Kids Get New Tablets Over the Holidays? Here’s How to Lock ’Em Down.

After $50 in Angry Birds purchases, I’m now the wiser.
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Atheer and Meta Want You to Touch Your Apps in Midair

Reach out and touch something.
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QOTD: It’s-a-Me! Mobile Strategy!

We recognize that there are a lot of smartphones and tablets out there … We’re also doing a lot of experimentation of what I would call the little experiences you can have on your smartphone and tablet that will drive you back to your Nintendo hardware.

— Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Amie, in an interview with King 5 News in Seattle. Nintendo has long resisted bringing its IP to mobile devices.

Google Pulls Privacy Feature it Says Wasn’t Supposed to Be in Android in First Place

Google maintains that the unsupported feature can cause apps to crash.
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Nokia Lumia 2520: A Solid Windows Tablet in Need of Apps

Nokia’s first tablet is smooth in looks and performance, but it’s held back by a dearth of apps.
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Group Wants Mattel to Recall a Newborn Bouncy Chair With Built-in iPad Holder

The idea of strapping a newborn into a chair facing a tablet is a really bad one, says one consumer group, which is calling on the toymaker to pull the product.
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LG G Pad and Sony Ultra Z Both Get the Google Play Treatment

The Google Play edition isn’t quite a Nexus device, but represents another pure Android option.
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Sony Plans a 4K Fest for CES

The company is focusing on the next generation of high-def video as part of its effort to reclaim lost ground at the high end of the consumer electronics market.
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Microsoft Looks to Woo Shoppers With $199 Tablet, 12 Days of Deals

In the first of the 12 daily deals, Microsoft will offer Dell’s Venue 8 Pro for a significant discount off its already fairly modest $299 price tag. The first 20 customers at retail stores will pay just $99.
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Fingerprint Plans Edutainment Network for Samsung Devices

San Francisco-based kids’-app startup Fingerprint today announced a partnership with Samsung to launch a mobile app network for children in Southeast Asia in Q1 2014. The project would give the mobile app developers that work with Fingerprint a more direct line to families using compatible Samsung devices, CEO Nancy MacIntyre said. Fingerprint has previously rolled out similar app-network partnerships, but Samsung’s collaboration will add more parental control and progress-tracking features.