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Router Limits Kids’ Internet Time, Facebook Knows How To Party, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 04-07-2014

Also, Android Wear apps added to Google Play, Samsung ends plasma TV production, BIC needs you to create the universal typeface font, Cortana predicts the results of the 2014 World Cup, and the Transformers ditch Michael Bay.


Kudoso Controls Kids’ Internet Usage

A new broadband router currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign is tackling the problem of kids spending too long on the Internet Monitor Teenage Computer Use & Detect Inappropriate Content With Care4Teen [Windows] As my girls grow into young teens, as a father I do tend to worry quite a bit. I worry about them when they go out to a friend's house, I worry about them when... Read More . Kudoso, brainchild of dad-of-three Rob Irizarry, lets parents limit the time their offspring spend online by cutting off Internet access at the source.

Kudoso features a currency system which lets kids earn time online for doing various chores around the house. Individual websites can be assigned a higher value than others, meaning 30 minutes on Netflix Is Netflix Worth The Money? There are more people who don't subscribe to Netflix as those who do, and that swathe of the population wants to know if they're missing out on anything. Is Netflix worth the money? Read More could require the completion of more chores than 30 minutes on National Geographic.

With children spending more time than ever on the Internet, this is a serious problem in need of a solution. But whether or not Kudoso is the answer remains to be seen.

Facebook Recommends ‘Events For You’

Facebook is rolling out a new version of Facebook Events. Until now, this page has simply been used to keep track of invites from friends, but the addition of ‘Events For You’ changes Facebook Events into a tool for discovering events happening in your local area.

‘Events For You’ suggests events you may want to attend based on the friends you have, the pages you like, and the places you have visited. TechCrunch points out the strong monetization potential of this feature, but we expect a user backlash when strangers begin gatecrashing parties.


Android Wear Apps Land On Google Play

Google has added a new section to Google Play just for Android Wear apps. Android Wear is Google’s operating system for wearable tech such as the Moto 360 and LG smartwatches Google Android Wear, Moto 360 & LG G Watch, PS4 Virtual Reality [Tech News Digest] Android Wear for wearables, Moto 360 and LG G Watch, the NSA is MYSTIC, Xbox One expansion plan, PlayStation 4 virtual reality headsets, LINE Call for international chats, and the 'Unnumbered Sparks' art installation. Read More . There are 29 Android Wear apps available at the time of writing, including IFTTT, Pinterest, and Fancy. Sadly there are also only 29 people using Android Wear at the time of writing. Probably.

Samsung Halting Plasma TV Production

Samsung is stopping producing plasma television sets later this year, following in the footsteps of Panasonic, Sony, Pioneer, and Hitachi. With LG expected to also scrap the technology, this is being seen as the death of plasma TVs Screen Burn-In Fixes and Why LCD Can Be Fixed LCD, plasma, OLED displays, even old CRT televisions can be damaged by screen burn-in. Here's how can you fix screen burn-in. Read More . The main reason being the switch to ultra high-definition (UHD), which is both difficult and expensive to achieve using plasma.

BIC Creating Universal Typeface Font

Penmaker BIC is trying to create a universal typeface to be released as a free font How To Download Free Fonts & Manage Them In Windows Fonts are the building blocks of digital aesthetics. Since Windows doesn't come with a font manager, we've looked at third-party alternatives. Read More . To achieve this, anyone can contribute their own unique handwriting to the Universal Typeface Experiment. Unfortunately, you have to use your finger to write using the accompanying app, whereas most people write more naturally using a pen. A BIC pen. Oh, we get it now.

Cortana Predicts World Cup Results

Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri Geek Humor Included! Meet Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 Digital Assistant Cortana is the best reason to upgrade your Windows Phone early. Microsoft's answer to Siri offers great features and will make you laugh. Read More , is surprisingly good at predicting the winners of football matches. After predicting the correct winners for all eight of the Round of 16, the digital assistant has now predicted the results for the quarter finals.


According to Cortana, Germany will beat France, Brazil will beat Colombia, Argentina will beat Belgium, and the Netherlands will beat Costa Rica. She’s going with the favorites, basically.

Still, if Cortana gets these all correct maybe we should all go out and buy a Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone 8.1 Reviews, Android Heartbleed, US Airways Tweets [Tech News Digest] Windows Phone 8.1 reviews, Gmail scanning practices, Android Heartbleed, American Airlines' tweeting troubles, mini notebook chargers, overheating VAIOs, and a vending machine that tweets. Read More handset. I predict lots of heads shaking in protest at that suggestion.

The Transformers Ditch Michael Bay

And finally, we all know the Transformers movies are hugely successful despite being terrible slices of cinema. Michael Bay is almost solely to blame, and this short video created using stop-motion animation and a host of Transformers toys suggests it’s time to give someone else a crack at bringing the 1980s cartoon to the big screen. Yes, this IS better than Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Read the reviews.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.


Do you think Kudoso is the answer to parents’ technology woes? Or is it too harsh to limit your kids’ Internet use? Are you sad that plasma TVs are disappearing? Can you beat Cortana by predicting the results of the World Cup quarter finals?

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    July 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm

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