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What is DisneyLife and why will it make your summer holidays better?

What is DisneyLife and why will it make your summer holidays better?

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Disney has always been active on streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, with many of its movies available to view as part of a subscription. However, it has also been steadily growing its own, standalone streaming service since launching... >>

Get free DisneyLife subscription with Tesco Mobile this summer

Get free DisneyLife subscription with Tesco Mobile this summer

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Tesco Mobile is making your kids' journeys better this summer, with DisneyLife subscriptions coming for free as part of its pay-monthly, pay-as-you-go and SIM deals.DisneyLife is Disney's own streaming service, with unrestricted access to movies, TV shows,... >>

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last

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Anki’s Cozmo robot has been a double-edged sword for UK families. It offers some exciting features, has huge buzz online and is peerless in terms of its interactions. However, its availability has been limited to the US.Until today, that is. Anki just... >>

Worried your children are victims of cyberbullying? Take the pledge to talk to them

Worried your children are victims of cyberbullying? Take the pledge to talk to them

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Internet Matters, the organisation to aid parents in online safety, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of cyberbullying and help children and their families communicate about its dangers and effects.As well as host a #Pledge2Talk button, which... >>

Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids

Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids

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Everyone remembers the Amazon Fire Phone and probably not for the right reasons. It was 2014, smartphones were superhot, but the Fire Phone didn't catch on. In fact, it was unilaterally derided, and its light only burned about a year before it was extinguished.So... >>

Tablets for kids: How to setup an Amazon Fire tablet for children

Tablets for kids: How to setup an Amazon Fire tablet for children

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Kids love tablets. They love the interactive games, they love having access to video to watch and they love all the apps. The big problem is that most adults have a tablet setup for themselves, meaning you're only a few clicks away from content or buying... >>

Amazon's new Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards will keep you engaged with your child's development

Amazon's new Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards will keep you engaged with your child's development

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As parents, you may not always be aware of what digital content your kids are consuming. There are ways of making sure the content they do have access to is age appropriate and safe, but unless you take a proactive approach and actually look at what they're... >>

Best tech toys for Christmas 2017: Star Wars, Lego, Nerf, Hatchimals and more

Best tech toys for Christmas 2017: Star Wars, Lego, Nerf, Hatchimals and more

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It might be a while before Christmas is upon us again but the toy industry has revealed its plans already.A series of Toy Fairs around the world have showed off the best gadgets and gizmos for kids that your young ones will be begging Santa Claus for... >>

Is the Nintendo Switch good for all the family? Parental controls, motion gaming and more explored

Is the Nintendo Switch good for all the family? Parental controls, motion gaming and more explored

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While the internet groans under the weight of umpteen Nintendo Switch reviews, including our own here, here’s an assessment of Nintendo’s new console with a difference - from a family perspective.The Switch, if you have somehow missed the hype thus... >>

Scalextric Arc Track Day set brings the iPad control to racing

Scalextric Arc Track Day set brings the iPad control to racing

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As traditional toys continue to feel the pressure of not only games consoles but iPads as well, toy makers like Scalextric are having to up their game when it comes to appealing to players young and old.Scalextric's take is to introduce not only Bluetooth... >>

Lego Life lays the building blocks for a safe online presence for kids

Lego Life lays the building blocks for a safe online presence for kids

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The Lego Group has just launched Lego Life, an app-based social network designed specifically for kids aged 13 and under. Lego Life will work in a similar way to Instagram, where kids can share photos of their Lego creations at home, and others can comment... >>

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

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Character Options might have stolen the London Toy Fair, at least where adults are concerned. It demonstrated a wearable wristband that prompts special effect noise and/or music as you move.The bands, which cost £49.99 for a pair and will be available... >>

Fisher-Price Smart Cycle preview: An indoor exercise bike for kids

Fisher-Price Smart Cycle preview: An indoor exercise bike for kids

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Fisher-Price made a high-tech exercise bike for kids who like to game. During this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Fisher-Price unveiled the Think and Learn Smart Cycle. It's a miniature exercise bike with a tablet stand - and it's meant for children... >>

Lego Boost sets to bring your Lego alive

Lego Boost sets to bring your Lego alive

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Lego has launched a range of new robotics coding kits that are aiming to inspire would-be creators to dabble with more than just building static spaceships and houses.Revealed at CES in Las Vegas, the new range of robots and programmable toys called Lego... >>

EE Robin review: Putting the kids in control
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EE Robin review: Putting the kids in control

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Everyone needs to be online these days. Look around you on the high street, on a bus, on a plane: chances are the majority of people will have their head down looking at a phone or tablet. The ability to have instant access to all the information in the... >>

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children

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Amazon's Kindle has established itself as a leading reading device and where you have reading, you hopefully have eager children. Although real books, on paper, as well as using public libraries, should be something that all children experience, there's... >>

Win 4D colouring books for your child's WHOLE class worth £300!

Win 4D colouring books for your child's WHOLE class worth £300!

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Want to win a last-minute Christmas present for your child and their school friends?We've teamed up with AliveLab, makers of the Mardles stickers that come to life, to offer one lucky winner 30 discovAR 4D colouring books that come to life - that's one... >>

Cabbage Patch Kids now have LCD eyes and an app, of course they do

Cabbage Patch Kids now have LCD eyes and an app, of course they do

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US manufacturer Wicked Cool Toys has reinvented the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls for a new generation. The originals were always creepy looking, but now they can also stare at you with moving LCD eyes.In addition, they can now be interacted with through an... >>

Gator Watch review: Parental peace of mind
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Gator Watch review: Parental peace of mind

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When do you buy your kids a mobile phone? Age 15, 12, eight? With such hectic lives, perhaps separate lives, being able to keep in touch with your kids on the way home, when at a friend's house, or your ex-partners house, is becoming more the norm.Buying... >>

Alpha 1S robot review: The dancing robot that offers lots more

Alpha 1S robot review: The dancing robot that offers lots more

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Alpha 1S is the latest robot to enter the Pocket-lint office and it's one that hopes to win our hearts with its dancing prowess.But is this an expensive toy for execs or something you can use to not only entertain the kids, but also educate them as well?... >>

Garmin Vivofit Jnr fitness tracker encourages your kids to keep active

Garmin Vivofit Jnr fitness tracker encourages your kids to keep active

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Garmin has added a new activity tracker to its line-up, but this time it's strictly for kids.The Garmin Vivofit Jnr is a fitness tracker designed to encourage children aged from four to nine to keep active, with different fun-looking models that are durable... >>

PlayFusion Lightseekers for iOS and Android: Toys to life is not dead, it's only just beginning

PlayFusion Lightseekers for iOS and Android: Toys to life is not dead, it's only just beginning

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With Disney's withdrawal from the toys-to-life game genre questions were asked on whether the bubble had burst for videogames that interact with physical toys. However, not only are Lego Dimensions and Skylanders still going strong, with both having significant... >>

May the Force be with you: Battle worn BB-8 and Force Band let you ditch phone control

May the Force be with you: Battle worn BB-8 and Force Band let you ditch phone control

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First announced at CES in Las Vegas in January, Sphero has finally put its "battle worn" version of BB-8 on sale alongside offering the "Force Band" that allows you to control the Droid by moving your arm.The Droid, which is identical in all aspects apart... >>

Osmo Coding review: Educational iPad game makes programming fun
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Osmo Coding review: Educational iPad game makes programming fun

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When you think of coding for kids, your mind probably envisions them learning some elaborate coding language in an experience akin to your French verbal exam when you were at school. But coding for kids comes in all shapes and sizes and doesn't have to... >>

Rubik’s Cube goes high-tech with all-new Rubik’s Spark

Rubik’s Cube goes high-tech with all-new Rubik’s Spark

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Like Pokemon Go today, the Rubik's Cube was a massive craze that lasted a fair while back in the 1980s but eventually died down. People still play with the puzzle toy, but its popularity is unlikely to ever reach the heights of its launch.Instead, a... >>

Sky Kids app now has offline viewing to help with school holidays travelling

Sky Kids app now has offline viewing to help with school holidays travelling

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Sky Kids for Android and iOS now offers offline viewing. You can download the shows and films available on the application to keep children entertained over school holiday trips and beyond.Customers with either a Sky Go Extra, Sky Multiscreen or Sky Q... >>

Lego Dimensions Wave 6 in pictures: Gremlins, Harry Potter, Adventure Time and more

Lego Dimensions Wave 6 in pictures: Gremlins, Harry Potter, Adventure Time and more

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From 27 September, Lego Dimensions will gain a new wave of characters and missions. Like before, they are based on movie and TV show licences, but all-new ones that haven't featured before.The are new Level Packs, Team Packs and Fun Packs, plus a new... >>

Always wanted a Bose speaker? Now you can get your kids to build one

Always wanted a Bose speaker? Now you can get your kids to build one

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Bose is looking to demystify the world of audio with BoseBuild, a build-it-yourself category of products that will let kids discover what goes into a speaker and figure out how it all works.The BoseBuild kit is all about exploration, providing all the... >>

Cozmo is the tiny robot with the big brain, from the team behind Anki Overdrive

Cozmo is the tiny robot with the big brain, from the team behind Anki Overdrive

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US toy start-up Anki has had great success with its artificially intelligent, app-controlled driving games over the last couple of years, but it is finally ready to expand its line-up with a departure from its Drive and Overdrive racing systems.Cozmo... >>

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans

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Infinite Arms is a toy-game cross over aimed at fans of Gears of War, Halo and big Transformers style mechs. It’s a sophisticated RPG for iPad and iOS generally, where adding weapons to model robots instantly sees them appear in the game. It aims to... >>

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs

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Anki has steadily improved its Overdrive AI racing system since it launched last year. Software enhancements have added extra modes, like One Shot Kill and Balanced Cars, and it now sports handy features, such as replaying the same track without the cars... >>

LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids

LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids

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Anyone who has kids and owns a tablet will understand how alluring a touchscreen device is for little'uns, even as young as four. However, while many adults might be streamlining their lives to be more digital, there's still an element of magic in a normal,... >>

BBC micro:bit now available for pre-order, get your kids into coding

BBC micro:bit now available for pre-order, get your kids into coding

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The BBC micro:bit is now available for pre-order from element14, the tech company that also distributes the Raspberry Pi in the UK.It was previously distributed to schools to help children learn the basics of coding, but is now starting to roll out... >>

Skylanders Battlecast: Hearthstone for half-pints

Skylanders Battlecast: Hearthstone for half-pints

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Skylanders Battlecast isn't the first app-specific outing for Activision's swathes of cartoon characters but it is one of the most intriguing.That's because as well as the free-to-play game that's available on app stores now, it combines with physical,... >>

Cyberbullying facts: 5 things to spot and how to help your child online

Cyberbullying facts: 5 things to spot and how to help your child online

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The internet can be an incredible resource for adults and children, for both entertainment and learning, but it can also be a scary place at times. This is especially true for kids who spend a lot of time interacting with each other online.As with all... >>

5 fun Raspberry Pi projects you can do with your kids

5 fun Raspberry Pi projects you can do with your kids

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Like the BBC Micro in its day, the Raspberry Pi mini-computer is an accessible way to get children and families into the world of computer hardware and coding/programming.It costs around £30 and is about the size of a credit card. It can be plugged... >>

Now TV Kids Pass coming to give children their shows in the one place

Now TV Kids Pass coming to give children their shows in the one place

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Now TV will soon add an all-new subscription offering and it's just for children.From 21 June, you will be able to pay £2.99 a month for a Now TV Kids Pass. It will give access to six live TV channels and all the box sets and catch up content to view... >>

Parents guide to games consoles: How to make Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U safe and secure

Parents guide to games consoles: How to make Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U safe and secure

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As entertainment technology offers children more ways to connect, it is important parents understand the risks and how to safely get the most out of these devices in the home.Before even starting or choosing between the different games consoles therefore,... >>

Parents should not let their kids play Hitman and here's why

Parents should not let their kids play Hitman and here's why

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Getting the most from videogames with your family is no easy matter. Games are complex, long and offer a range of experiences not always evident from the first few minutes.However, with a little research you can find the right games to play and easily... >>

Anki Overdrive v1.3 update makes it better for families, here's why

Anki Overdrive v1.3 update makes it better for families, here's why

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Anki Overdrive launched last year and freed slot car racing from its slots. At the same time it turned simple racing into augmented video game battles.Its premise is simple, connect the flexible track to make a circuit and the robot cars will automatically... >>

BBC iPlayer Kids is here to make viewing safer and simpler

BBC iPlayer Kids is here to make viewing safer and simpler

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The BBC has announced its new iPlayer Kids app aimed specifically at delivering CBeebies and CBBC shows directly to children.The app, available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, will have access to over 10,000 episodes to stream or download to watch later.The... >>

How to get started with the new BBC micro:bit computer

How to get started with the new BBC micro:bit computer

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Announced last year, the BBC micro:bit pocket-sized computer is now being delivered to all 11 and 12-year-olds (Year 7) in the UK.The new computer, which many will see as an alternative to the Raspberry Pi, offers kids the chance to play with dedicated... >>

Best Apple Watch apps to streamline your family life

Best Apple Watch apps to streamline your family life

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With plenty of apps available on iTunes these days, the Apple Watch can potentially revolutionise interactions by extending phone features to our wrist and making them more efficient. And beyond the situations early adopters took their phones through,... >>

Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic
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Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic

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Virtual reality, or VR, is very much the hot topic in 2016. With VR systems appearing all over the place, Mattel has reinvented the classic View-Master as its own pitch into this futuristic entertainment space.Originally launched as a stereoscopic toy,... >>

Emicro One scooter review: Keeping up with the kids?

Emicro One scooter review: Keeping up with the kids?

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As we push off once again, the motor kicks into action and zoom through the English countryside without a care in the world. We effortlessly pass a man walking his dog. The two young children who have accompanied us on this adventure are doing everything... >>