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Chocomize personalized chocolate: giveaway and discount code

Okay, I know what you're thinking: chocolate on Download Squad? That's right! That's because Chocomize is one of the nerdiest ways to get chocolate online: it's a website where you customize your own bar using a multi-step process. We've covered Chocomize before in our holiday gift guide, so when they reached out to us offering to do a giveaway, we really couldn't resist. Chocomize is...

Bubble Ball, a game developed by a 14-year-old, has replaced Angry Birds as the top free iOS download

Angry Birds Seasons, the holiday-themed edition of the ubiquitous game, has been on the 'top free' spot in the iTunes App Store for a long while, but now it's been replaced by Bubble Ball, a game developed by Robert Nay, a 14-year-old kid from Spanish Fork, Utah, with some help from his mother. Since its launch on December 29, Bubble Ball has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times. While...

Porn in the United Kingdom to become opt-in

Not one to let the hyperconservative Australian government walk away with the censorship crown, the UK government plans to make the surfing of Internet porn opt-in. Next month, Communications Minister Ed Vaizey will meet with major UK ISPs to discuss a blanket block of porn. Rather than porn being available to all, UK surfers will have to contact their ISP to be allowed on a 'porn surfing...

Word Bubbles helps you improve your vocabulary while playing

Word Bubbles is a Flash game that's somewhat similar to Amazon's Every Word for the Kindle. You get three initial letters ("tru" in the screenshot above), and you need to compose as many English words as possible with those three letters. When you create a six-letter word, the bubble that says "6" rises closer to the surface. When you find another six-letter word, it rises some more. When you've...

Snooping Mr. Clumsy is an old school kid-friendly "reveal the image" Time Waster

As far as Flash games go, you can't get much simpler than Snooping Mr. Clumsy. It's basically a remake of one of those early 90's games where you had to gradually block off a level while avoiding one or more "baddies" that roam inside of the level and hit your line if you're not careful. The name of that particular game eludes me at the moment, but I'm sure you can help me out in the...

Five fun, educational Linux games for kids!

Technology provides today's school with numerous avenues to provide quality education to kids while making learning fun. With schools increasing the use of technology to deliver learning, parents are faced with embracing technology to provide learning and fun experiences for kids growing up in a technology saturated world after school. As a concerned parent, I want to do my part in making sure...

Kodu, Microsoft's game creation lab for kids, comes to the PC

For about a year now, kids with Xbox 360s have been able to create their own games with Microsoft's Kodu. Over 200,000 downloads later, Kodu has arrived on the PC. Kodu lets kids create characters and maps, and program their own events. It might not be complex and hard to learn, but it's fun and it gets kids hooked on programming early. You can download a preview version now and try it out for...

The best Linux games for kids

The best collection of Linux educational software for all ages that I know of is the openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e (Linux for Education) Live DVD. You can get it at http://en.opensuse.org/Education/Live#Download. There are some screen shots here. This is a Live DVD - you simply place the DVD in the computer's DVD drive and reboot the machine from it. When the machine comes up, you will be running...

Framed! - nice iphone app boredom buster

Framed! is a fun photo app for iPhone/iPod touch that allows you to drop your photos in 34 different scenes such as taxi billboard, album cover, wanted poster, cereal box, TV, etc. After you select the scene and input the text, you can share your creation via email or Facebook. At .99, this 4 star rated app is a pretty good investment as it will probably keep kids and tweens occupied for...

Google's SafeSearch mode gets safer with new lock feature

If you've ever used Google to search for, ahem, "adult" content, you're aware of the site's SafeSearch feature. It filters out questionable content, to the delight of parents and the dismay of porn-seekers. Now there's a new "lock" function for SafeSearch, which keeps your account's settings locked in strict filtering mode until you enter a password and change them. The obvious use here is for...

Don't forget to feed your kids during the economic downturn -- use this iPhone app!!

I'm not a parent, nor am I kid -- but that doesn't prevent me from appreciating a totally neat iPhone app called 'Kids Eat For' (I guess the domain with 'free' on the end was already taken?) Basically -- and this is about as basic as apps get -- this app just shows you where the nearest restaurant with a kids-eat-for-free deal. The developers say that the database is kept up to date, with new...

Open Office 4 Kids is good for adults, too

The open source movement isn't just for grown-ups: Open Office 4 Kids is a slimmed-down version of the open source Microsoft Office alternative OpenOffice.org. The target age group for Open Office 4 Kids is 7-12, but after trying it out, I think there are a lot of adults who would prefer it over MS Office or the full version of OpenOffice. It's available on whichever OS you've set your kid up...

Storybird: cute web-based storybook publishing

I have to admit, I'm pretty envious of kids today, because they get to play with fun stuff like Storybird. Storybird is a place for kids and parents to read and create storybooks. It's completely kid-friendly and features a gallery of great artwork that you can use to get started. Just because Storybird is targeted at children doesn't mean it's dumbed-down, though. A lot of adults I know couldn't...

Kideo player: curated YouTube for kids

I don't have a good history with YouTube sites for kids. My first experience was with TotLOL, where I found the selection of videos lacking and had my wits nearly destroyed by that green gummi bear video. Today I decided I had recovered enough to brave the wilds of the kid-vid genre and check out Kideo Player. I have to admit, it totally won me over. Kideo Player is curated by a father of two, and...

Educational software for your computer

A reader dropped us an email recently, requesting information on where to find educational software for elementary and middle-schoolers. That's a great question -- there are plenty of Web-based sites to choose from but, as our reader pointed out, it can be tough to find things to put on your computer to use later without an Internet connection. If you dig around a little, though, you can find a...