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Snowman, the studio behind Alto’s Adventure and others, launches a kids app company, Pok Pok

Snowman, the small studio behind award-winning iOS games Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey, Skate City, and others, is spinning out a new company, Pok Pok, that will focus on educational children’s entertainment. Later this month, Pok Pok will debut its first title, Pok Pok Playroom, aimed at inspiring creative thinking through play for the preschool crowd. The launch takes Snowman back to its roots as an app maker, not a games studio. In fact, the company’s first iOS app, Checkmark, had been in ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Kids, Families, Education, Video Games, Parents, Disney, Toronto, Tech, Ios Apps, Snowman


Inside the turbulent personal life of Elon Musk, who's been divorced three times, dated Hollywood stars, and now has a 1-year-old baby with musician Grimes

Grimes, left, and Elon Musk attend the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in May 2018. Charles Sykes/AP Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has had a headline-grabbing personal life over the years. He has five sons from his first marriage and has been divorced three times. These days, Musk is dating the musician Grimes - the couple had a baby together last spring. See more stories on Insider's business page. In 2010, Elon Musk said he would "rather stick a fork in my ...
Tags: Transportation, Family, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Texas, Families, Marriage, Instagram, California, Relationships, Time, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Tesla


New ways we're making Meet calls easier (and more fun)

Almost exactly one year ago, in an effort to help everyone stay connected safely as the pandemic was taking hold, we announced that we were making Google Meet free for everyone. Since then, Meet has helped millions of people connect around the world. While it’s been hard for all of us to remain apart this past year, I’ve been proud to work on a product that’s let so many of us come together.Helping everyone safely connect and collaborate is what drives us to continue improving Meet — from introd...
Tags: Families, Education, Brazil, Meet, India Indonesia, Google Meet, Dave Citron, Google Workspace


A parent's review of Disney Plus: It's hands down the best streaming service for kids

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Disney Plus features a ton of kid-friendly content. Disney Plus/Simon Hill/Insider Disney Plus is packed with family-friendly entertainment perfect for parents and their kids. Parental controls allow you to fine-tune what your kids can watch and set a PIN to protect profiles. At $8 a month, Disney Plus is also affordable, making it a great choice for families on a budget. Table of Contents: Masthead Sti...
Tags: Reviews, UK, Kids, Families, Children, Entertainment, Disney, US, Trends, Tech, Star, Netflix, Streaming, Espn, Pixar, Hulu


Google’s Family Link updates reflect the pandemic’s impact on how parents view screen time

Google is making changes to its parental control system, Family Link, that aims to better reflect parents’ changing views on children’s screen time. In the pre-pandemic world, parents were more likely to see screen time as something in need of restriction — they’d rather their kids get offline or go outside to play with friends, perhaps. But the challenges of a locked-down world and the push towards virtual learning have impacted parents’ views. Google says today’s parents are more concerned abo...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Mobile, Apps, Technology, Kids, Families, Education, Parents, Tech, Smartphones, United States, Screen Time, Mobile Applications, Tiktok


Make tech work for the whole family

As the first generation of parents raising children surrounded by technology, you’ve told us that you need resources to help make it work -- from setting up their first device, to learning about popular apps and services.Our goal has always been to help families foster a healthy relationship with technology. We’ve given parents a way to help their kids have a safer online experience with Family Link’s parental controls. We’ve also made it easier to find quality content with teacher-approved apps...
Tags: Google, Families, Youtube, Chromebook, Mindy Brooks, Google Kids Space


Parents tell us how they're approaching family tech use

Last year, parents were forced to quickly adapt when schools, daycares and eventually summer camps closed. Almost immediately, many kids turned to online services for education and entertainment.We want to provide a new website with helpful resources for families raising kids in a digital world during this challenging moment. So we decided to look at last year’s top Google Search trends related to digital parenting, and also surveyed more than 2,000 parents with kids under 13 in the U.S. Here’s ...
Tags: Google, Families, Family Online Safety Institute, Mindy Brooks, Suzy Wave


A guide to Google Meet for parents and guardians

When the COVID-19 pandemic required students worldwide to transition to distance learning, many parents and guardians suddenly found themselves in the role of part-time teachers — and even IT technicians — on top of their existing responsibilities at work and home. If this describes your family’s situation these days, you’re definitely not alone. Many students and schools use Google Workspace for Education for teaching and learning – which includes tools for organizing classwork, like Google Cla...
Tags: Google, Families, Education, Meet, Chad Tyler, Google Workspace, Google Workspace for Education, Google Workspace for Education Educators, Google Unique


New features for Chromebook's 10th birthday

New features for Chromebook's 10th birthday Chromebooks launched 10 years ago with a vision to rethink computing by designing a secure, easy-to-use laptop that becomes faster and more intelligent over time. As more and more people began using devices running Chrome OS, we evolved and expanded the platform to meet their diverse needs. Today, Chrome OS devices do everything from helping people get things done to entertaining them while they unwind. But we want to do more to provide a powerfully si...
Tags: Google, Families, Microsoft, Chromebook, Chromebooks, Google Account, Alexander Kuscher, What's new in Chrome OS, Chromebook Phone Hub


Apple teams with Common Sense Media to curate podcasts for kids

Apple announced this morning it’s teaming up with Common Sense Media to curate a selection of kid-friendly podcasts in the U.S. in light of what appears to be growing interest in spoken word entertainment among families. That interest, in part, may have been prompted by the pandemic and parents’ desire to reduce kids’ screen time for entertainment. Via a new website at Apple.co/showsforkids (which launches Apple Podcasts), Apple has collaborated with Common Sense Media to group podcasts by age g...
Tags: Apple, Kids, Families, Media, Podcasts, Parents, Children, Trends, Tech, Streaming, Npr, Apple Podcasts Apple


Google TV for everyone in the family

It’s Saturday morning and my son is pointing at the TV, cheerful as ever. The “You’re Welcome” music video from Disney’s “Moana” is playing for the tenth time. As a new father, I’m always thinking about the role technology will play in my children’s lives. From Google Kids Space on select Android tablets to teacher-approved apps in Google Play, we’ve already made a lot of progress in helping our kids explore online, but the work isn’t over.That’s why today, we’re taking our first step in deliver...
Tags: Google, Families, Time, Disney, Chromecast, Nest, Google TV, Saleh Altayyar


YouTube to launch parental control features for families with tweens and teens

YouTube announced this morning it will soon introduce a new experience designed for teens and tweens who are now too old for the schoolager-focused YouTube Kids app, but who may not be ready to explore all of YouTube. The company says it’s preparing to launch a beta test of new features that will give parents the ability to grant kids more limited access to YouTube through a “supervised” Google Account. This setup will restrict what tweens and teens can watch on the platform, as well as what the...
Tags: Google, Social, Apps, Family, Video, Kids, Families, Media, Parents, Youtube, Tech, Brazil, Machine Learning, Parental Controls, Youtube Kids, Video Hosting


Inside the Herculean effort to reunite parents and kids split up by President Trump's family separation policy

David Xol-Cholom, of Guatemala, hugs his son Byron at Los Angeles International Airport as they reunite after being separated some 18 months earlier during the Trump administration's separation of immigrant families, Jan. 22, 2020. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Long after the Trump administration's family separation policy was stopped, many parents have yet to be located. The Biden administration has inherited the effort.    Advocates look for clues and scour incomplete records. In the worst case...
Tags: Politics, Families, News, Justice, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, United States, Honduras, Biden, Guatemala, Immigrant, Justice Department, Byron, Mexican


The best of Google, now in new devices

Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, technology should work for you. This week during a virtual CES and Galaxy Unpacked, we were introduced to a lineup of new products that do exactly that, all with the best of Google built in.Whether you're heading out or staying in, there's something new for you to get excited about. When you’re on the go The new Galaxy S21 series comes with a more cohesive Android experience and updates that make it easier to stay in touch with friends and family. From...
Tags: Google, Android, Families, Samsung, Sony, Nest, Kenwood, Michael Kors, Verizon FIOS, Darci, Samsung TV, Tuya, Rich Communication Services RCS, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Duo


Santa’s Village is back, firing on all candy canes

The life of an elf is all about working from home, rolling your eyes at sugar substitutes, and being very, very excited about the comings and goings of packages! This year many of us got an unexpected taste of Elf Living—candy binges, living where you work, delivery enthusiasm, and all. And for those of us asking, “Why as the year winds down do I just feel more and more jolly???” (that’s all of us, right?) … The answer is rolling in behind eight nine tiny reindeer! Little known fact: On t...
Tags: Google, Families, United Kingdom, Santa, Arts And Culture, Norman Rockwell, Rudolph, Santa 's Village, Eben ezer Carle, Elf Living, Santa 's Village Starting, Help Santa, Santa This year Santa, Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge MA Record, Strong National Museum of Play Rochester NY Board, Henri Ottmann


Streamers, including Netflix and CBS All Access, roll out new family-friendly features

As competition in the streaming service market heats up, services are looking for ways to differentiate their offerings. One area of increased interest — especially in light of fierce competition from newcomer Disney+ — is how to make their services more family-friendly. On this front, Netflix today announced the rollout of new features for families, the Kids Activity Report and Family Profiles, while CBS All Access added a Kids Mode and other updates aimed at families. Streamers for years have ...
Tags: Amazon, TV, Television, Kids, Families, Media, Parents, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Cbs, Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV, Streaming Service, Cbs All Access


A tween tries Apple’s new ‘Family Setup’ system for Apple Watch

With the release of watchOS 7, Apple at last turned the Apple Watch into the GPS-based kid tracker parents have wanted, albeit at a price point that requires careful consideration. As someone in the target demographic for such a device — a parent of a “tween” who’s allowed to freely roam the neighborhood (but not without some sort of communication device) — I put the new Family Setup system for the Apple Watch through its paces over the past couple of months. The result? To be frank, I’m conflic...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Family, Kids, Families, Parents, Tech, Netflix, Chromebook, Nintendo, Apple Watch, Tweens


A more helpful Google for families this holiday season

As the holidays approach and hopefully bring some much-deserved rest, I've been reflecting on the things we built this year to help families.We launched teacher-approved apps on Google Play and Kids Space on tablets, both of which help parents and kids find quality content to help them learn, play and grow. We also launched family mode on Duo to keep kids entertained while on video calls with loved ones. And we introduced a host of smart home features for back-to-schoolseason. But the year isn’t...
Tags: Google, Families, Mark, Google Fi, Smart Displays, Google Assistant, Nest Hub Max, Mindy Brooks, Family Bell, Noggin Capstone


How to Get a Free Thanksgiving Dinner

This Thanksgiving, you can get a free dinner just by downloading an app and filling up your online shopping cart, courtesy of Walmart and the shopping app Ibotta coming together to help families enjoy a sizable meal without some of the costs.Read more...
Tags: Families, Thanksgiving, Walmart, Lifehacks, Thanksgiving Dinner


5 Compelling Reasons You Should Get a Dog Today

  It’s a challenging year for a lot of people. Covid-19 continues to ravage the United States and many other countries as well. It’s not clear when we’ll have a vaccine, but it might not be till late in 2021. Some individuals grapple with depression, according to many polls. It’s not surprising when you think about the many deaths and how many individuals and families feel isolated. They might not be able to see some of their relatives, and that’s particularly hard with the end-of-the-year holi...
Tags: Families, Safety, Dogs, Pets, Happiness, Mental Health, United States, Healthy, Guard, Longevity, The Pet Blog Lady, House Dogs


6 things we learned about families and tech during COVID-19

In early March 2020, we conducted a survey to better understand people’s digital wellbeing and tech use. Shortly after, daily life took a turn as the COVID-19 pandemic surged and shelter-in-place orders went into effect in many places throughout the United States. Given that change, we decided to do the survey again in September to check in and see how families' digital wellbeing might have changed. While these surveys represent a relatively small sample size of the U.S. population, they still p...
Tags: Google, Families, United States, Digital Wellbeing, Kate Lockhart, Savanta


How family businesses should adapt and revive their strategy during the pandemic, according to a Kellogg School professor

Family-owned businesses should reevaluate and adapt their businesses during the pandemic. iStock / Getty Images Plus Jennifer Pendergast is a clinical professor at the Kellogg School of Management who specializes in strategic planning and family businesses. During a crisis like the pandemic, Pendergast says family-owned businesses need to continually reevaluate their needs, ensure they can realistically meet them, and appropriately adjust to weather any setbacks. Families should consider i...
Tags: Families, US, Trends, Rockefeller, Kellogg School, Pendergast, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Kellogg School of Management, Milliken Company, Huber Corporation, Jennifer Pendergast


Amazon rebrands FreeTime to Amazon Kids, expands paid catalog for Amazon Kids+

Amazon today announced it will rebrand its kid-friendly services formerly known as Amazon FreeTime and Amazon FreeTime Unlimited to Amazon Kids and Amazon Kids+. In addition to the name change, the services are being redesigned to include a new home screen experience, Amazon Echo integrations, and will introduce an expanded catalog of music and video content. To date, the services have offered families a way to use parental controls to limit screen time and children’s access to unapproved con...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Kids, Families, Parents, Tech, Alexa, Amazon Kids, Amazon FreeTime, Amazon Before, Amazon Kids and Amazon, Barbie Carmen Sandiego, Disney ESPN TiVo


Celebrate International Literacy Day with Read Along

Earlier this year, we made our early age literacy app, Read Along, available in nine languages and in more than 180 countries to help families from around the world looking to improve their children’s reading skills. Ten-year-old Williams was one of the many students who started using the app after his mother Martha heard about it and decided to give it a try. Williams previously had to change schools four times because of his struggles with reading. Today, he spends more than 90 minutes reading...
Tags: Google, Families, Education, India, Williams, William, Martha, Nitin Kashyap


Explore Kids Space: A way to nurture your kid's curiosity

Parents have told us that they’re constantly wrestling with the role of technology in their children’s lives, and this is especially true for the many families who are spending more time at home. But kids are natural explorers and when they have access to great content, it can be a magical experience--they can read up on their favorite dinosaur, watch videos on how to bake a treat or discover new hobbies.Family Link was created and built into our core products to give parents the tools they need...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Families, Lenovo, Youtube Kids, Mindy Brooks


Google launches Google Kids Space, a ‘kids mode’ feature for Android, initially on Lenovo tablets

Streaming services have built-in kids’ profiles, so why not devices? Google today is responding to parents’ demand for a better way for their children to interact with technology with the launch of the new “Google Kids Space,” a dedicated kids mode on Android tablets which will aggregate apps, books, and videos for kids to enjoy and learn from. The feature will launch first on the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 HD Gen 2, but Google aims to bring Kids Space to more devices in time. The concept is somewhat ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Android, Startups, TC, Kids, Families, Parents, Children, Lenovo, Youtube Kids


When parents become teachers: tools to help students at home

Editor’s note: On August 11, 2020 Google for Education kicked off a global back-to-school event, The Anywhere School. Check out the full recap of product launches and our collection of announcements.For me, life at home now means an office in my garage and three children at home attempting to learn. I’m still adjusting to my children making appearances on my Google Meet meetings, trying to schedule more walking meetings to squeeze in some exercise, and creating a schedule that my children will o...
Tags: Google, Families, Education, Chromebook, Shakespeare, Chromebooks, Lens, Diya, Google for Education, Interland, Jennifer Holland, G Suite, Google Meet, G Suite for Education, Google Lens, Tech Toolkit for Families


Roblox launches Party Place, a private venue for virtual birthday parties and other meetups

The coronavirus pandemic and related government lockdowns have led to a surge in online gaming — particularly on social platforms where people can connect with real-life friends in a virtual venue. We’re already heard of Fortnite birthday parties, Roblox playdates, and Animal Crossing meetups taking place online amid the pandemic. Now, Roblox is launching a new feature called “Party Place” to directly cater to the growing demand among users for a dedicated, private place to host virtual events. ...
Tags: Social, Gaming, Facebook, Kids, Families, Parents, Tech, Travis Scott, Roblox, Fortnite, Party Place, Coronavirus, Virtual Birthday Parties


Online resources for kids and families during COVID-19

As families continue to face the new realities of juggling work, school, and play at home, online tools can make the adjustment a bit smoother. We’re all spending more of our time on our devices, and Google has many products and programs to help families create healthy digital habits and help them stay safe online. From internet safety resources to parental controls, our products help families find and manage quality content and apps, tools for distance learning and virtual field trips. And behi...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Families, Chromebook, Youtube Kids, Safety And Security, Interland, Google Arts Culture, COVID-19, Kristie CanegalloMark Risher, YouTube Learn at Home, Indoor Activities YouTube Kids, EVAC


Facebook and Instagram launch a week of grad-themed events and features

Facebook today revealed its plans to celebrate the 2020 graduates this week across both Facebook and Instagram. The series of events, starting today on May 11, will include the company’s previously announced plans to air a virtual graduation ceremony on May 15, featuring celebs like Oprah Winfrey, Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles and Miley Cyrus, among others. Facebook will also now introduce a range of new graduation-themed products and programming across both Facebook and In...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Families, Instagram, Students, Youtube, Barack Obama, Tech, Michelle Obama, Graduation, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Oprah, Sheryl Sandberg, Simone Biles, State