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Amazon’s kid-friendly Echo works well, but don’t waste your money on the bundle

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Echo Dot Kids Edition
$79.99
The Good

Alexa tells great jokes (for kids) • Voice-driven kids games are entertaining • Works just like a regular Echo Dot

The Bad

Teaching manners not effective for Echo veterans • Value of bundle is questionable

The Bottom Line

Alexa is quite good at catering to an underage audience in the Echo Dot Kids Edition, but since you can enable FreeTime for Alexa on any Echo Dot, there’s not much reason to buy this…

Code for America wants to clear 250,000 marijuana convictions

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Over the years Jennifer Pahlka has listened as discouraged people across America shared their stories of missed employment, education, financial, and housing opportunities with her. She’s comforted these individuals, gotten to know them, and learned that past marijuana convictions follow them in ways that make it impossible to move forward in life.

“The things that people write will break your heart: ‘I made a small mistake a long time ago and it’s just haunting me, I need a job to take…

Review: the Google News app is a news junkie’s dream come true

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Google News
$Free
The Good

Tailor-made for news junkies • Lightning fast • even video • Offline reading lets you take the news with you

The Bad

Might be overwhelming for casual readers • Interface can be difficult to naviagte

The Bottom Line

If you’re serious about the news, Google News is one of the most thorough news apps you can find.

Mashable Score3.75
Cool Factor3.0
Learning Curve3.0
Performance4.5
Bang for the…

Grab the world’s first on-the-go Spotify player at its lowest price yet

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Whoever said that history repeats itself was seriously onto something. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen the resurgence of things we’ve enjoyed from yesteryear — Polaroids, turntables and vinyl records, the Nokia 3310, heck, even bell-bottom jeans. But one item that’s got people buzzing is the Mighty — the only MP3 player that can fill the iPod Shuffle-sized hole in everyone’s hearts.

We’ve already talked about this…

Review: the Google News app is a news junkie’s dream come true

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Google News
$Free
The Good

Tailor-made for news junkies • Lightning fast • even video • Offline reading lets you take the news with you

The Bad

Might be overwhelming for casual readers • Interface can be difficult to naviagte

The Bottom Line

If you’re serious about the news, Google News is one of the most thorough news apps you can find.

Mashable Score3.75
Cool Factor3.0
Learning Curve3.0
Performance4.5
Bang for the…

Code for America wants to clear 250,000 marijuana convictions

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Over the years Jennifer Pahlka has listened as discouraged people across America shared their stories of missed employment, education, financial, and housing opportunities with her. She’s comforted these individuals, gotten to know them, and learned that past marijuana convictions follow them in ways that make it impossible to move forward in life.

“The things that people write will break your heart: ‘I made a small mistake a long time ago and it’s just haunting me, I need a job to take…

Amazon’s kid-friendly Echo works well, but don’t waste your money on the bundle

TwitterFacebook
Echo Dot Kids Edition
$79.99
The Good

Alexa tells great jokes (for kids) • Voice-driven kids games are entertaining • Works just like a regular Echo Dot

The Bad

Teaching manners not effective for Echo veterans • Value of bundle is questionable

The Bottom Line

Alexa is quite good at catering to an underage audience in the Echo Dot Kids Edition, but since you can enable FreeTime for Alexa on any Echo Dot, there’s not much reason to buy this…

Grab the world’s first on-the-go Spotify player at its lowest price yet

TwitterFacebook

Whoever said that history repeats itself was seriously onto something. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen the resurgence of things we’ve enjoyed from yesteryear — Polaroids, turntables and vinyl records, the Nokia 3310, heck, even bell-bottom jeans. But one item that’s got people buzzing is the Mighty — the only MP3 player that can fill the iPod Shuffle-sized hole in everyone’s hearts.

We’ve already talked about this…

Review: the Google News app is a news junkie’s dream come true

TwitterFacebook
Google News
$Free
The Good

Tailor-made for news junkies • Lightning fast • even video • Offline reading lets you take the news with you

The Bad

Might be overwhelming for casual readers • Interface can be difficult to naviagte

The Bottom Line

If you’re serious about the news, Google News is one of the most thorough news apps you can find.

Mashable Score3.75
Cool Factor3.0
Learning Curve3.0
Performance4.5
Bang for the…

Code for America wants to clear 250,000 marijuana convictions

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Over the years Jennifer Pahlka has listened as discouraged people across America shared their stories of missed employment, education, financial, and housing opportunities with her. She’s comforted these individuals, gotten to know them, and learned that past marijuana convictions follow them in ways that make it impossible to move forward in life.

“The things that people write will break your heart: ‘I made a small mistake a long time ago and it’s just haunting me, I need a job to take…