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Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition promises an ageappropriate Alexa

first_imgAmazon has a new Alexa speaker, the Echo Dot Kids Edition. Amazon Amazon updated its Echo Dot speaker back in 2018, so it’s no surprise that the tech company decided to revamp its original Echo Dot Kids Edition with a next-gen device as well. At a glance, Amazon clearly drew inspiration from the third-generation Echo Dot, which has a more rounded shape, complete with mesh fabric and a few color options. The new Echo Dot Kids Edition costs $70 (Amazon says it will be on sale for $50 for “a limited time”) and comes in rainbow (pictured above) and “frost blue” color finishes. See it at AmazonNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.Amazon says the new Echo Dot Kids Edition is “70% louder” than the first-gen version and includes a year of FreeTime Unlimited. FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service that offers Alexa features just for kids — and provides controls for parents, as well as a variety of non-Echo features on Fire tablets and other devices for children. Which Amazon Echo speaker should you buy? Amazon’s new Alexa features put more emphasis on privacy Pre-Prime Day deal: The Amazon Echo is only $65 But what about your kid’s privacy? Amazon has recently come under fire following reports that the company holds on to transcripts of your Alexa conversations, even after you’ve deleted the audio clip. Amazon has since introduced new features, such as the  “Alexa, delete everything I said today” command. Child advocacy groups also have issues with the first-generation Echo Dot Kids Edition, according to a report in May claiming that the speaker violates privacy laws, prompting a request for an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. Amazon recently introduced the Echo Show 5 as well, which is scheduled for a June 26 release. The Echo Show 5 is a smaller smart display with a 5.5-inch screen and a built-in privacy screen. It doesn’t have kid-specific features, but you might want to get a full sense of what’s on the horizon for Echo devices before you buy. Read more about Alexa privacy.The new Echo Dot Kids Edition is available for preorder now and is expected to ship later this month. Read more: Which Amazon Echo speaker should you buy? 1:58 Further reading Smart Speakers & Displays Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers All of Amazon’s Alexa smart speakers reading • Amazon launches new Alexa device for kids but privacy issues will still scare some parents Kids try to stump Alexa Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Tags Share your voice 0 15 Photoscenter_img Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Post a comment Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected • See All CNET Smart Home Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Examples of Alexa skills only available via FreeTime Unlimited include Disney Dance Floor by Disney Publishing, Baby Shark Adventures by Pinkfong and Ghostbusters by Sony.New FreeTime Unlimited Alexa features include news reports via National Geographic and News-o-Matic with the command, “Alexa, what’s my news?” Alexa Skill Blueprints is also new. With Blueprints, parents and kids can “build an interactive adventure story” from an existing template and more.The FreeTime Unlimited parental controls service will cost Amazon Prime customers $3 per month. Without Prime, the service costs $5 per month.  CNET Smart Home Now playing: Watch this: Alexa Amazonlast_img read more

Eight girls saved from child marriage in 24 hrs

first_imgEight schoolgirls were saved from early marriage in the past 24 hours, with timely intervention by local administration as well as the teenage brides themselves, their classmates and locals.The teenage girls were saved from underage marriage from Thursday to Friday in Natore, Kushtia, Barisal, and Dhaka’s Savar.Natore: A mobile court sentenced two persons, including a suitor, to 15 days jail for arranging a child marriage at Lalpur.Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and executive magistrate Nazrul Islam nabbed the two persons at the wedding of the 13-year-old girl and jailed them. The bride was a class VI student from Bagatipara upazila.A UP chairman had informed police about the marriage.Kushtia: Five schoolgirls were saved from early marriage in the district on Friday.Of them, four weddings were foiled in Doulatpur upazila and one in Sadar upazila. Among the victims, five are students of class VIII and one girl studies in class V.Local administration officials stopped the weddings and took undertakings from the parents of the girls that they will not marry their daughters before they turn 18.Savar: A 14-year-old girl has been saved from untimely marriage at the intervention of Savar UNO.The family of the ninth-grade girl was getting ready to arrange the wedding with one of her teachers on Friday.Being informed by a local newsman, UNO Sheikh Rasel Hassan took steps to foil the marriage.Savar model police station sub-inspector Momenur Rahman said the parents of the girl have pledged not to marry the girl before she turns 18. Barisal: A 14-year old girl from Barjalia union of Hijla upazila managed to prevent her forced marriage on Thursday. Her family completed all preparations for her marriage on Friday. In the meantime, she informed her classmates and teachers about the forced marriage. They, with the help of UNO Abu Zafar Rashed, foiled the marriage of the eighth grader.Meanwhile, Gournadi UNO Masuma Akhter stopped the marriage of a 13-year-old girl in Gournadi municipality. The parents of the eighth grader gave an undertaking that they will not marry their daughter before she turns 18.Director general of Governance Innovation Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office Mohammad Abdul Halim told Prothom Alo that people are now more aware of child marriage and NGOs and media are playing due role in this regard.Ghashful, founded by NGO Worldvision, managed to stop some seventeen underage marriages since 2014 in Mymensingh’s Nandail.Rasheda K Choudhury, executive director of Campaign for Popular Education, told Prothom Alo that the way child marriages are taking place is not acceptable.Though the number of child marriages has decreased, there is no room for complacency. Child marriage should be stopped from the grassroots, she added.last_img read more

Rainn Wilson and SoulPancake Shine Light on Mental Health With Funny Or

first_imgThroughout the month, SoulPancake also is working with non-profit partners Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Crisis Text Line to spread the word about how those in need can get help.SoulPancake’s programming for the Mental Health Awareness Month includes:Live event “Four Conversations About One Thing”: Three-hour event on May 29 at the Hammer Museum bringing people in the entertainment industry together with wellness experts for discussions around mental health as it relates to work, parenting, masculinity, and media. Tickets are available on an invitation-only basis. Why We Rise, a partnership between the L.A. County Department of Mental Health and Well Being Trust, is a supporting sponsor of the event.“Soul Stories”: An original digital series using person-on-the-street conversations as “a window into peopleʼs hearts,” to explore the ways everyone can relate regarding mental health.“The Takeover” series on Instagram: The SoulPancake Instagram account Story activation will feature weekly takeovers by YouTubers and social-media influencers focused on mental health sharing their stories, perspectives and expertise on how to live a better life.“The Mondays…” newsletter: A special weekly email newsletter dedicated to mental-health life hacks. “There’s a long history of comedians who struggle with depression, addiction and suicide,” Wilson told Variety. “Our clarion call as a company is to make content as fun and entertaining as possible, even when the subject matter is hard. For this doc, we thought it best to talk directly to comedians and leverage their sense of humor for this topic.” Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Tig Notaro Is a Celeb-Clueless Talk-Show Host in Funny Or Die’s New Series Popular on Variety center_img The film — which Wilson allowed is “a little funny” — is part of SoulPancake’s The Beautiful Mind campaign tied to Mental Health Awareness Month in May. The initiative will include digital series, a special newsletter, and a May 29 invite-only event in L.A. hosted by comedian Ron Funches with guests including comedian Amanda Seales and Chris Wood, co-founder of the IDONTMIND mental-health awareness movement.SoulPancake, which Participant Media bought in 2016, has previously produced content on mental-health issues over the course of its 10-year history. But this month’s Beautiful Mind lineup is more extensive. “Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people,” Wilson said. “We’re in an epidemic for young people of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation. It’s the most pressing issue we’re facing.”SoulPancake’s focus on mental health, which will extend past May, was driven in part by its audience asking for more coverage of the topic, said Shabnam Mogharabi, general manager and co-founder. “Frankly we were seeing a bigger need for a conversation around this for our millennial audience,” she said.One reason SoulPancake decided to greenlight “It’s Not That Funny” was to dispel the notion that artists are funny only because they’re suffering. Both Wilson and Mogharabi cited the death of stand-up comedian Brody Stevens earlier this year of an apparent suicide as illustrating of the need to address mental health in the business.SoulPancake expects to generate revenue from the programming, but the ultimate goal is bigger than that. “We’re walking a fine line,” Wilson said. It’s a “double bottom-line” business, with a obligation to generate revenue while also serving its mission “to make stuff that matters.”Wilson, who’s best known for his turn as Dwight Schrute on NBC’s “The Office,” said he has first-hand experience dealing with mental-health issues. “I’ve dealt at various time with anxiety and depression and addiction,” he said. “I’ve put many family members through rehabs and dealt with suicide attempts – and I’m so not alone in that.” TV News Roundup: EPIX Releases Teaser for DC Origin Story ‘Pennyworth’ (Watch) SoulPancake, the digital media company founded by Rainn Wilson, has tapped a bunch of comedians to talk about depression and suicide — part of a month-long focus on mental health.The Participant Media-owned company is running special block of programming in May dedicated to mental-health issues. A key pillar in the lineup is a documentary produced with Funny Or Die featuring comedians discussing life-and-death issues.The documentary, “It’s Not That Funny,” will star Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Wayne Brady, Rachel Bloom, Chris Gethard, Sara Benincasa, Riki Lindhome, Anna Akana, Baron Vaughn and other comedians. In the 25-minute film, they’ll explore how anxiety, depression and suicide affect performers in the comedy biz. The film, directed by Mike Bernstein, will premiere May 30 on SoulPancake’s YouTube channel and on Funny Or Die.last_img read more