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Interactive 'Hello Barbie' could invade child privacy, critics say

published Thu, Mar 19 2015 09:03 GMT
Interactive 'Hello Barbie' could invade child privacy, critics say
John Hopton for redOrbit.com - @Johnfinitum Using technology to make kids’ toys super cool - seems like a happy enough situation, no? Sadly things are not that simple for Mattel's new WiFi Barbie doll, which critics fear could be used to spy on children, invade their privacy and use them as marketing tools. The “Hello Barbie”, due to be released later this year, will use WiFi to chat to children, play interactive games, make jokes and tell stories using a ... more
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Study finds Millenials aren't news-less

published Tue, Mar 17 2015 15:16 GMT
Study finds Millenials aren't news-less
Shayne Jacopian for redOrbit.com - @ShayneJacopian According to a study on the information habits of people aged 18-34, the Millennial generation is anything but “news-less". Many of the writers at redOrbit fall under the “Millennial” categorization, and we gave serious consideration to saving this study for our This Week in Obvious Science column. [STORY: This week in obvious science] Seriously, did you think that all of the time spent with our noses in our phones was spent looking at memes, ... more
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VIDEO: Two guys watch Netflix through an 8-bit Nintendo

published Wed, Mar 11 2015 03:22 GMT
VIDEO: Two guys watch Netflix through an 8-bit Nintendo
Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck In a world that’s becoming increasingly obsessed with the latest and greatest gizmos and gadgets (see: the Apple Watch), it’s nice to see Netflix making the effort to support older devices. And when we say older, we mean OLDER: as in, the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Yes, thanks to Netflix product development team members Guy Cirino, Alex Wolfe and Carenina Motion, you can now pop a cartridge (making sure you blow on it to ... more
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9-year-old explains Net Neutrality better than we did

published Tue, Mar 10 2015 06:26 GMT
9-year-old explains Net Neutrality better than we did
Christopher Pilny for redOrbit.com - @NotRealChainsaw Over the past year or so, we've tried to explain Net Neutrality with any number of articles. You can read them here: FCC passes Net Neutrality law; internet now public utility FCC Chairman to propose making broadband a public utility A search for all stories on our site containing the term "Net Neutrality" Wade Sims, Chuck Bednar, and the rest of our writers did a brilliant job of breaking it all down, but it ... more
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Selfie sticks banned from Smithsonian museums

published Mon, Mar 09 2015 07:35 GMT
Selfie sticks banned from Smithsonian museums
Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck Bad news for museum goers who want to squeeze as many historic artifacts into their selfies as possible: The Smithsonian has banned the use of selfie sticks in all of its facilities, joining a long and growing list of museums and other venues barring their use. As reported last week by CNET and Business Insider, the use of the smartphone-extending poles that have made it easier to take quality self-portraits have been added to ... more
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