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FTC focuses on Apple's App Store while ignoring similar issues with Google Play

The FTC last week announced a settlement agreement with Apple whereby Apple agreed to pay out, at a minimum, US$32.5 million dollars to the parents of children who made unauthorized in-app purchases. At the root of the FTC's investigation was a 15-minute window which allowed iOS users, once an...

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Guided Access is the single greatest iOS feature for parents and kids

If you're like me and you routinely have to mind an Angry Birds-obsessed 3-year-old, you already know how easily tiny fingers can find their way to strange parts of the iPad and iPhone. You can disable WiFi or even turn cellular data off to prevent unauthorized web browsing, but that's tedious and...

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A comprehensive list of developers who make apps for kids

Apps are wonderful tools for learning and fun, but sometimes it's hard for parents to find companies that make kid-friendly apps. Sometimes those recommendations come from odd places, like a random tweet invoking Oskar Schindler. Today's tip comes from just such a tweet, sent by Twitter user...

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Apple launches 'Kids' category on App Store

Apple has quietly launched a new category in the App Store: Kids. First announced at WWDC, the newly launched category features apps curated by Apple's editorial staff, appealing to children of certain age ranges including sections for: "Best for Ages 5 & Under," "Best for Ages 6-8" and "Best...

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Parenting Tip: Using Find My iPhone to locate a misplaced iOS device

We've read countless stories about Find My iPhone and how it has helped police recover a stolen iOS device. The service is great for this type of field work, but did you know that Find My iPhone can help you find an iOS device that's been misplaced around your house? If you are a parent of little...

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McDonald's releases McPlay app: 'Hey kids, this is advertising'

McDonald's has awkwardly tried to enter the App Store marketplace with an app it calls "McPlay," available for free on the App Store right now. I wouldn't recommend a download (personally, I've boycotted the golden arches for almost a decade now), but it is fascinating to see the fast-food giant...

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Withings Smart Kid Scale tracks your baby's weight

Withings makes a popular line of wireless body scale products that let users record and track their weight on their iOS devices. Recently, the company has brought another product to market that targets parents. The Withings Smart Kid Scale is a child-sized body scale that sends weight readings...

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Dear parents, it's not Apple's In-App Purchase problem, it's yours

Dear parents, Week after week we see articles about someone's child racking up thousands of dollars' worth of In-App purchases on their parents' iTunes account. You know the stories. They're ones like this: Five-year-old spends $2,500 on in-app purchases. And this: Apple's in-app game...

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What happens in a toddler's brain when they use an iPad

Those of us who have used traditional computers for a while think the iPad is pretty magical. t's super fast, super portable, and the direct interactivity is a very different experience from what we're used to with a mouse and keyboard. But those comparisons aren't as valid for children who are...

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iPad is a nuisance for many Chinese parents

A report from the Beijing Evening News suggests Chinese parents are scuffling with their kids over iPads. It seems the iPad was the gift of choice for many children this past Chinese New Year, and now those youngsters are having a hard time putting their tablets aside. Exasperated parents don't...

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PBS releases children's iPad app, interesting usage stats

Last week PBS released its free PBS KIDS Video for iPad app. The app features more than 1000 videos from over a dozen PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! series, including Sesame Street, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, and Super WHY! The app itself was purposefully designed so that young kids...

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iOS devices top survey of UK children's most-wanted gifts

The hottest toy in the UK this year isn't a stuffed animal or a dress-up doll -- it's an Apple device. The top three spots on a list of most-wanted gifts in the UK were taken by Apple's iOS devices, with 39% of kids and parents polled saying that iPhones, iPods, and iPads were wanted under the tree...

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Gift Guide for the new parent

From baby monitors to daily organizers, finding the right gift for the Mac-wielding new parent isn't as easy as it sounds. They're just so busy with all that "good parenting" nonsense. Here are plenty of ideas at a variety of price points that should make any parent's job a little more pleasant. ...

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Four reasons to get your parents to use Leopard

I held the phone tightly in my right hand. With my left, I rubbed my dry, tired eyes. I looked at the clock in my Mac's menu bar. I had been on the phone for forty-five minutes, with no indication that I'd be hanging it up any time soon. "OK," I said in a slow, deliberate tone. "Let's start from the...

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TUAW Buyers Guide: Parents' picks for Apple-loving kids

Here we are in the thick of the holiday shopping season, and no matter your faith or creed you know that the kids, tweens and teens in your life will be expecting something nicely wrapped. What can you give them that will help get them going on the Macintosh Way or enhance their iPod educational...

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