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Why LeapFrog LeapTV games console should be number one on many kids' Christmas lists

Why LeapFrog LeapTV games console should be number one on many kids' Christmas lists

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LeapFrog has become quite a force in gadgetry for young children, with well-thought-out intuitive kids' versions of some of the biggest tech trends around. It has kids' versions of handheld games consoles and tablet devices in its range, and recently... >>

K'Nex Bloodhound claims Guinness World Record; real Bloodhound SSC eyes 1000mph target for 2016

K'Nex Bloodhound claims Guinness World Record; real Bloodhound SSC eyes 1000mph target for 2016

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This life-sized K'Nex replica of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car was today unveiled by Richard Noble, OBE and former world land speed record holder, at Brooklands Museum in Surrey.The model, measured by the National Physical Laboratory and confirmed by... >>

Anki Drive review
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Anki Drive review

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When you were young you probably played Scalextric. It was a lot of fun and while you would no doubt pick up a trigger and squeeze it today given half the chance, there is a new challenger in town: Anki Drive.Anki Drive doesn't require you to place the... >>

Ignore No More app locks a child’s phone if they refuse to pick-up parent’s call

Ignore No More app locks a child’s phone if they refuse to pick-up parent’s call

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A Texan mother and former soldier has come up with an app to stop her child ignoring her calls. And it's now available for anyone.The Ignore No More app allows parents to disable their child's phone if they're not answering calls or texts. The child is... >>

Lego Minecraft brings online bricks into the real world, full-sized

Lego Minecraft brings online bricks into the real world, full-sized

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Lego has released a new range of Minecraft kits, with full-sized bricks, available to buy now. These are just the start as more sets are due to follow.Until now the only Lego Minecraft available was micro sets with the blocks and characters shrunk down... >>

Chocolate Lego that you can eat is here to make tidying away bricks much more fun

Chocolate Lego that you can eat is here to make tidying away bricks much more fun

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While Lego is great fun to build, it's the clearing away of bricks that can be boring. That in mind a Japanese illustrator, designer and general genius has created chocolate Lego.These aren't official Lego bricks but hopefully the idea will be popular... >>

Lego Mark VI cyborg arm grabs our attention and anything else it wants

Lego Mark VI cyborg arm grabs our attention and anything else it wants

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A cyborg arm, dubbed Mark VI, has been built out of Lego that can make a fist, grab objects and pull-off gestures, all at the behest of its wearer.No it's not mind-controlled unfortunately. But it is Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit that was used to create the... >>

Send voice messages to your children through their toys with ToyMail

Send voice messages to your children through their toys with ToyMail

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ToyMail has graduated from Kickstarter and is now available on Firebox as a UK exclusive.The toy allows parents to record voice messages on their phones that play on their child's toy, from anywhere in the world.ToyMail aims to bring parents into their... >>

Lego Simpsons Springfield is mind-bogglingly awesome

Lego Simpsons Springfield is mind-bogglingly awesome

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When the Lego Simpsons was released it was only a matter of time before some intrepid block builder took it to the next level. That's been achieved with a massive city built of Lego.The Lego Simpsons house went on sale this year for £179 while the figures... >>

Sproutling: The Fitbit of baby monitors that can predict when your baby will wake up

Sproutling: The Fitbit of baby monitors that can predict when your baby will wake up

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A new baby monitor designed to predict when a baby is expected to wake up will go on sale in the new year.Sproutling, which hopes to give parents a little extra peace of mind, is a baby monitor that will monitor a baby's movement, heart rate, and skin... >>

Win: A LEGO Technic L350F Volvo Wheel Loader courtesy of LEGO worth over £160

Win: A LEGO Technic L350F Volvo Wheel Loader courtesy of LEGO worth over £160

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For the first time in history, LEGO and Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) have joined forces to create a motorised LEGO Technic L350F Volvo Wheel Loader and Pocket-lint has teamed up with the toy giant to offer two lucky readers the chance to win... >>

Simon Swipe: Classic game gets a remake with new challenges

Simon Swipe: Classic game gets a remake with new challenges

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Hasbro has remade Simon Says for a new generation bringing with it a series of new challenges to master.Now instead of a pocketable game that featured four lights, you have to, as the name suggests, swipe as well as tap your way through remembering a... >>

Have yourself or any pic turned into Lego with Brick-A-Pic

Have yourself or any pic turned into Lego with Brick-A-Pic

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Have you ever fancied turning a picture of yourself or any other kind of image into a Lego work of art? Well, if Brick-A-Pic is successfully crowdfunded in the next 16 days, you'll be able to. And what's more, you build it yourself. Twice the fun.The... >>

While you're waiting for a smaller PS4 to appear, treat yourself to one of these

While you're waiting for a smaller PS4 to appear, treat yourself to one of these

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Takara Tomy, the Japanese toy manufacturer, is branching out with its range of collectable figures by introducing a range of miniature Sony PlayStation consoles.Starting with the PlayStation 2 and going through the entire release line-up over the years... >>

How do you follow up Batman Tumbler Lego? With The Walking Dead Lego, that's how

How do you follow up Batman Tumbler Lego? With The Walking Dead Lego, that's how

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The Lego Batman Tumbler Batmobile we wrote about the other day caused something of a stir. Every single one of us, and a large amount of our readers it seems, want one and we couldn't help drooling over the set that contains more than 1,800 pieces.However,... >>

Hasbro okays artists to design and sell 3D printed toy art for fans on Shapeways

Hasbro okays artists to design and sell 3D printed toy art for fans on Shapeways

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Hasbro has embraced 3D printing. It announced 3D printing marketplace Shapeways is now selling fan art inspired by Hasbro brands like My Little Pony.In an interview with The New York Times, John Frascott, chief marketing officer at Hasbro, revealed that... >>

Lego Batman Tumbler Batmobile coming soon for those with time and a fat wallet

Lego Batman Tumbler Batmobile coming soon for those with time and a fat wallet

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Lego has announced a new addition to its Ultimate Collectors' Series range, the Batman Tumbler Batmobile, as seen in the more recent Dark Knight trilogy of movies.The 76023 Lego Batman Tumbler UCS set with be comprised of 1,869 pieces for $199 (£116)... >>

Legoland Windsor gets free Wi-Fi, now you can watch The Lego Movie surrounded by Lego

Legoland Windsor gets free Wi-Fi, now you can watch The Lego Movie surrounded by Lego

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Legoland has partnered with The Cloud to offer free Wi-Fi throughout the Windsor theme park. Visitors can use the free wireless internet connection as much as they like while on the site, and can also access Legoland's Q-bot service, which allows them... >>

Keep your kids fit and healthy while they play, LeapFrog LeapBand is their own activty tracker

Keep your kids fit and healthy while they play, LeapFrog LeapBand is their own activty tracker

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LeapFrog has entered the wearables market with a cross between a sports fitness band and a smartwatch that encourages kids to keep healthy by playing games.The LeapBand activity tracker is a watch-like device that kids between four and seven can wear.... >>

Nerf NStrike ProCam: A blaster with built-in camera so you can record your takedowns

Nerf NStrike ProCam: A blaster with built-in camera so you can record your takedowns

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Nerf has launched a new Nerf gun that comes complete with a built-in camera so you can record just how good a shot you are.The new Nerf NStrike ProCam is a standard looking blaster rifle from the company, but look closely and you'll soon notice that it... >>

Furby Boom is back, and this time it's got a Crystal makeover

Furby Boom is back, and this time it's got a Crystal makeover

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Furby was the number one selling toy for Christmas 2013, and Hasbro is hoping it can repeat that feat a second year running.To do so, it is releasing a new "Crystal series" Furby and Furblings for those who either missed out first time around or need... >>

Is this the coolest thing ever? A flatpack foosball table made of cardboard

Is this the coolest thing ever? A flatpack foosball table made of cardboard

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Do you love football and have extra space to fill in your man-cave but don't want to spend a lot? Then a cardboard foosball table is your thing.Gadget retail site Firebox has listed a new product called Flat Pack Cardboard Foosball Table. It's a ready-to-assemble... >>

Hands-on: Lego Ultra Agents Mission HQ review

Hands-on: Lego Ultra Agents Mission HQ review

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Building Lego is fun in itself, but Lego being Lego it wants to offer even more bang for your buck. Its new Ultra Agents range is here - not only to be built but to be interacted with using its app. This free app adds an intense story to what you've built,... >>

The all-electric Lamborghini that anyone can afford

The all-electric Lamborghini that anyone can afford

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Even second-hand a Lamborghini Murcielago will set you back considerably more than £100,000, but not at John Lewis as it expects to shift several of them in time for Christmas for considerably less. And its version is all-electric to boot.Okay, the Lamborghini... >>

What did you do Ray? The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man attacks our Lego Ghostbusters set

What did you do Ray? The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man attacks our Lego Ghostbusters set

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"Who you gonna call?" says the box proudly, leading you to savour the thought of building the Ecto 1 car from the 80s classic Ghostbusters in Lego.The new set, which is part of the new Lego Ideas (previously Cuusoo) family, is the latest throwback to... >>

Makies, world's first 3D printed dolls launch in Hamleys, this is what they look like

Makies, world's first 3D printed dolls launch in Hamleys, this is what they look like

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During Hamleys' Christmas in July showcase held technically in June (and nowhere near Christmas but such is the nature of these things), Pocket-lint's eye was attracted to a new range of dolls coming to the store the very next day. Makies, a British brand... >>

What's more awesome than Glastonbury? Lego Glastonbury

What's more awesome than Glastonbury? Lego Glastonbury

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Glastonbury starts today, the music side of the festival anyway, and many thousands will already be there enjoying the sun (at the moment at least) and other festivities. However, The Lego Movie's UK Twitter feed has given us a glimpse of something that's... >>

Real FX Racing AI RC cars: Hands-on with the Kickstarter project everyone's talking about

Real FX Racing AI RC cars: Hands-on with the Kickstarter project everyone's talking about

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No sooner have we seen one Scalextric replacement system than another turns up. Real FX Racing, on the face of it, has a similar premise to Anki Drive, which Pocket-lint played with during our Tech Tavern event in honour of London Technology Week.However,... >>

TX Juice AI Copter: Hands-on with the RC helicopter that will last longer than Christmas Day

TX Juice AI Copter: Hands-on with the RC helicopter that will last longer than Christmas Day

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You know that thing where you or your child unwrap a brand new remote controlled helicopter on Christmas Day or a birthday, only for it to shatter in pieces in contact with the living room light fittings 20 minutes later? Yeah, us too. Only too well.The... >>

Real FX tabletop racing with AI is like Anki Drive without the need for an iPhone

Real FX tabletop racing with AI is like Anki Drive without the need for an iPhone

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Artificially Intelligent cars that race you around the track in Anki Drive are great, but for those without an iPhone to control them there have been few options. Now Real FX is aiming to bring AI real world racing without the need for a mobile.Many parents... >>

Leapfrog LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi bring power and resolution to kids' tough tablets

Leapfrog LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi bring power and resolution to kids' tough tablets

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Leapfrog, the children's tablet specialist, has unveiled its newest tough tablets in the LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi.Both feature the usual education-focused software expected from Leapfrog. That means educational videos, games, books and apps. And... >>

Lego bus stop appears in London replacing the real thing

Lego bus stop appears in London replacing the real thing

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The bus stop outside Hamleys on Regent Street in London is not what it appears, it's a Lego model version. It's fully functional and in use right now.The Lego bus stop, at first glance, looks like any other London bus stop. But a closer look reveals... >>

Look no stabilisers, Jyrobike is the kids bike that balances itself

Look no stabilisers, Jyrobike is the kids bike that balances itself

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Jyrobike is a new bicycle aimed for kids due out in the first half of 2015 that should mean they can ditch the need for stabilisers even if they've never ridden a bike before.The bike, which is fitted with an intelligent gyroscope in the front wheel,... >>

Lego Fusion puts real world Lego into its new augmented reality Lego games

Lego Fusion puts real world Lego into its new augmented reality Lego games

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Lego has announced a new generation it's calling Lego Fusion. Using special bricks, that can be recognised by the Fusion app on iOS or Android, it's possible to build real Lego buildings that appear in a virtual world. Or make virtual constructs and use... >>

Anki Drive is the iPhone-controlled Scalextric from the future: Playtime at the Tech Tavern

Anki Drive is the iPhone-controlled Scalextric from the future: Playtime at the Tech Tavern

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Of all the things being shown at the Pocket-lint Tech Tavern this week, Anki Drive perhaps regressed us to giggle like kids the most. It's easy to see why, just look at the bullet points: track racing, robot cars, Batmobile designer, iOS control, AI opponents,... >>

Remotely lock a child’s tablet or phone using DinnerTime app

Remotely lock a child’s tablet or phone using DinnerTime app

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Meal times can often turn into a refuelling mission for the family while everyone focuses on their gadgets and not each other. The DinnerTime app was built to fix that issue and help families spend more time together by allowing parent's to lock their... >>

What is Apple iOS 8 Family Sharing and how does it work?

What is Apple iOS 8 Family Sharing and how does it work?

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Apple announced its new Family Sharing feature at its World Wide Developer Conference this week. But what is Family Sharing and how does it actually help?Credit controlAt its heart Family Sharing is about offering more control to parents over their children,... >>

World’s tallest Lego tower built with nearly half a million bricks

World’s tallest Lego tower built with nearly half a million bricks

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A Lego tower has been built in Budapest that has broken the Guinness World Record for The Tallest Structure Built with Interlocking Plastic Bricks.The tower stands with bricks alone and no form of external support. The Official Lego Builders team managed,... >>

Best tech to secure your bike and prevent it being stolen

Best tech to secure your bike and prevent it being stolen

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Bike theft is a bigger problem than ever, with more bikes on the roads as riders try to go green. While it might save money on travel it is costing people too much in thefts. Fear not technology, as ever, is here to save the day.We've collected up the... >>

How to solve the Rubik's Cube: Official video guide reveals all

How to solve the Rubik's Cube: Official video guide reveals all

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The humble Rubik's Cube is 40 years-old today, hence the reason Google made its own interactive virtual cube to play with as a Google doodle.Ever since it was originally introduced to a global market in the 80s - after an initial release in Erno Rubik's... >>

Google celebrates 40th anniversary of Rubik’s Cube with interactive Google doodle

Google celebrates 40th anniversary of Rubik’s Cube with interactive Google doodle

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The Rubik's Cube is 40 years-old today and to celebrate, Google has created a Google doodle that presents an interactive virtual version of the much-loved puzzle toy.Erno Rubik invented the 3x3x3 cube in the spring of 1974, although it wasn't released... >>

Qualcomm's Vuforia AR gives 3D-life to Kazooloo games, Popar puzzles, and Colar books

Qualcomm's Vuforia AR gives 3D-life to Kazooloo games, Popar puzzles, and Colar books

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Qualcomm has shown off three stand-out apps to Pocket-lint. These apps are unique because they use a new augmented-reality technology called Vuforia.Vuforia has actually been around for a couple of years. In fact, there are more than 95,000 registered... >>

Trailer for Lego Simpsons Brick Like Me episode revealed ahead of 4 May airing

Trailer for Lego Simpsons Brick Like Me episode revealed ahead of 4 May airing

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The Lego episode of the Simpsons is almost here, but now we've been given a treat from Fox and Lego in the guise of a 1 minute 51 second trailer for the show that airs this Sunday.Called Brick Like Me, the story sees Homer Simpson slowly remember his... >>