice. How do I deal with the unwanted suggestions?<p><b>The answer:</b> I remember being amazed by how many people offered unsolicited advice to my wife and me after the birth of our first child. Who knew …

Why tech titans are shying away from children’s content

<i>Q Beck is CEO and Co-Founder of Famigo.</i><p>Remember all the toys and activities you loved as a kid? Well, its a different world now. From pop-up storybooks to building blocks to Battleship, many traditional children’s activities are now digitized on mobile devices.<p>Trouble is, the tech companies who are …

'Alvin and the Chipmunks': PGS Entertainment Takes Global Rights to New TV Series

The critters first small screen foray in 20 years is expected to premiere in 2015.<p>Paris-based brand manager PGS Entertainment has clinched worldwide …

Oops! Button lets kids remove posts they regret

This week, California again proved itself to be the nation's bellwether state when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that keeps children and teens under the age of 18 from possibly ruining their future with impulsive mistakes they make online.<p>The landmark bill, supported by Common Sense Media, offers …

Annex Business Media | Canada | Publishing | Printing | Magazine | B2B

<b>Editors - Manufacturing</b><p>Do you have an interest in manufacturing? Do you love to create content? Well, if you answered yes to either of these …