Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Available for PlayStation 4

AssassinsCreedBlackFlagUbisoft has announced the availability of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on the PlayStation 4 in North America. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is the first Assassin’s Creed game to be on the next generation consoles. On the PlayStation 4, gamers will be able to use Remote Play to stream Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag to their PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system via Wi-Fi.

For a limited time, when gamers buy the disc or digital version of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag for PlayStation 3 they can download a PlayStation 4 digital copy from the PlayStation Store for a discounted price.

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag will release on Xbox One and Windows PC on November 19.

Zui Launches New Mobile App KidZui

KidZuiSaban Brands has announced the launch of Zui‘s new mobile app for its kid-safe internet browser, KidZui. Operated by Zui, KidZui is a downloadable browser that provides access to a kid-safe Internet experience to more than 6 million websites, online videos, pictures, and games. Designed to make the Internet both fun and safe for kids, the KidZui mobile app provides the entertainment and security that parents and kids have come to love from KidZui, on the go. The free-to-download KidZui app is now available for iOS download on Apple’s App Store and will soon be available for Android as well.

In addition to the new app, KidZui has launched a new software upgrade and refresh to the desktop version. The KidZui browser has several new features and functions making the program quicker and easier to use. It has been updated with a simplified design along with improved functionality to enhance user experience when used on Apple’s iPad.

Updates to KidZui include:

  • Favorites: Easy to use favorite or bookmark feature, allowing kids to save sites and articles for future reference.
  • Games: Mobile version will include HTML5 games for fun and safe game play.
  • Images and Video: Image and video quality has been improved.
  • Content Library: The library has been updated to included new fresh material for kids to enjoy.

Disney Store Starts Its Magical Week Online Deals Before Thanksgiving

disney storeDisney Store is giving shoppers the chance to start shopping online earlier with special discount pricing launching the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 22 to 24. Starting A selection of Disney Store’s Magical Week deals will launch on November 22 at 12:30 a.m. PST online at DisneyStore.com/magicalweekdeals. November 25, all of Disney Store’s Magical Week deals will be available in stores and online at special low prices, a first for the retailer. An additional deal will be unveiled online on Thanksgiving, November 28, and when stores open for Magical Friday.

Shoppers can interact with Disney Store’s guest services team on Twitter @DisneyStore. Updates on deals will be posted on Disney Store’s Facebook page as well. For holiday gift-giving inspiration, shoppers can browse the Holiday Gift Guide on DisneyStore.com and the Holiday Lookbook on Facebook.

Shoppers who prefer to shop from mobile devices can use the Disney Store’s mobile site and app. Through the mobile site, users can receive timely message alerts for new arrivals, in-store events, and promotional offers.

 

Sprout Introduces New Segment and Co-Star to the Sunny Side Up Show

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Sprout has introduced Dial Darryl, a new recurring segment on The Sunny Side Up Showcreated specifically for Sprout Host Hunt winner Darryl Williams. Dial Darryl will highlight different ways preschoolers and their families communicate and interact with loved ones in this digitally evolving age.

Every day on The Sunny Side Up Show, the hosts use technology to communicate live with viewers as they explore different themes such as friends, letters, or animals. When they need a little bit of outside help, they Dial Darryl who will assist them while in the middle of real-life situations any stay-at-home parent can relate to.

The Sunny Side Up Show hosts and Chica will connect with their new castmate for a live video chat. Dial Darryl will tap into everyday parenting questions, show themes, and more. The new segment will officially debut in January.

 

Nintendo Launches Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Mario&SonicSochi2014With the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, approaching, Nintendo will release Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games on November 15 for the Wii U console. In the game, characters from the Mario and Sonic universes–such as Mario, Sonic, Princess Peach, and Tails–compete in Olympic Winter Events like snowboard slopestyle, which is making its debut in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games utilizes both the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remote Plus controllers. In the four-man bobsled, one player stands at the front of a line and uses the GamePad like a steering wheel, while the other players stand behind him or her and use Wii Remote Plus controllers to lean into each turn on the track. Meanwhile, in pairs figure skating, two players will swing, twist, and pose in sync, sometimes holding the same Wii Remote Plus controller to perform cooperative moves.

In biathlon, players must switch between the GamePad and Wii Remote Plus controllers to shoot and ski. Finally, in snowboard slopestyle, players race down a slope on a snowboard, performing jumps and tricks using the touch screen on the GamePad controller to score points. [Read more...]

Toys “R” Us Updates E-Commerce Sites

Toys “R” Us U.S. has redesigned and updated its e-commerce sites, toysrus.com and babiesrus.com. The websites have a new design and layout, navigation, and new features to help everyone find savings and information about the company’s offerings with ease. In addition, the sites have introduced social shopping, allowing customers to organize their most-wanted items in shareable toy and baby boards, while also viewing popular and trending products on the sites.

New and enhanced features on toysrus.com and babiesrus.com include:

  • Toy & Baby BoardsShoppers can now organize their most-wanted items in toy and baby boards. This feature allows moms and dads to gather an assortment of products into a themed board, which can then be shared with family and friends via Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Users can also invite their friends to create boards.
  • New Homepage and Site NavigationThe homepage features cleaner design and layout, with a larger space for current featured products and promotions. In addition, shoppers can move between toysrus.com and babiesrus.com with the brands presented in tabs at the top left of the page. New Shop By navigation gives each subcategory its own merchandising space, making it easier to narrow down the choices available on child’s age and interests or the recipient’s needs.

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Encyclopedia Britannica Launches Britannica Kids touchTab

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Encyclopedia Britannica, in partnership with Tek Nek Toys Inc., has launched its first interactive Britannica Kids touchTab. The touchTab is an educational tablet that inspires kids to learn interesting facts about various subjects with hands-on interactive play and quizzes to test knowledge.

Encyclopedia Britannica has found a way to engage young audiences while promoting knowledge and learning.  The touchTab comes with three content-rich cartridges, North American Mammals, Australian Mammals and African Mammals. Additional themed sets include Exploring Space, Incredible Earth, Amazing Ocean Life, and Days of the Dinosaur. The themed sets are sold separately.

Each cartridge contains more than 200 facts and questions, allowing children to explore three levels of content by answering questions in the Challenge Mode and unlocking new levels of difficulty. Children engage with the touchTab by pressing the various topics on the cartridges revealing educational audio content. The touchTab capitalizes on prestigious sources to insure that accurate information is presented in a fun and engaging method. [Read more...]

New Research Data Released on Kids Making In-App Payments

New data from youth research agency Dubit has shown that parents have a greater hold on in-app payments (IAP). The research shows that only 2 percent of kids have ever spent without their parent’s permission, and not one of the 500 kids surveyed had ever spent more than $16 on a single purchase. Furthermore, only 17 percent of children are allowed by parents to spend money in-game, and they rarely spend more than $3 in one go.

Of the 500 parents and children (ages 6 to 12) surveyed by Dubit, 71 percent of the children played mobile games, compared with 91 percent of parents. Only 17 percent allow their child to spend real money in-game. The data shows that such permissions increase as kids get older: the older the child, the more likely they are to conduct an in-app purchase.  

Eighty-seven percent of kids always ask their parents before making a purchase, and 11 percent usually ask, meaning that only 2 percent have ever bought something without their parents’ consent. Although 2 percent is still a worry, this does not appear to be a case of kids being out of control. It appears that parents acknowledge this as 41 percent of children who are allowed to make in-app payments know their parent’s app store account details. [Read more...]

LeapFrog Unveils New LeapFrog Learning Path App

LeapfrogLearningPathLeapFrog Enterprises Inc. has launched its new LeapFrog Learning Path. LeapFrog’s Learning Path is designed specifically to help support and guide their child’s learning with personalized ideas and feedback, fun activities, and expert advice. Developed in collaboration with LeapFrog’s in-house team of learning experts, the new Learning Path is available as a downloadable app for iPhoneiPad and iPod touch, a weekly newsletter, and a web resource.

The LeapFrog Learning Path provides a unique set of features that parents will use to help their child reach his or her potential:

  • Personalized learning ideas to help a child grow:Learning Pathgives parents access to hundreds of activities, learning tips, videos, printables, and more.
  • Share and discuss hot topics with other parents: Parents can join conversations with other parents, ask and answer questions, and get direct advice from teachers and LeapFrog’s team of learning experts. They can also share photos and achievements to celebrate their child’s progress.
  • Track progress and follow a child’s developing skills: As their child plays with a LeapFrog-connected product including LeapFrog’s learning library, parents will receive weekly updates on their child’s progress. This allows parents to share in their child’s success and identify and get additional support in areas where a child may need extra practice.

 

New Exhibitor Center Moves to New Hall 3A for Spielwarenmesse 2014

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The New Exhibitor Center will move to the newly built hall 3A for next year’s Spielwarenmesse fair from January 29 to February 2,which marks the official opening of the new hall.

Approximately 60 national and international exhibitors who have never exhibited at Spielwarenmesse before present their products in the New Exhibitor Center every year. Here traders find new business contacts and product ideas for all toy segments in the shortest possible time.

The fair organizer Spielwarenmesse eG takes care of stand organization and planning and the relevant marketing of the first-time exhibitors in the New Exhibitor Center. Besides the complete stand equipment, the companies can take advantage of many marketing measures for highlighting their products.

More than 300 manufacturers from the total of around 2,700 exhibitors will exhibit for the first time at Spielwarenmesse 2014.