Author: Kate Etue

Shadow Puppet: The app Steven Spielberg would have loved as a kid

If your kids are budding creative types, but they still love to get techy with their masterpieces, you’ll want to check out this cool new app that allows them to add voiceover narration to their photographs or artwork. Because next Spielberg or Scorsese or Soderbergh is out there growing up in one of our houses, right? Shadow Puppet is a new app that allows kids to create a montage of photographs, then add their voice narration over it as the slideshow of photos plays through. Imagine all the ways your kids could use it. On the plane ride home...

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batteryPOP: A safe online entertainment network for kids that they can customize themselves.

If you have kids old enough to play on the internet on their own, but not quite so old to do it without you wanting to be over their shoulders the entire time, you’ll be as happy as I am about batteryPOP, a new online entertainment network where your kids get to be the programmers of their own content. Only it’s all appropriate for them–with apologies to insane YouTube commenters. batteryPOP is the brainchild of two former Nickelodeon vets, and it has that fun and slightly irreverent feel that Nickelodeon is so famous for. New original content is uploaded regularly...

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Geography Drive Arcade: Is this app your ticket to a happy road trip this Christmas?

The Geography Drive USA app is one of our favorite fun ways for kids to learn about geography, and so we were excited to see the release of their newest educational kids’ app—Geography Drive Arcade. This is a mini-arcade version of the main app, with four geography-based quiz games targeted at kids ages 9-11, although I’m pretty sure my preschooler could kick some tail at the State Shape Challenge after all his time spent playing Stack the States. Since we really like Geography Drive,  we wondered how the Arcade app would stand up to it. The truth is, they’re quite...

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Phillip Disney Friends of Hue Storylight: A nightlight that will have your kids begging for bedtime

Bedtime is about to become so much more fun for your kids, should the be Disney fans which at last count is….all of them. Disney, Phillips, and Apple have teamed up to create the incredibly innovative Disney Friends of Hue Storylight. This Mickey-shaped lamp emits a soft colored hue in your kid’s room, and with the Phillips Hue app you can change the hue to one of over 16 million colors straight from your iPhone, setting the perfect mood for bedtime. Because 15 million colors just didn’t cut it. The Storylight is way cooler than mere nightlight; it’s designed to...

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Which is the best ereader subscription service for you? We compare the top 3

As a book lover, I’m excited about the different ways technology has made it convenient for avid book readers, especially with ebook subscription services. We can read on our phones while we’re on the subway, we can immediately download the next in an addictive series while we’re in the carpool line, we can search for our favorite quotes instantly. I love all of it. Now that ereader subscription services are finally becoming a viable option, here’s a breakdown of three of our top favorites so you can see which is right for you.. eReatah eReatah’s signature feature is their...

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Kidzui: One of our favorite kid-safe browsers is now an app. Yay!

The browser KidZui has been one of the best ways for kids to explore the Internet safely for a few years now, and we’re so excited to learn they’re going mobile with the new KidZui app. Especially with all those new tablets and devices coming in for the holidays, and considering one of the questions we get most from our readers is how to make a tablet safe for kids. UPDATE 2016: Kidzui is no longer in existence. RIP.  One of the top answers: Use a safe browser. And I love KidZui because it’s both safe and fun. Kids still have...

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Clumsy Ninja app: An awesome game for kids. Because? Ninjas.

Clumsy Ninja, the long-awaited app from London tech gurus NaturalMotion has finally arrived, and I’m betting it’s how a lot of kids will be spending screen time over the holidays. To be honest, you might catch me sneaking away to my room to play for fifteen or twenty minutes here or there myself. The game concept for Clumsy Ninja is really simple–the ninja is clumsy. He wants to not be clumsy. You need to teach him, via lessons from his sensei, how to be a master ninja.  Lesson one: shake the ninja’s hand. Lesson two: tickle him. It goes...

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The Little Scholar Tablet: a smart educational option for young kids

Tablets are at the top of so many kids’ wish lists this Christmas, even for the littlest ones in our homes. For the preschool set who is just starting to learn about technology, the intuitive design of touch-directed devices are amazing. They’re able to experience so much through the tablet that they couldn’t through a regular computer. For the littlest kids in my house, I’d consider School Zone’s Little Scholar tablet. Ideal for kids ages 3-6, this tablet comes preloaded with $350 worth of original apps, videos, and music. What you see is what you get with this tablet–you...

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SciGirls: A smart new show for science-minded girls

We’re big fans of products that fan the flames of our girls’ love for science, and really make it cool for a girl to use her brain. PBS has always been a great channel for shows that make education cool, and I predict they’re gonna have another huge success with a new science show specifically for girls. SciGirls features tween girls ages 8-12 using science in real world situations. They’re getting out of the lab and showing how science can be used to do things like solve a crime,  turn a bicycle into an ice cream maker, or help...

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With Google’s Santa Tracker, the Christmas countdown is all fun and games.

My son has told me at least four times today exactly how many days away Christmas is. I think you could say the countdown is officially on. So, I’m going to set the default home screen on our kitchen computer to Google’s Santa Tracker—a fun way for the kids (and, maybe the grownups?) to count down to the big day. We always  love the little custom videos and games in the Google Doodles that Google releases from time to time, which are a fun surprise. Well, the Google Santa Tracker releases a similar new Christmasy game or video each day...

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