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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 By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Hasbro's Furby is now a connected toy with LCD screens for eyes
Hasbro's Furby is now a connected toy with LCD screens for eyes By Elyse Betters

Although it's 2016, Furby is still a thing.Hasbro's weird, nostalgic fur beast has been resurrected with some new tricks. It's now a connected toy, for instance. And it's eyes are full-colour LCD screens. You'll also notice a glowing antenna on its head... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans
Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans By Andy Robertson

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... Read more

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs
Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs By Andy Robertson

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... Read more

LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids
LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids By Rik Henderson

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,... Read more

Mattel celebrates Star Trek's 50th anniversary with amazing Barbie set
Mattel celebrates Star Trek's 50th anniversary with amazing Barbie set By Elyse Betters

Mattel has just given youngster Trekkies a major treat: Star Trek Barbies.Anyone who is a fan of the CBS-owned sci-fi franchise will know that 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series. To celebrate that anniversary, CBS Consumer Products... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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 By Andy Robertson

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... Read more

5 fun Raspberry Pi projects you can do with your kids
5 fun Raspberry Pi projects you can do with your kids By Andy Robertson

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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 By Andy Robertson

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... Read more

BBC iPlayer Kids is here to make viewing safer and simpler
BBC iPlayer Kids is here to make viewing safer and simpler By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

Best Apple Watch apps to streamline your family life
Best Apple Watch apps to streamline your family life By Andy Robertson

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,... Read more

Emicro One scooter review: Keeping up with the kids?
Emicro One scooter review: Keeping up with the kids? By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

Virtuali-Tee AR t-shirts not for the squeamish, will take your kids on a fun, bloody ride
Virtuali-Tee AR t-shirts not for the squeamish, will take your kids on a fun, bloody ride By Andy Robertson

Engaging children in educational pursuits is a fickle old game. A popular route to success has been with edgy content from shows like Horrible Histories. Based on the books of the same name these highlight the gruesome side of life in the past, in a way... Read more

Don't just watch BBC's Robot Wars, fight your own Hexbug Battlebots at home
Don't just watch BBC's Robot Wars, fight your own Hexbug Battlebots at home By Andy Robertson

Robot Wars is no longer confined the the sentimental memories of parents. A new generation of British youngsters will be able to enjoy enjoy the carnage of metal, flywheels and pistons doing battle in a relaunched BBC 2 Robot Wars series coming later... Read more

Mattel ThingMaker preview: 3D printing for the Minecraft generation
Mattel ThingMaker preview: 3D printing for the Minecraft generation By Andy Robertson

The barrier to new technology for children is rarely that they don’t understand it. More often it’s that they don’t know how to access it, or that creation tools aren’t visible to them.Minecraft is successful not only because its technology enables... Read more

Everybody needs to get behind Lego Monument Valley right now
Everybody needs to get behind Lego Monument Valley right now By Rik Henderson

We've often been fond of proposed Lego sets that appear on Lego Ideas, but one of the latest has particularly piqued our interest.Lego Ideas (formerly Cuusoo) is an online place where budding builders put forward their potential toy sets and hope to garner... Read more

Mattel brought back ThingMaker as a 3D printer for kids to make toys
Mattel brought back ThingMaker as a 3D printer for kids to make toys By Elyse Betters

Mattel doesn't think 3D printing should be limited to adults.The toy maker is so sure that it is resurrecting a product from the 1960s in order to give today's children a chance to build their own toys. Mattel has brought back ThingMaker, a countertop... Read more

New Lego Star Wars sets in the flesh: Minecraft and Ninjago complete the line-up
New Lego Star Wars sets in the flesh: Minecraft and Ninjago complete the line-up By Andy Robertson

Having shown off a range of Lego at the London and Nuremberg Toy Fairs in the last few weeks, the brick brand let us take pics and video of the last entries in the 2016 line-up at the New York Toy Fair.The biggest question mark still left for Lego this... Read more

VTech to buy LeapFrog and create massive kids’ gadgets firm
VTech to buy LeapFrog and create massive kids’ gadgets firm By Rik Henderson

When we visited this year's Toy Fair in January there was a notable absentee: LeapFrog. The company specialises in gadgets for younger kids and has always been a must-see for us each year, with its cunning devices that ape adult equivalents.Now we know... Read more

Sky Kids app will let your children watch TV without adverts
Sky Kids app will let your children watch TV without adverts By Stuart Miles

Sky has announced it is launching a dedicated Kids app, called Sky Kids, for parents keen to let their children watch TV without the adverts.The new app, has according to Sky, been specially designed for kids, and includes the ability to select age appropriate... Read more

These are the Lego sets you'll want in 2016: Nexo Knights, Angry Birds and more
These are the Lego sets you'll want in 2016: Nexo Knights, Angry Birds and more By Andy Robertson

Each year Lego unveils its new sets that combine top name franchises and in-house brands. For families though, there’s a tension between block building creativity and the product becoming a way to get children into other franchises.At this year’s... Read more

Is this the new face of Lego?
Is this the new face of Lego? By Stuart Miles

If you asked someone to describe what Lego looks like they would probably answer with something along the lines of a series of bricks that you put together to build buildings, vehicles, and the such like.That image is likely to change though when they... Read more

Marbotics Smart Letters for iPad: As easy as ABC?
Marbotics Smart Letters for iPad: As easy as ABC? By Stuart Miles

In an age of digital devices, worrying whether your young kids are getting enough physical play can be a concern. It's all too easy to thrust the iPad at a child and leave them to it.French company Marbotic is trying to solve this dilemma by merging physical... Read more

iOS 9.3 will be an essential update for families, here's why
iOS 9.3 will be an essential update for families, here's why By Andy Robertson

Apple is expected to release a major iOS update this spring, for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices. It will bring several new features, including CarPlay enhancements, and we're particularly excited that iOS 9.3 will introduce tweaks that will be perfect... Read more

We went through a tech detox by playing an iOS game, can you?
We went through a tech detox by playing an iOS game, can you? By Andy Robertson

Distractions are a problem in modern family life. It’s all too easy to let the weekend slip away spending more time staring at a screen rather than engaging with your children.For kids too there are ever more shiny things vying for their attention.... Read more

Lego Education WeDo 2.0 brings Lego robots to the classroom
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 brings Lego robots to the classroom By Stuart Miles

Your kids could be about to start playing with Lego at school after the company has launched an educational toy box that encourages robotic code learning.Best seen as a more approachable version of Lego Mindstorms, Lego Education WeDo 2.0 is a hands-on,... Read more

Meccano Meccanoids multiply, now come in various shapes and sizes
Meccano Meccanoids multiply, now come in various shapes and sizes By Stuart Miles

Meccano has expanded on its Meccano robot launched in 2015, with a range of Meccanoids for 2016.Revealed at CES in Las Vegas, the range will feature three pot sized robots, a giant T-Rex dinosaur and two child sized droids that you have to build yourself.Leading... Read more

Code-A-Pillar: The pre-school coding caterpillar
Code-A-Pillar: The pre-school coding caterpillar By Stuart Miles

When's it too early to learn to code? When you're three perhaps? Well according to Fisher Price, that's exactly the time you should be encouraging your children to start.The toy company has created a new coding toy aimed at the class of 2035 that starts... Read more

Battle of the smart toy racers: Anki Overdrive vs Scalextric Arc vs Real FX Racing
Battle of the smart toy racers: Anki Overdrive vs Scalextric Arc vs Real FX Racing By Andy Robertson

Gadget toys can be like buses, nothing new for years then along come three at once. This year has seen the resurgence of slot-car racing, while a new twist on these car-track combos has added AI steering to do away with the slots all together.Anki is... Read more

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon Review: Chewie, we're home
Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon Review: Chewie, we're home By Stuart Miles

You probably fall into one of two camps. The ones that have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the ones that are waiting to see it a second time.The Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon is a reworking of the original Lego Millennium Falcon launched to... Read more

Which Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lego set should you buy?
Which Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lego set should you buy? By Stuart Miles

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now out in cinemas across the globe and to coincide with the new movie, Lego has released a number of new Star Wars Force Awakens Lego sets so you can relive the action of the film, after you've built it of course.With... Read more

How to make parental controls on consoles, phones and tablets work for you
How to make parental controls on consoles, phones and tablets work for you By Andy Robertson

While keeping TVs and videogames out of the bedroom and in shared spaces is a great step towards healthier media consumption for children, not least because you can keep an eye on the type of content your children are accessing. <obile devices like tablets... Read more

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 By Andy Robertson

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... Read more

LeapFrog Epic review: Putting parents in control
4.0 stars LeapFrog Epic review: Putting parents in control By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

Is the iPad Pro suitable for family fun?
Is the iPad Pro suitable for family fun? By Andy Robertson

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... Read more

How to enjoy toys to life games without spending a fortune
How to enjoy toys to life games without spending a fortune By Andy Robertson

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... Read more

Anki Overdrive review: App-controlled car racing fun for all the family
4.5 stars Anki Overdrive review: App-controlled car racing fun for all the family By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

The EE Robin kids tablet takes on Amazon kids tablet
The EE Robin kids tablet takes on Amazon kids tablet By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

Osmo review: Physical meets virtual with this clever iPad game
5.0 stars Osmo review: Physical meets virtual with this clever iPad game By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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 By Pocket-lint Promotion

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... Read more

Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars Droid from Force Awakens comes to life
5.0 stars Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars Droid from Force Awakens comes to life By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum tablet review: Learning for youngsters
4.0 stars LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum tablet review: Learning for youngsters By Stuart Miles

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... Read more