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Star Apps: Chelsea Handler

Comedian Chelsea Handler spent seven years questioning celebrities about their latest projects on "Chelsea Lately." Now the retired talk show host is partnering with Netflix to create comedy special "Uganda Be Kidding Me Live" and four mockumentaries in which she gets answers to some of life's mysteries, like where apps come from.

What makes Uganda an untapped resource for good comedy material? Well, I always figure anywhere I travel is an untapped resource for material. I always end up having a good time, and I like to give America the reputation that I've given … Read more

Bible for Kids review

With its outstanding design and fun interactivity, Bible for Kids offers a concise and beautiful introduction to the sacred book of Christianity, proving to be highly appealing for children. This educational app is a good download for anyone who has kids, regardless of their religion.

Pros

Wonderful learning experience: Bible for Kids combines beautiful graphics and animations with text, special effects, and voice-over to narrate the most important stories of the Bible, from the creation of the world to the resurrection of Christ and beyond. What makes it instantly appealing for the little ones is the colorful design and the … Read more

Kids Learn to Spell (Fruits) review

Kids Learn to Spell (Fruits) for Android is a fun way to help kids learn to spell. It's also easy to play: Kids tap scrambled letters to make the names of fruits appear in correct order in blank boxes. The game keeps top score but otherwise is quite basic, which has good and bad aspects. Kids Learn to Spell (Fruits) is free but displays banner ads.

Pros

Easy play: A minimum of commands and audible feedback make Kids Learn to Spell (Fruits) suitable for young learners as well as more advanced students.

Challenging words: It's not just "… Read more

Kids Math Games for Girls and Boys review

Kids Math Games for Girls and Boys scores kids on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems solved via a colorful interface. As kids develop their skills, they can test themselves on harder levels, as well, making this a good tool for tracking progress and improving skills in math.

This isn't really a game, but the colorful nature of the interface makes it fun, and the fact that the sets of problems are timed lets users compete against themselves to get better results. Otherwise, though, the program is basically sets of 15 multiple choice questions that consist of an equation, … Read more

Animals Memory Game For Kids review

With Animals Memory Game For Kids on your Android tablet or phone, youngsters stay busy sharpening their memory skills -- only they think it's fun. Softdiv's free but ad-supported game challenges kids to flip and match animal cards by memory. Gameplay involves tapping squares, so even small children can manage it on a tablet or smartphone.

Pros

Easy in concept, challenging in play: The game's concept is easy to grasp: kids tap squares to briefly uncover cards bearing pictures of different animals, and then tap the matching card to create a pair that then disappears. The further … Read more

Return to Jedi Academy in Jeffrey Brown's new 'Star Wars' book

Gamorrean Guards serving school lunch? Students trying to master the Force? Alien poetry tests? Writer and artist Jeffrey Brown's New York Times best-seller "Jedi Academy" gets a sequel with "Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan" from Scholastic, due to hit stores on July 29.

When the book's main character, student Roan Novachez, returns to Jedi Academy for a second year, he thought it would be easier. But his problems are just starting. He's not the expert pilot he hoped he'd be. He's feeling more distant from his friends. And when bullies … Read more

Radiation-free cancer scans may be on the horizon

Using whole-body scans to screen for cancer presents such a catch-22, especially in kids. While traditional radiation scanners like PET and CT are good at finding cancer, they expose patients to radiation that can be harmful and even induce cancer later in life -- more so in younger patients, because their cells are still dividing quickly and because, with more years ahead of them than adults, children also have a higher chance of being exposed to more radiation down the line.

The good news is that scientists have managed to reduce radiation exposure over the past several years without sacrificing … Read more

Snack on social media with Birds Eye Mashtags

There might not be an emoticon for hunger, but thanks to Birds Eye Foods' new Mashtags potato snacks, kids and adults can eat social-media symbols like hashtags, smiley faces, @ signs, asterisks, and hearts.

Noshing on letters and numbers is nothing new. We've been eating alphabet soup and cereal for years. But updating kids' food with tech-savvy symbols seems inevitable.

"Social media is all about conversation and we're confident Mashtags will resonate across various groups of people," Birds Eye brand manager Pete Johnson said in a statement. "We're constantly looking for ways to innovate and inspire consumers and hope that Mashtags will get people talking around the table and help to make mealtimes more enjoyable."

Mashtags will be available in the United Kingdom in March from Birds Eye UK. … Read more

'Goodnight Darth Vader': Bedtime stories for Jedi-to-be

It's bedtime in a galaxy far, far away, and Darth Vader's parenting skills are being tested by his children, Luke and Leia, in "Goodnight Darth Vader."

The follow-up to the best-selling books "Darth Vader and Son" and "Vader's Little Princess" by Jeffrey Brown will be released in August. However the book from Chronicle Books will debut at this year's San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

Darth Vader may be ready for his kids to go to sleep, but his twins, Luke and Leia, want a bedtime story first- -- one that involves the aliens, heroes, villains, and monsters of their world. From Han Solo and Chewbacca to Boba Fett and baby Ewoks, from the wampa ice creature to Jawas, all of the galaxy's denizens are getting ready for a night's rest in this delightful story told in verse, with plenty of nods to the rich "Star Wars" narrative. … Read more

Review: Coloring Pages for kids presents your kids with countless pages and coloring options

Coloring Pages for kids seamlessly turns your smartphone or tablet into an almost never-ending coloring book for your child. Though it requires some setup on the part of an adult, it's easy enough for most kids to figure out. If your toddler won't put your mobile gadget down, this is a great app to help them express their creativity.

Coloring Pages for kids gives your child dozens of different coloring pages to decorate. Many of them are festive, so your child can color a turkey at Thanksgiving or a pumpkin during Halloween, if they want. The app's … Read more