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Should you stick to age ratings and scores when choosing games for the family? The answer is surprising

Should you stick to age ratings and scores when choosing games for the family? The answer is surprising

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The Christmas holidays provide prime opportunity to sit down with your children to play videogames. You might also be inclined to pop on a game for them to play on their own, under supervision. But which games are most suitable?Sure, you can check the... >>

LeapFrog Epic review: Putting parents in control
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LeapFrog Epic review: Putting parents in control

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The internet is a place of knowledge, entertainment, and more - but it isn't always a safe place. When it comes to kids spending time online a simple search for one thing can lead to something else, or playing a game could lead to dozens of in-app purchases... >>

The Great Christmas Giveaway Day 3: Win £300 worth of Lego Technics

The Great Christmas Giveaway Day 3: Win £300 worth of Lego Technics

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Welcome to The Great Christmas Giveaway 2015, giving you the chance to win some great prizes in the run up to Christmas right here on Pocket-lint.All you'll have to do to enter is check Pocket-lint each day to see what prize is up for grabs, answer a... >>

Vtech database hack: What to do now if you’re one of the 5 million affected

Vtech database hack: What to do now if you’re one of the 5 million affected

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Vtech makes electronic toys that help to educate kids, but those gadgets for tots can be hacked just like any other computer, apprently.The company has recently confirmed about 4.8 million parents and more than 200,000 children were affected in a wide-sweeping... >>

Is the iPad Pro suitable for family fun?

Is the iPad Pro suitable for family fun?

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Although there has been much talk about Apple's new iPad, the 12-inch iPad Pro, being an ideal tablet for creatives, its extra screen size could be appealing for other situations too; as a family device, for example. It could be the hub of a whole family's... >>

62 totally geeky gift ideas for Christmas

62 totally geeky gift ideas for Christmas

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If you have a geeky friend or loved one but don't know what to get them this holiday season without breaking the bank, consider a cheap and geeky toy.In an attempt to help you find the best and most affordable Christmas presents for geeky people this... >>

10 best streaming services for kids: BBC iPlayer, Pokemon, Angry Birds and more

10 best streaming services for kids: BBC iPlayer, Pokemon, Angry Birds and more

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When it comes to deciding what to watch on demand, there can be such a thing as too much choice. For example, Roku offers access to over 1,700 channels on its set-top-boxes and the Streaming Stick. And with that many it's hard to find the ones that will... >>

How to enjoy toys to life games without spending a fortune

How to enjoy toys to life games without spending a fortune

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The latest trend in children’s videogames is to combine them with collectable toy lines for a rapidly expanding genre dubbed "toys to life". The plastic figures and toys have an NFC chip inside that, when placed on a USB peripheral, unlock content in... >>

Anki Overdrive review: App-controlled car racing fun for all the family
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Anki Overdrive review: App-controlled car racing fun for all the family

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We first saw Anki Overdrive, the company's follow-up to the hugely successful robot toy racing game Anki Drive, we were already amazed at just how much more advanced it was in comparison to its predecessor.A modern day take on Scalextric, you control... >>

The EE Robin kids tablet takes on Amazon kids tablet

The EE Robin kids tablet takes on Amazon kids tablet

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EE has entered the family tablet market with a 4G-enabled device that is specifically designed for children and their parents.The EE Robin comes with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 LCD display, 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, 1GB of RAM and... >>

Coding Sphero: SPRK version now out in UK, teaches kids to program robots

Coding Sphero: SPRK version now out in UK, teaches kids to program robots

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The company that makes the Sphero robot ball, as well as Ollie and the official BB-8 droid for the next Star Wars film, has just launched a new kind of toy in the UK. It's designed to teach kids about robot programming.Unveiled earlier this year, the... >>

Osmo review: Physical meets virtual with this clever iPad game
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Osmo review: Physical meets virtual with this clever iPad game

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Rather than being just another kids app, Osmo is best described as a technology system that bridges the physical and digital worlds by taking gameplay beyond the screen.But with such an unusual name, and concept, you may be scratching your head as to... >>

Lego Dimensions review: Everything Is Awesome
4.5 stars

Lego Dimensions review: Everything Is Awesome

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Lego Dimensions joins the toys-to-life race this year in impressive form. Because from the very start the focus is as much on the toys as it is the screen - within minutes of play you'll put the controller down to build the Lego Toy Pad peripheral, which... >>

We've only gone and built the Lego Mercedes-Benz AROCS 3245

We've only gone and built the Lego Mercedes-Benz AROCS 3245

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With over 2,793 pieces of Lego in the box, the replica Mercedes-Benz AROCS 3245 (£169.99) made from Lego Technics isn't a build that you should approach lightly.Even blitzing your way through the 482 pages of the instruction manual is going to take you... >>

7 ways to make more of your Instagram photos

7 ways to make more of your Instagram photos

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How many great Instagram photos do you have? Chances are if you've been using the service for a while you've got dozens of amazing square photos buried in your feed. But it doesn't have to be that way, there are dozens of ways you can enjoy them away... >>

This Millennium Falcon bed is for kids but we want one too

This Millennium Falcon bed is for kids but we want one too

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A couple of years ago, Pocket-lint covered a Star Wars X-Wing fighter bed built by a loving father for his son in the US, and proclaimed it the coolest sleeping vessel we'd ever seen.But what if you don't have the necessary DIY skills to repeat such an... >>

Back from your holidays? How to create an epic photo book

Back from your holidays? How to create an epic photo book

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How was your holiday? Chances are, however splendid it was at the time, that relaxed feeling will fade all too quickly. Still, there are ways to hang on to the memories.Photo books are the modern, classier photo album. And because they’re done professionally,... >>

WIN: 8 Lego Technics sets worth over £450 including the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245

WIN: 8 Lego Technics sets worth over £450 including the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245

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Pocket-lint has teamed up with Lego to give two lucky readers the chance to win a mega haul of Technics Lego sets.From the iconic partnership with the Mercedes-Benz Arocs set to a giant Crawler Crane, there is plenty of fun to be had building whether... >>

Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars Droid from Force Awakens comes to life
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Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars Droid from Force Awakens comes to life

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Sphero BB-8 is likely to be the must-have Star Wars toy this Christmas. Likely to even overshadow R2-D2 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 is a spherical Droid that stole the thunder when he was first spotted in the movie's original online teaser... >>

You can get your own working BB-8 rolling droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, thanks to Sphero

You can get your own working BB-8 rolling droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, thanks to Sphero

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Tomorrow, on what is being called by Disney Force Friday, a whole stack of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys and other merchandise will be unboxed and revealed during an 18-hour livestream marathon on YouTube. However, we already know one of the gadgets... >>

Huge Star Wars: The Force Awakens unboxing taking place on YouTube, new trailers coming too

Huge Star Wars: The Force Awakens unboxing taking place on YouTube, new trailers coming too

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Disney is hosting the world's first-ever global live unboxing event on YouTube next week, where a whole stack of official Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will be revealed on a YouTube livestream.The merchandise will be revealed in stages as merchandise... >>

LeapFrog takes the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition head-on with the Epic Android tablet for little’uns

LeapFrog takes the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition head-on with the Epic Android tablet for little’uns

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Children's gadget and toy brand LeapFrog has responded to Amazon's entry into the kids tablet market with an Android device of its own. The LeapFrog Epic is designed specifically to be customised and can adapt to suit children as they age and become interested... >>

LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum tablet review: Learning for youngsters
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LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum tablet review: Learning for youngsters

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LeapFrog has unveiled a new version of its LeapPad tablet, the LeapPad Platinum, a 7-inch tough-ish tablet designed for kids ages between 3-9 years old . As well as being the company's best yet, it also contains the wizardry that will thrill young'uns... >>

Top children's tablets: 8 devices your kids will love

Top children's tablets: 8 devices your kids will love

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Finding the best tablet for your child isn’t simply a matter of comparing technical stats. Operating system features for safety and ease of use, as well as bespoke learning tools are just as important.Equally, the device needs to engage children in... >>

The summer gift guide: Toys

The summer gift guide: Toys

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy as the saying goes and you certainly won't have a dull moment playing with any of these gadgets this summer. Whether its immersing yourself in the world of VR or flying high with a drone, these are some of the... >>

Anki Overdrive vs Anki Drive: All the new features explained

Anki Overdrive vs Anki Drive: All the new features explained

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When Anki first revealed its Anki Drive robot car racing game it was really cutting edge and new. Now there are competitors arriving on the scene that emulate the idea of having a track-based racing toy controlled by iPhone or Android apps.Anki still... >>

BBC Cbeebies Storytime app adds Kindle Library-style lending feature and a touch of Michael Palin

BBC Cbeebies Storytime app adds Kindle Library-style lending feature and a touch of Michael Palin

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The BBC has pushed a large update to its free Cbeebies Storytime application for iOS, Android and Fire OS that adds an all-new feature - a library mode that lets kids download and install different books from a catalogue of titles.When they are done with... >>

Airfix and Hornby launch KitStarter crowdfunding platform to bring back classic toys

Airfix and Hornby launch KitStarter crowdfunding platform to bring back classic toys

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British toy brand Hornby has launched its own Kickstarter-like crowdfunding platform for its Airfix range, for collectors and enthusiasts to back the return of classic models and toys.The KitStarter website is part Kickstarter or Indiegogo, part a pre-order... >>

Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition tablet available for pre-order: We check out its child-friendly frills

Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition tablet available for pre-order: We check out its child-friendly frills

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Amazon has made its Kids Edition Fire HD tablet device available for pre-order in the UK, with shipping due to start on 18 June.It's been available in the US for a while, but finally comes to these shores to offer a robust, safe slate that children can... >>

The Big Bang Theory gets Lego-fied, see the cast in minifig form

The Big Bang Theory gets Lego-fied, see the cast in minifig form

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Those of you who love The Big Bang Theory will be stoked to hear Lego has had its way with the show.According to Entertainment Weekly, Lego has created a set for The Big Bang Theory. It's described as "Leonard and Sheldon’s Lego living room set" - and... >>

The guy who made Lego Ghostbusters a thing has now dreamed up an X-Files set

The guy who made Lego Ghostbusters a thing has now dreamed up an X-Files set

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Sci-fi geeks will be glad to learn that the man who designed last year's Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary set for Lego has gone back to the drawing board and mocked up an entirely new and brilliant idea: a Lego X-Files set.The Lego Group allows people to... >>

Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over

Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over

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Sphero, basking in the glory of the Star Wars BB-8 afterglow, has a new connected toy called Darkside.With a name that pays homage to Star Wars, the new toy is the naughty alter-ego of the existing Sphero Ollie.Sphero says that Darkside is a robot that... >>

Everything Lego is awesome! Including Lego Google Street View

Everything Lego is awesome! Including Lego Google Street View

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Lego is awesome, this is true. Making real world things into Lego versions is awesome too, just look at Lego Star Wars or the Lego Simpsons house. And now we have a Lego version of Google Street View, Lego Brick View, that turns areas on a map into Lego,... >>

Live your own Jurassic World adventure, in Lego

Live your own Jurassic World adventure, in Lego

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Jurassic World, the latest in the series of cult dinosaur movies, will be hitting cinemas on 12 June, but you can get in on the action now, in classic Lego style.Lego has released six new Lego sets to celebrate the movie, letting you set the dinosaurs... >>

Simpsons Minifigures series 2 is another dose of Lego awesome

Simpsons Minifigures series 2 is another dose of Lego awesome

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Rejoice! A second series of Simpsons and Lego Minifigs has been released.There are now 16 new Simpsons Lego Minifigs to collect, hitting any reputable stores from 1 May. There's a great selection of characters in the mix here, including some of The Simpsons... >>

Lego Powerloader from Aliens can be yours, even if Lego doesn't want to share

Lego Powerloader from Aliens can be yours, even if Lego doesn't want to share

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A Lego version of the Powerloader from the Aliens movie has been created by builder Mark Nathan Willetts and will be available to copy soon.Lego has a strict policy about creating anything from movies with an 18 rating since it wants to be for children... >>

This is what it would look like if Star Wars and Final Fantasy collided

This is what it would look like if Star Wars and Final Fantasy collided

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Japanese games publisher Square Enix has a tradition of releasing collectable action figures of not just its own brands, such as Final Fantasy, but also licensed characters from comic books and movies. Now it has lent its unique creative eye to Star Wars... >>

If there's just one Lego Ideas project to vote for today, make sure it's this

If there's just one Lego Ideas project to vote for today, make sure it's this

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Ever since the Lego Ideas (nee Cuusoo) program started there have been some amazing fan-made sets greenlit and sold as consumer products.Popular and cult movies have been represented and seen their properties made into official Lego sets, including Back... >>

What it's like to drive the best F1 track in the world... on Scalextric

What it's like to drive the best F1 track in the world... on Scalextric

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Sky Sports F1 presenter Martin Brundle told Pocket-lint that he had a vision of the ultimate Formula One race track in his head, with corners and parts collated from circuits around the world, but he didn't think it would ever make its way out of his... >>

Everything is awesome, again: The Lego Movie Sequel is coming

Everything is awesome, again: The Lego Movie Sequel is coming

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Just when you thought you couldn’t watch The Lego Movie yet another time, in the same day, a sequel has been announced.The Lego Movie Sequel, as it's being comically called, is due to arrive in 2018. But before you start readying yourself for years... >>

View-Master hands-on: The VR reimagining of a 50s classic

View-Master hands-on: The VR reimagining of a 50s classic

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As you have no doubt heard, Mattel wants to re-launch its classic View-Master toy with a fresh injection of virtual reality, Google Cardboard style.This leverages the iconic red viewer from the late 50s that used disc-mounted photos, one for each eye,... >>

Internet connected Barbie will talk to your kids and learn from their responses

Internet connected Barbie will talk to your kids and learn from their responses

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Barbie has always moved with the times, adapting to fashion and themes throughout her 56-year-old lifespan and now she is to become interactive and internet connected as Mattel plans to introduce Hello Barbie, a doll that can talk to children and respond... >>

Fifty Shades of Grey in five shades of spoof vids: Lego, Barbie and more

Fifty Shades of Grey in five shades of spoof vids: Lego, Barbie and more

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It's been almost four years since Fifty Shades of Grey became an international book sensation, initially available in digital format but soon hitting every other conceivable medium as it smashed sales records. Now the long-awaited movie adaptation is... >>