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Ofcom’s latest media report finds that tablets are increasingly being used as a default entertainment screen, particularly among younger children in the UK.
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Michael Smith, CEO of Yip Yap, thinks the last thing kids need is their own smartphone. So his startup designed a Bluetooth-enabled device that connects to parents’ phones instead. Smith tells iKids about Pipsqueak’s plans to face a crowded market through innovative hardware and software.
An international licensing pact between Al Ahil Holding Group and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products will see a Fox-branded theme park and resort open in Dubai in 2018.
New toy line INVICTA Challenge aims get kids reading more by combining both physical and digital playthings. The IP owner and toy industry vet Jim Murphy discusses his history-inspired brand, which just launched at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
- Is there a lucrative future in sight for the virtual reality industry? (Fortune)
- J.K. Rowling reveals that she’s working on another children’s book (Entertainment Weekly)
- How Apple TV will open up the casual mobile gaming market while also thriving on video (Fast Company)
- For better or worse? Amazon’s new Dash Button ushers the on-demand era into the world of physical goods (Re/code)
Joining forces with France Televisions, The Jim Henson Company has commissioned Paris-based youth content creator Kayenta Productions to develop and produce 26 shorts based on the preschool series Dinosaur Train.
- Activision Blizzard acquires company behind Candy Crush for a whopping US$6 billion (CNET)
- Writing the book on irony: Amazon opens a physical store (Seattle Times)
- Lego’s not impressed with fan creativity after turning down all crowdsourced idea projects for the first time (Mashable)
- Facebook cracks artificial intelligence wide open (Bloomberg)
Scholastic Reading Club and nonprofit organization We Need Diverse Books are partnering for the holiday season to offer more than 75 titles with diverse characters and storylines to kids in grades four to eight.